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Kyle Craft’s latest album leaves you with flat feeling

08 July 2019
A glam rock album on a solid label like Sub Pop should deliver something that’s good fun, musically compelling and—given the singer’s self-professed love of Bob Dylan—lyrically engaging.

Don Pasquale hits the road

18 June 2019
The story hinges on how private property—in this case a kebab van—creates inequality and distorts the relationships between individuals.

Sweeping Lee Krasner retrospective

18 June 2019
This is an amazing and long-overdue opportunity to see the work of Lee Krasner, a formidable American artist whose importance has often been forgotten.

How system treats refugees with a bureaucratic cruelty

18 June 2019
A film about a family that flees to France from the violence of Central African Republic is a condemnation of the asylum system, writes Charlie Kimber

Ulric Cross is brought to life in inspiring film Hero

11 June 2019
The imagined words of CLR James to his compatriot Ulric Cross, “You were born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution... you were born into freedom,” set the scene for Hero.

When art from streets raged at the silence over HIV and AIDS

11 June 2019
Artist Keith Haring’s work came out of the New York graffiti and gay scenes. A new exhibition in Liverpool charts his too-brief career, writes Noel Halifax

Allegory for the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire

30 May 2019
Budapest high society basked in a heatwave in the summer of 1913. In Hungarian language drama Sunset, its depravity, decadence—and destruction—lie in the shadows.

Slowthai sticks two fingers up to ‘Great Britain’

28 May 2019
Slowthai wastes no time making clear his disdain for the establishment in Nothing Great About Britain, his debut album.

Untold voices from struggle for women’s suffrage in US

28 May 2019
A new book about the fight by women to get the vote in the US focuses on voices which are too often left out of mainstream histories, writes?Jan Nielsen

Illegalised—brutal play about immigration detention

21 May 2019
Illegalised will disturb you deeply, and that is a good thing.

A barnstorming, drug-filled trip to Scotland in the 1990s

21 May 2019
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

14 May 2019
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

14 May 2019
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

14 May 2019
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

30 April 2019
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.

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