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Show of Hands: Centenary (Hands On Music)

Show of Hands: Centenary (Hands On Music)

As the CD reviews return to a weekly format, we’ll catch up with some from last year, and there are few as time-related as this one, where Devon’s folk royalty…

Films of the Week

Films of the Week

Wild (dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, cert. 15) tells Cheryl Strayed’s story of a cathartic personal voyage of discovery after the break-up of her marriage and death of her mother. Strayed, a…

Exclusive clip: Stations of the Cross

Exclusive clip: Stations of the Cross

The new award-winning German film Stations of the Cross will be released this Friday, November 28. This story of religion and devotion follows 14-year-old Maria, a girl who is searching…

The high price of protest

The high price of protest

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (dir. Francis Lawrence, cert. 12A) is the first of the two episodes of the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy. The “last…

Breaking the code on Alan Turing

Breaking the code on Alan Turing

The Imitation Game (dir. Morten Tyldum, cert. 12A) brilliantly takes us into the world of wartime code-breaking at Bletchley Park and into the mind of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). Kept…

Five films to see this Autumn

Five films to see this Autumn

By Penny Price   THE SKELETON TWINS This film is a laugh a minute at the same time as being tinged with sadness and poignancy as two dysfunctional twins –…

Cronenberg explores Shakespearean tragedy

Cronenberg explores Shakespearean tragedy

Seeing Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre version of Hamlet, with Maxine Peake in the title role, was appropriate preparation for Maps to the Stars (cert. 18), which has an air of…

The Rise of European Crime Drama

The Rise of European Crime Drama

Television crime drama has come a long way since the magnolia simplicity and warmth of Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. Driven forward by popular series such as Wallinger, Scandinavian-made…

Hoffman’s last major role is a fitting tribute

Hoffman’s last major role is a fitting tribute

A Most Wanted Man (dir. Anton Corbijn, cert. 15) is based on John Le Carré’s 2008 novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February. Apart from his cameos in…

Suspicions are aroused as a stranger arrives

Suspicions are aroused as a stranger arrives

Last seen driving to his death as Matthew Crawley in Downtown Abbey, Dan Stevens is resurrected as an American black ops soldier in pulp fiction thriller The Guest (dir. Adam…

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