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  1. August 8, 2014

    Vintage women

    When my daughter and her musician boyfriend were heading to Glastonbury this year, I dug out – just for myself – some old...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Philomena – DVD review

    Stephen Frears, 2013 Pathé Martin Sixsmith’s story centres on the meeting between himself, a former BBC correspondent, and...

  1. January 17, 2014

    Oscars 2014: reviews of best film nominees

    Her Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson star in this whimsical story about a digital love affair, directed...

  2. October 31, 2013

    Philomena – review

    A nation’s cinema knows it has its mojo back when devil-may-care risks are taken with star casting. In Philomena, a...

  3. September 8, 2013

    Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion

    It was a “one, two” victory moment at Venice. The result of the 70th Mostra del Cinema was: Italy won, Taiwan too....

  4. September 2, 2013

    Venice Film Festival – first report

    In space no one can hear you scream – a fact re-learned in the opening film Gravity – but in Venice you can hear and be...

  5. March 26, 2013

    Peter and Alice, Noël Coward Theatre, London – review

    There’s a range of canned food named “Big Soup”. It seems an appropriate description of John Logan’s latest play. Logan’s...

  6. February 22, 2013

    DVD Review: Skyfall

    Sam Mendes, 201220th Century Fox Britain’s favourite boy scout returns, this time charged with saving one of the country’s...

  7. January 3, 2013

    Let’s put on a show for the luvvies!

    The luvvies gather in force in Quartet. Dustin Hoffman’s debut directing feature reminded me a lot of The Birds. The...

  8. December 30, 2012

    How do you top 2012?

    A fter the Olympic party of 2012, will 2013 be the year of the Olympic hangover? In the wake of four years of build-up, and...

  9. October 25, 2012

    Solemn Bond’s reborn identity

    In Skyfall, the idea that Bond equals Batman-plus-Bourne is put to the test and found wanting. Last time around, in Quantum...

  10. March 8, 2012

    A moral tale – but of the French kind

    France, we know, is a mirror held to England. Bel Ami, a sleekly spellbinding version of Guy de Maupassant’s rake’s tale by...

  11. February 26, 2012

    Hay Fever, Noël Coward Theatre, London

    The first Noël Coward play to be staged here since the Albery Theatre was renamed after him is his early success (from 1925)...

  12. February 24, 2012

    Short cuts

    Singapore Almost four decades after taking delivery of its first Boeing 747, Singapore Airlines will use the aircraft for...

  13. February 23, 2012

    Film releases: February 24

    He has a big head, medium-beaky nose and crew-cut patches of thinning hair that resemble bird mange. He caws with a whiny...

  14. February 17, 2012

    Small talk: Deborah Moggach

    In the course of her 35-year career, Deborah Moggach has published 16 novels and two short story collections. Her first...

  15. January 19, 2012

    Film releases: January 20

    Shakespeare speaks to all ages, and sometimes the ages speak back. Coriolanus, directed with thrilling modernity by its star...

  16. May 13, 2011

    The first rom-com

    Charles Edwards and Eve Best in rehearsal as the odd lovers at Shakespeare’s Globe Who are your favourite Shakespearean...

  17. January 31, 2011

    How can Spelman beat Robin Hood?

    At this early stage of the government’s cuts programme, one thing stands out: tree-hugging, book-reading,...

  18. December 3, 2010

    Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works

    Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works, edited by Caterina Napoleone, Thames & Hudson RRP£95, 507 pages The name is close to...

  19. October 15, 2010

    Swann’s leg irons

    The memoirs of Dame Judi Dench and tomes by stand-up comic Michael McIntyre and singer Susan Boyle are expected to help...

  20. August 21, 2010

    On location, location, location

    Filming ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in St George’s Square, Stamford If there is something familiar about the English market town...

  21. February 17, 2010

    Regal steel and human folly

    Deploying the sort of twinkly audacity that you can wield if you are a knight and dame of the realm, Sir Peter Hall and Dame...

  22. February 16, 2010

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rose Theatre, Kingston

    Giggling schoolgirl: Dame Judi Dench and Oliver Chris Deploying the sort of twinkly audacity that you can wield if you are a...

  23. January 28, 2010

    Theatres enjoy record performance

    It may have been a disastrous year for the economy but theatre-lovers made 2009 a vintage 12 months for the British stage,...

  24. January 27, 2010

    Theatres enjoy record performance

    It may have been a disastrous year for the economy, but theatre-lovers made 2009 a vintage 12 months for the British stage,...

  25. October 9, 2009

    Ari Gold and the softie from Chicago

    Ari Gold, from the HBO series Entourage, is by some distance the most compelling comedic character on television, and...

  26. April 4, 2009

    TV Films

    Al Gore found greater worldwide acclaim presenting An Inconvenient Truth (C4 9.20pm) than from his vice-presidential...

  27. March 21, 2009

    Madame de Sade

    The director Michael Grandage usually has a Midas touch, but the only thing gilded about this production is the set (which...

  28. March 14, 2009

    Madame de Sade

    Madame de Sade Donmar West End (Wyndhams), London WC2 The Donmar Warehouse never fights shy of the challenging or unusual,...

  29. April 30, 2008

    The British are coming - and they mean business

    Film and TV stars were out in force at a mansion in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles last week to celebrate the...

  30. April 29, 2008

    The British are coming – and they mean business

    Film and TV stars were out in force at a mansion in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles last week to celebrate the 50th...

  31. January 19, 2008

    Audio Books: Mister Pip

    MISTER PIP by Lloyd Jones John Murray £14.99, 2.5 hours Set on the South Pacific island of Bougainville during its 1990s...

  32. December 22, 2007

    A novel answer to our prayers

    It has been centuries since the play and the novel took over from the Bible as the way to resolve worldly tensions - one...

  33. December 1, 2007

    Small Talk - Jane Gardam

    Jane Gardam, 79, was born in North Yorkshire and read English at the University of London. She has written more than 20...

  34. December 1, 2007

    Small Talk: Jane Gardam

    Jane Gardam, 79, was born in North Yorkshire and read English at the University of London. She has written more than 20...

  35. October 12, 2007

    BBC dames and Page Three Girls

    The BBC patriots argue that the organisation has to be unique rather than a subsidised rival to other television companies....

  36. October 9, 2007

    Arts lobbying pays off

    Spending on the arts will increase in line with inflation over the next three years, a move that was welcomed by arts...

  37. October 6, 2007

    Radio

    Saturday's crammed with drama. A collective accolade to Radio 7 for A Touch of Brightness (9.00am, 3.00am), Judi Dench in a...

  38. September 1, 2007

    Vanessa Redgrave in 'As You Like It'

    The audience at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, rose 10ft from their seats and cooed and gibbered like...

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