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Film: We Steal Secrets 

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange haven’t been quiet about taking issue with Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s film charting the rise and fall of the organisation and its ‘face’ – the opposite, in fact, going so far as to issue a line-by-line rebuttal of the script. But while it’s true that Gibney doesn’t go easy on Assange – who by the end of the movie is accused of turning into the very thing he reviles – is it possible WikiLeaks doth protest too much?

Director: Alex Gibney | 15 | 130mins | Out July 12 

 

Film: Pacific Rim

What do you do if a giant monster army that would make Godzilla shit himself rises out of the oceans? Build mega robots piloted by people to fight them, obviously. That’s what happens in director Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth) futuristic sci-fi action spectacle which is set to be one of the biggest, loudest, and most utterly bonkers movies to hit the multiplex this summer. 

Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam | 12A | 131mins | On general release July 12

 

 

Film: The Moo Man

This amazing crowd-funded doco wowed the crowds at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and now hits over here. It’s about a dairy farmer, Steve Hook, who is determined to keep his small Sussex farm sustainable and organic. Chiefly, though, the film focuses on the relationship he has with his 55 cows, including one in particular, Ida, and her loving personality.  

On general release July 12

 

Theatre: Derren Brown - Infamous

Derren Brown – psychological illusionist and mentalist – asked punters and critics not to divulge what goes on in this mind-boggling new show. So what to say? He won’t object to our writing that he’s a first-rate showman who continues to astound and accomplish the impossible. Superbly entertaining. LK

Palace Theatre W1V 8AY.
Until Aug 17. £16+  
Tube | Leicester Square  
nimaxtheatres.com

 

 

Theatre: Our Town

A few chairs, tables, ladders and a leafy bough hanging overhead make up the scenery in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning study of everyday life in New Hampshire between 1901 and 1913. Written in 1938, it was experimental for the time – one character breaks through the fourth wall – and Tim Sullivan’s production is mildly diverting if underpowered. LK 

King’s Head Theatre 
Upper Street, N1 1QN.
Until Jul 20. £15+ 
Tube | Angel  
kingsheadtheatre.com

 

Comedy: Mat Ricardo

The cabaret star’s third solo show is about to storm Edinburgh, where he is sure to add to the plethora of five-star reviews and plaudits he has already reaped. Be ahead of the curve and catch this preview show, in which he shows off why he is one of the best jugglers – and gifted stand-ups – gigging today.

Leicester Square Theatre 
6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX. July 11. £8 
Tube | Leicester Square  
matricardo.com

 

Exhibition: Lowry & The Painting of Modern Life

LS Lowry’s look at modern life, and the industrial communities of the north for which he is most famous for, forms the cornerstone of this new exhibition. It comprises the best and most popular of the Lancashire-born artist’s urban landscapes and is the first major exhibition of its kind since Lowry’s death in 1976.  

Tate Bankside, London SE1 9TG.
Until Oct 20. £16.50+  
Southwark  
tate.org.uk 

 

Photos: Seamus Ryan; Getty


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