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The Battle of the Somme
Out now
This astonishing 77 minute film gets a centenary rerelease. It was shot a few days before and after the initial attack on 1 July 1916 by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, the only cinematographers allowed anywhere near the front line. It was released in cinemas on 21 August 1916 and an estimated 20 million people saw it — half the UK population. Although conceived as propaganda, it was widely seen as showing the reality of the war.

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Ran
Dir: Akira Kurosawa
Out: 1 April

Kurosawa’s late masterpiece reimagines King Lear as a historical epic set in 16th-century Japan. This dazzling 4K restoration gets an extended run at BFI Southbank as well as a UK-wide release and comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on 2 May. BFI is also showing three films from director Vishal Bhardwaj: Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006) and Haider (2014), based on Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet respectively (29-30 April).

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Robert Breer - Life and Fate - The Passenger - Top Girls - truth and reconciliation


Robert Breer, The Baltic, Gateshead,
until 25 September

This show displays paintings, sculptures and animations from throughout Robert Breer's life. Breer was part of the modernist movement and was a great innovator in film and animation. He returned to the US in 1959 having spent the previous 10 years in Paris's modernist art circles.
Breer was always where it was happening and is art is always whimsical, amusing and fun. Breer died a few weeks after this show opened at it's a fitting tribute to his work.

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Bootleg Volume 2 - Willesden Green and Other Pictures - BFI - Of Gods and Men - Brighton Rock


Bootleg Vol 2: From Memphis to Hollywood
Album by Johnny Cash, £17.99

This double album of largely unreleased tracks offers two sides of the angry man in black.

The first disc features the young pre-stardom Johnny Cash of the 1950s, as he records demos and radio appearances in the 1950s - complete with his contractual product endorsements for venetian blinds and garden fencing. The second disc shows us a different Cash, now signed to Columbia and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1960s as his popularity rocketed.

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Hidden - Walking the Wall - The Biting Point - Made in Dagenham - Fair Game


Hidden
Museum of London, until April

There is still time to see Red Saunders's artworks which grace the walls of the Museum of London foyer. The three historical tableaux show black Chartist William Cuffay, the 18th century revolutionary Thomas Paine and Wat Tyler during the 1381 Peasants' Revolt.

Saunders says about his work, "History has been dominated by kings, queens, war and 'great men'. Hidden engages with a different historical narrative involving dissenters, revolutionaries and radicals."

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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.

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Fela! - Soweto Kinch - Miral - Restrepo - Rosen


Fela!
National Theatre, until 23 January

An explosive cabaret of music, dance and drama, Fela! tells the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Influenced by the Black Power movement, Kuti was a multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of Afrobeat music, which he used to lambast imperialism and dictatorship in Africa.


Soweto Kinch: The New Emancipation
CD, out now

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