sat 24/06/2017

Reviews

Souvenir review – Huppert does deadpan like Buster Keaton

Nick Hasted

Isabelle Huppert isn’t just here for the nasty things in life. Her rape non-victim in Elle was one of the most iconoclastic performances even she’s given, enigmatic yet emotionally rich, rooted and moving.

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre review – pretty glorious

Matt Wolf

As with life, so it is in art: in the same way that one can't predict the curve balls that get thrown our way, the American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins defies categorisation. On the basis of barely a handful of plays, two of which happen now to be running concurrently in London, this 32-year-old Pulitzer prize finalist seems to embark upon a fresh path with each new venture.

The Book of Henry review - staggeringly awful

Saskia Baron

It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen a movie as staggeringly awful as The Book of Henry. If it was just a touch more shrill it could have...

Terror, Lyric Hammersmith review – more gimmick...

Aleks Sierz

Can the theatre be a courtroom? A good public place to debate morality and to arrive at profound decisions? You could answer this with a history...

Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First...

Barney Harsent

Immigration…immigration… immigration… that’s what we need! Not the words of record-breaking, tap-dancing trumpeter Roy Castle, rather it’s the gist...

Otello, Royal Opera review — Kaufmann makes a pretty Moor

Ismene Brown

New production of Verdi's tragedy is a trial to look at - and heaven to listen to

Hampstead review - Diane Keaton deserves better and so does London

Matt Wolf

Wince-making romcom is pretty but preposterous

National Gallery of Ireland review - bigger and better

Marina Vaizey

Dublin celebrates the reopening of its refurbished art gallery with Vermeer

theartsdesk on Vinyl 29: The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Sikth, ESG, Alice Coltrane and more

Thomas H Green

The most wide-ranging record reviews out there

Bat Out of Hell, Coliseum review - Jim Steinman's rockin' dystopia hits the stage

Adam Sweeting

It's opera, but not as we know it

Chance, Universal review – Hugh Laurie is reborn as a film-noir shrink

Adam Sweeting

Dr House finds a new home in San Francisco

Ensemble InterContemporain, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

Eccentricity inspires colour, nuance and slapstick from young composer Matteo Franceschini

Hir, Bush Theatre review – transgender home is sub-prime

Aleks Sierz

New American satire about families only occasionally hits the mark

Ripper Street, BBC Two, Series 5 review – apocalypse looms in Victorian Whitechapel

Adam Sweeting

Not so much a police series as a laboratory of lost souls

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger review - voyages round a giant

Sarah Kent

Four very different films create an intimate portrait of an influential man

Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios review - Richard Bean two-hander is affecting if slight

Will Rathbone

Onetime National Theatre hit-maker offers a decided change-of-pace

Supersonic Festival 2017, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

From meditative to psychotic and back again on the hottest weekend of the year

Murdered For Being Different, BBC Three review - unbearable but unmissable

Jasper Rees

Sophie Lancaster, killed for being a goth, is at the heart of the online channel's latest real-life dramatisation

David Sedaris: Theft By Finding review - comic literary talent of historic value

Matthew Wright

Humorist shares the first draft of his autobiographical experiences

Reissue CDs Weekly: Lynn Castle

Kieron Tyler

Previously unheard Sixties recordings by goth-tinged singer-songwriter reveal a one-off talent

Andrew O'Hagan: The Secret Life review – troubling tales from the online underground

Boyd Tonkin

Shifting selves in the internet's twilight zone

Guns N' Roses, London Stadium review - venue almost ruins night of glory

Russ Coffey

The Not in This Lifetime reunion tour rolls into town

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre review - dislocatingly fresh makeover

Alexandra Coghlan

Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating production starring Andrew Scott

Pelléas et Mélisande, Garsington Opera review - brilliant but frustrating

Stephen Walsh

Masterpiece of communication failure beautifully played and designed but impassively staged

Tristan & Yseult, Shakespeare's Globe review - terrific visual and musical élan

Jenny Gilbert

Emma Rice bows out in riotous style - Shakespeare would have cheered her

Gifted review - genius in the family genes

Demetrios Matheou

'Captain America' Chris Evans flexes some different muscles in an atypical family drama

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Tate Modern review - rediscovering a forgotten genius

Sarah Kent

How a major 20th century painter was erased from history

Churchill review - Winston has smallness thrust upon him

Jasper Rees

Brian Cox is the latest to play the Great Briton in a chamber piece set in the days before D-Day

Riviera, Sky Atlantic review - codswallop on the Côte d'Azur

Mark Sanderson

Sun, sex, sleaze and Eurotrash

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