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Barnes on art: benignly perceptive as in the best of his (mostly) wonderful work to date

Julian Barnes Keeping an Eye Open

This new collection from the amiable Francophile gathers his various writings through the years on art. It's chatty, benignly perceptive and has well-presented reproductions of the paintings under consideration.

  • Kennedi Clements tries out the new-fangled touch screen

    Poltergeist

    It's heeeeeeere. This remake of Spielberg's haunted house scare fest has a few jolts but it seems rather quaint in a new era of horror movies which deliver long lasting shock value

  • Britt Robertson stars as idealistic teen Casey Newton

    Film review: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond ****

    George Clooney heads the cast but Raffey Cassidy steals the show in this hugely enjoyable family adventure about a secret future world

  • Like nothing you've ever seen before

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    "The first Iranian vampire spaghetti western", is how writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour describes A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It is like nothing you've ever seen before.

  • The Barden Bellas are back - but can they become World Champions?

    Pitch Perfect 2

    Sequels can be tricky, but fans of the first Pitch Perfect are going to love this follow-up. Plus, there is enough sass, singing and hilarity to raise a smile from the most cynical.

  • "I was a cop searching for a righteous course"

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy is more mumbling than Mad in this unhinged and enjoyable reboot. Read our review.

  • Poems and photographs of Bull Island in all its stark beauty.

    Pat Boran: Waveforms Bull Island Haiku

    This 120-page, pocket-size excursion around Bull Island is Pat Boran's homage in Haiku and photographs to the airy, aqueous spirit of that special place.

  • The Girl Missing From the Window: brave confrontation with contemporary Irish realities

    Paul O'Reilly The Girl Missing From the Window

    The Girl Missing From The Window is often topical in its small town scenarios, yet the collection transcends topicality with style and mastery, as it delves deep into utterly convincing human stories.

  • A neglected gem whose essential sentiment could apply to many wars and many a soldier home on leave

    Daniel Anselme On Leave

    First published in French as La Permission, On Leave appeared at the height of the Franco-Algerian war in 1957. The story concerns three soldiers back in Paris on leave. It's like Hemingway with the gaps filled in and it is a masterpiece.

  • An enjoyably daft caper

    A Royal Night Out

    Windsor hassle.

  • Runs rings around the competition

    Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern

    This 12th solo outing from the Saturnine elder statesman of the post-punk wars runs rings abound the competition

  • A celebration of Chic-like good times

    Snoop Dogg - Bush

    Snoop forgoes the sound that made him famous on this laid back thirteenth solo outing

  • There is real double act chemistry between young star Onni Tommila and Samuel L Jackson

    Big Game

    Game for a laugh.

  • Rosario Dawson and Chris Rock are both likeable in a rom com

    Top Five

    Chris Rock's charming and funny romcom rips along with real heart and spirit while making some excellent observations about racism, politics and black America.

  • Rupert Evans as the haunted fillm archivist David and Steve Oram as Inspector McNamara  in The Canal

    The Canal

    A wife is murdered and the husband is the chief suspect. But was it her new lover who killed her and dumped her body in the canal? The answer doesn't much matter in this disappointing phantasmagoric exercise.