A biopic with a difference

Miles Ahead (cert. 15), directed by, co-written by and starring Don Cheadle, is not a standard musical biopic. It concentrates on a period when jazz trumpeter Miles Davis stopped playing for five years in the late 70s, health problems and drug use seemingly ending his career. Columbia Records held his contract, and were looking for […]

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

(Reveal Records) Eddi Reader MBE is probably still best known as the voice of Fairground Attraction, so you would expect their ever-popular “Perfect” to be on here. But I had forgotten that they also had success with “Find my Love” – a simple acoustic gem that seems to reflect hints of music from around the […]

Review: Faith on trial

Review: Faith on trial

God’s Not Dead 2 *** By Peter May As persecutions of Christians becomes more commonplace within todays society, this film aims to tackle the issue taking inspiration from 25 real life American court cases. This is the sequel to you guessed it, God’s Not Dead. The original made a surprisingly huge box office splash, amassing […]

Review: Goosebumps Alive

Review: Goosebumps Alive

★★★ By Peter May Last year it was Alice in Wonderland, this year the Vaults have decided to explore much darker territory. Nineties kiddie horror novels by RL Stines becomes the focus of this immersive theatre experience using a selection of nine books to transport the audience from one story room to another. This type […]

The Young Montalbano

The Young Montalbano

Small Screen Selection The Young Montalbano, Series 2 (cert. 15. Acorn)   The original Inspector Montalbano was a warm breeze of TV detective fiction to counter the chill wind of Nordic Noir. Midnight swims, gourmet suppers, historic scenery and a light comic touch were the background to some tightly plotted whodunnits that made for perfect […]

Faith and frailty on Iona

Faith and frailty on Iona

Iona is a marvellous drama tinged with tragedy and set on the Hebridean island. Ruth Negga plays Iona, named after the place, who left hurriedly some years ago and now returns with her 15-year-old son Billy or “Bull” (Ben Gallagher). Brief flashbacks provide the reason for her return, a search for sanctuary. Her relationship with […]

Superheroes collide

Superheroes collide

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the new take from Hollywood of two huge fictional legends. Many of us have grown up on Batman and Robin, which became just Batman, and gradually there evolved what can only be described as darker and darker takes on the legend. Gone are the days where these characters […]

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