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The Platform—a violent and pessimistic film about human nature

17 April 2020
Are people too selfish to prevent others from starving to death? That’s the central question of theThe Platform

Heaven to a Tortured Mind is a genre-crossing album to get lost in

09 April 2020
This is Yves Tumor’s fourth full-length release, and it’s as elusive and mysterious as ever.

Devs is a sci-fi thriller that asks ambitious questions

09 April 2020
This major series, new to the BBC, treads some familiar ground—but it’s a good mix of standard sci-fi with a cultish, religious theme

Fun night of poetry direct to your living room with Hollie McNish

27 March 2020
Poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish has had to postpone her spring tour. Luckily, she is performing three gigs from her living room.

What to watch and listen to when you're on lockdown

27 March 2020
Feeling starved of culture now everything is closed? Don’t worry, there’s plenty online

Vivarium—a sci-fi thriller where the real horror is at home

20 March 2020
Claustrophobic, stuck indoors and can’t get away from the children. That’s the setting for a new film that probes family life

Perfect Candidate is a film that challenges stereotypes

16 March 2020
The Perfect Candidate is a political fable with a kick. It tells the story of Maryam (Mila Al-Zahrani), a doctor living in Saudi Arabia who finds herself accidentally running for the local council.

Dark Waters - the fight against Dupont

09 March 2020
US chemical company Dupont spent years dumping the acid PFOA in a landfill in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

A brilliant story of slavery, memories and freedom

09 March 2020
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates combines powerful descriptions of slavery with a pacey plot and strong characters, writes?Sadie Robinson

There’s nought to make you cross about Noughts and Crosses adaptation

03 March 2020
Reflections of racism today are echoed in this adaptation of Malorie Blackman's series of young adult novels says Siobhan Brown

Escape from Pretoria film is a powerful thriller about the ingenuity of resistance

02 March 2020
Escape from Pretoria is the extraordinary true story of two anti-apartheid activists. Moyra Samuels reviews the film—and speaks to two of those depicted in the film.

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

24 February 2020
Greed, a new comedy starring Steve Coogan, shows up the vain and vacuous lives of billionaires. But it suffers from smug liberalism

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

07 February 2020
A film about a journalist who uncovers famine in Ukraine could have fallen to smug pro-Westernism. But it has more to say

Sensational Man Like Mobeen breaks new ground

03 February 2020
The latest series of the sitcom-drama Man Like Mobeen is now on BBC3 catch-up, alongside the previous two seasons.

The Windermere Children

28 January 2020
August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere, England.

Seberg misses a wider radical picture

21 January 2020
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

21 January 2020
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

07 January 2020
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

06 January 2020
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

06 January 2020
Sam Mendes’s latest effort is impressive but it relies too much on its unique cinematographic approach rather than original storytelling, argues?Nick Clark

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