Mary Brodbin

Menashe

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Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, we follow Menashe — a bumbling, gentle giant of a man who, after the death of his wife, is struggling to keep custody of his 11 year old son Rieven.

Suffragette

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Maud (Carey Mulligan) is leading an impoverished life in the East End of London in 1912. She works in an industrial laundry where noxious fumes and scalding water ensure daily accidents. Her boss harasses the young girls and the pay is a pittance. She’s married to fellow worker Sonny and they have a son George, named after the king.

When Maud is sent out to deliver a parcel in the West End she is shocked to witness suffragettes smashing the windows of department stores and even more so when she spots her colleague Violet among them.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

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This is a collection of subversive short stories, the most notorious being The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher which the Daily Telegraph refused to publish despite paying a substantial sum for it.

Some Tories called author Hilary Mantel “sick and deranged” now a row has erupted at Radio 4’s plans to broadcast the short stories. Mantel combines sharply observed portraits of people and places with a humour that has you laughing and cringing at the same time.

The Angels' Share

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Director Ken Loach
Release date: 1 June

I was briefly kettled by the French police as I attempted to get to the press showing of Ken Loach's new film The Angels' Share - unable to move as the police allowed a small and painfully slow trickle of the well-heeled and high-heeled to trip their way towards the famous red carpet.

Private Eye: the First 50 Years

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An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Private Eye has just opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Te original artwork for over 120 of their funniest cartoons - by artists such as Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman, Wille Rushton, Barry Fantoni, and Michael Heath - is on show alongside a life-sized cutout of Tony Blair, a stuffed dog, a flying Robert Maxwell and a scattering of inflatable bananas once sold to fundraise for one of the many libel lawsuits issued against the Eye.

Since its first publication in 1961, the Eye has lambasted and lampooned a variety of public figures, most notably billionaire businessman James Goldsmith and the newspaper magnate and non-swimmer Robert Maxwell. Goldsmith issued more than 100 writs against the Eye in 1976 alone.

Incendies

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Director: Denis Villeneuve

After the death of their mother twins Jeanne and Simon learn the surprising contents of her will. Each is handed a sealed letter. Jeanne is asked to deliver her letter to the father the twins thought was dead and Simon is to do the same with the brother they never knew they had.

Please Give

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Director: Nicole Holofcener; Release date: out now

Kate and husband Alex run a trendy secondhand store in Manhattan specialising in expensive retro 1960s furniture of the G Plan variety.

But Kate is becoming guilt-ridden by the way they acquire this furniture - house clearances of the recently dead. She sadly agrees with bereaved offspring that the furniture is not much more than junk and she will do them a favour by taking it off their hands.

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