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Black Love review – singing siblings’ glorious ode to Black culture

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Black Love, the first musical to be created for Paines Plough’s intimate Roundabout stage, is a lesson in the complexities of family relationships. Aurora and Orion are brother and sister, living in a small London fla...

Black Midi review – punk-jazz power is a recipe for success

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A sense of frustration hangs over this Black Midi gig, disguised as early evening light filtered through stained glass. In part, it’s down to the times. Rather than celebrate the release of their expansive second albu...

Black Bear review – Aubrey Plaza shows her volcanic side

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The indie US film-maker Lawrence Michael Levine deploys Aubrey Plaza as both muse and mouthpiece in this tense dramedy about the ethics of the artistic process. If that sounds tedious, it’s not: Levine’s playful decon...

Black Bear review – Aubrey Plaza hits career high in ingenious meta-movie

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Generally speaking, it’s a bit dismaying to find out that a movie is a movie within a movie, or that it’s somehow about itself, or a commentary on itself. The rug-pull isn’t enjoyable when the rug never felt very inte...

Some Old Black Man review – Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson are riveting

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An ageing father has just moved into his son’s apartment. We meet them at breakfast – the capable son cooks, the ailing father crabs at him and their tone hovers between light and dark as they bicker, sing and reminis...