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Screen REVIEW. WORDS:
Get on Up

The funkiest film of the year! Biopics are tough to pull-off at the best of times, and when they are based around larger-than-life characters like James Brown, you are going to need something very special to keep audiences interested.

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Belle

Based on a painting which still hangs in Kenwood House, this energetic portrayal of a young mixed-race woman in 18th Century England feels like it is entirely accurate even though there are few facts to be had. 

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Black Nativity

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore

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The Fifth Estate

Another film about wikileaks, but this one isn’t a documentary. ‘We steal secrets:

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Captain Phillips

The London Film Festival opener is a curious choice. It is a sensitive subject matter, and the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia is ever-present in the news.

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Machete Kills

You can definitely have too much of a good thing, and that’s the case with Machete Kills.

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Films to watch out for

As Halloween arrives, get set for a couple of spooky movies. 

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Baggage Claim

Baggage Claim is a fun, rom-com that will result in genuine laughter mainly from the fantastically paired comic duo of Adam Brody and Jill Scott.

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The epic adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior

The epic adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior written by Denton Chikura.  

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Glasgow Girls

A family is ripped from their home in a high-rise flat in Drumchapel and driven away in the middle of the night to be deported. . .

 
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Othello

I headed down to the National theatre to see one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies - Othello. 

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Once

When a friend invited me to accompany her to the theatre, I was in no mind to pass up an opportunity to join. Totally uneducated about the production we were off to see, I am pleased to say that though I was yet to hear about it, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

 

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Julius Caesar Shakespeare

On the 15th August Lime Magazine were kindly invited down to the Noel Coward theatre to watch Julius Caesar as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

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Looper

This hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller has finally arrived, and it almost delivers the perfect, intelligent blockbuster experience that has been lacking since 'Inception'. 

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

6-year-old Hushpuppy is a smart girl left largely to her own devices by her father who is struggling with problems of his own.

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Ruby Sparks

Starring real-life couple Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, 'Ruby Sparks' is directed by the couple behind 'Little Miss Sunshine'. 

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Jameson Cult Film Club - Jaws

Last month I attended the latest in the Jameson Cult Film club series, and was lucky enough to spend some time with the new curator Andy Serkis. 

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Lawless

An all-star cast have assembled for this stylish tale of bootleggers and mobsters from director John Hillcoat. S

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Paranorman 3D

There are three slightly “spooky” animated films on the way. 

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The Sweeney

Big and brash, just like the headlining duo who star in the movie, the big screen adaptation of The Sweeney is a British take on a genre that we've seen countless times before from our American cousins. 

 

 

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To Rome with Love

Woody Allen continues his love letter to Europe, this time heading off to the Italian capital for a heady mix of music, celebrity and romance. 

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Take this Waltz

In a spectacularly good month for cinematic releases, this is one of the best. A heart-breaking romantic drama that follows the confused path lead by Margot (Michelle Williams) as she tries to find ultimate happiness.

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Step Up 4 - Miami Heat 3D

From the sublime to the ridiculous!

3D has now become standard for dance movies, probably second-only to animation in terms of genres that have “benefited” from an extra dimension. And so it is that 'Step Up 4: Miami Heat' isn't even the first film in the 'Step Up' series to be in 3D. 

 

 

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Brave

Pixar are back! And this superb take on Scottish legend is just what we needed. It marks something of a breakaway from the format that the animation studio have been using recently, and it's all the better for it. 

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The Imposter

We weren't really sure if this documentary would make the cut when we were outlining the films to feature this month. Then we watched it and realised there was no way we wouldn't be featuring it. 

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DVD Release - Marley

We've already reviewed the film, but now is your chance to own it.   A superb movie, 'Marley' is one of the few music documentaries to introduce a talent to a new audience, whilst giving hardcore fans something new to watch as well. 

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Shadow Dancer

This is another film which we had heard so much about but had no idea would be as good as it actually is. Both leads, Owen and Riseborough, deserve awards aplenty come the end of the year. 

 

 

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Dr Suess - The Lorax

There are a few films coming out over the next few weeks to cater for the younger audience during the summer holidays.

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Magic Mike

Channing Tatum is not ashamed of his 'exotic dancing' background. To be honest, if we looked like him, we probably wouldn't be either. 

