sat 05/12/2020


Host review - Zoom seance triggers unspeakable consequences

Adam Sweeting

Lockdowns must be good for something, right?

Falling review - Viggo Mortensen's powerful directorial debut

Markie Robson-Scott

“California is for cocksuckers and flag-burners. Did they know you were a fag in the army?” Willis (Lance Henriksen; best known as Bishop in Alien) asks his son John (Viggo Mortensen), now living in LA with his husband Eric and their adopted daughter Monica.

Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester online...

Robert Beale

The Hallé have been slow off the mark, compared with some, in their response to the challenge of concert-giving in the Covid era. But now that they...

The Dambusters, Channel 5 review - yet another...

Adam Sweeting

The story of the raid on dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley by the RAF’s 617 Squadron in May 1943 has become a subject of perennial fascination as well as...

County Lines review - a scary descent into drug-...

Adam Sweeting

This debut feature by writer/director Henry Blake is a shocking and remarkably assured drama about the “county lines” trade, where children are used...

Natalie Palamides: Nate: A One Man Show, Netflix review - deep dive into toxic masculinity still has power

Veronica Lee

'One-man' show about consent

Zanele Muholi, Tate Modern review - photography as protest

Sarah Kent

Pictures so confrontational they knock you sideways

Mank review – David Fincher’s brilliant, bitter-sweet paean to Hollywood’s Golden Age

Demetrios Matheou

Gary Oldman is on top form as Citizen Kane’s scathing screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz

Mary Chapin Carpenter, One Night Lonely livestream review - down-home and perfectly paced

Liz Thomson

Thanksgiving at Wolf Trap with a musical pilgrim

Collective review - waging war on corruption

Graham Fuller

Scarifying documentary about murderous bribery in Romania's health system

The Undoing, Series Finale, Sky Atlantic review - bluff and double-bluff as the truth is revealed

Adam Sweeting

Murder mystery reaches dramatic courtroom climax

Christine Rice, Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall review - songs of love and death

Boyd Tonkin

A great mezzo's journey from cradle to grave

theartsdesk on Vinyl 61: Amy Winehouse, Krust, Motörhead, Extrawelt, Sade, Chase and Status and more

Thomas H Green

The largest and tastiest review extravaganza out there

Annie Ernaux: A Man's Place review - an intimate portrait, necessarily incomplete

Lydia Bunt

In a memoir built on absence, France's leading writer inspects the life of her father

Zaina Arafat: You Exist Too Much review - second-generation love addiction

India Lewis

Self-conscious therapeutic development cannot help but recall the past

Small Axe: Red, White and Blue, BBC One review - sobering real-life story of police officer Leroy Logan

Adam Sweeting

One man's bid to change the Metropolitan Police from the inside

Isata Kanneh-Mason, BBCSSO, Gourlay online review - give thanks for lockdown concerts

Miranda Heggie

A taste of modern America followed by sumptuous Beethoven

What a Carve Up!, Barn Theatre online review – ingenious whodunnit

Aleks Sierz

Film adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s 1994 bestseller is a postmodern masterpiece

Reissue CDs Weekly: Trees - 50th Anniversary box set

Kieron Tyler

Four-disc fantasia dedicated to the mind-blowing British folk-rockers

Dua Lipa's Studio 2054 online - pop sensation locked into the spectacle

Joe Muggs

Does Dua Lipa's new-found musical personality come through in performance?

Uncle Frank review - well-acted but painfully contrived

Matt Wolf

Alan Ball's film largely wastes a wonderful cast

Clayton, Frank-Gemmill, SCO, Kuusisto online review – small but beautifully formed

Bernard Hughes

Music of style and substance presented in an enticing online package

Another Round review - delight and despair

Joseph Walsh

Mads Mikkelsen stars in Thomas Vinterberg’s alcohol-fumed tragicomedy

L'enfant et les sortilèges, VOPERA, LPO, Reynolds online – Ravel and Colette reimagined

David Nice

Through the laptop screen and what the child found there, in a brilliant take on a classic

Possessor review - death by virtual reality

Adam Sweeting

Startling vision of corporate assassination from director Brandon Cronenberg

Hillbilly Elegy review - misery in the heartland

Graham Fuller

Ron Howard's melodrama softens the message of a Trump-era memoir

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerally thrilling

Jenny Gilbert

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's indictment of capitalism in a vibrant new production

Ariodante, Royal Opera online review – stylish, but confined

David Nice

Accomplished ensemble tries its best to cross the footlights in livestream-only Handel

Arena - Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat, BBC Two review - the music that never dies

Tim Cumming

Intimate and in-depth portrait of West Africa's great cultural icon


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