tue 05/05/2015

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

Follies, Royal Albert Hall

God love Christine Baranski: Eight years after the Tony and Emmy-winning actress played the supporting role of Carlotta Campion in a semi-staged 2007 production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in New...

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While We're Young

"He's not evil, he's just young," we hear in passing in Noah Baumbach's wickedly funny film about the growing pains that affect us at every stage of life. That's to say that by any objective standard...

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Cinderella

Lushly produced to within an inch of its pictorially ripe life, the new Disney/Kenneth Branagh live-action Cinderella couples swoony imagery with a cloying message about compassion. But all its pro...

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Sweeney Todd, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue

Stephen Sondheim's ever-elastic masterpiece is downsized to largely dazzling effect in its latest iteration, which has been transferred intact to a Shaftesbury Avenue pop-up after premiering last...

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Still Alice

Oscar winner Julianne Moore: the phrase has been a long time coming but it finally came true 10 days ago when the actress, long considered one of Hollywood's best and brightest, added an Academy...

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The oldies are back at Jaipur's Marigold Hotel and they're looking like goodies, too, thanks to a British dame or two and an Ol Parker script that knows when to leave off the breeziness and let the...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre

Stars continue to be born from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Following on from the ongoing Broadway run of the show, which catapulted to name status its Tony-winning leading lady Jessie Mueller...

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Oscars 2015: Birdman soars, Boyhood plummets

I hope someone by now has told Neil Patrick Harris how to pronounce David Oyelowo’s surname, but if anyone wants to see how not to host an Oscars, Harris’s stewardship of the 87th annual Academy...

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Cake

Jennifer Aniston changes pace without changing any fundamental perception of her skills in Cake, the austerely self-admiring new film that finds the onetime Friends star playing a none-too-friendly...

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Two Night Stand

A New York blizzard so intense that people can't get out the front door traps a random couple who have hooked up online into a rather longer mating dance than they had anticipated. That's the essence...

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Still Life

The images have a painterly precision in Uberto Pasolini's Still Life, as one might expect from a writing-directing effort from the onetime producer of The Full Monty that co-opts a style of painting...

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Trash

The director Stephen Daldry has always worked beautifully with young actors, whether on film or stage, so it's not difficult to see what might have drawn him to Trash, the Richard Curtis-scribed...

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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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Antonacci, ROHO, Pappano, Royal Opera House

Nothing deep, but plenty of glitter as the Covent Garden pit band hits the...

Beyond Caring, National Theatre

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Thrilling two-hander about a disintegrating relationship

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Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia, WRCH Cambridge

An evening which needed stronger works and more convincing playing

CD: Joe Stilgoe – New Songs for Old Souls

Stilgoe's gorgeous brassy arrangements will help you forget be-bop eve...

Dalibor, BBCSO, Bělohlávek, Barbican

Superior performance makes a compelling case for Smetana’s neglected master...

The Virtues of Things, Linbury Studio Theatre

Too much talk and not enough song

The Warlocks, Rainbow, Birmingham

LA six-piece lay down some dark psychedelia