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    1. May 11, 2015

      The Pirates of Penzance, Coliseum, London — review

      Back in 1999 film director Mike Leigh revealed his passion for Gilbert and Sullivan in the biopic Topsy-Turvy. After...

    2. February 27, 2015

      Mr Turner — DVD review

      Directed by Mike Leigh, 2014 Entertainment One Mike Leigh’s biopic of the great painter JMW Turner has furiously...

    1. October 30, 2014

      Mr Turner – film review

      Awkward, gruff, bearish, obdurate, with sudden twinkles of redeeming charm. The portrait of the artist in Mike Leigh’s...

    2. October 7, 2014

      John Ruskin, visionary and villain

      Admirers of John Ruskin have learnt to live with one awkward fact – that his marriage to Effie Gray was annulled...

    3. April 22, 2014

      Cannes Film Festival 2014 – preview

      The impossibly suave Marcello Mastroianni peering roguishly over his Prada sunglasses is the image that will greet...

    4. November 16, 2012

      ‘Evil is a tricky one’

      We expect film directors to be mysterious or difficult – the auteur myth – but the British director Ben Wheatley is...

    5. March 11, 2012

      Abigail’s Party, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

      There is something of a 1970s invasion of the London stage at present. Hot on the heels of Absent Friends comes this...

    6. February 19, 2012

      Berlin awards a mix of farce and tragedy

      It is amazing, isn’t it? You leave people in a room for two, three, four hours; you provide them with coffee and...

    7. September 23, 2011

      Grief, National Theatre, London

      Mike Leigh’s latest play takes place in a desolate landscape: suburban London in the late 1950s. While elsewhere...

    8. September 1, 2011

      Cinema releases: September 2

      “Comedy of menace” was the celebrated phrase created by the critic Irving Wardle to describe Harold Pinter’s passive...

    9. March 2, 2011

      Film releases for March 3

      Water-coloured life: Kate Fahy in ‘Archipelago’ Re-reading my notes scribbled in the dark during Archipelago, I find...

    10. March 2, 2011

      Crises and clipped vowels

      Water-coloured life: Kate Fahy in ‘Archipelago’ Re-reading my notes scribbled in the dark during Archipelago, I find...

    11. January 12, 2011

      Blood from a Stone, Acorn Theatre, New York

      Strained connections: Ethan Hawke and Ann Dowd In Blood from a Stone Tommy Nohilly not only makes a notable...

    12. December 7, 2010

      UK to host ‘Cultural Olympiad’

      An array of the world’s leading artists will perform in the UK for a 12-week cultural festival held to celebrate the...

    13. November 3, 2010

      New Releases

      Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent Another Year () is the now regular, now cyclical marvel from Britain’s best film-maker....

    14. September 24, 2010

      Blame the country for poor cinema

      I watched a trailer for the forthcoming London Film Festival the other week, and there was a short section devoted to...

    15. September 24, 2010

      Hampstead Theatre’s incoming director

      Edward Hall’s task as Hampstead Theatre’s new artistic director will be to shake off the chequered reputation the north...

    16. May 14, 2010

      Changes in moviedom

      Cate Blanchett in Cannes The Dream and the Deal It took skill to fly to Cannes from London this year. Weaving nimbly...

    17. December 27, 2008

      Films on release - Nigel Andrews

      Mum and Dad Steven Sheil 84 mins (18) *** A British horror film batty enough to be interesting. On the edge of...

    18. August 23, 2008

      Somers Town

      Somers Town Shane Meadows 75 mins (12A) **** A British charmer. Director Shane Meadows, of This is England , builds a...

    19. August 16, 2008

      DVD releases

      Happy-Go-Lucky Mike Leigh, 2008 Momentum **** Mike Leigh is the great miserablist auteur of British cinema. Here he...

    20. June 14, 2008

      2000 Feet Away

      2000 Feet Away Bush Theatre, London W12 A starry cast crowds into London's diminutive Bush Theatre for the UK premiere...

    21. May 17, 2008

      War and pieces of sugar candy

      Cinephile trend-spotters have had an easy time of it for the past few months: since Christmas, our big screens have...

    22. April 26, 2008

      Films on release Martin Hoyle & Nigel Andrews

      Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 96 mins (12A) **** Writer-artist Marjane Satrapi brings her own graphic novel to the screen...

    23. April 19, 2008

      Happy-Go-Lucky

      London swings merrily, 40 years after the 1960s. In Mike Leigh's exuberant new comedy, fun-loving schoolteacher and...

    24. April 18, 2008

      Happy or not

      If one needed a sign that things are looking gloomy it is not to be found in job loss predictions or house price...

    25. April 16, 2008

      From low-rent London with love

      To say there are two sides to Mike Leigh’s cinema is almost literally true. When a Leigh film drops on your doormat you...

    26. April 12, 2008

      DVD Releases

      The Yacoubian Building Marwan Hamed, 2005 ICA Films The Cairo apartment block of the title is presented in this...

    27. January 12, 2008

      4 Months, 3 Weeks 2 Days

      Cristian Mungiu 113 mins (15) ***** Cristian Mungiu's brilliant Romanian film won the Cannes Golden Palm. Though set...

    28. September 1, 2007

      Dvd releases

      Sunshine Danny Boyle, 2007 Fox Fifty years in the future and the sun is gradually being extinguished. Hence the...

    29. August 11, 2007

      Karl French FILM

      All or Nothing (BBC2 Saturday 10.40pm) is a deceptively simple slice of Mike Leigh miserablism in which we spend a...

    30. June 16, 2007

      Karl French FILM

      Where the early 1970s had life on the road as the favoured metaphor for life, the late 1980s had baseball, the best of...

    31. April 25, 2007

      Violent visions of nationalism

      It is no great surprise that Shane Meadows has, with This Is England, made something close to a masterpiece – he is a...

    32. February 17, 2007

      FILM

      Around the release of Vera Drake (Channel 4 9.05pm), Mike Leigh and his cast of actors opened up at length about the...

    33. November 24, 2006

      CRITICS' CHOICE

      Today's most intriguing programme is a repeat: Radio 4's Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher (11.00am) investigates a...

    34. September 1, 2006

      Not enough sets in the city

      Francois Truffaut thought the words “Britain” and “cinema” were incompatible. Presumably the French New Wave director...

    35. August 27, 2006

      Seeing the director’s point of view

      If you asked any reasonably well-informed person to name a handful of television directors they would probably...

    36. July 26, 2006

      Polyamory

      "Polyamory" is what used to be called free love, now a sociological system whereby a so-called alpha male acquires...

    37. July 8, 2006

      Turn a blind eye to sporting 'failure'

      It's a weekend of sporting finals and, once again, there isn't a British competitor in sight. I missed most of...

    38. July 6, 2006

      CRITICS' CHOICE

      Within a couple of minutes of the start of "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood" - a title typical of the show - it is...

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