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There’s no place like Home

There’s no place like Home

Home (dir. Tim Johnson, cert. U) may be a bit early for the Easter holidays but it’s a decent animated offering from DreamWorks. The plot feels a bit like recycled…

CD Choice: Anouar Brahem – Souvenance (ECM)

Oud player Brahem does not claim that this two-disc set is directly influenced by the Arab Spring, but it has certainly imbibed some of the fragile, nascent hope of recent…

Life among the Occupiers

Life among the Occupiers

Suite Française (dir. Saul Dibb, cert. 15) is based on two novels written by Irène Némirovsky during the Nazi occupation of France. She died in Auschwitz, but her notebook was…

CD Choice: Argent – In Deep (Talking Elephant)

I would not normally get excited about a straight re-release that comes without extensive liner notes and extra tracks, as perfected by labels like Esoteric and Salvo, but the return…

CD Choice: The Hilliard Ensemble – Transeamus (ECM)

On paper, there might not be a huge market for music from the Middle Ages, especially when much of it is by anonymous composers and some of it – as…

Checking in at the Marigold Hotel again

Checking in at the Marigold Hotel again

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (dir. John Madden) gets a PG certificate despite quite a lot of what the Board of Film Classification calls “mild bad language and sex…

CD Choice: Rend Collective – The Art of Celebration (Kingsway)

CD Choice: Rend Collective – The Art of Celebration (Kingsway)

There was a time when this band’s name ended in “Experiment” and their freshness promised to re-invigorate worship music. Their “Build Your Kingdom Here” was one of the best congregational…

The nominations are in for the Oscars…

The nominations are in for the Oscars…

It’s Oscar® night on Sunday. The main prizes seem largely sorted – most favourites match the BAFTA awards, including Julianne Moore’s best actress for Still Alice, which only gets its…

CD Choice – All Sons and Daughters Live (Integrity)

CD Choice – All Sons and Daughters Live (Integrity)

Every genre needs artists who can combine creativity, integrity, freshness and artistic quality. All Sons and Daughters do just that for worship music. Whether you love or despise current praise…

CD Choice: Icehouse – The Best of (Repertoire)

CD Choice: Icehouse – The Best of (Repertoire)

Icehouse deserves to be better known in the UK. Iva Davies (who essentially is Icehouse) has garnered several musical awards in his homeland of Australia and recorded the soundtrack to…

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