fri 15/11/2019

Reviews

The Accident, Series Finale, Channel 4 review - ambitious mini-series leaves many unanswered questions

Jill Chuah Masters

Channel 4’s The Accident closed with a bang and a whimper. Jack Thorne provided a definitive answer to his series’ central question, but his characters and subplots petered out in the meantime.

Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre review - not quite high enough

Aleks Sierz

Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988, mountaineer Joe Simpson's Touching the Void has apparently sold more than a million copies, and it's been translated into some 20 languages. It tells the adventure story of how he, and Simon Yates, climbed the Siula Grande peak in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Britain’s Lost Masterpieces, Episode Three, BBC...

Tom Baily

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Boyd Tonkin

For better or worse, because of Visconti’s classic film the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony now inevitably means Venice in its gloomiest moods....

Marriage Story review - superior weepie

Demetrios Matheou

Forty years after the classic, multi-Oscar winning Kramer v Kramer comes another divorce drama involving two young Americans and a son...

Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre review - a lavish but old-fashioned revival

Marianka Swain

Everyone's favourite nanny returns, again

Last Christmas review - for the stocking, not the tree

Demetrios Matheou

No longer mothering dragons, Emilia Clarke comes back down to Earth as an elf

theartsdesk on Vinyl 54: The Beatles, Prince, Kid Acne, Nirvana, Teebs, Monty Python, Pulp and more

Thomas H Green

Vast acres of new records reviewed in detail

Gold Digger, BBC One review - Julia Ormond tackles those mid-life blues

Adam Sweeting

Marnie Dickens's family drama asks if life can begin again at 60

ECO, Zacharias, Fairfield Halls Croydon review - green-fingered Haydn

Peter Quantrill

The lights are back on and burning cheerfully at south London’s new/old orchestral venue

Le Mans '66 review - nicely revved up

Demetrios Matheou

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are an entertaining double act at the centre of a real-life motor-racing drama

Pavlů, Prague SO, Inkinen, Cadogan Hall review - exhilarating but uneven Mahler Third

Gavin Dixon

Czech band brings excitement and colour, but their dizzy climaxes overwhelm

Ant Middleton and Liam Payne: Straight Talking, Sky 1 review - when the commando met the pop star

Adam Sweeting

Manly true confessions under African skies

Vampire Weekend, O2 Academy, Birmingham review – clean-cut Americans fail to ignite

Guy Oddy

Ezra Koenig’s crew paint the town beige

Roméo et Juliette, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - surprisingly sober take on Berlioz epic

David Nice

'MTT' celebrates his 50th anniversary with a top orchestra, but the panache has gone

World on Fire, BBC One, series finale review - may this fine war drama fight on

Jasper Rees

Peter Bowker's ambitious series ended on a cliffhanger, with viewers waiting to learn its fate

Williams, LPO, Alsop, RFH review - sleek lines and pastoral tones

Gavin Dixon

Power and precision in all-British programme, but the music retains its poetry

Jack Dee, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage review - now he really is a grumpy old man

Veronica Lee

Observational comic has grown into his stage persona

Arena: Everything is Connected - George Eliot's Life, BBC Four review - innovative film brings the Victorian novelist into the present

India Lewis

Artist Gillian Wearing captures Eliot’s life and legacy through the voices of the common man (and woman)

Caroline Moorehead: A House in the Mountains review – the women's war against Fascism

Boyd Tonkin

Uplifting, and horrifying, stories of the Italian Resistance and its heroines

Irenosen Okojie: Nudibranch review - twisted and funny

Jessica Payn

A bold and inventive collection of short stories nourished on the darkest of thoughts

Reissue CDs Weekly: Yesterday Has Gone - The Songs of Teddy Randazzo

Kieron Tyler

Recognition for the bold American musical stylist

Tim Minchin, Eventim Apollo review - fabulous triumph of rhyme and reason

Jasper Rees

Age has not withered the ginger Ninja comic, but there is an intruiging new tone

Ólafur Arnalds presents OPIA, Southbank Centre review - many strange delights

Chris Harvey

Mini festival produces strange delights – and a tree for all

Wallfisch, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - Weinberg UK premiere

Robert Beale

Subtlety and haunting qualities in a little gem for solo cello and string orchestra

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery review - worth its weight?

Katherine Waters

Blockbuster artefacts in show that cares more about visitor numbers than visitor experience

Meeting Gorbachev review - Werner Herzog offers a swansong tribute

Tom Birchenough

Engaging documentary portrait becomes a moving meditation on history

The Good Liar review - the grey pound dipped in acid

Nick Hasted

McKellen and Mirren play dark conman games in an uncompromising thriller

Midway review - gung-ho heroes battle moribund script

Adam Sweeting

Roland Emmerich spent decades getting this film made, but why?

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