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NME at TIFF – ‘Western Stars’ review: inessential Springsteen concert movie that feels like a DVD extra with an attitude

Bruce Springsteen can get away with some musical clichés – because he invented them. Since the beginning of his decades-spanning career, his songs have...

NME at TIFF  – ‘Waves’ review: a soul-shattering ode to pain, mistakes and coming of age

What does pain feel like without the love and contentment that precedes it? How do we come to feel happy without it stemming from...

NME at TIFF – ‘Lucy in the Sky’ review: a deranged sci-fi drama with its head in the clouds

The phrase 'so bad it might be good' can, sometimes, be a movie's greatest weapon. Then there's Natalie Portman's latest project, Lucy in the Sky....

NME at TIFF – ‘The Goldfinch’ review: the best selling novel gets a soulless movie makeover

Every year, at least one film has to crumble under the weight of expectation, failing to live up to the hype. More often than...

NME at TIFF – ‘Hustlers’ review: this practically perfect stripper movie could win J-Lo an Oscar

She arrives on stage, skin glowing under the lurid neon light, a vision dripping in diamantes. The jangly pianos and groaning bass of Fiona...

NME at TIFF – ‘How to Build A Girl’ review: Caitlin Moran’s coming-of-age rock critic story is irresistible

Beanie Feldstein's energy could power a thousand satellite towns, but we know that already, don't we? In Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, she played the...

NME at TIFF: ‘Just Mercy’ review: an Oscar-wannabe court drama that’s a bit Legally Blah

Sometimes good intentions are all it takes to get a mediocre movie past the finish line. Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Just Mercy,...

NME at TIFF: ‘True Story of the Kelly Gang’ review: grit and guts abound in biopic of Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly

“Nothing scares a man like crazy”, a boy says to his infamous bandit brother, with a gently psychotic grin. This is a line from True...

Pop Is Not A Dirty Word: Do I owe Taylor Swift an apology?

Sometimes, in this job, I wonder if I'm too harsh on people. Or if I've missed out on something that's totally skewed my perspective...

Pop is Not A Dirty Word: How ‘men are trash’ became pop’s new mantra

All around the world, jovial misandry is making men quiver in fear and anger – and it's sort of amazing, isn't it? The very...

Pop Is Not A Dirty Word: Admit it, teenage girls are the best A&Rs in the game

Egotistical label bosses, A&Rs and even journalists will take credit for any pop star's success if you give them the chance. We all want...

Pop Is Not A Dirty Word: Hyperactive influencer/dancer/pop star JoJo Siwa will terrify you – unless you’re born after about 2005

It's two in the morning and I'm so deep into a YouTube hole that I can't find my way back out. There's a video...

Pop is Not A Dirty Word: Beyoncé is a big cat in The Lion King – how very apt

In 2019, Queen of "Is There Anything She Can't Do?" Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a big cat, and it suits her. There are few animals...

Rosalía at Somerset House review – the making of a new kind of megastar

It feels like the cobbled courtyard of Somerset House might crumble into the Thames. On stage, a 25-year-old woman with the pop world at...

Pop Is Not A Dirty Word: In a Pride month already marred by pain, Muna’s return is life affirming

Pride month has barely even begun, yet I already feel like I'm watching its so-called power and influence swirling down the sinkhole in the...

Pop is Not A Dirty Word: K-Pop powerhouses Blackpink are the antidote to everyman pop stars – and they’re gonna conquer all

I have an infection, but it's not the gross, throat-coaty-phlegmy kind you might expect. It started a while ago, when I first heard the...

Pop is Not A Dirty Word: Natalie Portman’s new film paints a monstrous picture of the pop industry – but how true is it in...

The fact that director Brady Corbet's last film, The Childhood Of A Leader, portrayed a fascistic figure from his younger years to his reign...

Marina – ‘Love + Fear’ review

Marina Diamandis has a habit of ushering in new musical eras with red herrings. After a three-year hiatus that almost prompted her to give...

Pop is Not A Dirty Word: Why I reckon Shawn Mendes is the Gen-Z Bruce Springsteen

"You'll never see him in a venue of this size again,” a friend of mine says, approximately 10 minutes after Canadian pop-rockstar-du-jour Shawn Mendes...

Pop Is Not A Dirty Word: why I danced on my own at a Robyn gig

"Ugh, that shit's so gooood!". Across the stage of the legendary L'Olympia in Paris, Robyn writhes on the ground as the carnal vocal samples...
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