sun 08/12/2019

Reviews

Elizabeth Is Missing, BBC One review - a tender but tough-minded drama about ageing and loss

Jill Chuah Masters

In films, as in life, unreliable narrators are not hard to find. But there is something remarkable about the unreliable narrator of Elizabeth is Missing, BBC One’s newest feature length drama. Its protagonist, Maud (Glenda Jackson), is unreliable in the extreme – confused, forgetful and emotionally wounded.

Lucy in the Sky review - Portman falls from orbit

Joseph Walsh

Best-known for his TV series Legion and Fargo, director Noah Hawley makes the leap to the big screen with an existential space drama based on true events, starring Natalie Portman.

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Kieron Tyler

“I was just released from the hospital…the doctor told me that the medicine can’t do me no good. They told me what I have is beyond medical science…...

So Long, My Son review - an intimate Chinese epic

Nick Hasted

Two young boys play by the water. Soon, one is dead. This enigmatic tragedy is the core of a four-decade Chinese saga of grief, guilt and love, at...

Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Christmas Show, Cadogan...

Sebastian Scotney

The cape, the banked-up synths and the glam have gone. Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Christmas Show consists of just the man, his piano and his stories...

My Baby, Concorde 2, Brighton review - Dutch three-piece deliver trance dance power

Thomas H Green

The best band you've never heard of set the night alight once again

Haas Hommage à Bridget Riley, London Sinfonietta, Lubman, QEH review - vibrant abstraction

David Nice

Big commission complements a great Hayward Gallery exhibition to near-perfection

Giri/Haji, Series Finale, BBC Two review - a thriller, but much more besides

Adam Sweeting

Bravura climax for Joe Barton's ingenious drama

Honey Boy review - coming to terms with dad

Tom Baily

Shia LaBeouf draws on childhood in bold family portrait

Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer, Hampstead Theatre review - it's game over for this chess play

Marianka Swain

The Cold War 'Match of the Century' fails to translate into compelling drama

ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition, O2 - one for the supergroup's completists

Veronica Lee

Some interesting nuggets unearthed

Tynan, Clayton, Murray, Aurora Orchestra, Dean, Wigmore Hall review - Britten lives!

Boyd Tonkin

Words and music powerfully aligned in old favourites and a new discovery

Ordinary Love review - small but (almost) perfectly formed

Matt Wolf

Northern Irish film tugs truthfully, unflinchingly at the heart

Svetlana Zakharova, Modanse, London Coliseum review - impeccably chic but soul-less

Jenny Gilbert

The Bolshoi star looks great but delivers zero emotion in new ballet about Coco Chanel

Motherless Brooklyn review – tic tec

Demetrios Matheou

Edward Norton brings his long-awaited adaptation of the noir novel to the screen

IDLES, Barrowland, Glasgow review - rowdy and raucous, but with heart

Jonathan Geddes

The Bristol band's Glasgow gig provided noise and a party spirit

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic Theatre review - the festive favourite mixes gloom with merriment

Heather Neill

A vigorous Paterson Joseph meets the Christmas spirits

The Boy Friend, Menier Chocolate Factory review - fun but featherweight

Matt Wolf

Period confection in three acts could use pruning

Coppélia, Royal Ballet review - a real charmer

Jenny Gilbert

Overdue revival of a sunny favourite

The Family Secret, Channel 4 review - lives destroyed by historic sexual abuse

Adam Sweeting

Revelations from 25 years ago wreak havoc in Anna Hall's devastating film

Midnight Movie, Royal Court review - sleepless and digital

Aleks Sierz

New autobiographical play about night thoughts on bodies real and digital

Takaya: Lone Wolf, BBC Four review - enigmatic predator baffles boffins

Adam Sweeting

Outcast of the islands poses intriguing questions about animal behaviour

Kolesnikov, Tsoy, Currie, Walton, Wigmore Hall review - mesmerising sonorities

David Nice

Every note made to count in Bartók, Britten and Ravel

The Chemical Brothers, O2 review - eye-boggling monster rave-up

Thomas H Green

Giants of electronic dance music play their largest UK gig to a rapturous response

Schiff, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, Barbican review – generosity and geniality

Boyd Tonkin

Post-imperial Beethoven and convivial Dvořák from two Hungarian masters

The Nightingale review – revenge without redemption

Tom Baily

Colonial tragedy set in 19th-century Tasmania misses the mark

Bat for Lashes, St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton review – a heartfelt homecoming

Nick Hasted

Natasha Khan conjures LA pop myths and South Coast ghosts

Family Total Immersion: Lift Off!, BBC SO, Glassberg, Barbican review – 50th anniversary tribute to Apollo 11

Gavin Dixon

Varied and dynamic event given input here from receptive young critics

Andy Parsons, Stamford Corn Exchange review - politics and the art of persuasion

Veronica Lee

Cheering antidote to Brexit blues

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