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Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star: ". . . an ability to write as though no one had ever written before."

Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector was born in the Ukraine in 1920 and died in Brazil at 57 years of age. Her last, 77-page novel tells the story of Macabéa, the poverty-stricken typist from the Brazilian North-East as she tries to live a life in Rio.

  • Billy Hart Quartet: spirited escapades in jazz

    Billy Hart Quartet One Is The Other

    Billy Hart Quartet's One Is The Other is all about a sense of evasive delight that does not trade in overt emotion. Yet if Claude Debussy were alive he would marvel at the record.

  • Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play a divorced couple who become jewel thieves

    The Love Punch

    Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan star in an uninspiring romantic comedy about a pair of English divorcees who embark on an unlikely jewel heist in the South of France

  • Better villains and bigger set pieces

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Look out! The kitchen sink is coming right at us!

  • The look and the attitude but they just don't have the songs

    We Are The Best!

    Punk's not dead! Three teenage girls in 1980s' Stockholm decide to form a band in this gentle and very funny comedy

  • The sublime Ciarán Hinds plays the recently widowed Max

    The Sea

    Let it wash over you.

  • The moving story of Joanne O'Riordan who was born without limbs

    No Limbs No Limits

    Born without limbs, Joanne O'Riordan is extraordinary in her insistence that life will not better her, in fact that life - if she has her way - will get much better.

  • Olivia Williams gives a noteworthy performance

    The Last Days On Mars

    Fresh off the success of Gravity's Oscar glory comes another space movie that won't leave you feeling over the moon.

  • Cheery, companionable set, dominated by four Ellington-related tunes.

    Oscar Peterson Ben Webster During This Time

    As evidenced by this CD/DVD package, four highly-skilled musicians - only one of whom survives - were clearly having fun in a predominantly bluesy swing set recorded in 1972, in Germany.

  • This is Gleeson's finest performance

    Calvary

    Expecting Calvary to be The Guard 2 is a mistake; avoiding the drama as a result is an even bigger one.

  • As with The Raid, the action sequences - jail, motorway, kitchen - are superb

    The Raid 2

    Harry Guerin isn't completely convinced by Gareth Evans' sequel to the impressive The Raid.

  • The big screen take on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name

    Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a great film.

  • Burn after reading - Saajan (Irrfan Khan) reads the included note before he tucks into lunch cooked by a stranger.

    The Lunchbox

    Each day, Mumbai's popular food delivery service facilitates delivery of meals to office workers, often cooked by wives at home. When one of these lunchboxes goes to the wrong recipient the result is deeply touching but also gently humorous.

  • Listening to Bach: a frequently thrilling collection from the late, great Pearse Hutchinson.

    Listening to Bach Pearse Hutchinson

    The acclaimed poet and translator Pearse Hutchinson died in 2012, but he has left behind a book of poems of unusual grace and serenity.

  • The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - anti-thriller, with French, Danish and Flemish dialogue (and ponderous title even in English)

    The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

    Jean Cocteau it isn't, Un Chien Andalou it isn't either and Dalí and Buñuel can rest easy in their graves. Don't bother with this anti-thriller that dispenses with all the conventions.