fri 14/08/2020

Reviews

Spree review - a wild ride through social media madness

Adam Sweeting

Allergic to that word “influencer”? Afraid that social media is the death of civilisation as we’ve known it? Then this movie may be for you.

Mandy, BBC2 review - Diane Morgan's new creation

Veronica Lee

Mandy started life in the Comedy Shorts season last year, and has now been given a six-part series. Diane Morgan, who has a solid CV in other writers' work including Philomena Cunk, Motherland and After Life, here writes, directs and stars as the title character, who has a messy  beehive, always wears thigh-high boots, has a fag on the go and a face set to permanent grimace.

Babyteeth review - teenage love and terminal...

Markie Robson-Scott

Babyteeth gets off to a terrific start. A semi-naked, manic Moses (Toby Wallace, full of scabby charisma) almost pushes 15-year-old Milla (Eliza...

Pinocchio review - wooden heart

Nick Hasted

This seems a perfect project for Matteo Garrone, a director who has found new ways to conjure old Italian dreams, and invests even his most grimly...

AIM Awards 2020, SBTV review - a game attempt to...

Joe Muggs

Music awards shows are a strange beast: part window display, part industry conference and part party. Especially if you don’t have Brit Awards or...

Charles Owen, Fidelio Orchestra Café review - high-profile, robust romantics

David Nice

Lucid Schumann, Chopin and Liszt from a master pianist

Fanny and Stella, Garden Theatre review - a saucy slice of queer history

Sam Marlowe

This rambunctious fringe musical serves up a fascinating true story with charm and pizazz

Cuba: Castro vs the World, BBC Two - turbulent life and times of El Comandante

Adam Sweeting

How Fidel Castro exported revolution to the oppressed masses

The Telephone, Scottish Opera/Cargill, RSNO, Søndergård, Edinburgh International Festival online - human emotions in digital form

Miranda Heggie

EIF 2020's 'My Light Shines On' series kicks off musically with Menotti and Mahler

Matt Haig: The Midnight Library review - an uplifting modern parable

Sarah Collins

Exquisite depiction of depression explores regret, pain and the richness of the ordinary

The Adulterer, Channel 4 review - atmospheric, addictive and bingeworthy

Sebastian Scotney

This top-quality Dutch series from 2011-15 deserved to be seen sooner

Blindness, Donmar Warehouse review - a beautifully haunting parable

Aleks Sierz

Simon Stephens and Juliet Stevenson create the perfect installation for our times

The Encore, Opera Holland Park review - stylish return for a squad of old friends

Boyd Tonkin

A moving and delightful al fresco feast of opera favourites

Sharon Dolin: Hitchcock Blonde: A Cinematic Memoir review - a poet’s life filtered through Hitchcock’s lens

Daniel Lewis

Life imitates art in a memoir that struggles to lead a life of its own

Reissue CDs Weekly: Dudu Phukwana and the "Spears"

Kieron Tyler

Dudu Pukwana’s Joe Boyd-produced debut album reappears, with added Fairport Convention input

Heart's Delight, Opera Holland Park review - a classy hour of operetta pops

David Nice

Five fine singers and a small orchestra deliver hits at a high level

Perfect 10 review - a small movie with a big heart

Matt Wolf

Eva Riley's debut feature is by turns sentimental and spiky

Alex Halberstadt: Young Heroes of the Soviet Union review - a familial history of the twentieth century

India Lewis

The terrible power of the past

Everything: The Real Thing Story, BBC Four review - brilliant but long overdue

Joe Muggs

The breakthrough Liverpudlian band's story told lovingly and not before time

The New Normal, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building review - strong mixed bill

Veronica Lee

Pop-up arts festival in a lovely Gothic venue

The Streets, EartH review - empathy in isolation

Nick Hasted

Garage laureate proves eager to connect

Imagine... My Name is Kwame, BBC One review - interesting but incomplete

Matt Wolf

Profile of Young Vic artistic director could go still further

Moses und Aron, Komische Oper Berlin, OperaVision review – complex and powerful memorial

Gavin Dixon

Schoenberg’s opera of unanswerable questions proves a fitting Holocaust epitaph

An American Pickle review - sweet and sour screwball comedy

Joseph Walsh

Seth Rogen doubles up for a time-hopping tale that sets the past against the present

The Deceived, Channel 5 review - who's fooling who?

Adam Sweeting

Confused drama can't decide whether it's a thriller or a ghost story

Young Ahmed review - jihadist drama misses the mark

Owen Richards

Cannes Best Director-winner has its moments, but focuses on the wrong parts

Little Birds, Sky Atlantic review - decadence and intrigue in 1950s Morocco

Adam Sweeting

Adaption of Anaïs Nin's stories is raunchy and risqué

Hiromi Kawakami: People From My Neighbourhood review - deft and feather-light

Gaby Frost

Surreal short stories offer a glimpse into nosy neighbourly worlds

The Talk, Channel 4 review - coping with the legacy of racism

Adam Sweeting

Black Britons discuss their personal struggles against prejudice

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