Rakesh Ramchurn

Rakesh Ramchurn writes on international affairs, film and culture

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Patrick Stewart in Match

Match, film review: A standout performance by Patrick Stewart is the highlight of Stephen Belber’s stage adaptation

Unfortunately, the film’s stage origins are all too obvious

James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

I Am Michael, review, London LGBT Film Festival 2015: Michael Glatze biopic of man who shocked gay world by going straight

James Franco stars as the former gay activist Michael Glatze who denounced homosexuality when he found religion

Simon Pegg in Kill Me Three Times

Kill Me Three Times, review: Simon Pegg is watchable but wasted in blood-splattered movie

Talent like this should have been given a few extra gags to work with

Mia Wasikowska stars as Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary, film review: A lacklustre adaptation of a passionate classic

Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti and Rhys Ifans star in this retelling of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel

Scott Marlowe and Matthew Risch in 'Test'

Panic over HIV epidemic revisited in 1980s San Francisco

As many gay and lesbian couples prepare to wed this weekend, Test is a timely reminder of just how far things have come

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in 'Gerontophilia'

Gerontophilia, film review: A light-hearted tale of inter-generational desire

Sexual desire for the elderly tackled in Bruce LaBruce's new film, currently showing at London's LGBT festival

Last Summer, film review: A lyrical story of high-school separation

Lingering close-ups of dew-drizzled scenery set the tempo for this love story based among the sports fields and milkshake shacks of small-town Arkansas.

Scrap HS2, and solve the North-South divide while you’re at it

Why not spend some of the money on a Manchester-Liverpool high speed rail?

Dark side of the Moon: Astronauts in row over naming of craters

William Anders and Jim Lovell - who were immortalised in Apollo 13 - among the first to orbit the Moon in 1968

Peru overtakes Colombia as world's largest coca producer

Success of country's anti-drug strategy less successful than neighbours, only cutting plantation area by 3.4 per cent

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?