Music

Sisters with Transistors

By Caitlin Quinlan

This illuminating documentary profiles extraordinary women musicians who shaped electronic sound.

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Moxie

By Emily Maskell

Amy Poehler’s second feature behind the camera misses the mark in its search for humour and solidarity.

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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

By David Jenkins

A stirring and fraught mother-daughter relationship is at the centre of this lively punk rock doc.

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Sylvie’s Love

By Cheyenne Bunsie

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha shine in a heady tale of two lovers, set in 1960s Harlem.

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David Byrne’s American Utopia

By Charles Bramesco

Spike Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s celebrated concert shows a pop master at the peak of his powers.

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Zappa

By Erik Nielsen

Alex Winter directs this expansive portrait of the self-styled rock god, for hardcore fans and skeptics alike.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

By Flora Spencer Grant

The entertaining story of the titular “Mother of the Blues” sees Chadwick Boseman shine in his final performance.

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I Am Woman

By Leila Latif

Pop music and women’s liberation come to the fore in director Unjoo Moon’s slight biopic of Helen Reddy.

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White Riot

By Adam Woodward

The story of how Rock Against Racism combatted fascism in ’70s Britain has some disturbing contemporary parallels.

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Max Richter’s Sleep

By Thomas Hobbs

Max Richter’s eight-hour concept album is brought to life via Natalie Johns’s immersive concert film.

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Beastie Boys Story

By Charles Bramesco

How Brooklyn’s finest changed the rap game, as told by the group’s two surviving members.

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Cats

By Hannah Strong

Taylor Swift, TS Eliot and Digital Fur Technology combine to disastrous effect in this feline musical folly.

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Tommy (1975)

By BP Flanagan

Back in cinemas courtesy of the BFI, this adaptation of The Who’s rock opera is as wildly entertaining as ever.

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A Dog Called Money

By David Jenkins

Seamus Murphy’s globetrotting musical travelogue with PJ Harvey is a self-defeating creative exercise.

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

By Trevor Johnston

This tender portrait of the exuberant INXS frontman avoids tabloid hysteria in its search for a fragile soul.

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

By BP Flanagan

Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s timeless musical remains an effervescent, life-affirming wonder.

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Hitsville: The Making of Motown

By Adam Woodward

Berry Gordy leads a roster of iconic artists in paying tribute to one of the most successful record companies of the 20th century.

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