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Lovecraft Country turns horror tropes back at racism

15 September 2020
Horror author HP Lovecraft supported lynching, and hated black people and Jews. But this new drama series subverts his legacy

Audacious film about police brutality in French suburbs

07 September 2020
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

28 August 2020
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

28 August 2020
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

21 August 2020
If you are missing Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous detective, then read the latest novel from Sophie Hannah

The sun should have set on the Twilight saga long ago

21 August 2020
Midnight Sun is yet another re-telling of the original Twilight story by Stephenie Meyer—who stretches it to breaking point

Iran 1953—Britain’s role in coup for oil and profit

21 August 2020
Coup 53 tells a story from Britain’s shameful history in the Middle East, says Isabel Ringrose

Murder that’s set in a world of the odd and infuriating 

20 August 2020
Anthony Horowitz’s latest crime thriller, Moonflower Murders, hides its clues in a second story. The device increases the intrigue, says Sadie Robinson

Award-winning animation is beautiful

14 August 2020
Away is a film from the prodigious Gints Zilbalodis, who wrote, designed, animated and scored the whole thing himself.

Court in the constitution—the lawyers taking on Trump

04 August 2020
The American Civil Liberties Union is the focus of the resistance to Trump in documentary The Fight. But it can’t overcome its limitations

Don’t bank on this lacklustre comedy for laughs

24 July 2020
Kelsey Grammer—probably best known as Frasier, or as Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons—plays a posh English buffoon in this twee comedy about bankers

Gaslighter is a furious return for country-pop legends The Chicks

24 July 2020
The Chicks’ first album in 14 years makes the personal political—and is a welcome comeback for a band not afraid to speak its mind

Stateless—a drama that only touches the surface of racist detention camps

17 July 2020
Stateless begins with the rarely-told story of the horrific journey refugees go through to seek safety

The Streets moved on, but lost something on the way

17 July 2020
Mike Skinner’s return showcases brilliant musical talent, but None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive is not as sharp lyrically

Protomartyr’s latest album is angry and exhilarating

10 July 2020
There’s enough surprise and pay-off to keep you hooked throughout, while taking aim at corporate crime and the underbelly of society

Hamilton is entertaining—but seriously dodgy history

10 July 2020
Antony Hamilton weighs in on Alexander Hamilton

Mrs America—a promising new drama about women’s liberation

07 July 2020
Mrs America follows the political upheaval around the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s

Once Upon a Time in Iraq—an insight into devastation of invasion

07 July 2020
Once Upon a Time in Iraq features interviews with some of those who lived through the country’s horrors. It is essential viewing

Spaceship Earth doesn’t quite take off

26 June 2020
It’s 1991 in the semi-arid climate of Oracle, Arizona. Eight “Biospherians” begin a two year long expedition into the possibilities of maintaining life in an entirely closed ecological system

Wasp Network is a solid Cuban political spy thriller

26 June 2020
This film on Netflix tells a little known story of US state-sponsored terror without romanticising Cuba’s Castro government

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