The Babadook – a film about life’s real horrors

Where does fear come from? Jen Izaakson, PhD student and revolutionary socialist, examines this question through a psychoanalytic review of new horror film, The Babadook. Jen tweets at @izaakson. If we accept the psychoanalytic stance...

Kes: a tale for our times. Remembering Barry Hines.

Barry Hines, the author of such books as A Kestrel for a Knave, which became the film Kes, has died aged 76. Colin Revolting offers an appreciation of his seminal work. Kes, or A Kestral...

The Masters, the Pastors and those they tread on: Review of ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ and...

Jonas Liston sees important statements about Ireland's present crisis in these examinations of it's past. Both North and South Ireland have been at the sharp end of capitalism's current crisis, with all sections of its...

16 August 1819

Rich Belbin reviews Mike Leigh's film Peterloo. The film tells the story of a moment of British history that is too often forgotten.

Review: Getting By

Tom Haines-Doran reveiws Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie, published by Policy Press (2015) "Do the lower classes smell? Of course, as a whole, they are dirtier than the upper classes" This...

Chanting crowds and flying shrapnel – The Night Manager reviewed

Radical former-spy John Le Carre's The Night Manager started this week on BBC 1. Tony Aldis took a look. From its opening credits those responsible for The Night Manager seem determined to ditch much of the image...

Review: 13th

Filmmaker Tony Aldis reviews the new Netflix documentary 13th, looking at the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter and the industrial prison complex. 13th is a new film by Ava DuVernay, the director of the...

Kill All Normies: a missed opportunity to analyse fascism

After the murderous gathering in Charlottesville, there's a real need for insightful analysis of the American far right – but, argues Max S, Kill All Normies fails to provide it. It’s unsurprising that many of the...

Reviewing BBC Radio 4’s coverage of the Russian revolution

Martin Crook analyses the presentation of the Russian revolution by the BBC, questioning the accuracy of a review that blames the revolution for the sins of Stalinism.

Review: ‘Salt of the Earth’ 60th Anniversary release

Joe Sabatini re-examines the 1951 film 'Salt of the Earth' and argues for its contemporary relevance and importance. "Anything worth learning hurts, these changes come with pain." 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of...