thu 23/11/2017

Reviews

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre review - inclusive and utterly joyful

Marianka Swain

Everybody’s been talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie since its Sheffield Crucible debut earlier this year. It’s unusual to see a musical come steaming into the West End based on word on mouth – not star casting, or association with an existing franchise.

Godless, Netflix review – a proper wild west ride

Owen Richards

There’s a storm heading to La Belle, the small forgotten town in the heart of the American West. As black clouds flash above the prairie, the injured body of Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) falls at the door of widowed rancher Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery). After adding one more wound to his collection, she takes in the stranger and helps him heal.  

Bad Roads, Royal Court, review – memorably...

Aleks Sierz

War is morally acidic: it dissolves social rules, loosens inhibitions and gives permission to men to behave like animals. And the people who have to...

Suburbicon review - George Clooney's jarring...

Markie Robson-Scott

If you’re hoping for an incisive look at Fifties American suburbia in this unappealing film, directed and co-written by George Clooney, you’ll be...

Battle of the Sexes review - Emma Stone aces it...

Jasper Rees

This is a heartbreaking week for women’s tennis. The death from cancer of Jana Novotna at only 49 evokes memories of one of Wimbledon’s more charming...

Hough, Basle CO, Holliger, Cadogan Hall review - heavenly lengths in Schubert

Peter Quantrill

A well-drilled Swiss band takes on the ‘Great’ C major Symphony – every note of it

The Machines of Steven Pippin, The Edge, University of Bath review - technology as poetry

Sarah Kent

Art and engineering combined into a potent mix

The Rake's Progress, Wilton's Music Hall review - mercurial Stravinsky made cumbersome

David Nice

Fine cast, but playing and production need both sharpening and lightening up

Brakes review - dysfunctional relationships laid bare

Veronica Lee

Stellar cast in film about break-ups

Singcircle, Barbican review - veteran ensemble bids farewell with Stockhausen

Gavin Dixon

Two-work memorial proves the composer still radical ten years after his death

Semiramide, Royal Opera review - Rossini's Queen is back

William Ward

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano resuscitate the uxoricidal Assyrian ruler

The Elvis Dead, Soho Theatre review - schlock horror told through Elvis songs

Veronica Lee

Excellent spoof tells the story of Evil Dead 2 through the oeuvre of the King

Marnie, English National Opera review – hyped new opera doesn’t hit the heights

Bernard Hughes

Nico Muhly’s world premiere offered musical pleasures but too many flaws to be great

Javier Marías: Between Eternities review - matters of life and death from the Spanish master

Boyd Tonkin

Stylish, and spooky, essays on films, books, places and people by a world-class novelist

I Know Who You Are, series 2 finale, BBC Four review - Spanish drama literally took no prisoners

Jasper Rees

All who got to the end of the draining telenovela deserve a medal. CONTAINS SPOILERS

Reissue CDs Weekly: Phil Seymour

Kieron Tyler

Illuminating yet frustrating best-of dedicated to the ‘Prince of Power Pop’

Tina Brown: The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 review - portrait of an era of glitz and excess

Markie Robson-Scott

Fun, frenzy and unexpected honesty from a legendary editor

Depeche Mode, Manchester Arena review - synth-pop gurus raise the spirits of thousands

Javi Fedrick

Eighties icons storm through a set that’s equal parts prettiness, darkness and pomp

Heartstone review - huge visuals, close-up performances

Tom Birchenough

Sensitive coming-of-age, coming out story set in spectacular Icelandic landscapes

Robert Glasper, Barbican review - emotional fellowship and creative interconnections

Peter Quinn

The Grammy winner and guests cast a warm glow over jazz fest

Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland review, National Gallery - light-filled northern vistas

Marina Vaizey

One of the National Gallery's most popular postcards comes under the spotlight

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool review - Annette Bening mesmerises

Saskia Baron

The story of faded femme fatale Gloria Grahame is coy about her past

Tiger Bay, Wales Millennium Centre review - ambitious but flawed spectacle

Owen Richards

Brand new musical builds high production on a shaky structural base

Love, Lies & Records, BBC One review - Ashley Jensen too good to be true

Jasper Rees

Kay Mellor's city hall drama tries hard to please all parties

Frang, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - an Elgar tradition renewed

Richard Bratby

Great Brit goes Nordic Noir, while Beethoven dances for joy

Seeger MacColl Family, Cecil Sharp House review - keeping the folk tradition alive

Liz Thomson

Great folk clan convenes at Cecil Sharp House

Peaky Blinders, series 4, BBC Two review - new threats, same thrills

Owen Richards

Opening episode brings another helping of violence and shocks

Highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 - raw emotion, not always human

Bill Knight

One inveterate - and so far unsuccessful - participant sizes up this year's successes

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s review - sophistication and simplicity

Peter Quinn

Rhythmic feats and improvisational heat from the US quartet

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