Theatre Review: The Crucible – Royal Exchange Theatre

The Crucible

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Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE is brought to life in new production directed by Caroline Steinbeis at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre

2015 is the centenary year of playwright Arthur Miller’s birth and director Caroline Steinbeis has brought his Broadway production of THE CRUCIBLE to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Written in 1953 by Miller as an indirect and ingeniously shrewd way to speak out against McCarthyism and the anti-Communist enquiries in America,...

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Film Review: Sicario



Dark, complex and technically brilliant, SICARIO is one of the best films of the year

Following its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve’s tightly-woven thriller SICARIO finally hits UK cinemas next month and boy is it good.

Written by Taylor Sheridan, SICARIO is a hard-hitting, intelligent crime thriller about the escalating war against drugs...

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David Bowie Documentary To Make UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival


Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under to premiere at BFI Southbank on 10th October as part of Sound Mirrors

With 182 live action and animated shorts at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it takes a special kind of documentary to stand out from the crowd. One film hoping to do just that is LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER, an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the landmark LET’S DANCE music video.

Featuring never-before-seen archive footage with Bowie himself, plus exclusive interviews wi...

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Album Review: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart


This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download.

Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre...

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Film Review: Summit


Christina Raia makes a decent directorial debut with horror psychodrama SUMMIT

With hundreds of independent horror films released each year, it takes a special kind of indie feature to stand out from the crowd. One film hoping to do just that is SUMMIT, a new horror/psychodrama written and directed by Christina Raia.

SUMMIT tells the story of five college friends, Jesse, Sean, Sarah, Will and James, who hit the road for a ski trip to Vermont...

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Theatre Review: Annie – Opera House, Manchester


This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

When Annie first burst onto Broadway in 1977, the brassy American musical won over hearts of theatre goers across the world with a record six-year run at the Alvin Theatre, scooping a Tony Award for Best Musical. Over 38 years later, the award-winning musical is continuing to thrill audiences in a stunning new production on tour in the UK starring Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great...

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GrimmFest 2015: The Best of the Best

Grimmfest 2015

We take a look at the films that are sure to give you a fright at GrimmFest 2015

With just 12 days to go until GrimmFest North, it’s safe to say that we are pretty excited. The line-up for this year’s festival looks fantastic with a whopping 34 movies across four days, from chilling thrillers to extreme blood-spillers.

For those who have been living in hibernation for the past 7 years, GrimmFest North is a horror, cult and sci-fi film festival like no other...

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Headline Galas at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival


From CAROL to HIGH-RISE, we take a look at seven of the most anticipated headline galas at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

This year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival certainly looks the business. Alongside the European premiere of SUFFRAGETTE and the closing premiere STEVE JOBS directed by the fabulous Danny Boyle, a number of films will also make their headline galas at the iconic film festival. We take a look at seven of the most anticipated films below…

American Express Gala – CAROL


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#LFF15: Suffragette To Open 59th BFI London Film Festival


Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep star in extraordinary drama about the fight for equality

Opening the 59th BFI London Film Festival is the European Premiere of SUFFRAGETTE starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.

Set during the early feminist movement, SUFFRAGETTE tells the story of the ordinary British women in 1912 and their fight for the right to vote...

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This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

42 years after he shot to fame with his hit single The Show Must Go On, British singer-songwriter and 70s music legend Leo Sayer returns to the UK for a rare and much anticipated tour in support of his latest album Restless Years.

With 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles to his name, Leo Sayer is one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced. Best known for his army of hits including One Man Band (1974), Long Tall Glasses (1974),...

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