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Film: Spring Breakers

As a filmmaker, Harmony Korine is divisive, as will be his lavish titty-fest about bored college girls who really want to go to Florida for spring break. We meet Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), Cotty (Korine’s sister Rachel) and religious Faith (Selena Gomez) – and their crotches – as their dorm empties for spring break. 

It’s either a sleek, astute portrayal of today’s teens or an immature pile of gibberish. 

Starring: James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez | 18 | 94mins | Out April 5 


Keri Russell in Dark Skies

Film: Dark Skies

An alien invasion, Body Snatchers-esque movie from the people behind the seriously badass Sinister and Insidious? Yes please. Both were scary house-invasion horrors loaded with angry spirits.

Here, a regular family in suburbansville find weird, possibly interstellar, shit going on again. Could it be three from three from the folk that like scaring you stupid?

Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton | 15 | 97mins | Out April 5 | On general release April 3

 


Film: All Things To All Men

London is as much a character in this cops and crims Big Smoke-set action thriller. The Gherkin, Battersea Power Station, landmarks abound in a film that makes London sexy.

It’s a fast-paced and punchy tale from first-time writer-director George Isaacs that’s absolutely loaded with Brit acting royality, including Gabriel Byrne, Toby Stephens and Rufus Sewell (interview on P21).

 On general release Apr 5


The Winslow Boy theatre show

Theatre: The Winslow Boy

Based on a real high-profile 1908 case of a young boy being expelled from the Royal Naval College for stealing a five shilling postal order.

This period drama – moved to just before the First World War here – follows the cadet and his father’s quest for justice, with the help of an arrogant barrister. The themes still resonate today. LK

The Old Vic SE1 8NB.
Until May 25. £16+  
Tube | Waterloo  
oldvictheatre.com

 

Theatre: Proof

Polly Findlay’s revival doesn’t boast the starry casting of past productions (Gwyneth Paltrow) of David Auburn’s prize-winning play, but her version is taut and absorbing.

The story begins after the death of maybe genius uni professor Robert. Those in his life are keen to find out if his latter-year ramblings weren’t wasted. LK

Menier Chocolate Factory SE1 1RU.
Until Apr 27. £27.50+  
Tube | London Bridge  
menierchocolatefactory.com

 

Exhibition: Highways - John Davies

This large-scale exhibition by photography documentarian John Davies captures the hustle and bustle – and the gridlocked patience-testing, horn-hammering nightmare, probably – of London before Ken Livingstone provoked the ire of white van men everywhere and introduced the congestion charge. Strangely fascinating.

Museum Of London 
150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN.
10am-6pm. £5 
Tube | Barbican  
museumoflondon.org.uk


Claudia O'Doherty

Comedy: The Claudia O’Doherty Experience 

Left-field. Oddball. Off-kilter. All could be used to describe Aussie O’ Doherty, but she’s far more freewheeling and unpredictable than that.

She’s done faux-lectures, ‘upsetting-theatre’, and this experience is a ’no-feather boas allowed’ cabaret show, with her mates and comedy compadres along for the ride. Ridiculously classy. 

The Invisible Dot 
2 Northdown Street, N1 9BG.
Apr 5, 12, 19 & 26. £10  
Tube | King’s Cross  
theinvisibledot.com

 

Photo: Nobby Clark


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