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Illegalised—brutal play about immigration detention

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

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

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.

Painting the Democrats as progressive

Painting the Democrats as progressive Knock Down The House tells the story of four women standing in the 2018 US mid-term elections.

A tale of love and last meals bridges the divide in the US

A tale of love and last meals bridges the divide in the US Campaigners on either side of the death row protest movement find love despite big political differences and in difficult circumstances, writes?Toni Bruce

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

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

30 April 2019
Film exhibitions often amount to no more than memorabilia. This exhibition about film director Stanley Kubrick has higher ambitions.

The Parisian is a challenging debut novel about identity

16 April 2019
Isabella Hammad’s book is an ambituous examination of ideas of identity and colonialism without sacrificing its narrative, writes Gareth Jenkins

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

01 April 2019
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

25 March 2019
The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.

Us - a paranoid horror that is about more than scares

24 March 2019
According to director Jordan Peele, Us is about “the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies”. It follows his wildly popular and critically acclaimed Get Out.

Home is an empathetic sitcom exploring the refugee crisis

19 March 2019
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

19 March 2019
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

A documentary that exposes horrors of domestic abuse in Tory Britain

05 March 2019
This Dispatches documentary is a gruelling look at a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse.

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

05 March 2019
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

And the Rest of Me Floats

26 February 2019
This is a bold and vibrant piece of theatre that feels like a celebration of gender fluidity.

Story of race in the US leaves audience floundering

26 February 2019
Race and class in Trump’s America form the spine of this well-directed play.

Resist the attempts to turn the screws on drill musicians

26 February 2019
The ruling class say violence happens because of music, but they are deflecting blame from themselves, argues?Love Music Hate Racism’s Zak Cochrane

Diane Arbus used her photographs to tell stories

19 February 2019
Diane Arbus’s portraits grab your attention and challenge you.

Jeff Koons’s art is glitzy, but does it still have power to shock?

19 February 2019
A new exhibition featuring 17 famously grotesque pieces by Jeff Koons jostles with antiquity at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, writes?Kate Douglas

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