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Remake of the Roald Dahl story switches the action to sixties Alabama but it’s little more than a boring pantomime that talks down to children

There’s slow-burn tension and creeping unease in this domestic chiller about three generations of women in a ramshackle house, but is it style over substance?

Elisabeth Moss plays the agoraphobic depressive author of The House On Haunted Hill who develops a twisted relationship with a young couple come to stay

In this sophisticated thriller, Mick Jagger is a reptilian art collector hosting an artist an art critic and an American tourist - but which one is the fake?

Sustainability is the latest watchword in wine-making with producers not only ditching chemicals to go organic but looking at packaging, water use and treatment of workers

Although wine sales to bars and restaurants have plummetted, Liz detects a growing trend for chemical-free earth-friendly tipples which don’t compromise on taste

The National frontman’s alchemical swirls of dark lyricism and classic country soul make for an intoxicating debut.

Ruth considers ways to fox the cleverness of grey squirrel and its fondness for tulip and crocus bulbs

Unflinchingly faithful version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel is a magical and gothic meditation on grief but central performances fail to compel

Film review: The Climb

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This American buddy comedy with European arthouse sensibilities starts at the peak and goes gently downhill but is the start of a promising double act from Covino and Marvin

Dominique Woolf has won plaudits after launching The Woolf’s Kitchen during lockdown with three children under five, and is now up for female start-up of the year

Polly Morgan’s abstract sculptures at The Bomb Factory use nail art and taxidermy reptiles to comment on an age when our digital selves dominate our physical selves

Behind the scenes portrait of Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson working on his final film is for fans only - even the making of great films is a dull process

Film review: I Am Greta

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The story of how a Swedish schoolgirl became a global climate crisis campaigner focuses too much on the personality and too little on the issues she cares about

First solo album in a decade from Sigur Rós frontman takes a rugged ride through off-road electro.

Crouch End entrepreneur Matthew Cockerill is trying to haul the cookbook into the 21st century with a subscription service offering foodies access to hundreds of recipes

Debra Winger and Evan Rachel Wood star as mother and daughter grifters in a heist movie with no heists, random motivations, and familial bonds that don’t ring true

The programme include 59 features by the likes of Riz Ahmed and talks with David Byrne and movies starring Frances McDormand and Kate Winslet

Helen Reddy biopic tries to pitch the singer as a feminist icon, but the cheesy daytime TV style makers her seem as middle of the road as her music

Britain’s feted heroes return with another slab of searing social commentary and seismic rock.

With the low key intimacy of a home movie, Malou Reymann’s autobiographical film about two daughters’ reaction to their trans father is quietly devastating

Craig Roberts’ film presents the world from inside the head of a woman with a mental illness leaving audiences confused and emotionally disconnected

Liz recommends Oz Clark’s brilliant passionate book on English wine and heads to France for a trio of bottles from Vignobles & Signatures group of growers

Don’t fly for me Argentina

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mountain wines grown 1,000 feet up beneath the Andes don’t have to be picked by helicopter like some, and the entry prices are down to earth

Mussels cooked in cider and a fresh ceviche with slivers of mango are on the menu Chez Bissell as kids go back to school and ‘weekend food’ is no longer rolled out mid-week

Reality is collapsing and civilisation is ending, yet somehow Bill and Ted’s world still seems more benign than ours in a reboot that is charming but uninventive

Film review: 23 Walks

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Real life north Londoner Alison Steadman plays a lonely pensioner who strikes up a romance with fellow dog walker Dave Johns, but some dark painful secrets lurk

Film review Monsoon (12A)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gentle film about dislocation explores Vietnam’s national identity but its quiet strength becomes aimless by the end

Fourth record for US folk duo is imbued with sparkles of jazz, art-pop, soul and the American Songbook

The Dartmouth Park director of Suffragette shines a feminist lens on female friendship and teen life as a 15-year-old tries to raise her younger brother in East London

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