sat 22/06/2024

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Graham Rickson
Saturday, 22 June 2024
 Allan Pettersson: Complete Edition Various artists (BIS)That this hefty anthology (17 CDs and 4 DVDs) has been with me for several months shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 22 June 2024
Helpfully, this is a film that reviews itself. Like it says on the posters, “They were making a cursed movie. They were warned not to. They should have listened.”If ever a film...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 22 June 2024
When Zara McFarlane sang the National Anthem at this year’s FA Cup Final, it served as a reminder of quite how adaptable she is, how suited so many different contexts. Other work...
James Saynor
Friday, 21 June 2024
We’re used to dabs of colour splashing briefly across black-and-white movies – Spielberg’s Schindler’s List or Coppola’s Rumble Fish spring to mind – but director Agnieszka...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 21 June 2024
It kicks off with “No Easy Way Down.” First released on 1984’s mini-LP Explosions in the Glass Palace, it was an instant benchmark by which to measure Rain Parade. Churning, dense...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 21 June 2024
Every day this week I’m watching a football match, and now – after April’s production of Lydia Higman, Julia Grogan and Rachel Lemon’s Gunter – comes another football stage drama...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 21 June 2024
Out on the perimeters where there are no stars, in a void full of bong-smoke and synesthetic noise… there, in a greasy biker...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 20 June 2024
The best-known book about motorcycle gangs is Hunter S Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, a classic foundational text of the so-...
Helen Hawkins
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Lincoln Center’s Bartlett Sher is back in town to direct the Barbican’s latest summer blockbuster, Cole Porter’s classic...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Pepe Deluxé are no exemplars of the puritan work ethic. Comix Sonix is only their sixth album in almost 30 years – but while...
Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
A recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 2.1 million people in the UK had been victims of domestic abuse...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Born in Cape Town in 1948, Gavin Jantjes grew up under apartheid. He openly criticised the regime in his work and, forced...
Markie Robson-Scott
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
How can it be part of God’s plan to allow so much pain and suffering in the world, asks Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) of a...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Almost exactly five years ago, I was transported by Singing It All Back Home, the third album from Naomi Bedford and Paul...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
A small mountain village, tucked away in the foothills of the Rif Mountains, south-east of Tangier. The “smallest music...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
Powell and Pressburger’s least remembered Forties film is shrouded in Blitz darkness, deepening in the warped flat where...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 17 June 2024
Scott Turow published his cunningly-wrought legal thriller in 1987, and Alan J Pakula’s powerful movie version, starring...
Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 17 June 2024
Launching a four-year global project to proclaim the genius of Frederick Ashton might seem unnecessary. His work is the...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 17 June 2024
It’s somehow typical of the Welsh National Opera I’ve known now for the best part of sixty years that it should confront its...

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★★★★ GAVIN JANTJES: TO BE FREE, WHITECHAPEL Seething anger within beautiful images

★★★★ KISS ME, KATE, BARBICAN An entertaining, high-octane Cole Porter revival

★★ THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Riotous comedy jars with the bitter pill of the production's message

★★★★ ASHTON CELEBRATED, ROYAL BALLET Peerless delights from the master step-smith

★★★★ BLU-RAY: THE SMALL BACK ROOM Powell and Pressburger’s Blitz noir

★★★ THE BIKERIDERS Beer, brawls and Harley-Davidsons

★★★★★ THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA Ancient Sufi music works its eternal magic

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tv

Presumed Innocent, Apple TV+ review - you read the book and saw the movie...

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in absorbing TV adaptation of Scott Turow's legal thriller

Eric, Netflix review - a fairytale of New York

Abi Morgan's drama is a strange mix of urban grime and magic realism

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Modine on 'Hard Miles', 40 years in showbusiness and safer cycling

An eventful journey from 'Full Metal Jacket' to 'Oppenheimer' and 'Stranger Things'

film

The Exorcism review - salvaged horror movie is a diabolical mess

Russell Crowe fights losing battle against booze and the devil

Green Border review - Europe's baleful boundary

A tough, brilliant spotlight on the lot of refugees from Poland's veteran, venerable Agnieszka Holland

The Bikeriders review - beer, brawls and Harley-Davidsons

Austin Butler is leader of the pack in Jeff Nichols' biker-gang bonanza

new music

Album: Wytch Pycknyck - Wytch Pycknyck

Debut from south coast quartet renders heavy rock as stunningly messed-up psychedelia

classical

Classical CDs: Bare feet, hardback books and giant snails

Epic outpourings from a Swedish maverick, a rich life narrated by saxophone and contemporary music presented in a novel way

Goldscheider, Royal Orchestral Society, Miller, SJSS review - fine horn playing from the very best

A tribute to Ukrainian music also featured a fearless take on Shostakovich

theatre

The Bounds, Royal Court review - soccer play scores badly
New history play about football has a flawed second half
Kiss Me, Kate, Barbican review - an entertaining, high-octane Cole Porter revival
'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' brings the house down in a strongly cast lineup

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

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