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Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

The Big Wedding (15)

Filmby Maria Duarte Directed by Justin Zackham With divorce and cohabitation a normal fact of contemporary life, the premise of this comedy seems ridiculous and anachronistic.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Epic (U)

Filmby Maria Duarte Directed by Chris Wedge From the creators of Ice Age comes a surprisingly captivating and imaginative tale about a magical world of miniature woodland folk.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

George Szirtes - Nowhere to Run

Well Versededited by Jody Porter
MusicOn the Road with Attila The Stockbroker LIKE I say, I get around. Sometimes, though, I even surprise myself.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

OMD

LiveO2 Academy, Leedsby Susan Darlington Some bands spend a lifetime obsessing over authenticity. OMD frontman Andy McCluskey, on the other hand, happily shrugs his shoulders and admits that the synth-pop pioneers "sold out and made shitloads of money" with If You Leave.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

The Residents

MusicBarbican Centre, London EC2by Will Stone Surreal art rockers The Residents have abandoned their usual eyeballs-for-heads look and instead provide lots of Christmas-style fun
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Icky Blossoms

AlbumIcky Blossoms (Saddle Creek)by Ian Sinclair Nebraska. Home of bleak Bruce Springsteen ballads and Heartland Rock, right?
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

The National

AlbumTrouble Will Find Me (4AD)by Will Stone Not the most exiting of bands, The National's music sounds so grey and drab that they'd be the perfect billing to perform at some windswept music festival.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Richard Murray

AlbumBorealis (E-Shark)by Kirstie McCrum In this age of merging genres, Richard Murray's second album, the follow-up to 2008's Desert Wind, has carefully sliced off the excess parts of the pie that veered into folk, alt and anything else, leaving a neat and tidy platter of pleasure behind.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Public Service Broadcasting

MusicBrudenell Social Club, Leedsby Susan Darlington A giant 1950s television set, complete with control knobs and vintage aerial, adorns the back of the stage. Banks of portable sets, meanwhile, are stacked on either side of the speakers.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A Human Being Died That Night

TheatreHampstead Theatre, London NW3by Gordon Parsons Nicholas Wright's play on one of apartheid's most notorious killers is a compelling exploration of good and evil
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

LiveO2 Academy, Leedsby Susan Darlington Black Rebel Motorcycle Club would have been astounding if they'd only played for 15 minutes.
Non-Fictionby Rhian E Jones (Zero Books, £9.99)by Susan Darlington Word magazine has calculated that 60 per cent of British artists in a recent music top 10 had been to public school compared with just 20 per cent in 1990.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 00:00

The Grey Line

Non-Fictionby Jo Metson Scott (Dewi Lewis Publishing, £30)by Michal Boncza A book on the troops who challenged the legitimacy of the Iraq conflict
Chris SearleLive at Birdland (Stunt STCD 301), Zig Zag Zimfoni (Stunt STCD 01022), Dancing Cheek to Cheek (Stunt STCD 4062)Chris Searle on JAZZ Why would a jazz guitarist born in frosty northern Europe, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1946, a long way away from the heat of the tropics, create a…
Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

The Power And The People

Non-Fictionby Charles Tripp (Cambridge University Press, £18.99)by John Moore In the Power And The People Charles Tripp aims to analyse the forms of violent and non-violent resistance to invasion, occupation and military dictatorship in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Kurdistan.
Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

The State Of Freedom

Non-Fictionby Patrick Joyce (Cambridge University Press, £19.99)by Gordon Parsons The title of this important book by Patrick Joyce is misleading in that its subject is not freedom, except in a specific aspect of that slippery concept.
Non-Fictionby David Harvey (Verso, £9.99)by Angel Dahouk David Harvey's book puts the case for us to create cities responsive to our needs and not those of super-rich
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

The Way I See It

Artsby Bob Starrett Fair Pley (£9.95)by John Green The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

Arts ahead

Artsby the Star critics A cherry-pick some of the best on offer in the weeks to come
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

Fast And Furious 6 (12A)

FilmDirected by Justin Linby Maria Duarte Faster and even more furious than its predecessors, this manic and colossal juggernaut bursts onto the screen at break-neck speed and without a pit stop.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

Beware Of Mr. Baker (15)

FilmDirected by Jay Buglerby Jeff Sawtell Ginger Baker, up there in the pantheon of percussionists, is a tempestuous talent and genuine hell raiser who has always resisted sucking up to the Establishment, or rock royalty for that matter.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

The Great Gatsby (15)

FilmDirected by Baz Luhrmannnby Rita Di Santo Baz Luhrmann gives a skim-reading of a classic novel
Well Versededited by Jody Porter
FictionCrime fiction round up with Matt Coward Gibraltarian lawyer Spike Sanguinetti is summoned to Malta in Thomas Mogford's Sign Of The Cross (Bloomsbury, £12.99) to arrange the funerals of two relatives who have died in horribly violent circumstances.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

The Eagles

MusicHistory Of The Eagles (Capitol Records)by Adrian Roberts The Eagles were the most popular US band of the 1970s and are credited by many as the group that brought country music into the rock mainstream.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Public Enemy

TheatreYoung Vic Theatre, London SE1by Gordon Parsons A new version of Henrik Ibsen's Public Enemy is an acute reminder of ongoing corruption in the body politic
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

At the cutting edge of moral judgment

Non-Fictionby Gary Cox Contemporary Metaethics: An Introduction by Alexander Miller (Polity Press, £18.99)
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

The Count Of Monte Cristo

TheatreHarrogate Theatre/Touringby Susan Darlington Thunder Road Theatre Company certainly like a challenge.
TheatreJermyn Street Theatre, London SW1by Dennis Poole Written by Alexander Marshall, And In The End: The Life And Death Of John Lennon strives to represent Lennon's state of mind at the moment of his assassination outside the Dakota apartment building in New York.

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