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TV

Better Call Saul

“When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer”, Jesse Pinkman informed Walter White way back in Breaking Bad’s second season, “you want a ‘criminal’ lawyer”. If Breaking Bad was about a suburban man releasing his toxic masculinity in a criminal underworld, Better Call Saul is a more controlled disintegration of a conman […]

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Film Reviews

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey opens with Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) break-up with the Joker. Freed from its connections to Suicide Squad (2016), the film is able to embark upon its own bold direction: a very loose adaptation of its comic book counterparts (a female crimefighting team founded by Barbara Gordon/Batgirl). Such emancipation is a vital theme […]

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Film Reviews

The Lighthouse

From a screen of thick grey fog, a light slowly fades through, before a barren island comes into view. Two lighthouse keepers, long-time master Thomas Wick (Willem Dafoe) and new recruit Ephraim Wilson (Robert Pattinson) are sailing towards their shift. Enticing them to the only land in sight, the lighthouse will soon render them completely unmoored […]

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Film News Reviews

Bombshell

What happens when victims are “unlikeable”? The 2016 sexual assault allegations against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes unearthed the long-assumed but carefully-guarded toxic workspace of Fox’s right-wing media, with multiple women testifying to their sexual harassment under the chief executive. Such harassment is obviously inexcusable and undeserved by anyone, but there’s an interesting premise in […]

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Film

Cats

Susan Sontag once defined ‘Camp’ as being ‘a seriousness that fails’. On all fronts, Cats is obviously a failure, but the question iss how intentional it all is. After all, it’s impossible to bring any dignity to a film about singing, magical cats, yet somehow this cinematic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical is […]

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Fringe Music

‘Rowdily fun and surprisingly beautiful’: The Dolly Parton Story review

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? The Queen of Country is an absolute icon, with numerous hit songs within her decades-long career, her personality simultaneously larger-than-life and down-to-earth, meeting any superficial criticism with wit and humour. The joyous Dolly Parton Story recounts her humble countryside beginnings, her initial Nashville success with Porter Wagoner, and eventual solo […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Canary and the Crow review

Theatre is sometimes a place of escapism, but it can also be a form of self-expression. There’s a tension between slipping into character and standing out as yourself. This dilemma was especially felt by David Ward, who felt his black racial identity was being eroded by the system around him. His semi-autobiographical play The Canary […]

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Fringe Theatre

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

 WW2 undoubtedly remains one of the most important points in world history. It was a war that changed everything, culturally and politically, in both Britain and abroad. But Chamberlain: Peace in our Time transports you to just moments before then, as Neville Chamberlain (David Leeson) prepares the announcement of Britain’s war against Germany. Chamberlain is […]