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Reviews

Deutsche Börse Prize 2014, Photographers' Gallery

Florence Hallett

Not so long ago, photographers were rejoicing in the freedom the digital revolution seemed to bring; unencumbered by the limitations of film, paper and darkroom practice, photography was suddenly liberated from the niggling pedantry of material constraints.So it is in the cyclical nature of things that the photographers shortlisted for this year’s Deutsche Börse Prize all hark back, in some way, to pre-digital image-making, whether in their choice of equipment, technique or subject matter....

Uchida, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

Vladimir Jurowski is a master of the through-composed programme. Yet at first this looked like a more standard format: explosive contemporary work (if 1966 can still be called “contemporary”) followed by popular concerto and symphony. On reflection, though - and there was space enough for that - it turned out to be a back-to-front journey through German musical history, from Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s atom bomb of light to classical-romantic Beethoven and late-romantic Brahms ending in a homage...

Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic Theatre

Naima Khan

Written and directed by the ever-varied Amir Nizar Zuabi, Oh My Sweet Land tells the story of a German-Syrian woman living in Paris and struggling...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Nick Hasted

Spider-senses will be buzzing alarmingly before the end, as deadly danger approaches Peter Parker and his loved ones - just the sort of danger, in...

Rodin, Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum

Hanna Weibye

Before Boris Eifman’s second visit to London this week, ballet lovers who missed the divisive Russian dancemaker last time round will have been...

Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Documentary mainly about clearing drains comes up smelling of roses

Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern

Fisun Güner

An irrepressible joy touched by pathos in the French modernist's late works

We Are the Best!

Kieron Tyler

Plucky girls embrace punk as their salvation in early Eighties Sweden

Only Connect, BBC Four

Veronica Lee

Quiz show for unashamed brainiacs returns

Olivier Awards 2014: Mormons, Ghosts, and Chimerica

Matt Wolf

Women prosper in an unusually egalitarian celebration of London theatre

Trifonov, LSO, Gergiev, Barbican

Kimon Daltas

A synaesthesiac's dream programme including a dazzling performance from a pianist with the world at his feet

Locke

Adam Sweeting

How can you make a movie this good with just one man, a car and a mobile phone?

Maudie's Rooms, Bute Street, Cardiff Bay

Elin Williams

Inventive site-specific family entertainment reclaims an abandoned dockside customs house

Ivo Neame Quintet, Kings Place

Matthew Wright

Urbane and rhythmically virtuosic performance of pianist's own witty, engrossing compositions

Reissue CDs Weekly: Vee-Jay Records

Kieron Tyler

Massive 269-track tribute to the great Chicago independent label

The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Dance theatre at full throttle in two contemporary takes on Ballets Russes classics

Rancourt, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Philip Radcliffe

Madcap programme embraces World War One, the Deep South and Soviet soccer

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

A brand-new, beautiful Shakespeare ballet to open the spring season

King Charles III, Almeida Theatre

Sam Marlowe

The meaning of royalty cleverly probed by Mike Bartlett

Pascal and Ami Rogé, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre

Graham Rickson

Peerless pianism from a husband and wife partnership

Kinect Sports Rivals

Simon Munk

Motion-capture technology showcase without a soul

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Belgian take on Italy’s Giallo cinema of the Seventies

tauberbach, les ballets C de la B, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Belgian dancemaker presents a rich but overlong meditation on illness and difference

Birdland, Royal Court Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Andrew Scott stars in Simon Stephens’s flawed new play about rock superstardom

The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre

Veronica Lee

Spirited revival of Lloyd Webber's football musical

Ian Hislop's Olden Days: the Power of the Past in Britain, BBC Two

Matthew Wright

Avuncular presenter goes so far back he's in danger of being lost in the mists of time

The Lunchbox

Katherine McLaughlin

This charming Indian rom-com contains a real depth of flavour

Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Can a new docusoap puts a human face on an unpopular profession?

Let The Right One In, Apollo Theatre

Sam Marlowe

A triumphant transfer for the beautiful, melancholy vampire drama

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