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Reviews

Fury

Emma Simmonds

As the bald title suggests, Fury is a work of righteous, focussed rage. It's a combat film which swaps preaching and profundity for pure anger at the brutalising, destructive war machine, and still manages to be illuminating. For, even at its most thrillingly Hollywood, Fury retains a keen sense of the waste of life. Director David Ayer's fifth film features explicit, immersive and impactful violence and works best when it's pummelling the audience and Nazis alike, with deafening, meticulously...

Culture Club, Heaven

Matthew Wright

In the time that Culture Club have been planning reunions, bands, movements, whole musical eras have come and gone. And still, once every couple of years, a rumour circulates, and a demo is aired. Generally, nothing comes of it, and those memories of dancing drunkenly to “Karma Chameleon” grow a little fainter. Now, with last night’s taster gig at Heaven (where the band gave their first big London performance in 1982), we can definitively say, they are back. A nationwide tour is booked, new...

quartet-lab, Wigmore Hall

David Nice

Musical theatre needn’t be dominated by the human voice. Instrumental dramas with an element of acting can be a good way into the wonderful world of...

Nick Mulvey, Komedia, Brighton

Thomas H Green

The humming is rising. Only three songs in and already a large section of the crowd are swaying, tranced out, from side to side, like southern...

Neville's Island, Duke of York's Theatre

Marianka Swain

Hell is other people. It’s not the wilderness that poses the greatest threat to the stranded corporate bonding quartet in this docile Lord of...

Serena

Jasper Rees

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite. What can possibly go wrong?

The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre

Edward Seckerson

Kander & Ebb's startling, stirring musical gets a West End upgrade

The Way He Looks

Tom Birchenough

Gentle Brazilian gay adolescent drama rings stronger that its story suggests

Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World, Globe Theatre

Sarah Kent

The delightfully shambolic talent show that's become a national treasure

Witches and Wicked Bodies, British Museum

Florence Hallett

From classical antiquity to the Victorian era, witches have held artists under their spell

The House That Will Not Stand, Tricycle Theatre

Marianka Swain

A key moment in American race relations inspires a richly ambitious new drama

Storyville: Russia's Toughest Prison - The Condemned, BBC Four

Tom Birchenough

Nick Read's long-stretch documentary on remote Russian prison life

LFF 2014: Germany, Pale Mother

Nick Hasted

A revelatory female perspective on Nazi Germany

This Is Where I Leave You

Veronica Lee

Amusing and truthful comedy drama about adult siblings

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

Edward Seckerson

Imelda Staunton gives the performance of the year in possibly the show of the year

The spooky and the bold in the art of contemporary China

Mark Sheerin

Asia Triennial Manchester showcases the biggest exhibition of contemporary art from south of the Great Wall

LFF 2014: Winter Sleep

Nick Hasted

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's monumental, Palme d'Or-winning study of self-deception

Schama on Rembrandt: Masterpieces of the Late Years, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

Simon Schama campaigns and entertains, but does he explain?

Ashton Mixed Bill, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

Symphonic Variations is the highlight among fine works by supreme British choreographer

Reissue CDs Weekly: Madness

Kieron Tyler

Yet another reappearance of the Nutty Boys’ debut album

LFF 2014: Margarita, With A Straw

Karen Krizanovich

Margarita, With A Straw: Laila (Kalki Koechlin) doesn't let cerebral palsy stop her from being normal

Richard Serra, Gagosian Gallery

Marina Vaizey

Hardly ever has a heavyweight operated with so light a hand

Life on the Moon, English Touring Opera

David Nice

Costumes, conductor and star tenor keep this mundane Haydn opera afloat

Shadows of War, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Atmospheric revival of 1944 Miracle in the Gorbals, the centrepiece of an unusual triple bill

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Poulenc, Orbert Davis

Graham Rickson

Viennese music from Denmark, effervescent ballet scores transcribed for piano, and a 1960s classic gets a reboot

Sandra Nkaké and Jî Drû, Pizza Express Jazz Club - "mesmerising, leonine"

Matthew Wright

French-Cameroonian singer lands on the London scene with delirious spectacle

LFF 2014: A Little Chaos

Matt Wolf

Pulpy costume drama is a visual feast

LFF 2014: Foxcatcher

Karen Krizanovich

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in a must-see film that wrestles with the mind

Bosque Ardora, Rocío Molina, Barbican

Jenny Gilbert

Flamenco innovator presents a woodland realm to remember

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