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Get Santa

By Matt Trueman Pity those parents with inquisitive kids, for they shall be faced with a barrage of whys after the Royal Court’s first ever…

American Rust

By Brenda Stones This debut novel comes loaded with accolades; already the book covers and the author’s websites are stashed with tributes: the next Steinbeck,…

Alien: Covenant

The scariest movie I watched in my childhood was definitely “Alien.” As I grew up, I watched it several more times, and although I still…

An ‘Oliver!’ for the 21st century

By Matt Trueman Matilda’s got its own Spiderman in the first five minutes: a spoilt brat in crude, homemade fancy dress. The RSC’s homegrown musical…

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

By Nicky Charlish Every crime writer sets his or her fictional detective some challenges to face. With this book, she sets herself one, too: how…

Certified Copy

By Valentine Rossetti Persian director and pioneer of Iranian new wave cinema Abbas Kiarostami graces the silver screen with his oeuvre once more. Not since…

And This is True

By Chris Sims ‘Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true,’ writes Proust in Remembrance of Things Past.…

Harlan County, USA

By Dan Schneider Barbara Kopple is one of those filmmakers who can do just about any film well. And so much so that when she…

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Jane Turner The Importance of Being Earnest was the first and is also sadly, the last play to be performed in the basement of…

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…

Sybil

The subject of mental disorders has long become a niche for all kinds of thriller and horror movies. Roughly 80% of movies dedicated to this…

Haiku Commentary

spring breeze . . . a new nun shivers in the cloister © Marina Balmaceda Paredes We start with a kigo, or seasonal reference. A…

Cure

If you watch movies filmed in different parts of the world, you might notice that each region, be it America, Europe, or Asia, puts its…

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