In between comments on racism and tolerance that see America as a work in progress, is the tightly choreographed vivid exuberant performance of Byrne’s songs old and new

Documentary about the devotion of Newcastle United’s ‘toon army’ is engaging but reveals little different to any other football fans up and down the country

A moving Norse myth soundtrack captured live, released after nearly two decades in the archives

Food blogger and columnist Ms Marmite Lover rounds up the best books for cooks this Christmas

Henry Blake’s feature debut about a teenager groomed to sell drugs in a depressed seaside town is unrelentingly bleak but has depth, insight and visual impact

Enchanting re-imagining combines digital effects with dancers performing roles voiced by actors so you see Dickens’ fierce tale of social injustice afresh

Frances offers tips for meals that can be whipped up from store cupboard ingredients including this traditional Welsh teatime treat

Film review Possessor (18)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Son of David, Brandon Cronenberg has come of age with a disturbing, startling body horror movie about personality hijacking by an assassin to get close to her prey

Highgate Brit winner Mark Nevin talks about writing songs for key workers, curated by Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford and inspired by Hannah Grace Deller’s photos

Up-and-coming Islington R&B singer releases new single that chimes with the times

These rough around the edges, unnerving classics remind us how Romero created a new movie genre that has come to satirise the rise of Western consumerism

Ron Howard’s screen adaptation of J.D. Vance’s potentially interesting memoir about growing up poor, serves up the standard sentimental fare about family

Chilly triumphs in bid to unite and refresh disparate elements of the Christmas canon. Rejoice!

Film review: Patrick

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Closing moments mar the debut feature of Peaky Blinders director Tim Mielants, about a taciturn handyman on a nudist campsite who is distraught at the loss of his hammer

Order seasonal bottles soon before the Christmas rush advises Ham&High wine expert Liz

You will want to avoid strange and controversial bottles but the Ham&High’s wine expert suggests wines from the UK, Italy and Chile can ring the festive bells

Unexpected second record grinds gloomy indie-pop from the bowels of lockdown.

Hannah Tovey’s debut The Education of Ivy Edwards is billed as a cross between Fleabag and Gavin and Stacey as newly single heroine embarks on a vodka-tinged learning curve

The late Sean Connery is an ex con under surveillance in Sidney Lumet’s 1971 thriller which offers a dark and grimy vista of America

The appeal of Jean-Luc Godard’s once revolutionary film is now painfully nostalgic but the crude and amateurish scenes retain a timeless magic

It’s not quite cinema but McQueen’s evocation of Police harassment and racial injustice in 1960s Notting Hill is compelling

The bigger sister of Jolene in Newington Green serves hearty generous pizzas and pastries, turning humble ingredients into dishes to remember

A mural on Brick Lane is the focal point of a nationwide scheme to post emerging artists’ work on advertising hoardings

Existential photo artists Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song follow up their hit book Absolutely Augmented Reality with their first UK exhibition at Hoxton 253 gallery.

Roy Andersson’s latest is all filler, no killer, but its refined vision is a pure distillation of humanity.

Kerstin takes inspiration from her former upstairs neighbour Medyan and his family’s restaurant in Willesden Green to cook two Syrian specialities

Film review The Human Voice

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Almodovar’s lockdown project is a half hour English language monologue about Tilda Switon’s jilted lover that feels like an exercise in acting for acting’s sake

Follow up to zombie classic Train To Busan is sentimental, with brain dead plotting annoying characters and too much CGI

Remake of the Roald Dahl story switches the action to sixties Alabama but it’s little more than a boring pantomime that talks down to children

Film review: Relic (15)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

There’s slow-burn tension and creeping unease in this domestic chiller about three generations of women in a ramshackle house, but is it style over substance?

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