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Greed film is a take down of the rich that doesn’t quite hit the mark

Greed film is a take down of the rich that doesn’t quite hit the mark Greed, a new comedy starring Steve Coogan, shows up the vain and vacuous lives of billionaires. But it suffers from smug liberalism

Weather - a novel written for an era of climate grief and anxiety

climate strike, school students, protest, demonstration, environment, London Weather follows the story of an ordinary person coming to terms with climate catastrophe. It’s engaging, but not very hopeful, says Sophie Squire

Birmingham Revolutions - new display showcases a history of resistance

Birmingham, anti-racism, resistance, exhibition This display explores Birmingham’s vibrant and varied history of protest and activism— from the Priestley Riots of 1791 to the LGBT+ campaigns of today.

Mr Jones shows the horror of Stalin’s counter-revolution

Mr Jones shows the horror of Stalin’s counter-revolution A film about a journalist who uncovers famine in Ukraine could have fallen to smug pro-Westernism. But it has more to say

WEB DuBois’s graphics challenged racism

WEB DuBois’s graphics challenged racism These posters showed that black Americans—and their art, culture and education—were flourishing in just four decades after the civil war that ended slavery

Parasite is a movie that will resonate all over the world

Parasite is a movie that will resonate all over the world This film from Korea is winning plaudits as a strange, well-made dark comedy. But more than that, writes Irang Bak, its message about inequality is universal

Sensational Man Like Mobeen breaks new ground


The latest series of the sitcom-drama Man Like Mobeen is now on BBC3 catch-up, alongside the previous two seasons.

The Windermere Children


August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England.

Universal Credit doc is just a propaganda whitewash


A new BBC documentary is supposed to give an honest view of the benefits system. But it hides the real truth

Seberg misses a wider radical picture


As a bloody battle between Black Power and the US state raged in the late sixties, the movement enlisted some unlikely allies

There Is No Year—an angry, dark album for a new decade


The latest offering from the band Algiers encapsulates a period of chaos, war and struggle—but it’s also got a sense of resistance

Field Music—Making a New World


Sunderland band Field Music, headed by brothers David and Peter Brewis, has made an album about the social impact of the First World War.

Haven't They Grown—A creepy tale of mystery, determination and cruelty


Haven’t They Grown begins with a very creepy and puzzling scenario. A woman who lost touch with a close friend years ago goes to snoop on her while taking her son to a football match.

Heavy on cliches, 1917 war film is no one-shot wonder


Sam Mendes’s latest effort is impressive but it relies too much on its unique cinematographic approach rather than original storytelling, argues?Nick Clark

Reviews round-up: A Christmas Carol and more


The BBC promises a “unique and original take” on Charles Dickens’ Christmas ghost story.

The Ocean at The End of The Lane—A bittersweet fairy tale of loss, magic and fantasy


The Ocean at The End of The Lane tells the story of Alex, a man who returns home for his father’s funeral and looks back on his childhood.

The Trial of Christine Keeler rights some historic wrongs


This new BBC drama looks back on the events of the Profumo Affair—and tells a story of wealth, power, sexism and abuse, says?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Reviews round-up: Art from the front lines of protest


The art of protest

Senegalese movie Atlantics tells eerie tale of oppression


French actor Mati Diop’s directoral debut set in west Africa is a love story that carries a powerful message about our divided society, writes Charlie Kimber

Racist moral panic behind the Blue Story cinema ban


Vue cinema banned Blue Story— a powerful film against violence—last week. It exposed the establishment’s fear of young black people

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