fri 29/05/2020

Reviews

Space Force, Netflix review - fails to launch

Veronica Lee

Since Donald Trump's election as US President in 2016, I imagine satirists have slowly lost the will to live – as nothing they can write can outdo his buffoonery.

Krabi, 2562 review - a trance-like visitation

Owen Richards

Have you ever visited a destination you saw on film, only to realise it’s not quite how you imagined? Filled with tourists, the scars of mass visitation, and caught between its own culture and staying commercially attractive. The Thai city of Krabi is one such location, made famous by such films as The Beach and The Man with a Golden Gun.

The Uncertain Kingdom review - Britannia agonistes

Graham Fuller

The Uncertain Kingdom is a VOD anthology of 20 short films, 10 directed by women, comprising a tapestry of life in – and, in one case, outside –...

Andsnes, Eriksmoen and friends, Bergen...

David Nice

This is as close as we’re going to come now to the real festival experience. The enviably well-funded Bergen International Festival is serving up on...

The High Note review - Tracee Ellis Ross shines...

Joseph Walsh

Nisha Ganatra’s musical dramedy, penned by first time screenwriter Flora Greeson, isn’t going to win any prizes for originality and is almost...

Unprecedented, BBC Four review - perspectives on the pandemic

Adam Sweeting

Playwrights find different ways to approach an unfathomable crisis

A House Through Time, Series 3, BBC Two review - Bristol under the microscope

Adam Sweeting

Slavery, piracy and satire at No 10, Guinea Street

Desiree Burch, Soho Theatre On Demand review - fantastical storytelling

Veronica Lee

California comic on Burning Man, sex, race – and LSD

John Grisham: Camino Winds review - morality tale with a light touch

Marina Vaizey

Grisham’s latest thriller is a playful and topical take on the thriller formula

Reissue CDs Weekly: Keith Relf - All the Falling Angels

Kieron Tyler

Confirmation that the face of The Yardbirds was a creative force in his own right

Defending Jacob, Apple TV+ review - does murder run in the family?

Adam Sweeting

Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery impress in adaptation of hit novel

Have a Good Trip, Netflix review - a breezy journey into the mind

Owen Richards

Netflix doc focuses on the lighter side of psychedelics

A Streetcar Named Desire, National Theatre at Home review - world on fire

Aleks Sierz

NT Live recording of this classic Young Vic production is genuinely unmissable

Women Make Film: Part Two review - two steps forward, one step back

Jill Chuah Masters

Mark Cousins gives women the screen - but does he give them a voice?

The Understudy online review - entertaining adaptation of David Nicholls' novel

Veronica Lee

Nice in-jokes and smart observations about actors

What's the Matter with Tony Slattery?, BBC Two review - absorbing but troubling search for answers

Adam Sweeting

How mental illness cut short a brilliant showbusiness career

Women Make Film: Part One review - a mesmerising journey of neglected film

Joseph Walsh

Cousins' latest opus seeks to give a voice to the women cinema neglected

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Dutch National Opera, OperaVision review - fairy-tale good and evil made real

David Nice

Rimsky-Korsakov's myth resonates in the highest musical and production standards

The County review - Icelandic drama from the director of 'Rams'

Joseph Walsh

Grímur Hákonarson’s latest feature cuts to the quick of local politics

A Very British Hotel Chain: Inside Best Western, Channel 4 review - requiem for the hospitality industry?

Adam Sweeting

Bizarre reality doc is entertaining for all the wrong reasons

Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh, ITV review - jokey documentary delivers painful emotional truths

Adam Sweeting

It's back to the Nineties with Redknapp's band of brothers

Visual Arts Lockdown Special 3: gigapixel Rembrandt, magic mushrooms, and more

Florence Hallett

The best art online this week

Arena: The Changin' Times of Ike White, BBC Four review - musical mystery becomes personal

India Lewis

The 'true' stories of an almost-star

Maria Reva: Good Citizens Need Not Fear review - tales of gloomy humour and absurdist charm

Jessica Payn

Inventive short stories capture Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine with a surrealist squint

Billy Bragg in support of The Leadmill, Facebook Live review - a fundraising success of a lounge act

Liz Thomson

Keeping the red flag flying, even in lockdown

Khaled Nurul Hakim: The Book of Naseeb review – a bold debut

Daniel Baksi

From Birmingham to Kabul, Hakim’s work presents a unique account of human struggle

Reissue CDs Weekly: Damily - Madagascar Cassette Archives

Kieron Tyler

Revealed - the spiky music the guitarist made before moving to Europe

Cats, The Shows Must Go On review - a purr-fectly theatrical experience

Marianka Swain

This filmed version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical captures its eccentric charms

Reborn review - horror on the Hollywood skids

Nick Hasted

No scares but decent ideas down in the B-movie basement

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