thu 24/09/2020

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David Nice
Thursday, 24 September 2020
There was a rainbow over the Royal Festival Hall as I crossed one of the Hungerford foot bridges for the first time in six months. The lights and noises inside did not betray the...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Building very promisingly on the achievement of his debut feature Lilting from six years ago, in Monsoon Hong Khaou has crafted a delicate study of displacement and loss, one that...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 24 September 2020
The graveyard of tedious musical vanity projects – and the bargain bins of many record shops – is filled with solo albums by the lead vocalists of many fine rock bands. They may...
Joseph Walsh
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
It’s no secret that Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation lays claim to more appearances on screen than any other fictional character. Over the past several decades, we’ve...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
It’s fitting that there’s another run of Dave Simpson’s terrific play about Brighton’s favourite son, Max Miller (aka The Cheeky Chappie), at this delightful pop-up on the...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
“Whoargh! Steady lads!” Under that headline, NME reported that Kevin Rowland had “announced his return to the music scene with a bizarre national poster campaign depicting him in...
Graham Fuller
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Sky’s 12-part documentary series The Movies is an unabashed celebration of American cinema. Barrages of clips make it an...
Kathryn Reilly
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
It will come as a surprise to nobody that the esteemed elders of rap haven’t got a good word to say about the (present)...
Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
My first time back in a concert hall since March was also, more significantly, the first time back for last night’s Wigmore...
James Dowsett
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
On Fire brings together a decade’s worth of dispatches from the frontline of the climate disaster – spanning the BP...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Mademoiselle is Jeanne Moreau, in smouldering femme fatale mode: a school-teacher and town hall secretary in a small French...
David Nice
Monday, 21 September 2020
Even bigger things have happened to Sheku Kanneh-Mason since I last saw him performing alongside his contemporaries in the...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 21 September 2020
This documentary about the 1970s activist movement Rock Against Racism comes with festival prizes and much acclaim. It’s...
India Lewis
Monday, 21 September 2020
Coming from a family of farmers, with periods of time spent working on a farm in the past ten years, I found James Rebanks’...
Mark Kidel
Monday, 21 September 2020
Sufjan Stevens is an artist of remarkable ambition. His 80-minute long new album, with 15 beautiful and poetic songs,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Giant Steps doesn’t suffer from a lack of availability. A couple of weeks ago, two editions of John Coltrane’s 1960 landmark...
Graham Fuller
Sunday, 20 September 2020
The 1942 thriller This Gun for Hire, which opened five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Beavis and Butthead’s vicious grunge-era gormlessness remains interred, Wayne and Garth (and their stars’ careers) are too...
David Nice
Saturday, 19 September 2020
It may be only six and a half months since many of us saw a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio in the opera house, but that...

★★★★ ENOLA HOLMES A new Sherlock-related franchise is afoot

★★★★ THE CHEEKY CHAPPIE, THE WARREN OUTDOORS Entertaining drama about risqué comic Max Miller

★★★★★ PUBLIC ENEMY - WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN? Most of their heroes STILL don't appear on no stamps, and PE are mad as hell about it

★★★ THE MOVIES: THE SEVENTIES A mirror on malaise

KEVIN ROWLAND Q&A 'It was painful to be misunderstood and misinterpreted'

disc of the day

Album: Corey Taylor - CMFT

A wealthy, middle-aged rock star releases an insipid vanity project


The Movies: The Seventies review - a mirror on malaise

Sky's Hollywood documentary series reaches the Watergate decade

A Special School, BBC Wales review - heartwarming film about special needs education

Lovingly made and inspiring new series shows what's possible for students with special needs

Extinction: The Facts, BBC One review - David Attenborough tells a devastating story

This horrifying prognosis on the future of our planet was essential viewing


Monsoon review - like something almost being said

Developing the subtle palette of his debut 'Lilting', Hong Khaou's second feature broadens its horizons

Enola Holmes review – a new Sherlock-related franchise is afoot

Millie Bobby Brown gives the patriarchy what-for in a charming young adult adventure

DVD/Blu-ray: Mademoiselle

Jeanne Moreau's star quality fails to save movie from cliché

new music

Album: Corey Taylor - CMFT

A wealthy, middle-aged rock star releases an insipid vanity project

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Kevin Rowland - 'it was painful to be misunderstood and misinterpreted'

To coincide with its reissue, the Dexys Midnight Runners lynchpin considers his solo album ‘My Beauty’

Album: Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

Most of their heroes STILL don't appear on no stamps, and PE are mad as hell about it


Finley, LPO, Gardner, Royal Festival Hall (p)review - special magic ready for streaming

A privileged glimpse of a great orchestra in full flight back in a much-loved venue

Gillam, Miloš, Wigmore Hall review – charismatic performers, charming playing

'Siblings' revel in the pleasure of performing live again

A London Saturday with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy and friends - review

From a Dvořák concerto debut in a Kensington church to trios in a Peckham car park


Fidelio, Garsington Opera review - heart of darkness, light-filled liberation

Fine singers equalled by Philharmonia soloists in revelatory chamber-music Beethoven

Eavesdropping on Rattle, the LSO and Bartók’s Bluebeard

Ahead of the London Symphony Orchestra’s streaming next month, a privileged preview

La bohème, Scottish Opera – pandemic Puccini

Top-quality cast and players put on a potted version in a parking lot


'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s 'The Rite of Spring' review - an explosive African rite

Continents collide in a film documenting an inspired re-staging of a 20th-century masterpiece

'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

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

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

visual arts

My Rembrandt review - hard cash and hubris

Characters historical and contemporary mingle in an entertaining portrait of the art world

George IV: Art & Spectacle, The Queen's Gallery review - all is aglitter

A sumptuous display from the Royal Collection heralds a top class reopening

Khadija Saye: In This Space We Breathe, 236 Westbourne Grove review - a celebrated series finds new resonance

The artist's most celebrated works launch a new public art project in west London

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