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Arts workers resist the grim future Tories have planned 

Arts workers resist the grim future Tories have planned  The Tories’ response to the impact of the pandemic on the arts has been predictably brutal—but artists are fighting back, writes Mark Brown

Rocks—a brilliant, realistic film about young lives in London film

Rocks—a brilliant, realistic film about young lives in London film Rocks is a teenager struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother Emmanuel after her mum leaves them suddenly. 

La Revolution is a confusing “re-imagining” of the French Revolution

La Revolution is a confusing “re-imagining” of the French Revolution From the beginning La Revolution seems to touch on the upheaval that led to one of the most famous uprisings in history.

The Gambler—biography that’s a weak effort to show Boris Johnson’s ‘greatness’

The Gambler—biography that’s a weak effort to show Boris Johnson’s ‘greatness’ Journalist Tom Bower’s last biography was a hatchet job on Jeremy Corbyn. His latest book fawns over Boris Johnson

Oil firms taken to task in Devil Has a Name 

Oil firms taken to task in Devil Has a Name  The star-studded drama can’t quite decide what kind of film it wants to be. But Simon Basketter says it’s enjoyable watching it try to work it out 

A Moving Image shows gentrified London and a city constantly in motion


This award winning film investigates gentrification in Brixton, south London, 

Public Enemy release a nostalgic album for new struggles


Fans have been waiting for Public Enemy to drop their new album What you Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? since they returned to the Def Jam label

The Rhino Conspiracy—a novel that’s more than a thriller


The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain follows a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle taking on corruption in the governing elite

Des—the grim reality of a killer shown in all its banal horror


David Tennant is brilliant as Nilsen, creating an unsettling, disturbing character

David King—the graphic designer who printed his mark on the left


Yuri Prasad rates a new compilation of David King’s work which shows how he influenced the revolutionary left—and the commercial world beyond it

Sue Perkins documentary shows the lives behind the border wall 


 

Elena Ferrante's latest examines suffocating world of teenagers


If you want a break from the big stresses of coronavirus and economic crisis, read Elena Ferrante’s new novel. There you can fall into a world of the very real, but smaller-scale, stresses of a teenage girl.

Raging class anger on Idles’ bitter new album Ultra Mono


The latest offering from this guitar-driven five piece has no shortage of fights to pick, with assaults on war, sexism, racism and poverty, writes Alan Kenny

Lovecraft Country turns horror tropes back at racism


Horror author HP Lovecraft supported lynching, and hated black people and Jews. But this new drama series subverts his legacy

Grindcore veterans Napalm Death are back with hardcore politics


Napalm Death are certainly not mellowing with age

Audacious film about police brutality in French suburbs


This impressive debut film of the black French filmmaker Ladj Ly, Les Miserables, is an incendiary provocative drama.

Two Heads Creek—a satirical horror that can’t hide its own prejudices


Think Hot Fuzz but set in Australia and not as good, and that’s Two Heads Creek.

Civil rights, black power and the music at the soul of the fight


The worst of times produced the best of soul, says BBC documentary Soul America

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill is everything you’d want from a Poirot novel


If you are missing Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous detective, then read the latest novel from Sophie Hannah

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