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The priest facing his own Calvary

The priest facing his own Calvary

Brendan Gleeson seems to have a niche as characters making sacrifices. In In Bruges (2008) he gives his life to save fellow hitman Colin Farrell, in The Guard (2011) duty…

Small Screen Selection – Muscle Shoals (Dogwoof)

Small Screen Selection – Muscle Shoals (Dogwoof)

Whatever you need to bring alive the story of a recording studio, this one has it. Artists? The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and Aretha Franklin all appear, while…

Notes on Notes: Intelligent Christian Music

Notes on Notes: Intelligent Christian Music

It has long been a crime that – with a few exceptions – self-styled Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) tends to be the predictable, factory-produced, praise-oriented material that gave up trying…

Muppets on the run! And jokes abound

Muppets on the run! And jokes abound

Muppets Most Wanted (dir. James Bobin, cert. U) attacks head-on the problem of sequels, with a Broadway-style opening number that manages to rhyme Hollywood with the notion that a sequel…

Heart and Soul: Faith in Oman

Heart and Soul: Faith in Oman

By Dyana Osegueda   South of Iran and east of Saudi Arabia, Oman is heaven on earth for some. Sultan Qaabos is the absolute ruler of Oman, and has been…

Film aims to get Under the Skin…

Jonathan Glazer made award-winning Guinness adverts before his first feature, the marvellous Sexy Beast (2000). Birth (2004) was harder work – a boy tells Nicole Kidman he’s her dead husband…

A hotel with a difference

A hotel with a difference

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s imagination runs riot at The Grand Budapest Hotel (cert. 15). Visually inventive, and full of wit and occasional wisdom, the film features many of Anderson’s regular cast…

A Voice For Stella

A Voice For Stella

A Voice for Stella is a compilation of tracks by artist like Philippa Hanna, Daughters of Davis and Superhero. The album aims to raise funds for the charity Stella’s Voice,…

The devil’s in the detail

The devil’s in the detail

A New York’s Winter’s Tale (dir. Akiva Goldsman, cert. 12A, just Winter’s Tale in the USA after its 1983 source novel by Mark Helprin) is a confused mess, involving demons…

An unusual love story

An unusual love story

Her (cert. 15) is the last of the Oscar® best film nominees released in the UK (and the last reviewed here) and for me it’s the weakest of the nine…

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