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‘T2 Trainspotting’ – Film Review

“It had better not be shite, Danny.” That’s what returning cast of T2 Trainspotting – Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle – told director Danny Boyle…

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Austra – ‘Future Politics’ Review

If you’re still feeling drained and deadened by the traumas of 2016, perhaps it’s time for a musical tonic. Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental…

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‘Jackie’ – Film Review

It would be easy to 
make a politely anodyne film about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, America’s most glamorous First Lady. The wife of President John F. Kennedy was by her husband’s…

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The Flaming Lips – ‘Oczy Mlody’ Review

Glancing at Wayne Coyne’s psych rock CV, 
you’d think he was trying to throw the interview. Previous employment? Human hamster. Massive-handed romantic. 
Nun puppeteer. Nudism advisor to Miley Cyrus. Referee…

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Wiley – ‘Godfather’ Review

Just one of the laugh-out-loud lyrics on grime kingpin Wiley’s booming, swaggering, long-awaited new album: “I’m not a lager lout / But I’m still throwing bars about”. The whole album…

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‘Manchester By The Sea’ – Film Review

Though this Oscar-tipped film from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret) is named after a scenic seaside town near Boston, Massachusetts, the drama that unfolds is anything…

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Julie Byrne – ‘Not Even Happiness’ Review

When it’s only January but you’re already convinced you’re listening to one of the finest albums of the year, then it’s highly possible you’ve heard something very special indeed. Step…

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‘La La Land’ – Film Review

From its first moment to its last, La La Land is so adorable that if it had physical form it would be hard to hold back from squeezing it. If…

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David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’ Review

When David Bowie returned from exile with 2013’s ‘The Next Day’, an album that wistfully referenced his late-‘70s art-rock heyday, it felt like this eternal futurist was starting to look…

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Run The Jewels – ‘RTJ3’ Album Review

Hip-hop is a genre that thrives on freshness and the shock of the new: hot rappers rarely get more than three years in the spotlight, and late-career renaissances are unheard-of…

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The xx – ‘I See You’ review

Back when they formed as teenagers in the mid-00s, The xx’s early interviews and gigs were defined by their anxiousness. They admitted that they never dreamt of, nor searched for,…

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‘Passengers’ – Film Review

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are the huge Hollywood stars you'd most want to get drunk and do karaoke with. They also have proven track records of injecting personality into…

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