An engaging new outing for Star Wars

An engaging new outing for Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson, cert. 12A) is episode VIII of the trilogy of trilogies originally envisioned by George Lucas. There’s a fourth trilogy in mind, perhaps 10 years away, but there are always new ideas; this time it’s the light speed tracker system. The latest blockbuster – apart from children’s animation […]

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The Snowman By Peter May Like the Coca Cola advert and Mariah Carey’s infamous Christmas jingle, there are many pop culture institutions that sum up the festive period. The Snowman will surely resonate with most, even if it is simply the original cartoon on which this stage show is based upon. Twenty years have passed since it was first […]

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

**** By Peter May   It’s one of the most respected horror films of all time and one of the most successful too. Originally released in 1973, The Exorcist has rarely been bettered in the following 44 years in terms of terror but can those thrills and chills translate to the stage? The answer is a […]

A Chat With Stu G: God at the Bottom of Life

A Chat With Stu G: God at the Bottom of Life

We sometimes envy those with successful careers, but – as public figures from Tony Hancock to Caroline Aherne have shown us – inside their skin, they may be living in a far more fearful world than their public face reveals. Stu Garrard had lots going for him. Guitarist with trailblazing worship band Delirious?, he had […]

A portrait of the artist Giacometti

A portrait of the artist Giacometti

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Final Portrait (cert. 15) tells the story, slowly, of how in 1964 artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asked American writer James Lord (Armie Hammer) to pose for a portrait. It was for one afternoon at Alberto’s Paris studio, but three weeks later, he was still working on it – […]

Music Choice: Stu Garrard – Beatitudes

Musical projects that draw in various artists seem rarer at the moment, but this one certainly sells the value of getting good musicians together to make a statement. There can’t be a much better statement than highlighting Jesus’ culture-shifting words in the Sermon on the Mount – hence the title of the accompanying book: Words […]

Another Inconvenient reminder

Another Inconvenient reminder

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Ten years on from An Inconvenient Truth, mostly a film of Al Gore’s lecture on global warming, Gore revisits the issue in An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (cert. PG). The Paris Agreement is a highlight, and even Trump’s official withdrawal of the USA from its goals […]

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