thu 28/08/2014

Reviews

Steen Raskopoulos, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

Steen Raskopoulos has hit the ground running with his debut show; it was nominated for a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award (best newcomer) at the Fringe earlier this month, after he won Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 and Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014’s best newcomer gongs.I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business is a very fine hour of sketch and character comedy. Steen ("short for Steeeeeeeeen") Raskopoulos does indeed come on stage wearing two jackets and then strips off from...

Million Dollar Arm

Emma Simmonds

Disney's latest is a film which must have itself represented a hell of a pitch. Based on a true story, it's basically Slumdog Millionaire meets Jerry Maguire - two films that attracted ample awards-interest and that prompted cascades of cash, like crunchy autumn leaves to be raked up by the sackful. Million Dollar Arm finds a hard-nosed sports agent travelling to India in search of the next baseball sensation, his method of selection - the titular talent contest.Jon Hamm makes the transition to...

Star Paws: The Rise of Superstar Pets, Channel 4

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Mid-week at 9pm has always struck me as the perfect televisual sweet spot. It’s not so close to the weekend that you’re likely to want to go out, but...

Prom 53: Brahms Symphonies, Budapest Festival...

Jessica Duchen

About 10 minutes into the Brahms Third Symphony I wanted to check a name in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme. I dared to turn a page. Bad...

Worst Place To Be A Pilot, Channel 4

Matthew Wright

Since Big Brother, Channel 4 has become expert at selecting naively self-promoting members of the public, and rubbing their unsuspecting apple cheeks...

Guglielmo Tell, Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Hanna Weibye

Wildly thrilling Festival performance enough to convert anyone to Rossini

Mystery Road

Kieron Tyler

A raw take on Australia in potent outback crime drama

Prom 52: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer

Sebastian Scotney

Whole string sections with the ability to phrase cleverly and subtly as one

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Katherine McLaughlin

Frank Miller's 3D return to the world of Basin City proves a grotty and flat experience

John Kearns/ Alex Edelman/ This Is Ceilidh

Veronica Lee

Winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe

Al Murray's Great British War Films, BBC Four

Andy Plaice

Military intervention might have helped spark some life into this panel chat

Prom 50: Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bělohlávek

Edward Seckerson

An overly impulsive Dvořák, and a disappointing Beethoven from distinguished visitors

Crystal Springs, Park Theatre / Little Stitches, Theatre503

Naima Khan

Cyberspace goings on and reports from the frontline of FGM

The Honourable Woman, Series Finale, BBC Two

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Final episode of Hugo Blick's absorbing thriller avoids neat conclusions

If I Stay

Matt Wolf

Film about a lovesick teenage musical prodigy has a decidedly tin ear

Doctor Who: Deep Breath, BBC One

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Capaldi's eyebrows steal the show as a new era begins

Sweet Mambo, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Edinburgh Playhouse

Hanna Weibye

German choreographer's late work delights Edinburgh Festival audience

Reissue CDs Weekly: Popcorn Girls

Kieron Tyler

Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley opens a window on Belgium’s open-minded dance scene

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up that Hill, BBC Four

Matthew Wright

A great compendium of Bush's back catalogue, though the talking heads are hit and miss

The Lion, St James Theatre Studio

Matt Wolf

Benjamin Scheuer's stirring solo show has both heart and heft

Match of the Day at 50, BBC One

Matthew Wright

Giddy self-regard only lets up briefly in a circus of expensively-tanned backs being slapped

Prom 47: Britten War Requiem, CBSO, BBC Proms Youth Choir, Nelsons

Edward Seckerson

Finely focused reading rings true and powerful

Lucy

Jasper Rees

Scarlett Johansson as a kickass brainiac is Luc Besson's latest superheroine fantasy

Wall, Mørk, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Davis, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

Heartfelt Schumann outplays heavyweight Strauss and lunatic Grainger

Road Not Taken

Simon Munk

It looks cute, but this puzzle game has a chilling heart…

Prom 46: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim

David Nice

Subtle touches but too little passionate abandon in this fine team's lopsided programme

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

Fisun Güner

Does James Fox have anything interesting to say? Judging from this series, no

See Rock City & Other Destinations, Union Theatre

Marianka Swain

The emotional voyage takes literal form in this heartfelt if generic new musical

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: MurleyDance

Hanna Weibye

Independent ballet company gives engaging performance of mixed-quality material

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