The Square review – an archly-entertaining swipe at the art world

Source: The Guardian >> A satire on the contemporary art world sits edgily alongside a skewering of male privilege and middle-class altruism in Ruben Östlund’s surreal Palme d’Or winner The publicity for Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square features Terry Notary as performance artist Oleg, stripped to the waist, mounting a table […]

Ellen Barkin responds to Terry Gilliam's controversial #MeToo remarks: 'Never get into an elevator alone with him'

Source: The Independent >> The Animal Kingdom star is yet to elaborate on her cryptic words

Annihilation review – a poetic sci-fi thriller

Source: The Guardian >> Female scientists fight for survival in a mysterious new dimension in Alex Garland’s bold, straight-to-Netflix genre-shifter Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, is an exciting, imperfect genre success. It follows four scientists and a paramedic – all female – who enter the Shimmer, a quarantined zone from which […]

The week in theatre: The Cherry Orchard; Frankenstein; Buggy Baby – review

Source: The Guardian >> Bristol Old Vic; Royal Exchange, Manchester; The Yard, London The Cherry Orchard springs to life in Michael Boyd’s thrillingly vital Bristol Old Vic production. In Manchester, April De Angelis takes on Mary Shelley’s monster Michael Boyd’s production of The Cherry Orchard, the last play Chekhov wrote, is an exquisitely wrought timepiece. […]

Tacita Dean: Portrait; Still Life review – pensive, elegiac, ever inventive

Source: The Guardian >> National Portrait Gallery; National Gallery, LondonThe painter turned multimedia artist communes with vanishing worlds in the first two compelling instalments of her unprecedented three-museum triple bill Three great actors appear on a screen not much bigger than a smartphone in a small, dark room of the National Portrait Gallery. Ben Whishaw […]

Forty years of hi-tech: from the Sainsbury Centre to Apple Park

Source: The Guardian >> In 1978, Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia was a gleaming vision of the future. A forthcoming exhibition there celebrates a distinctly British architecture driven by free-form technology and high ideals Ah yes, the 1970s. The three-day week, the winter of discontent, Austin Allegros, […]

Why Hollywood’s gone gaga for Gugu

Source: The Guardian >> Already one of Britain’s most promising actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is now joining the A-list and working with the likes of Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon Late last year, Gugu Mbatha-Raw received a phone call from her mother. A letter had arrived at the family home in Witney, Oxfordshire. It wasn’t […]

Mary Magdalene review – atasteful RE lesson

Source: The Guardian >> Despite Rooney Mara’s best efforts, there’s nothing much about Mary in this earnest attempt to restore the saint’s reputation As the film’s written coda explains, Mary Magdalene has long been misidentified as a prostitute. Garth Davis’s attractive, unsmiling drama sets out to revise this myth, telling a version of the New […]

The week in TV: Being Blacker; The Ruth Ellis Files; Damned; Endeavour

Source: The Guardian >> Molly Dineen’s film about a Brixton local hero rewarded with its subtleties, but a story about Ruth Ellis’s life lapsed into B-movie cliches Being Blacker (BBC2) | iPlayerThe Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story (BBC Four) | iPlayerDamned (C4) | All 4Endeavour (ITV) | ITV Hub Two wildly different […]

In Byron’s Wake by Miranda Seymour – the Lord’s ladies

Source: The Guardian >> Byron’s wife and daughter – Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace – can’t escape the shadow of the great libertine in this in-depth account of their lives On 18 September 1814, Lord Byron was dining at his house, Newstead Abbey, with his apothecary and Augusta Leigh, the half-sister with whom he had […]