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Allegory for the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire


Budapest high society basked in a heatwave in the summer of 1913. In Hungarian language drama Sunset, its depravity, decadence—and destruction—lie in the shadows.

Untold voices from struggle for women’s suffrage in US


A new book about the fight by women to get the vote in the US focuses on voices which are too often left out of mainstream histories, writes?Jan Nielsen

Illegalised—brutal play about immigration detention


Illegalised will disturb you deeply, and that is a good thing.

A barnstorming, drug-filled trip to Scotland in the 1990s


Beats recounts the Scottish free party scene in this well judged slice of 1990s nostalgia which makes political points too, writes Brian Claffey

Class act feels a bit familiar


Working class parents square off against a middle class teacher in Class, a new play by Iseult Golden and David Horan.

Vox Lux is a bold vision, but loses its politics along way


A brutal school shooting in Statten Island, New York, is the start of a glittering pop career in Vox Lux.

Stanley Kubrick exhibition is one for the die-hard fans


Film exhibitions often amount to no more than memorabilia. This exhibition about film director Stanley Kubrick has higher ambitions.

Styx - showing up the brutality of borders


Styx centres around a woman on a solo sailing journey from Gibraltar to Ascension Island who comes across African refugees in a sinking fishing vessel.

Loro - an uncomfortable view of Silvio Berlusconi’s seedy world


A movie about former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi can be hard to watch—but it exposes a horrible and vulgar system, writes Simon Basketter

The Parisian is a challenging debut novel about identity


Isabella Hammad’s book is an ambituous examination of ideas of identity and colonialism without sacrificing its narrative, writes Gareth Jenkins

The Half-God of Rainfall is inspired by mythology—but it reflects a sexist reality


The Half-God of Rainfall is a contemporary tale of violence, trauma and taking back power

The End of the Myth argues racism in the US is tied up in its ‘frontier’ narrative


For historian Greg Grandin, the story of the frontier is more like Cormac McCarthy’s macabre anti-Western novel Blood Meridian

Dreams and prospects are broken in The Sisters Brothers


There’s bags of atmosphere and mercifully few cliches in this poignant, brutal and sometimes funny film, says?Alistair Farrow

At Eternity’s Gate tells a story of fragility and artistic genius


While this film about Van Gogh’s last years could have approached the writer’s life in more fruitful ways, it remains poignant, writes Ben Windsor

A new African epic, with Afronauts


The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.

Home is an empathetic sitcom exploring the refugee crisis


Channel 4’s new six-part sitcom written by and starring Rufus Jones is very promising.

Girl is a powerful film about trans teenager’s struggles


The story is a compelling tale of Tara’s battles at a top ballet school alongside her fight to live an authentic life. It’s a masterful study, argues?Laura Miles

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez looks at how sexism in society kills women


Sexism pervades every level of society throughout the world—home, work, public spaces, transport, health care and leisure

A marvelous step forward for cinema’s superheroes


There’s some interesting themes in Captain Marvel, and sexists won’t like it. But it failed to live up to its potential

Foxtrot film doesn’t dance to the Israeli state’s rhythm


It was funded and then boycotted by the Israeli government, but Nick Clark argues that it reduces the occupation of Palestine to a story-telling device

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