Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Whilst it’s fashionable to complain about swarming multitudes of superhero films infesting multiplexes like Day Glo insects, there is actually another genre of film holding our silver screens to ransom that I find to be even more pervasive and risible: the achingly mannered prestige biopic. The King’s Speech set the...

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Coco

Coco

The afterlife imagined by Pixar’s new animated film ‘Coco’ is a labyrinthine, luminous necropolis crisscrossed by string lights and ‘papeles picados’, a place both strange and all too familiar. Its currency is memory; its exit visas are family photos, without which the skeletal dead can’t cross the orange marigold-petal bridge...

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Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka has (rather depressingly when you think about it) become something of a patron saint for modern living. His alienated writings of skewed social conventions and hallucinogenic persecution (that you feel somehow you might have deserved) deeply affects readers because there’s something primal in his narratives that resonates almost...

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Mother!

Mother!

Mother! Director: Darren Aronofsky Running Time: 121 Minutes   Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! has not been making the kind of headlines that film studios enjoy reading. Lacklustre box office takings and mass audience walkouts have led to something of a lynch mob atmosphere in the entertainment press, with the chance to...

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Graeme of Thrones

Graeme of Thrones

Graeme of Thrones Charing Cross Theatre Tickets from £25.50   Until the 11th November As the cultural behemoth that is Game Of Thrones lumbers towards its climactic eighth season (which is scheduled for 2019, leaving next year a dragonless slog for sword and incest aficionados) it’s easy to forget that...

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Feldman Reviews: Logan Lucky

Feldman Reviews: Logan Lucky

Director: Steven Soderbergh Running Time: 119 Minutes In Ocean’s 11 and its sequels, Steven Soderbergh made the business of robbery seem like a multifaceted lark: part boys’ club, part performance space, part showcase for the pleasures of improbably smooth professionalism. The heists that Danny Ocean and his crew pulled off...

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Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains

Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains

When Queens of The Stone Age first burst into the mainstream with the misleadingly named Feel Good Hit of the Summer (the entirety of the lyrics are a berserk chant of “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol! Cocaine!!!”) in 2002, there was nothing to suggest that they were anything...

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Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life

Whilst Morrissey might still glumly balance the papal tiara of mope on the demolished remnants of his quiff, millennial waif/time displaced background character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel Lana Del Rey (nee Elizabeth Grant) has been icily ruling over her own Instagram ready So-Cal purgatory since she broke through...

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Star Wars Identities

Star Wars Identities

  When you think of Star Wars, psychological analysis is probably not the first thing that pops into your head, but for Star Wars Identities, a sprawling exhibition of props and sketches from both the original and prequel series (As this is a Lucasarts exhibitions, the new-fangled Disney editions don’t...

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Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains

It’s hard  not approach the V&A’s multimedia extravaganza du jour without a leaden feeling of cynicism. Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains feels like a fairly transparent attempt by the V&A to follow up 2013 eye-wateringly successful David Bowie exhibition by taking what was successful about “David Bowie Is” (Rock N’...

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