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Ghosts in the war machine

Does the military attract violent misanthropists, or are they forged in murky theatres of war?

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A dog’s breakfast

Notes on John Hughes’s plagiarism scandal

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App trap: ‘Chloe’

‘Sex Education’ writer Alice Seabright’s new psychological thriller probing social media leads this month’s streaming highlights

Pablo Picasso, Figures by the sea (Figures au bord de la mer), January 12, 1931, oil on canvas, 130.0 × 195.0 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris. © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo: © RMN - Grand Palais - Mathieu Rabeau


‘The Picasso Century’ at the NGV

The NGV’s exhibition offers a fascinating history of the avant-garde across the Spanish artist’s lifetime

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Two sides of the same Shields?

Editor Bevan Shields’ attempts to handle the backlash over his masthead’s treatment of Rebel Wilson points to the dismal and fragile state of news media

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Battle lines: Terence Davies’ ‘Benediction’

The English director’s latest film, exploring the life of war poet Siegfried Sassoon, possesses both a visual and a moral clarity

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Cannes Film Festival 2022 highlights: part two

Un Certain Regard’s outstanding selection included Davy Chou’s ‘Return to Seoul’, Hlynur Palmason’s ‘Godland’ and Thomas M. Wright’s ‘The Stranger’

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Bodily resistance: ‘Jurrungu Ngan-ga’

The new dance theatre work by Marrugeku interrogates Australia’s history as a nation of jailers

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John Darnielle’s ‘Devil House’

The Mountain Goats frontman’s diffuse third novel interrogates the true crime craze