Tag: review

  • The Witches, National Theatre, review: Thigh-slapping fun

    The Witches theatre show, review and star rating: ★★★★ Christmas shows are big money, especially for an allegedly cash-strapped National Theatre. So how does this year’s punt on a family friendly spectacle fare? Better than last year’s Hex is the short answer. Roald Dahl’s The Witches is particularly macabre, even for a writer whose speciality…

  • Eileen film review: Odd but addictive Anne Hathaway thriller

    Eileen film review and star rating: ★★★★ Eileen is an odd proposition. It’s kind of like two films squashed together, meaning it needs more time to percolate than something with a more conventional structure. But that’s what makes it interesting: you keep watching because you’re positive that this incredibly slow-burning crescendo is eventually going to…

  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 review: sleek electric saloon is a smooth operator

    Following the success of its radical Ioniq 5 electric SUV, this could have been Hyundai’s difficult follow-up album, as the Korean brand wonders what to do next. However, while it shares the same platform, the new Ioniq 6 is an upmarket saloon. This sees it pitched against rivals such as the BMW i4, Polestar 2…

  • Wish review: Disney in the doldrums with this dull dud

    It’s been a rough 2023 for Disney. After strike delays and the failure of various big-name releases, Wish has suffered the ignominy of being the worst-reviewed Disney animation in nearly 20 years. The film opened to the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score since 2006’s Chicken Little. Can this new musical really be that bad? Reuniting Frozen…

  • McLaren 750S review: new British supercar takes on Ferrari

    “And… brake, brake, brake!” There’s a hint of concern in my instructor’s voice as Curva 1 at Estoril – a third-gear right-hander – looms suddenly large at 170mph. I stamp on the middle pedal and my internal organs compress against the harness belts as F1-inspired monobloc callipers clamp onto huge ceramic discs. If anything, the…

  • Saltburn review: Promising Young Woman director returns

    Oscar winner Emerald Fennell’s follow up to Promising Young Woman stars Barry Keoghan as Oliver, a young man from a troubled background who gains a scholarship to Oxford. Feeling out of place, he falls in with popular student Felix (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to his lavish family estate for the summer. It’s beyond Oliver’s wildest…

  • Jephtha at the Royal Opera House review

    What would you sacrifice to gain a victory? While this question may be at the forefront of many of our minds in light of the conflict in the Middle East, director Oliver Mears’s new production of Jephtha avoids making any obtuse connections. This biblical tale isn’t set in Jephtha’s Israel but Handel’s England. Fanatical puritanism…