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Reviews round-up—True Detective, Toro y Moi album and more

Reviews round-up—True Detective, Toro y Moi album and more The latest series of HBO’s True Detective rests on a strong performance by Mahershala Ali.

Stan and Ollie delivers dash of slapstick and tenderness

Stan and Ollie delivers dash of slapstick and tenderness A strong cast of actors fill the shoes of Laurel, Hardy and the people around them in John S Baird’s account of the duo’s twilight years, writes?Pat Carmody

Siblings reunite, but this isn’t a happy-ever-after story

Siblings reunite, but this isn’t a happy-ever-after story In the early 1980s Bobby, Eddy and David, identical triplets, had fifteen minutes of fame. They were on every US chat show couch and even had a cameo with Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Revolutionary France brought to life in BBC’s Les Miserables

Revolutionary France brought to life in BBC’s Les Miserables A new adaptation of the lengthy literary classic revives forgotten characters and eschews music in favour of narrative thrust, writes?Dave Sewell

The 12th Man - a tale of defiance with a touch too much nationalism

The 12th Man - a tale of defiance with a touch too much nationalism The 12th Man is a tale of violence and pain against a picturesque backdrop.

Honest and all-too-possible story of abusive relationship

Honest and all-too-possible story of abusive relationship An Impossible Love is a challenging and believable portrayal of a woman’s life torn apart in slow motion by an abusive partner, writes?Sadie Robinson

Von Trier gives gore-filled middle finger to his haters

11 December 2018
Be prepared for an utterly nightmarish descent with director Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built.

Bothering the bosses with magical realism and strikes

07 December 2018
Sorry to Bother You is heralded as a left wing cult classic full of laughs and sharp obervations. It deserves at least some of that reputation, says Shay Carroll

A vision focused on ordinary people

04 December 2018
This is the first major retrospective of the work of Martin Jenkinson. He built his career on documenting the lives of ordinary people.

Let’s get medieval—Ribera and the Art of Violence

04 December 2018
Jusepe De Ribera has a grisly reputation but, argues?Ben Windsor, a new exhibition shows he did more than just glorify the violence around him

The fight is on for Hull’s soul after year of culture

27 November 2018
This is a heartwarming documentary about warehouse worker Steve.

Lost in a labyrinth of social and political catastrophes

27 November 2018
A profound sense of injustice and chaos grips visitors to a new exhibition about identity at Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, writes?Molly Docherty

Philippines political travel book is a punishing read

20 November 2018
Is Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte—“The Punisher”—part of the global rise of the racist right? Or is his rule a distinct, grotesque weirdness all of its own?

Captivating film exposes the complexity of ‘mundane’ life

20 November 2018
A story based around a writing group in a small French town reflects on a radical history of struggle and the threat of racism, says Sadie Robinson

Exhibition shines a light on the art of the ‘dark ages’

12 November 2018
The artefacts of six hundred years of Anglo-Saxon rule on display at the British Library provide a unique insight into history, writes Camilla Royle

Reviews round-up—All We Wanted Was Everything

12 November 2018
 

I’m Not Running

05 November 2018
Plays about the plight of the Labour Party must be in vogue.

Explosive war caper lords it over zombies and Nazis

05 November 2018
As a cult subgenre, Nazi zombie films have their own conventions and cliches to follow. Producer JJ Abram’s Overlord works because it does them so well.

Widows is a heist film that pushes at the genre’s limits

05 November 2018
Steve McQueen’s new film couldn’t be more different to his past work. It’s strength is in nuanced, powerful points about US society, says?Julia Ryder

The workers who sabotaged Pinochet’s murder machine

30 October 2018
A new film tells how engineers in East Kilbride refused to work on the Chilean regime’s jet engines. Dave Sherry spoke to one of those workers, John Keenan

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