Virginie Herz on photography, Amobe Mevegue on music, Sean Rose on exhibitions, Jessica Michault on fashion, Lisa Nesselson on cinema and Sylvia Whitman on literature... Every morning, our culture critics give you the lowdown on the latest trends. From Monday to Friday at 9.45 am.
The stage musical "Les Misérables" has been raking in the dough since 1985. But our film critic Lisa Nesselson thinks prospective viewers would be well advised to beg, borrow or steal ear plugs for long stretches of Tom Hooper's 158-minute screen version. Meanwhile, Denzel Washington excels as a commercial airline pilot whose alcohol and drug use may have helped him to save lives in an ultra-hairy emergency landing in "Flight."
A Bafta Award could lead to the Oscars for Sixto Rodriguez, and watch out for the Eels: a great new album from the band led by Mark Oliver Everett, aka "E", is out now. First though, Jane Birkin is gearing up for a new tour.
Brussels is not just the seat of European Union institutions but a great cultural capital. The Belgian capital’s Palais des Beaux-Arts, aka BOZAR, is staging "Antoine Watteau. The Music Lesson" an exhibition whose head curator is William Christie.
Today our book critic, Sylvia Whitman, is going to talk about three very different books which all deal with our relationships with objects: a quirky Parisian memoir, a novel turned into a museum, and the stunning collection of an artistic savant.
James Marsh's "Shadow Dancer" is a tense political thriller about the toll taken during The Troubles, as experienced by a Belfast terrorist who happens to be a woman and an MI5 agent who happens to be a man. Our fim critic Lisa Nesselson says it's excellent.