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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....

‘Ready Or Not’ review: horror’s brightest new star Samara Weaving runs from her murderous in-laws in this bloody, bonkers horror

There’s a certain expectation that comes with Fox Searchlight’s first foray into outright horror. The studio, traditionally seen as Fox’s prestige arm, has been...

‘Don’t Call Me Angel’: Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Charlies Angels’ track is a celebration of their differences

Everyone once in a while a gang of excellent pop artists will team up and form an all-star group. Sometimes it results in a...

Kojey Radical – ‘Cashmere Tears’ review: an extraordinary tale of turmoil, love – and funk

With this new project, east Londoner rapper Kojey Radical proves to be one of this generation's most stunning storytellers. He's often described as a...

Metronomy – ‘Metronomy Forever’ review

Just over 10 years ago, Metronomy went on a bender. ‘Nights Out’, their breakthrough album and soundtrack to a generation of freshers, was proof...

Sam Fender – ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ review

He’s a hero in his hometown, and Geordie singer-songwriter Sam Fender has earned a reputation as guitar music’s next great hope. But you needn’t be...

Charli XCX – ‘Charli’ Review

This album has long been a tantalising prospect. Since her previous LP, 2014's punk-inflected 'Sucker', Charli XCX has taken a turn for the avant-pop,...

Various Artists – ‘Top Boy (A Selection of Music Inspired by the Series)’ review

The Netflix-acquired cult drama Top Boy returns today for its third series, following a huge cash injection from Canadian superstar Drake. Despite the comeback’s roots...

JPEGMAFIA – ‘All My Heroes Are Cornballs’ review

JPEGMAFIA’s last album, 2018’s 'Veteran', was a sadistic thrill ride, created by a rap artist just as comfortable screaming as breaking into a catchy...

Keane – ‘Cause And Effect’ review

Keane are probably the most unlikely nostalgia act to re-emerge for a new millennial audience over the last few years. Just watch their set...

Alex Cameron – ‘Miami Memory’ review

Alex Cameron has flare for painting different caricatures, to the point that it’s often difficult to discern where the blurry lines between fiction and...

Djo – ‘Twenty Twenty’ review

Before Joe Keery was better known as Steve Harrington, one half of Stranger Things’ best bromance, the actor was a member of Chicago psych...

Pixies – ‘Beneath The Eyrie’ review

It's Pixies' otherworldly gaze that has always made them so appealing. While their blue-collar attitude, punk approach and quiet-LOUD simplicity would inspire the grunge movement...

NME at Venice Film Festival – ‘The Truth’ review: ‘Shoplifters’ director Hirokazu Kore-eda loses the golden touch

On paper, The Truth knocks it out of the park. Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve team up with last year’s Palme d’Or-winning...

NME at Venice Film Festival – ‘The Laundromat’ review: Soderberg’s in ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ mode with this Panama scandal flick

You might think that a picture on the 2016 Panama Papers scandal, featuring Meryl Steep and made by the filmmaker who brought us gritty...

NME at Venice Film Festival – ‘Ad Astra’ review: a sci-fi masterpiece as thought-provoking as it entertaining

Brad Pitt’s Captain Roy McBride climbs the outer rig of a space station, the tranquillity of space offering a calming respite as he undertakes...

Mallrat – ‘Driving Music’ EP

“A lot of label people and pop songwriters who aren’t necessarily that good, in my opinion, think you need a sweeping, broad statement that’s...

EarthGang – ‘Mirrorland’ review

Having signed to J. Cole's Dreamville records in 2017, EarthGang – consisting of Olu and WowGr8 – have been making moves. They featured on...

NME at Venice Film Festival – ‘An Officer And A Spy’ review: Polanski’s latest is well-made and a little dull

The announcement of a new Roman Polanski picture arrives with a flurry of moral questions. The French-Polish citizen has been in hiding from American authorities...

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...
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