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Toni Erdmann — ‘mesmerising leads’

Directed by Maren Ade, 2016 Soda Pictures Winfried is a shambolic German practical joker with a smile that’s wonky even before he puts in his comedy teeth; by contrast, his

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Brexit and the threat to the Irish border

Ken Funston drives down a neatly kept lane on the outskirts of Pettigo, a village that straddles the Irish border between County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, and County Donegal, in

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Lully: Armide — ‘orchestral sonorities’

Lully Armide Les Talens Lyriques (Aparté) It was Louis XIV who chose the subject for Armide, issuing one of his regal instructions to his court composer. This opera was nearly

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Teenage Emotions — ‘annoying the purists’

Lil Yachty Teenage Emotions (Virgin EMI) “Little miss lady in the yellow, hello, would you like to push pedals through the meadow with me?” Lil Yachty sings. Rap purists shrink

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All By Himself — ‘a familiar story’

Directed by Daniel Gordon, 2016 Dogwoof It’s the ultimate fall from grace, and from gracefulness. George Best was one of the world’s finest footballers, a player who could glide past

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live from the FT summit in Lisbon

Can cheap be ****? Marcia Kilgore thinks so Marcia Kilgore is, to some extent, disrupting the beauty industry. The founder of Soap and Glory, Fit Flops and Bliss Spa, launched

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Silent blooms: artworks by Taryn Simon

The American artist Taryn Simon began a series of works in 2013 based on the ceremonies that accompany the signing

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Is This the Life We Really Want? — ‘grievance and ego’

Roger Waters Is This the Life We Really Want? (Columbia) The world of barriers, authoritarianism and hatred of the young

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Symphony No. 3 — ‘imposing start’

Bruckner Symphony No. 3 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (DG) Andris Nelsons has already inaugurated a cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies on disc with

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An election that could seriously improve our health

Next week, an important vote will take place in Europe. However, this is not another presidential election or regional political

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First Drop — ‘ideal sampler’

Skempton, Gordon, et al First Drop Ars Nova Copenhagen (Canteloupe Music) As well as being a pleasure in itself, this

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Good Time — nocturnal and nervy

Who ever thought when the Twilight saga sputtered to an end five years ago that its alumni would bring such

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The best . . . summer food books

• In Georgia, the tamada is the toastmaster — the chief of a feast who crafts a convivial speech to

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Rodin — ham-fisted

Rodin joins the library of turgid attempts to bring great French artists’ lives to the screen (Renoir, Lautrec, Cézanne et

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chef Aggi Sverrisson on Reykjavik

— The Blue Lagoon south of Reykjavik is very famous in Iceland for its geothermal waters and natural spa treatments —

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