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The ‘good guys’ are more brutal in a darker Narcos


The story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and those who pursue him gets darker in this superior new season.

Warmth and colour make Julieta's simple story truly captivating


Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s newest film Julieta is an elegant and rewarding emotional drama—though far from his best, writes Alan Kenny

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A new graphic novel charts the last years of Irish nationalist Roger Casement’s life. In these years he was instrumental in organising the 1916 Easter Rising.

Black—an insightful tale of racism, poverty and alienation


Black is a film adaptation of books by author Dirk Bracke—influenced by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurents’ West Side Story,

Can revival of 1973 classic Scottish play help forge new movement?


The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil goes on tour across Scotland this month. The revival of this influential play is timely, writes Dave Gilchrist

Syria Speaks is an art book so subversive it can get you arrested


Reading about art and culture from the frontline of Syria’s revolution was enough to get Faizah Shaheen, a Muslim woman from Leeds, held under the Terrorism Act last month.

Moazzam Begg’s ‘confessions’ tell the story of an Islamophobic age


Moazzam Begg knows what it’s like to exist under the War on Terror. In new documentary The Confession he recounts a life that can inspire resistance to racism and repression, writes Talat Ahmed

Bertolt Brecht is back—and still as relevant 60 years after his death


The great radical playwright Bertolt Brecht died 60 years ago this week. Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the legacy of his plays and politics

The Paris Commune brought to life


This graphic novel tells the real-life story of revolutionary and anarchist Louise Michel.

66 Days—a fine lesson in the brutality of the British state


Several attempts have been made to dramatise Bobby Sands’ fatal hunger strike—but 66 Days succeeds where others have failed, says?Sarah Bates

Don’t miss chance to see Barry Lyndon in cinemas


Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon is often described as an underrated classic. 

From Shakespeare to satire at packed Edinburgh Festival


Theatre critic Mark Brown offers some tips for the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival—which includes Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III

Touching tales amid cliche of The People’s History of Pop


Stories of anti-racist reggae and escapism at Wigan Pier survive BBC4’s stale series to show glimpses of music’s transformative power.

Exodus is a unique record of the resilience of refugees


The BBC’s exploration of the refugee crisis in Europe exposes the impact of racist immigration controls on desperate people, writes Margaret Woods

A spirited defence of alcohol against middle class panic


The Tate’s Art and Alcohol exhibition shows how working class drinking has been stigmatised—to avoid any deeper questions

How did Malcolm X think we could defeat racism?


Antony Hamilton’s new book A Rebel’s Guide to Malcolm X holds vital lessons for all revolutionaries, Nadia Sayed and Naima Omar told Alistair Farrow

Michael Moore is taking aim through rose-tinted glasses


US radical director Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next? makes some serious points, but badly idealises European society, writes Simon Shaw

Versus—The life and films of Ken Loach


Director Louise Osmond‘s look at the life of radical film maker Ken Loach comes straight from the set of his latest feature I, Daniel Blake, about life on benefits.

Genius of the modern world - Marx’s ideas shine through the sneers


Marx, Genius of the modern world BBC Four, Thursday 16 June, 9pm

Beyond Caring - ‘To the boss, a cleaner is no more than a sturdy broom’


Actor Janet Etuk and director Alexander Zeldin spoke to Alistair Farrow about Beyond Caring, a new play about life on zero hour contracts.

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