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There’s slow-burn tension and creeping unease in this domestic chiller about three generations of women in a ramshackle house, but is it style over substance?

Elisabeth Moss plays the agoraphobic depressive author of The House On Haunted Hill who develops a twisted relationship with a young couple come to stay

The National frontman’s alchemical swirls of dark lyricism and classic country soul make for an intoxicating debut.

Film review: The Climb

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This American buddy comedy with European arthouse sensibilities starts at the peak and goes gently downhill but is the start of a promising double act from Covino and Marvin

Behind the scenes portrait of Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson working on his final film is for fans only - even the making of great films is a dull process

Debra Winger and Evan Rachel Wood star as mother and daughter grifters in a heist movie with no heists, random motivations, and familial bonds that don’t ring true

The programme include 59 features by the likes of Riz Ahmed and talks with David Byrne and movies starring Frances McDormand and Kate Winslet

Reality is collapsing and civilisation is ending, yet somehow Bill and Ted’s world still seems more benign than ours in a reboot that is charming but uninventive

Fourth record for US folk duo is imbued with sparkles of jazz, art-pop, soul and the American Songbook

Film review Mulan (12A)

Friday, September 4, 2020

Disney’s live action remake jettisons the songs and humour in favour of a spectacular if message-heavy earnest martial arts film about a girl who dresses as a boy to join the army

Film review La Haine (15)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Mathieu Kassovitz’s trailblazing movie about racial division and police brutality in the Paris suburbs is a tremendous movie which worryingly hasn’t dated a bit

Postponed from its March opening, this musical version of the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie is the first fully-staged socially-distanced indoor theatre in town

After talking to two north London milkmen, Kerstin is inspired to make a ‘flower of the milk’ gelato and offers recipes for non-dairy oat and soya milk as substitutes

Despite a stellar cast and crew, this heavyweight adaptation of JM Coetzee’s novel is a ponderous allegory that says nothing new about the weakness of empire

Not the Victor Hugo musical but a darkly comic noir about a rural cop’s first day on his new beat patrolling a Parisian slum estate

This bank holiday weekend Frances is cooking flatbreads, aubergine and tomatoes on discs of fried bread and chicken wrapped in pancetta with a bean and corn salad

Celebrated electro-popsters reveal a hypnotic, nuanced and considered third album.

Kerstin uses the Italian corn porridge to make chips and dips, an alternative to pizza and a delicious lemon and rosemary cake

Eva Riley’s tale of a lonely teen in a seaside town is sensual and sensitive with a touching central performance by Frankie Box

The tart fruit of the gooseberry bush is ideal for a creamy fool or sugary pavlova says Kerstin, or turn seasonal Picota cherries into a chilled Summer Pudding

A nice film for the nice people who live in London’s middle-class Richard Curtis world but with likeable characters and lashings of innocence, it has a certain charm

Kerstin cooks up a tasty recipe from her regulation government food box and compares its contents to the rations doled out during World War II

Zoom tasting sesssions with accompanying bottles reveal three female winemakers from three different regions creating memorable wines from white grape varieties

Ham&High resident wine expert Liz recommends the ex Ham&High bartender’s beautiful book and the websites to source bottles and wine info

North West London nutritionist Antonia advises us to get to grips with how our bodies fight infections and offers an immunity-boosting recipe for onion and garlic soup

Guy Ritchie’s latest London gangster movie isn’t as smart or witty as he thinks it is

Tending your sourdough is now a lockdown staple with some complaining their partners give more time to their starters than their relationships, Kerstin meets a Cricklewood baker who is making a living from his.

Radiohead guitarist’s debut is direct, diaphanous, danceable and desirable.

Film Review: Iron Mask

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Oddball globetrotting romp starring Charles Dance, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan has bad dubbing an illogical plot and questionable acting

A bulging sub-plot and unrestrained touches of soapy melodrama undermine a vivid window on India’s gender politics - inspired by Ibsen’s Ghosts

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