fri 28/11/2014

Reviews

Hockney

Marina Vaizey

David Hockney – painter, printmaker, draughtsman, photographer, stage designer, fascinated by digital technology, and a writer producing theories of seeing – was continually rejuvenated by his transatlantic commuting. The narration is set out in a series of short chapters in a montage-cum-collage of photographs, earlier films both amateur and professional, home video and recent interviews with the inhabitants of Hockney’s world today and in the past. We see a lot of septuagenarians and...

LittleBigPlanet 3

Simon Munk

Before Minecraft there was LittleBigPlanet. This series lets you jump around cute homespun platform levels, then go in and edit them and create your own. The latest adds all sorts of new editing tools, but still fails to communicate simply enough with its audience.First, you jump around the platform levels of LittleBigPlanet 3. The game, as with previous versions in the series, sees scrappy levels seemingly constructed out of stickers, cardboard and glue, with your homespun hero "Sackboy" a...

Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty, Channel 5

Marina Vaizey

Dan Jones has turned up to narrate the dramatised story of the Plantagenets in history lite mode, perhaps aimed at capturing a young audience. In...

Kasabian, Brighton Centre

Thomas H Green

It has become a staunch tradition that Kasabian gigs end with their fourth single, 2004’s “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)”. By the time they reach it, a...

The National, O2 Arena

Matthew Wright

Until recently, a band for the knowing connoisseur, best known for their wry wit and tasteful guitar sheen, The National seemed too niche for the O2...

Olga Chernysheva, Pace Gallery

Sarah Kent

A Russian artist who casts an affectionate eye over people going about their business

The Legacy, Sky Arts 1

Jasper Rees

Danish family saga promises heavy weather. Don't miss it

Sacred Monsters, Khan/Guillem, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Dance approaches religious experience in the hands of two truly magnificent artists

OAE, Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall

David Nice

Australian live-wire violinist leads classical and romantic string music with varying success

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

Jenny Gilbert

Carlos Acosta's sunny romp of a production returns, with improvements

Stations of the Cross

Tom Birchenough

Austere German drama of extreme religion packs a bleak punch

Dara Ó Bríain, Touring

Veronica Lee

Irish comic is on cracking form on home turf

Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC Two

Fisun Güner

Entertaining enough, but this three-parter is about as vapid as its subject

Saxon Court, Southwark Playhouse

Marianka Swain

Brassy office comedy recalls the early days of financial crisis

Piranha Heights, Old Red Lion Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Excitingly relevant revival of Philip Ridley’s 2008 play about sibling rivalry and feral teenagers

Charles Lloyd / Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Barbican

Thomas Rees

A jazz festival finale of rare brilliance

Robert Mitchell's 'Invocation', Queen Elizabeth Hall

Peter Quinn

An exciting new chapter in award-winning artist's development

Concerning Violence

Tom Birchenough

Frantz Fanon’s decolonization seen through 1970s Swedish television Africa archives

Kasse Mady Diabate, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Tim Cumming

Hypnotic acoustic Malian grooves for the closing day of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Celebrating 75 years of Blue Note, Royal Festival Hall

Peter Quinn

All-star Blue Note sextet brings the audience to its feet

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection

Sarah Kent

On the men and women who spent their lives researching sex

Reissue CDs Weekly: Jon Hassell / Brian Eno

Kieron Tyler

How Eno’s co-opting of Jon Hassell’s avant-garde style changed the course of music

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera

David Nice

Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams's rich score and Sellars's luminous staging

My Old Lady

Matt Wolf

Three fine actors adrift in a highly pictorial Paris

Tomasz Stanko, Barbican

Peter Culshaw

The Polish jazz train goes off the rails at the EFG London Jazz Festival

John McLaughlin / Hedvig Mollestad, Royal Festival Hall

Matthew Wright

Beautiful collaboration and beastly guitar-playing in a stunning jazz fusion gig

Bellowhead, Shepherd's Bush Empire

Tim Cumming

Ten years of riotous big band folk in one night

Tsujii, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Glyn Môn Hughes

A rousing standing ovation once again for Torke, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky

Far Cry 4

Simon Munk

Roam free in the mountain paradise of this first-person shooter. Perhaps too free…

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