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After ‘Once’, a new film to delight

After ‘Once’, a new film to delight

Once was my 2006 film of the year, a quirky tale of love between an Irish busker and a Czech girl in Dublin, and its gorgeous song Falling Slowly won…

Film: Cycling with Molière

Film: Cycling with Molière

You don’t need a degree in French literature for Cycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette, French with English subtitles, cert. 15). It helps to attune the ear for the alexandrin…

Notes on Notes: A Vibrant World of Folk

Notes on Notes: A Vibrant World of Folk

Visiting a local folk club recently for a solo performance by Show of Hands front man Steve Knightley, I was struck by the audience as much as the singer. Out…

Jimmy’s Hall and Catholic history

Jimmy’s Hall and Catholic history

Ken Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall (cert. 12A), may be his last. At 77, he says the work involved, especially on location shoots, is getting a bit much. I happened…

A movie with a crucial social message for us all

A movie with a crucial social message for us all

Oscar Grant III (Michael B Jordan) was a 22-year-old black man shot on a station platform on New Year’s Day, 2009, by a policeman of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid…

Prison Wings

Prison Wings

Prison Wings is not what you think. On arriving at the Intermission Theatre, situated in the once abandoned St Saviour’s Church, you meet the Rev Rob Gillion. It soon becomes clear…

X-Men rise to challenge

X-Men: Days of Future Past (dir. Bryan Singer, cert. 12A) seems to have got most critics to say this seventh film in the franchise is the best. You can just…

Notes on Notes: Jazz around the World

This month’s music round-up turns its ears to jazz and our only UK release features notable hints of the rest of the world. I have seen Blue Touch Paper’s Drawing…

Burning it up in Pompeii

Burning it up in Pompeii

Pompeii (dir. Paul WS Anderson, cert. 12A) is a gladiator story with added love interest and pyroclastic flows. Milo (Kit Hartington) is a survivor from the AD62 “Celtic horse tribe…

Reflecting on modern life in new film

Reflecting on modern life in new film

Writer-director Joanna Hogg had critical acclaim for her first two features Unrelated and Archipelago and her latest, Exhibition (cert. 15) confirms her place as one of Britain’s leading female directors.…

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