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  1. January 23, 2014

    August: Osage County – film review

    American family drama on stage is an instantly recognisable brand. Characters open cupboards and skeletons avalanche out. It...

  2. December 26, 2013

    All Is Lost – film review

    All is won, cinematically, in All Is Lost. That includes a bet-your-shirt, or even bet-your-house, Best Actor Oscar for...

  1. October 11, 2012

    A vehicle that’s not roadworthy

    It is 64 years since the trans-American trip that inspired On the Road. Time to ask, of that founding work of beat fiction,...

  2. September 13, 2012

    If this is Heaven, give me Purgatory

    When I first saw the title To Rome with Love I thought, “Oh dear.” This must be one of those star-studded portmanteau films...

  3. June 12, 2012

    Coroner brings curtain down on Aussie drama

    One of Australia’s most infamous legal cases – the mysterious disappearance 32 years ago of a baby at what was then called...

  4. May 14, 2012

    Obama seeks young female vote

    President Barack Obama sought to tap the support of women and young voters in his re-election campaign, as he presented the...

  5. April 13, 2012

    ‘We need feminism more than ever’

    In January, I saw two Abi Morgan-penned films in one week: the controversial Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep,...

  6. March 16, 2012

    Show your metal

    Last month, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a collection during Milan fashion week gilded from neck to ankle in baroque embroidery....

  7. March 5, 2012

    Assistance, Playwrights Horizons, New York

    We usually think of personal assistants as people who organise their bosses’ schedules, keep track of their children, and...

  8. March 2, 2012

    The trickle-down effect

    It is that time of year: time to empty your make-up bag of every stubby-ended eye pencil you’ve saved just in case; every...

  9. February 27, 2012

    ‘The Artist’ wins best film at the Oscars

    The Artist has become the first silent film to win an Oscar for best picture since 1929 on a night when movies about the...

  10. February 24, 2012

    Return of the Punisher

    Until a few weeks ago, Harvey Weinstein had no idea who designed his tuxedos. “A fashion blogger asked me at the Directors...

  11. February 23, 2012

    Exit stage left for Oscars’ Kodak Theatre

    The 84th Academy Awards this Sunday has a guest list to rival any party in the world. Brad Pitt will be there, as will...

  12. January 24, 2012

    ‘The Artist’ leads Oscar nominations

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company were the big winners when the...

  13. January 20, 2012

    Pinewood shelves £200m film set project

    Pinewood Studios has been forced to shelve plans to develop a £200m film set in Buckinghamshire, designed to help it compete...

  14. January 17, 2012

    ‘The Artist’ leads Bafta nominations

    The Artist, a French film about a 1920s silent film star brought down by the advent of the “talkies”, is leading this year’s...

  15. January 13, 2012

    The Iron Lady heads to America

    Why has the British government pressed ahead with a programme to tackle its national debt, while America continues to...

  16. January 7, 2012

    Christmas challenge 2011: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy...

  17. January 6, 2012

    Britain needs to forgive and forget the Iron Lady

    Meryl Streep remarked that she had tried, in the film The Iron Lady, to capture what it was about Margaret Thatcher that...

  18. January 6, 2012

    The Devil wears Aqua

    I probably won’t bother seeing The Iron Lady. Everyone says Meryl Streep is terrific as Lady Thatcher, but I saw the...

  19. January 5, 2012

    Film releases: January 6

    As I came out of The Iron Lady after being handbagged, nay sandbagged by Meryl Streep’s multi-contoured, many-faceted,...

  20. January 2, 2012

    Thatcher and the state – a coda

    By Brian Groom Britain appears unsure whether it is living in 2012 or 1982 – and whether Margaret Thatcher, rather than...

  21. December 30, 2011

    Thatcher’s style legacy

    The makeover moment is a stock cinematic trope – whether it involves a secretary removing her glasses or the Pretty Woman...

  22. December 29, 2011

    The best movies of 2011

    Cinema levels and liberalises the planet. A critic surveys the best films that became part of the world’s story in 2011 –...

  23. December 23, 2011

    Biopic stirs admiration and controversy

    As one of the main orchestrators behind Margaret Thatcher’s ejection from Downing Street in 1990, Lord Heseltine is a...

  24. December 21, 2011

    Banging of Malvinas drum causes headache

    Are Britain and Argentina heading for another crisis over the Falkland Islands? Nearly 30 years after the Argentine invasion...

  25. December 7, 2011

    If you see Sid, thank him, 25 years after gas float

    Margaret Thatcher has suffered the odd fate of becoming a historical figure while still alive, more real as the bewigged...

  26. December 7, 2011

    Privatisation defined Thatcher era

    Enthusiasm for privatisation under Margaret Thatcher was close to its apogee when British Gas made its stock market debut 25...

  27. November 18, 2011

    The Diary: Sarah Sands

    The London stage has become increasingly fashionable. In certain circles, acquiring tickets for productions at the Donmar...

  28. September 16, 2011

    China’s Mandarin Mamma Mia!

    If there is such a thing as global culture, Mamma Mia! must be it. The songs are classics of the lingua franca of pop,...

  29. June 16, 2011

    Electric cars: still in park

    The rich are different from you and me: they can afford to be green. Forgetting that it is a Japanese import, Arianna...

  30. February 24, 2011

    Will Miliband finally AV it?

    The campaign for May’s alternative vote referendum kicked off in earnest last week, and is turning out to be closer than...

  31. December 21, 2010

    Ten Questions - Renee Barch-Niles

    Renee Barch-Niles: ‘Learn to become fearless’ Renee began her journey as a struggling artist in New York. After graduating...

  32. June 29, 2010

    Cultural heft of a devilish tale

    I Demoni , Peter Stein's 12-hour (including intervals) production of Dostoevsky's 1872 novel Demons (also known as The...

  33. May 7, 2010

    Find the best of two research worlds

    Queen of the put-down: Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada One of my favourite films in recent years has been The Devil...

  34. April 27, 2010

    That old melting question

    Fences , the 1987 August Wilson drama in a powerful new revival on Broadway, is considered less masterly than the Wilson...

  35. March 20, 2010

    Why women excel in the kitchen

    Chef/proprietor Alice Waters at her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California On Friday, Alice Waters, who founded the...

  36. February 4, 2010

    Fashion family saga that takes on the gossips

    To outsiders, the fashion world can seem like a fictional creation. Reports of its denizens' doings are so unbelievable,...

  37. February 3, 2010

    Fashion family saga that takes on the gossips

    House of Versace The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival By Deborah Ball Crown Publishing, $26To outsiders, the...

  38. February 2, 2010

    Avatar and Hurt Locker face off in Oscar pool

    An intriguing Oscar battle between James Cameron and his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow is in prospect after films made by the two...

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