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What our critics are loving this week…

Posted at 7:30 pm, September 30, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, TV

Check out what our critics are raving about this week for your dose of top-quality entertainment…

Dave Calhoun’s five must-see films for this week:
1. The best film of an Irvine Welsh book since ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Filth‘ (above).
2. ‘Sunshine On Leith is another Scottish film, except this one’s a real put-a-smile-on-your-face musical.
3. Aged 77, Woody Allen makes a genius comeback with ‘Blue Jasmine‘.
4. ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’ is not always easy to follow, but a lot of fun.
5. Paolo Sorrentino’s arthouse hit, ‘The Great Beauty‘ will have you entranced.

A Winged Victory For the Sullen

Johnny Ensall picks his must-see gigs of the week:
1. Two former rockers A Winged Victory for the Sullen (above) now work together on rich gentle compositions. Catch them October 1.
2. On October 3, singer-song writer Barry Gibb will be celebrating The Bee Gees’ legacy, while also cracking out some R&B falsetto.
3. From October 3 -5 head down to Transcender Festivalwhere each of these Barbican-curated events offers something a little bit special.


Oliver Keens reveals the best nights out for this week:
1. Belgian Booms launches a series of events celebrating Belgian Techno.
2. Settle in for 480 minutes of uncharted musical exploration in Fabric’s main room at Four Tet’s Eight-Hour Set.
3. Fast-rising producers Evian Christ and Cashmere Cat present Earnest Endeavours 

Al Lubel

Ben Williams picks this week’s best laughs:
1. Amused Moose Laughter Award winner Al Lubel brings us his slightly unhinged show, Al Lubel – Al Lubel is Mentally Al.
2. Gits and Shiggles Comedy Nightwhere Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winners will be doing their thang.
3. John Lloyd – Liff of QIa classy after-dinner speaker-type hour of fascinating facts and anecdotes from the legendary TV producer.
4. Bridget Christie, Irish whimsy merchant David O’Doherty and US sketch duo The Pajama Men will be performing at Live at the Chapel
5. A star-studded line-up at Mencap’s Big Comedy Special including Russell Howard, Omid Djalili, Jessica Hines, Jon Richardson and many more.

Edward III

Andrzej Lukowski selects the hottest shows of the week:
1. A postmodern take on Shakespeare’s hefty play Edward II.
2. The Pride, a gay identity drama.
3. A batty brilliant stage adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers just as funny as the first.
4. The blisteringly good Land of our Fathers is about six men trapped in a coal mine as Thatcher comes to power.

Dig © Sonya Barer

Martin Coomer chooses the best art shows for this week:
1. Daniel Silver: Dig (above) is a power installation quarries psychic and mythological strata to mine the city’s subconscious.
2. Last chance to see Robert Mapplethorpe‘s sexy selection of images of the New York art and fashion scenes in the 1970s and ’80s.

Pain, pus and posion

Gabriel Tates runs through the perfect week on television:
1. Michael Mosley’s gonzo exploration of how and why the drug we take for granted are so remarkable in Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine.
2. The foul-mouthed, fame-obsessed baseball anti-hero returns for a final innings of Eastbound & Down.
3. Unreported World is back for another unflinching series of essential, bold reportage. 
4. The Blacklist is a daft cliche-ridden slice of high-octane fun.
5. A good-hearted and sensitive studio-bound sexperiment, Sex Box.

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