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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

Reviews round-up: A Christmas Carol and more

16 December 2019
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

16 December 2019
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

16 December 2019
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

10 December 2019
The art of protest

Senegalese movie Atlantics tells eerie tale of oppression

10 December 2019
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

The Irishman—an unsettling and melancholy film about age and regret

18 November 2019
The Irishman has everything you’d want from a Scorsese gangster film, writes Simon Basketter, but there’s humour and sadness amid the violence

May Morris: Art & Life

18 November 2019
This landmark exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris, one of the most significant artists of the British arts .

BBC’s War of the Worlds can hold its own among the best

11 November 2019
This new steampunk adaptation of HG Wells’ classic is hardly a first—but it’s well-made, well-acted, exciting—and has a lot of potential, says Gabby Thorpe

Agent Running in the Field—a complex game in John Le Carre’s latest spy thriller

11 November 2019
Nat is a not quite 50, not quite on the shelf officer of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Sesame Street—this page is brought to you this week by the number 50

05 November 2019
As Sesame Street approaches its 50th anniversary, Simon Basketter looks back at a show that repeatedly broke the mould and upset right wingers

Beryl—the story of an outstanding cyclist that needs to be told

28 October 2019
Beryl Burton deserves far more attention.

Magic of His Dark Materials is finally done well on screen

28 October 2019
It’s the adaptation that lovers of Philip Pullman’s trilogy have been waiting for—and you don’t need to read the books to enjoy it, writes Gabby Thorpe

Reviews round-up—Joy Labinjo and Roy Lichtenstein

15 October 2019
The Hatton Gallery,

Giri - Haji—new crime thriller doesn’t quite live up to ambition

15 October 2019
Ambitious is a good way to describe Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame).

Raising Dion—a super-powered mixture of adventure and family drama

15 October 2019
Raising Dion mixes superhero staples with life’s everyday problems—and the result is a show that’s pathbreaking for both genres, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

The Politician—A satire that struggles to find its feet

08 October 2019
The Politician straddles high school drama and political satire—and does neither successfully until the end.

Dublin Murders—more than just another detective show?

08 October 2019
There are some hard bitten cliches in this hard bitten BBC cop drama, writes Simon Basketter, but the character-driven storyline has depth and potential

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