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The Best Films Out Now

 A Monster Calls ★★★★ Director JA Bayona's fantastical fairytale packs huge emotional wallopArrival ★★★★ Philosophical science fiction with a pivotal role for Amy AdamsBlood Father ★★★★ Mad Mel delivers in a pacy slice of desert noirCrash and...

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The Best Plays in London

Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Ed Harris gives a masterclass in Sam Shepard's gothic family drama. Until 18 FebCinderella, London Palladium ★★★★ Welcome return of pantomime to this iconic venue. Until 15 JanDead Funny, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas 2016 (part 2)

Bach: Christmas Oratorio Dunedin Consort/John Butt (Linn)This set makes a brilliant counterpoint to last week’s modern instrument Sony recording, an earthier, differently flavoured set from one of the UK’s best period ensembles. John Butt uses just...

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The Best Musicals in London

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★ Disney's latest blockbuster film-turned-stage show remains airborne – justBeautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre ★★★★ Broadway hit makes it successfully across the AtlanticDreamgirls, Savoy...

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The best comedy DVDs of 2016

The period before Christmas is, inevitably, when stand-ups rush to market. With so much material now available on YouTube, fewer comics release DVDs nowadays, but some of the best still do. This is theartsdesk's selection of the best live acts...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas 2016 (part 1)

Bach: Christmas Oratorio Windsbacher Knabenchor, Deutsche Kammer-Virtuosen Berlin/Karl Friedrich Beringer (Cantatas 1-3) and Martin Lehman (nos. 4-6) (Sony)Two notable versions of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio have just appeared – John Butt’s will be...

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Six of the best: Art

★★★★★ Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy Energy, alcohol and bucketloads of paint: a triumphant reunion for New York's most exciting artists Until 2 Jan★★★★★ Picasso Portraits, National Portrait Gallery Experimental and incisive, portraits that...

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