Five things to get or see this month

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Wall Street - Accolade - Dissent - No Redemption - Social Network


Wall Street 2
DVD, out now

The sequel to the 1987 classic Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps takes on the issue of unfettered finance and the "greed is good" banking culture.

Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LeBeof and Josh Brolin, the film is set against the backdrop of the spectacular collapse of finance in 2008, and features thinly disguised caricatures of banks such as Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.

Critics were divided on the film, but as an exploration into Hollywood's reaction to the economic crisis Wall Street 2 offers some interesting insights.


Accolade
Finborough Theatre, London, until 26 February

Accolade is the first ever revival of Emlyn Williams's 1950 play about homosexuality, the hypocrisy of the British establishment and the pressure of leading a double life.

Will Trenting, famous for his scandalous novels, is about to be knighted - an accolade which will welcome him into the establishment. But Will has been leading a double life and the award turns a spotlight on it. Threatened with blackmail, Will has to decide where his priorities lie. Darkly comic and shocking, Accolade blows the lid off British hypocrisy.


The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
Liverpool

Run out of a council property in Everton, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home has drawn together a wide range of lecturers and artists to promote resistance to the market.

Started in 2008 as an alternative to the corporate frenzy unleashed on Liverpool when it became Europe's "capital of culture" - or Capitalism of Culture, as the institute put it - they are now creating the Free University of Liverpool. Here students will study an arts degree for free while discussing how to challenge the "ideological war on the poor by the privileged few".


No Redemption
Kings Place Gallery, London, until 4 March

This collection of photography by Keith Pattison chronicles the Great Miners' Strike of 1984 and 1985. The stark images show the solidarity between the miners and their community, as well as the brutal reaction of the state.


The Social Network
DVD, out 14 February

A surprisingly good dramatisation of the rise of Facebook, as it evolves from being a sleazy college website for rating the appearance of female students to becoming one of the most popular websites in the world.