A film that rises above the ordinary

A film that rises above the ordinary

It’s a busy period as Oscar® nominations hit UK screens, including two historic biopics – one literary, one showbiz. By contrast, Robert Guédiguian’s latest story from his native southern France is an emotionally packed account of family tragedy, recrimination and reconciliation. Colette (dir. Wash Westmoreland, cert. 15) stars Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, first seen […]

This week’s digest

This week’s digest

New Dean of York The previous Dean left to be a bishop, not the Bishop of Southampton is moving north to become the new Dean of York. The Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost, a lifelong Fulham supporter and a trustee of USPG, is a Benedictine Oblate and follows a Rule of Life. Married to Christine, they […]

This week’s digest

Misplaced compliments The Bishop of Gloucester has warned that compliments made to children can undermine their self worth. The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek said that complimenting a girl on how pretty she looks or telling a young boy how smart he looks are too focused on appearance. The Bishop said: “The intention is usually one of […]

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★ By Peter May Christmas is fast approaching and the Briefs boys have returned on fine form once more. Set in a Spiegeltent amongst Leicester Square’s new mini Winter Wonderland they have taken up a residence over the festive season. The Briefs Factory, an all-male burlesque troupe, stormed into London from Australia […]

Christmas Tree Festivals has a new home

Christmas Tree Festivals has a new home

For Caroline and Judy, Christmas Tree Festivals are an integral part of their Christmas celebrations. Judy has been coordinating the Stowmarket CTF in her parish church since 2005 and Caroline became involved through her work in journalism and local tourism. They both felt that these fantastic events, which do so much to bring communities together […]

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

By Peter May   Tap suggests a light touch however that isn’t exactly what Tap Dogs offers. It is high energy throughout and includes a talented cast of six male tap dancers. They all work their way through some incredibly complex tap skills guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.  When they start tapping, it’s […]

Behind every good man there’s a Wife

Behind every good man there’s a Wife

If acting with the eyes is the way to a prize, then Glenn Close is well on the way to awards for her performance as The Wife (cert. 15), adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel. Swedish director Björn Runge sums up the story, set in the 1990s, as “truth as the key […]

A truly original project

A truly original project

Heaven Paul Poulton Project & Jeannie Poulton is an original. He puts himself completely into whatever he does, and that varies considerably – he has recently written the commentary ‘Genesis for Ordinary People’ and an Exodus follow-up. His hallmarks include integrity, passion and character. Though his budget must be slim, he gets a quality mix […]

A new perception on modern marriage

A new perception on modern marriage

Crazy Rich Asians (dir. John M Chu, cert. 12A) is an unusual romcom as the enamoured couple have already been together a year in New York when Nick Young (Henry Golding) asks Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) if she wants a break somewhere east. He means further east than Queens. Nick is to be best man […]

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