Julian Barnes’ masterful retelling of a life lived in retrospect is also an exploration of the human desire to give life meaning and order.
Sordid backstories, ineffably crap auditions and no Cheryl Cole – The X Factor’s back and it’s better than ever.
By paying loving homage to the movie-making era of ET, Super 8 only flags up its own lack of magic.
BBC4’s Reggae Britannia shows how Jamaican music provided a joyous soundtrack to political rebellion.
A new documentary about the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties tries far too hard to stand up to ‘the man’.
Must-reads from the past week
Brought up by parents who listened to Fairport Convention, I've always been suspicious of folk - until I heard Ranger3.
Across musical genres – from hip-hop to nu-folk, from rock to soul – this year was never short of tuneful delights.
The ‘coolest Scientologist in music’ may be pushing 40, but his new album is an innovative return to form.