Alice Jones' Arts Diary
"As much as I wanna pass on this torch, no one's takin' it off me 'til I'm dead," belligerent singer Ian McCulloch once characteristically maintained.
England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade
Extraordinarily, in a career 22 albums long, this is the first live recording that Sparks have released – and it's typical of their quixotic charm that, despite being famous for the ambitious complexity of their arrangements, it should feature pared-down settings of one voice accompanied by just one keyboard.
The art house posters behind Steven Soderbergh's new film have been blamed for its poor performance at the US box office. Might Channing Tatum have saved it?
This Freudian thriller is chock-full of murder, blackmail and illicit lesbian affairs
Genius detective and 6ft 5in fighting machine? Has Tom over-reached?
A teenage boy and a ferocious tiger must coexist on a small boat set adrift in a sea of kitsch
This fictional portrait of Jesus's mother breaks with tradition to deepen her humanity
Claude Miller didn't do lightweight. His best-known film, Garde à vue, an adaptation of the novel Brainwash by the British crime writer John Wainwright, is a dark thriller revolving around the police interrogation of a lawyer accused of raping and murdering two little girls. The viewer is never quite sure whether the inspector, played by Lino Ventura, should pin the ghastly crimes on the suspect, the wonderfully ambiguous Michel Serrault, who knows the law inside out but appears almost too willing to dig himself into a hole.
Stravinsky's morality tale is given a spirited and purposeful reading by singers and orchestra alike
Sarah Marsh speaks with novelist Lisa Jewell on escaping "toxic" relationships, why she doesn't write chick lit and whether a film of one of her books is on the cards.
Ibsen's Little Eyolf, which opens tonight in London starring Imogen Stubbs, is an unsettling portrait of a marriage in turmoil
Neil LaBute's last play in the West End was called Fat Pig. By the end of In a Forest, Dark and Deep, you could be forgiven for thinking that this new 90-minute drama should be subtitled "Slender Cow". An intermittently taut two-hander, it receives its English premiere in a production by the author that stars Matthew Fox (famed for TV's Lost) and the beautiful and redoubtable Olivia Williams. They both give scorching performances that are, to my mind, a distinct cut above the material.
The star of Lost is one of two winners. Pity about LaBute's input...
At home in Cambridge. I can see scaffolding outside every window, covered with plastic sheeting and stonemasons. We bought this house last year and it needed lots of work.