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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 village, she wreaks havoc by setting fire to barns,...
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 Fantasia Orchestra – That Royal Wedding, for instance,...
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 certainly a nostalgic feast for those old enough to...
India Lewis
Monday, 21 September 2020
Coming from a family of farmers, with periods of time working on a farm in the past ten years, I found James Rebanks’ English Pastoral: An Inheritance to be a highly...
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, belongs to a long line of pop experimentation that runs...
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 set were available in a central London music store....
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...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Of all the outdoor spaces being utilised to keep live performance going in this maddest of years, Warwick Castle is surely...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 19 September 2020
September 18th is the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, an appropriate moment to release Hendrix and the Spook, a...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 19 September 2020
 CPE Bach: Complete Piano Trios Linos Piano Trio (C-Avi)13 piano trios squeezed onto just two discs is a steal, but we’...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 19 September 2020
“Produced by Tommy LiPuma.” That phrase has appeared on just about every Diana Krall album since the summer of 1995, when...
Graham Fuller
Friday, 18 September 2020
The most painterly and ominous sequence in Nocturnal naturally occurs at night. Until recently strangers, 33-year-old Pete (...
Joe Muggs
Friday, 18 September 2020
Alicia Keys is a puzzling mixture. On the one hand she’s the hyper-achieving, multi-platinum, 752-Grammy-winning America’s...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Rocks is a beautifully made slice of neo-realist filmmaking which deserves to get a wide audience but may well slip off the...
Peter Culshaw
Thursday, 17 September 2020
GogolFest:Dream in Kherson, somewhere near the Crimea in Ukraine was the music festival of the summer. Admittedly, in my...
David Nice
Thursday, 17 September 2020
An early hero of lockdown, livestreaming from his Berlin home in terrible sound at first, Igor Levit is a supreme example of...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 17 September 2020
There’s no denying the Faulknerian ambition to the construction of Anthony Campos’ latest feature Devil All the Time. It’s a...

★★★★ PICNIC AT THE CASTLE Warwick Castle provides a striking backdrop for entertaining mixed bill

★★★ BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC Slacker time-travel double-act's return is modestly delightful

★★ DIANA KRALL - THIS DREAM OF YOU An unsatisfactory postcript to the Krall/LiPuma years

★★★ BLU-RAY: THIS GUN FOR HIRE The patchy film noir that made Alan Ladd a screen phenomenon

★★★★ FIDELIO, GARSINGTON OPERA Heart of darkness, light-filled liberation

★★★ HENDRIX AND THE SPOOK A search for clarity in murkey waters

REISSUE: JOHN COLTRANE - GIANT STEPS 60th-anniversary edition of the jazz landmark doesn't go far enough

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Mademoiselle

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


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

The Singapore Grip, ITV review - colonial clichés

Christopher Hampton’s lacklustre adaptation of JG Farrell fails to develop characters beyond caricature


DVD/Blu-ray: Mademoiselle

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

White Riot review - energetic documentary races through the history of Rock Against Racism

The power of music to change hearts and minds in the 1970s

Blu-ray: This Gun for Hire

The patchy film noir that made Alan Ladd a screen phenomenon

new music

Album: Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

A brilliant song cycle for our times

Reissue CDs Weekly: John Coltrane - Giant Steps

60th-anniversary edition of the jazz landmark doesn’t go far enough

Album: This Dream of You – Diana Krall

An unsatisfactory postscript to the Krall/LiPuma years


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

Classical CDs Weekly: CPE Bach, Gershwin, King Frederik IX of Denmark

Quirky chamber music, American pianism and a Danish King conducts

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall/Hill Quartet, Bandstand Chamber Festival review – seamlessness inside and out

Total fluency from the great pianist and a young team already rich in wisdom


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


The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils, Bridge Theatre review - loneliness shared, with wit and melancholy
Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville are peerless in this Alan Bennett double bill
The Outside Dog & The Hand of God, Bridge Theatre review - gems of frustration and disquiet
Alan Bennett's monologues make us reflect on our own little worlds
Rose, Hope Mill Theatre online review - a performer at her peak
Maureen Lipman in fearless form in Martin Sherman's discursive solo play


'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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