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Coming soon: trailers to the next big films

Summer's here, which can only mean Hollywood blockbusters. But it's not all Spider-Man, talking...

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Are video games an art form? Unquestionably

It is 2017 and we are still having this conversation: are video games art? We have been using...

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The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

This month a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat – Untitled, painted in 1982 – was sold at auction by...

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Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Love is in the air. Today, men and women and boys and girls will be pondering how to say it with...

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28 Sequels That Took Forever

This weekend T2: Trainspotting is released in cinemas. It's taken 21 years for novelist Irvine...

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Listed: Forget the Force

Next week the seventh episode of George Lucas's famed space saga will be released on a wave of hype...

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The 11 Best Gigs on Film (after Stop Making Sense)

In the arts there is never a best of anything. There is good, great and glorious. But best? There...

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Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey

It began with the sinking of Titanic and the loss of not one but two heirs to the title. James...

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Listed: Suffragettes portrayed

In the week of the release of Suffragette, Sarah Gavron’s feature about the insurgent foot soldiers...

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They say it's John's birthday

Not just a mere rock star but spiritual guru, peace campaigner, political icon, thorn in the flesh...

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Listed: The Best Mountain Movies

It has never been easier for cinema to capture the terror and splendour of the mountains. Cameras...

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Listed: Back To School

It's Monday morning, some way between the start of school term and the recall of students to...

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Listed: 10 Multiplying Actors

This week Legend opened in cinemas starring Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy. The actor’s double turn as the...

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Listed: Essential Operas 2015-16

September is upon us and it’s nearly time for the new season. English National Opera’s Artistic...

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Listed: Songs of Summer

It’s forecast to rain for a fortnight, just as the schools tip out their restless young. The roads...

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Listed: Precocious Writers

Once upon a time... Storytelling is an integral part of all human cultures, and a central pillar of...

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Listed: Essential BBC Proms

Hottest tickets for seats at the Proms have probably all gone already. Yet the beauty of it is that...

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Listed: The Very Best of 2015

Don't on any account miss the events in the selection you're about to read. Our rival outlets are...

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Listed: The Facts about Factual TV in 2014

It is a truism that the great tradition of documentary filmmaking has long since migrated to the...

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Listed: Science Fiction in Videogames

By far the majority of interactive art, entertainment and fiction – videogames for want of a better...

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