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Mouchette, directed by Robert Bresson

By Dan Schneider Right on the heels of his great 1966 film, Au Hasard Balthazar, French film director Robert Bresson embarked on another exploration of…

3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch

By Austin Williams The agonising and ultimately redemptive tale of the trapped Chilean miners captured the world’s hearts and headlines. At the time of writing,…

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

By Wes Brown Martin Amis burst onto the seventies literary circuit, an ‘enfant terrible’, only twenty-four and yet apparently fully-formed—The Rachel Papers (1973), Dead Babies…

Tosca, ENO, Coliseum, London

By Sarah Boyes Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) is a notoriously popular composer. Popular, in terms of sheer numbers of admirers during his lifetime and enduring resonance…

Up in the Air

By Dennis Hayes Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is one of those rare films that deals with contemporary working life. It focuses on the…

Harry Brown

By Mark Carrigan This film tells the story of Harry Brown, a pensioner living on a decaying housing estate in South London. Formerly a marine,…

The Ghost Writer

By Mark Carrigan Given the likelihood that its director Roman Polanski may never make another film, it is difficult not to approach The Ghost Writer…

The New Old World

By Chris Bickerton Perry Anderson’s The New Old World is a welcome addition to the many books published in recent years on the European Union…

Macbeth

By Matt Trueman Imagine if you could bathe in Macbeth. Or cut it into lines and snort it. What about painting your house Macbeth? ‘OK,’…

The Slap

By Mike Jakeman Until the triumphant return of Jonathan Franzen in the autumn, it seemed that Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap, was a contender for…

Visions of Space: God’s Architect

By Dan Schneider Sometimes the extra features on a DVD oddly turn out to surpass the featured film itself. Such is the case with the…

King Death by Toby Litt

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia Working his way through the alphabet, Toby Litt has now delivered the letter ‘K’ with his new novel King Death. The…

How the West Was Lost

By Andrew Wheelhouse ‘We think we know what’s coming. But is it already too late?’ Taglines this ominous in tone usually belong to a Roland…

The Graduate

By Dan Schneider Comedian Mike Nichols, in the mid-1960s, abandoned a flourishing comedy career with his partner, Elaine May, to become a filmmaker. His first…

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Cyberpunk science fiction has not been a popular genre during the last decades. Originating from the novels by Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov,…

Richard II, Barbican, London

By Miriam Gillinson Richard II was only 10 years old when he ascended the throne, and this early rise to power is stamped all over…

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