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Delacroix and the rise of modern art


This superb exhibition explores early 19th century French painter Eugene Delacroix’s influence on the movements that would later transform modern art.

Hail Caesar! A trifle nostalgic —but who doesn’t like that?


Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail Caesar! is a playful romp through Hollywood’s “golden age”—a deliberately vague time and idea in the film.

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This year’s AV Festival focuses on socialism—the most looked-up word in 2015.

Unexpected Eisenstein—sketching the inspiration from revolution in Russia


An exhibition of Sergei Eisenstein’s drawings reveals some of the Soviet film maker’s power and little known aspects of his work, says?Roger Huddle

Murder—not the normal drama, not the usual take on crime


BBC Two’s dark crime drama Murder breaks new ground in an increasingly crowded field.

Since when is a boss of a sweatshop the real victim?


New Chinese film Factory Boss is riddled with problems and contradictions. And its final message is troubling, writes Robbie Shaw

Damnificados: a magical realist manifesto for the poor


Debut novelist JJ Amaworo Wilson’s magical realist fable celebrates the ingenuity, tenacity and resistance of slum-dwellers.

A family’s dreams crash into racism in this fizzing revival of A Raisin in the Sun


Eclipse Theatre company’s production of A Raisin in the Sun brings to life Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play of US society in turmoil, says?Dave Gibson

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City of Thorns—the forgotten refugee camp where lives are left in limbo


New book City of Thorns uses interviews to build a powerful picture of the lives of refugees in the world’s largest camp in Kenya, writes?Ken Olende

Electronic Superhighway—how the internet has transformed art


Electronic Superhighway showcases over 100 artworks that look at the impact of computer and internet technology on artists from the mid-1960s to today.

The Daniel Morgan Murder gets a 10-part podcast serial


Alastair Morgan speaks to journalist and screenwriter Peter Jukes about the murder of his brother Daniel Morgan.

The Innovation Race— Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War


Just one year into the First World War, the British Army was faced by an acute shortage of shells, having fired so many in the imperialist slaughter.

The Big Short puts the spotlight on Wall Street


A film about the global financial crisis has five Oscar nominations.

Trumbo film delivers a powerful blow to McCarthyite terror


A new film about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo brilliantly avoids the pitfalls of a Hollywood film about Hollywood, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

A play that opens up debate as the witch hunters shut it


Hassan Mahamdallie spoke to Saba Shiraz about his play, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews, on Somali history and the war on terror

Exhibition—In the future they ate from the finest Porcelain


In the future they ate from the finest Porcelain Larissa Sansour’s exhibition features three short films set in the context of the urgency of Palestine’s political problems.

‘Bob Marley inspired a generation—to stand up for our rights’


Brian Richardson, author of the new book Bob Marley—Roots, Reggae and Revolution, spoke to Socialist Worker about Marley’s music, politics and legacy

A Guantanamo guard’s view from inside Camp X-Ray


Director Peter Sattler’s film Camp X-Ray stars Kristen Stewart as US army private Amy Cole and Peyman Moaadi as Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali.

Will new TV show Jericho do the navvies' story justice?


ITV’s new series tries a bit too hard to make sure you know it’s set in t’ North—but the true story behind it means there’s still hope, says?Simon Basketter

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