Five things to do or see this month

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The Irishman
In cinemas 8 November, on Netflix from 27 November
Widely being hailed as Martin Scorsese’s best film in 30 years, or possibly ever, The Irishman is adapted from a true-crime bestseller. It tells the story of Philadelphia mob killer Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and his part in the mysterious disappearance of Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. With Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, it’s one to watch on the big screen if possible.

Heartfield: One Man’s War
Four Corners, London, until 1 February 2020
Revisiting the father of photomontage, John Heartfield, who used art as a political weapon under Hitler’s Third Reich, subverting Nazi imagery to reveal the political threats of 1930s Germany. His striking photomontages offer inspiration in our own era of rising far-right politics. This exhibition includes 33 of his works alongside historical objects. Part of the gallery’s Insiders/Outsiders Festival celebrating the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.

Art for Our Sake
Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool, 14–16 November
Art for Our Sake is a new play inspired by John Molyneux’s writings on art. It confronts the issue of whether modern art is valid or just a con and/or an investment opportunity for the rich. How did a lost abstract masterpiece end up in a backstreet house? The answer lies in the fight against fascism in Germany and Spain and Oswald Mosley getting bricked in Liverpool. The play aims to entertain while challenging fixed ideas even good socialists may hold. The play is staged with two short plays, Ferry Tales and Always Almost, under the title Picture This.

Play Well
Wellcome Collection, London, until 8 March 2020
Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well? This free exhibition explores how play transforms both childhood and society. Using displays of historic toys and games, artworks and design, it investigates how we played as children and how we play now we’re grown up: developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing.

In cinemas and on Netflix from 29 November
A haunting and otherworldly look at migration from the perspective of the women left behind when their brothers and boyfriends leave Senegal in pursuit of a better life in Spain. Actor Mati Diop makes her feature directing debut with this intriguing tale told through fractured narratives. A fresh take on a timely subject.