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Monday, 26 August 2019
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 26 August 2019
“This is our punk record,” says Ezra Furman of Twelve Nudes in its PR bumpf. In practice, the punk slant is manifested through distorted guitars, hell-for-leather tempi and...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 25 August 2019
In the late 1950s, a photo technician from Salford suddenly became “the most famous teenager in Britain”. Shelagh Delaney was 19 when she sent the script of A Taste of Honey to...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Apparently, Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford’s snare drum broke during the first song of their set at Woodstock Festival. On the new double album Live at...
India Lewis
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Karl Marlantes’s Deep River is an all-American novel. And why should it not be? Marlantes is an all-American author. He grew up in small-town Oregon, attended Yale (and Oxford),...
Veronica Lee
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Jordan Brookes Pleasance Courtyard ★★★★Jordan Brookes doesn’t tell gags. Well, he does but not in a traditional stand-up way. Rather, his jokes are subtly inserted into I’ve...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 24 August 2019
It may sound perverse to say it, but Albert was the perfect twenty-first century prince. Thrust into the heart of the...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 24 August 2019
As Penny Lane’s documentary shows, America and Satanism have a long history. From the Salem Witch trials to the moral panic...
Bernard Hughes
Saturday, 24 August 2019
After Thursday night’s concert I celebrated the Proms’ exploration of unfamiliar repertoire via the CBSO. The following...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 24 August 2019
There were some early warning signs that A Faithful Man might be another box-ticking French romcom. The poster of two women...
Miranda Heggie
Saturday, 24 August 2019
”Cunts Are Still”. Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? Not my words, merely the title of one of JARV IS’s new tracks....
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Guillermo del Toro considered directing this adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s bestselling campfire tales, and his sensibility...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 24 August 2019
 Bach: Keyboard Music Nils Anders Mortensen (piano) (Lawo Classics)There's so much to love about this Bach keyboard...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Saturday, 24 August 2019
If there's a central motif to the sprawling, 18-track opus that is Taylor Swift’s seventh release - and it’s an album that...
David Nice
Friday, 23 August 2019
Puccini's and Abbé Prévost's glitter-seduced Manon Lescaut might have been inclined to linger longer in the salon of dirty...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 23 August 2019
You can’t fail to feel the ghosts in Appropriate: they are there in the very timbers of the ancient Southern plantation...
Bernard Hughes
Friday, 23 August 2019
Let us never tire of singing the praises of the Proms, nor ever take them for granted. For two months concerts, many of...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 23 August 2019
When Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin released the former’s stripped back, soul-bearing American Recordings in 1994 the impact was...
David Nice
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Love him or hate him, Lars von Trier has time and again made the unpalatable and the improbable real and shatteringly moving...

★★★★ EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2019: JARV IS Britpop legend still delivers

★★★★ PRINCE ALBERT: A VICTORIAN HERO REVEALED, CHANNEL 4 Dramatic documentary filled with intelligent detail

CLASSICAL CDs WEEKLY Bach, Christophersen, Mr McFall's Chamber

★★★★ TAYLOR SWIFT - LOVER 18 earnestly epic tracks from America's loved-up sweetheard

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019: JORDAN BROOKES / CATHERINE COHEN Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Award winners

★★★★ HAIL SATAN? The detail of the devil

disc of the day

CD: Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes

American maverick sells himself short by adopting a restrictive punk slant

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Power, politics and Peaky Blinders - the Shelby family return for Series 5

Steam-punk gangsters invade the corridors of Westminster

Bauhaus 100, BBC Four review - a well-made film about the makers

A fascinating centenary tale of God-like architects and punks


The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Hail Satan? review - the detail of the devil

Documentary reveals the comedy and politics of America's satanists

A Faithful Man review - an atypical romance

French romantic comedy that both follows and breaks the rules

new music

CD: Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes

American maverick sells himself short by adopting a restrictive punk slant

Reissue CDs Weekly: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Live at Woodstock

Overdrive and relentlessness define the great American band’s 1969 festival appearance

Edinburgh International Festival 2019: JARV IS review - Britpop legend still delivers

Pulp frontman brings expertly crafted songs and a tight, talented band to Leith Theatre


Prom 47: Schönheit, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Nelsons review - Bruckner doesn’t quite take flight

Ravishing sounds from thoroughbred Germans, undermined by sluggish tempos

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Christophersen, Mr McFall's Chamber

Baroque keyboard suites and Norwegian brass virtuosi. Plus penguins and a musical saw.


Making new waves: Royce Vavrek on forging a libretto from Lars von Trier

Missy Mazzoli's collaborator on their new operatic version of 'Breaking the Waves'


Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse review - fraught family reunion blisteringly told
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s 2013 play is tensely dark, as well as very funny
The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review - Robert Icke's long goodbye
Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging
Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: The Red/ Gone Full Havisham
More from the world's biggest and best arts festival


Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells review - heart-stopping drama

The plot isn't perfect, but this bad romance still packs a punch

The Bright Stream, Bolshoi Ballet review - a gem of a comedy

Ratmansky and Shostakovich offer up old-fashioned fun with an undercurrent of sweetness

Spartacus, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House review - no other company could pull this off

Visiting Russians transform wooden material into muscular spectacle


Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review: Arabella Weir - Does My Mum Loom Big In This?

Fringe debut on her overbearing mother feels too polite to confront its own darkness


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Edinburgh Festival 2019 reviews: Below the Blanket / Samson Young: Real Music

Two Edinburgh shows meld music, sound and visual art to beguiling effect

Black Sabbath: 50 years, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery review – not heavy going

Half a century of metal is celebrated in Sabbath's home city

Helen Schjerfbeck, Royal Academy review - watchful absences and disappearing people

Retrospective of Finnish artist turns on mortality and absence


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