thu 29/01/2015

Matt Wolf

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Matt is London theatre critic of The International New York Times (formerly The International Herald Tribune) and London correspondent for the broadway.com website; he spent 21 years as London arts and theatre critic for the Associated Press and over 13 years as Variety's UK drama critic. He has been on the judging panel of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards since 2009.

Articles by Matt Wolf

The Hard Problem, National Theatre

Here's the genuine hard problem facing commentators confronted with Tom Stoppard's new play of the same name: how do you honour the legacy of this extraordinary writer's first play in nine years that...

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A Most Violent Year

JC Chandor is rapidly turning into one of the most fascinating (and gifted) filmmakers out there, as A Most Violent Year proves in almost every way. Shamefully overlooked in this year's Oscar line-up...

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Testament of Youth

If proof were needed that war exists in some quarters as an excuse for beautiful images, along comes this screen account of Vera Brittain's celebrated 1933 memoir Testament of Youth to offer up...

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Whiplash

Among the many pleasures of Whiplash, the low-budget indie film that is now up for five Oscar nominations (Best Picture included) and by rights deserved more, is a final sequence so breathlessly...

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Oscars 2015: Selma largely snubbed, Brits aplenty, and Meryl enters record books - again

The Brits are back in the Oscar race big-time, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Rosamund Pike among the first-time Academy Award hopefuls who will be duking it out in...

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Enemy

Filmgoers will either find Denis Villeneuve's latest art-house thriller to be a tantalising head trip or so much celluloid posturing, but there's no denying its contribution to the rise and rise of...

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Best of 2014: Theatre

That old canard about there being no good roles for women needed revising time and again in the theatre year just gone, so much so that end-of-year judging panels for the year's best faced far more...

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Annie

A lot of harsh words have been and will continue to be written about the new movie musical remake of Annie, the Broadway mainstay about the Depression-era tyke who exists to teach her elders a few...

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Big Eyes

The worlds of marital abuse and artistic fraud collide to eye-opening if also frustrating effect in Big Eyes, Tim Burton's film about the unmasking of an elaborate deception that ruptures a family...

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Cats, London Palladium

The musical that defined an era is back on the West End, allowing a new generation to see what all the fuss was about 33 years ago when a non-narrative extravaganza as heavy on dance and scenic...

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St Vincent

God love Bill Murray. Just when you think you can't take yet another film about the cross-generational divide that finds crotchety older person transformed by the company of youth (and vice-versa),...

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My Old Lady

An Off Broadway play that largely passed without notice in 2002 is now a movie poised to suffer the same fate, notwithstanding the fact that this starry three-hander marks the film directing debut of...

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Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

He was at home with screen newcomers like Dustin Hoffman and Cher and knew how to handle such old pros as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, while his stage work gave a leg up to then-unknowns...

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, works as both play and portent. Viewed on its own terms, the evening grips throughout in its...

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White Christmas, Dominion Theatre

What ought to be a featherweight holiday confection emerges as a charmless slog in the belated West End bow of White Christmas, a title that at this point in November may induce panic in those...

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Mr Turner

There's been much talk about Late Turner, to co-opt the name of the exhibition now on view at Tate Britain covering the last 16 years in the English artist JMW Turner's singular career. And as if...

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The Hard Problem, National Theatre

Minor Stoppard that never fully melds head and heart

Hannigan, LPO, Jurowski, Festival Hall

A splendid soprano gets lost in the desert of Lindberg’s new work, but ther...

The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios

James McAvoy is stellar as a mad earl in a revival that falls short

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Action-packed James Bond pastiche by Matthew Vaughn

CD: Zun Zun Egui - Shackles Gift

Bristol-born indie still not delivering the punch they promise

CD: Steve Rothery - The Ghosts of Pripyat

Marillion guitar man with an evocative, slow-burning solo

Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson films unfilmable Thomas Pynchon, in a stoner noir

Dara, National Theatre

Meandering adaptation of a Pakistani history play about Islam in Mughal Ind...

Touched by Auschwitz, BBC Two

Powerful documentary by Laurence Rees allows Auschwitz survivors full refle...

Hello/Goodbye, Hampstead Theatre

Cupid takes the form of a property dispute in this satisfyingly soulful rom...