Reviews

  • Youth film review
    Youth (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Quirky, yet philosophical, the film combines humour and high art all in one. Aesthetically reminiscent of Fellini’s 8½ director Sorrentino succeeds in creating a visually outstanding piece. Youth is a remarkable motion picture, whose composition grasps your attention and delight. The film is about life, aging, time passing and our change in perspective as the […]

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    The latest in the Star Wars saga is a welcome throw back to the barnstorming action of the Star Wars- ­Empire Strikes Back- ­Return Of The Jedi trilogy. Directed by J.J Abrams, whose science fiction CV includes Cloverfield and Star Trek, there was always that lingering question about whether he would be able to match […]

  • Out of Chaos: Ben Uri 100 Years in London
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    The current global migrant crisis, where predominantly Muslim nationals are fleeing war and poverty draws some parallels with Jewish refugees fleeing persecution at the turn of the century and during World War 11. This exhibition at Somerset House also titled Art, Identity and Migration focuses on the work of Jewish immigrants or their descendants with […]

  • The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    In a mammoth programme from September 2015 to Jan 2017 the Whitechapel Gallery hosts the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection in a series so big it requires four separate exhibitions. This is the largest exhibition of Arab art ever held in the UK and comes from Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi’s UAE based archive of work sourced from […]

  • The Force of Destiny by Verdi (Opera)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

    Many of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas explore relationships between fathers and daughters. His The Force of Destiny, currently performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum, explores the collapse and end of a relationship between a father and his daughter. The controversial director Calixto Bieito has produced a thrilling staging that is well worth […]

  • The Dressmaker (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    A revenge story set in a small town in Australia’s 1950’s outback, The Dressmaker has its highs and lows. Some comedy works, other moments seem bizarre. Yet the world this film is set in doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously anyway, which makes for good entertainment, even if it’s over the top at times. […]

  • Black Mass (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Black Mass reinstates Johnny Depp as one of the finest actors of our generation and puts him back on the map of serious actors after a few well-paid commercial disasters. The story the Director Scott Cooper and screenplay writers Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth tell is the story of the rise and fall of South […]

  • Simon Schama’s Face of Britain (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Historian Simon Schama’s five part series of the same name was recently broadcast on BBC-2 and this exhibition of portraiture featuring powerful figures from British history runs in conjunction with a similarly themed book. The exhibits are divided into Power, Love, Self, Fame and People and it is left up to the visitors to attach […]

  • Black British Art in Action
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    The Black British experience is explored on many levels by this selection from the London Metropolitan Archives. Covering issues such as identify, struggle and broader culture, the work is varied, and incorporates many platforms of expression and creative tools. Its ‘No Colour Bar’ banner underpinning the work of all of these British-centred artists, but also […]

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