Phoenix, film review: A Berlin thriller with hints of Hitchcock and plenty of plot twists

Christian Petzold’s Phoenix is a darkly melodramatic tale told in a very unmelodramatic fashion. It is a film that you could imagine being made in late 1940s Hollywood with moody lighting and one of those very eerie, very overblown scores that Bernard Herrmann used to write for Hitchcock movies. Petzold’s approach, though, is pared-down and… Read More Phoenix, film review: A Berlin thriller with hints of Hitchcock and plenty of plot twists

How Torres’ ‘Sprinter’ Was Fueled by a Gift From Sharon Van Etten

Torres’ Sprinter is one of the strongest indie-rock releases of the spring, but it might never have happened if it weren’t for the late Ray Bradbury. A little over a year ago, the 24-year-old artist, whose real name is Mackenzie Scott, was battling a serious case of writer’s block after a post-college move to Brooklyn.… Read More How Torres’ ‘Sprinter’ Was Fueled by a Gift From Sharon Van Etten

John Turturro, Zoe Wanamaker and Santino Fontana head the cast of this rarely staged musical by the deluxe team of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein.

After Antonio Banderas demonstrated in the 2003 production of Nine that he could carry a Broadway musical with confidence, there was talk of packaging his swarthy charms in a revival of the 1968 show, Zorba. There’s plenty in this underpowered seven-performance presentation to suggest why that planned production failed to materialize, even if the title… Read More John Turturro, Zoe Wanamaker and Santino Fontana head the cast of this rarely staged musical by the deluxe team of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein.

Reviews of The Little Paris Bookshop, Jerusalem Sonnets, Love, Wellington Zoo and Sport 43

If you fancy summer in the south of France – and who doesn’t – this is for you. German writer Nina George’s descriptive powers are superb; her colours vivid, her scents powerful, her flowers so glorious you could almost be there. Not for nothing is this an international bestseller. The publishers call it quirky and… Read More Reviews of The Little Paris Bookshop, Jerusalem Sonnets, Love, Wellington Zoo and Sport 43