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Markie Robson-Scott

Red, the colour of blood, passion, love and hate, is Almodóvar’s trademark and in Julieta, his 20th film (and surely one of his most visually lustrous), it’s never far away. It’s there in the opening sequence, a close-up of thick folds of red fabric moving like a curtain. Then we see, as the camera cuts away, that it’s a dress worn by Julieta, a woman in her fifties (Emma Suarez, pictured below).She’s new to Almodóvar, as are most of the actresses in the film apart from his idiosyncratic muse...

They Drink It in the Congo, Almeida Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Do you carry a small part of the Congo every day on your person? Probably. Your mobile phone will contain coltan, aka columbite tantalum, which is used to make your electronics work better. And this is mined in the Congo. The trouble is that fluctuating prices for this mineral, as well as competition for such resources, encourages conflict between militia groups, which is one reason for the constant wars in this region of Africa. Another reason is the legacy of colonialism. Another reason is...

Ripper Street, Series 4, BBC Two

Mark Sanderson

H Division has a new home in Whitechapel that basks in the white heat of the technological revolution. The police station not only has a telephone...

Prom 49: Quincy Jones Prom, Royal Albert Hall

Andrew Cartmel

As I waited outside the entrance to the Royal Albert Hall, someone leaned over to me and said: “My cocaine is to your left.” I glanced in that...

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Veronica Lee

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Peter Quantrill

Orchestral walks on the wild side - shame about the Shakespeare

Edinburgh Festival 2016: Alan Cumming/ The Glass Menagerie/ Mark Thomas

David Kettle

Theatre highlights from the second week of the world's biggest arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Zoë Coombs Marr/ Randy/ Sarah Callaghan

Veronica Lee

Latest instalment of comedy from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Proms at...Roundhouse: London Sinfonietta, Gourlay

Helen Wallace

An enchanted fusion of microtonal magic and luminous projection

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Kieron Tyler

Intriguing Sixties soul from the woman who married Miles Davis and a lost San Francisco belter

There's Something about Romcoms, Channel 4

Marina Vaizey

Thirty years of the romantic comedy remembered with wit by leading players

Prom 45: The Makropulos Affair, BBCSO, Bělohlávek

David Nice

Karita Mattila, in incandescent company, is Janáček's long-lived diva to the life

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David Kettle

An affectionate homage to the great composer-conductor and bracing chamber recitals

Almost Holy

Tom Birchenough

Charisma battles desolation in moving documentary of Ukraine's lower depths

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Richard Gadd/ Kieran Hodgson/ Nazeem Hussain

Veronica Lee

Another batch of comedy highlights from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Prom 43: Argerich, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim

David Nice

Two great artists and a Middle Eastern success story give generous measure

The Childhood of a Leader

Markie Robson-Scott

Atmospheric debut film inspired by Sartre novella on the nurturing of a fascist

Lights Out

Nick Hasted

New horror franchise isn't scared enough of the dark

Groundhog Day, Old Vic

Matt Wolf

Stage version of Bill Murray film catapults Broadway's Andy Karl to stardom

Allegro, Southwark Playhouse

David Nice

Experimental fable of compromise boasts a fine cast, but no good songs

Kate Humble: My Sheepdog & Me, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Charming investigation into canine identity

Prom 39: Johnston, BBCSO, Oramo

Sebastian Scotney

Mahler with beauty and natural flow, and a premiere with a problem

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Bridget Christie/ Adam Kay/ Rachel Parris

Veronica Lee

Comedy highlights from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Swallows and Amazons

Saskia Baron

Reassuringly cosy adaptation of Arthur Ransome's 1930 children's novel

Reissue CDs Weekly: Heartworn Highways

Kieron Tyler

Soundtrack of the important film documenting country music as it redefined itself

Prom 36: Jamie Cullum Prom

Peter Culshaw

Flashes of greatness in a late night Prom packed with guests

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Alix in Wundergarten/4D Cinema/Bucket List

David Kettle

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Graham Rickson

German baroque sonatas, a Soviet symphony and scintillating music for two pianos

No Man's Sky

Steve O'Rourke

The sky is not the limit in this open-universe adventure


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