 

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Searching For Sugar Man
This remarkable documentary is a genuine surprise in every sense. The subject matter, a little known musician by the name of Rodriguez, is a stellar talent around whom a mythical status has developed. 
Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Ragtime

Lime Magazine were invited down to Regents Park’s Open Air Theatre to see early twentieth century America come back to life!

 

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Muyiwa and Riversongz

All Around the World live in concert.

Known as the face of British Gospel, Muyiwa’s concert at the HMV Apollo brought the crowds out in their thousands. 

Events & Activities REVIEW. WORDS:
London ZSL - Zoo Lates

Another Friday night in the early days of summer, what better to do than head to the zoo for the start of London ZSL - Zoo Lates.

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Wah Wah Girls

In this brand new British Bollywood musical I was definitely prepared for a glitzy production with plenty of song and dance;

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Kona Kai

Kona Kai markets itself as a Polynesian  inspired bar/restaraunt.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
The Seagrass

The Seagrass based in Chapel Market which is situated in the infinitely trendy area of Islington is a restaurant that is about using the resources available to produce something that surprises. 

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Lowcountry

Lowcountry is new to SW6 with its aim to take customers down memory lane and forget about typical American food like hotdogs, fries and ribs;

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The Blue Elephant

The recently relocated Blue Elephant is known as one of London’s most iconic Thai restaurants. 

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The Raid

We feel spoilt this month.

 

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Beauty and the Beast 3D

This might seem like an odd choice to at first.

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Safe

A generic looking Jason Statham vehicle with a basic premise and rather bland title. 

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Stud Life

It might sound clichéd, but the trials and tribulations of love, life and relationships in the film ‘Stud Life’ are not too dis-similar from any film you’d see in mainstream cinema. 

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Umami

On arrival I was certain that the urban decor and modern furnishings would live up to its sensuous mood and fantastic food.

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Global Restaurant Review: Carnivore

The Tamarind Group is responsible for an array of dining experiences within Nairobi and Mombasa; Kenya and Johannesburg; South Africa. 

Clubs & Nightlife REVIEW. WORDS:
Low Members Club

My experience of Low started off on a "Low"

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Archer Street

Archer Street is a hidden gem on the outskirts of London's vibrant Soho.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Assagetti

Situated in the heart of central London on the Haymarket, Assagetti is an Italian restaurant that seeks to bring traditional flavoursome Italian cuisine in a conversational and relaxing atmosphere. 

Screen REVIEW. WORDS:
The Woman in Black

Release date: 10 February Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds

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The Help

In the space of two years Kathryn Stockett’s, ‘The Help’ has become a blockbuster and a bestseller.

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The Muppets

 

Release date: 10 February 

Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel and Chris Cooper

 

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Chronicle

Release date: 1 February Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Tinchy Stryder and Encore, Scala

There were cheers of excitement when Tinchy Stryder arrived on stage at Scala London to deliver an epic performance, marking the end of his rollercoaster tour this month.

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2Face Idibia

To see a Nigerian artist fill up a prominent venue like the Indigo2 made me smile. It was a real treat to have the opportunity to attend this concert and my expectations were high.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Gilgamesh

On entering this Pan-Asian restaurant set in the heart of Stables Market in Camden you are transported to a magical mix of Middle Eastern styling and mysterious mythology. 

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Shaka Zulu

Located in the ever-up rising town that is Camden, Shaka Zulu boasts amazing decor and flaunts some traditional South African cuisine. 

Books & Spoken Word REVIEW. WORDS:
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan’s second novel, Half Blood Blues, was on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist,

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Death and the Maiden, Harold Pinter theatre

My heart was in my throat when I left Harold Pinter Theatre after being gripped by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s classic 1990 play Death and the Maiden. 

Children REVIEW. WORDS:
Matilda, Cambridge Theatre

First published in 1988 Roald Dahl’s Matilda has being entertaining children and adults alike for over 20 years. 

Screen REVIEW. WORDS:
Shame

The talk of the London Film Festival (along with 'The Artist'), Steve McQueen's follow up to 'Hunger' is a devastating and unflinching look at addiction.

Children REVIEW. WORDS:
Puss in Boots 3D

After a number of 'Shrek' films (we've honestly lost count at this stage), one of the best things about the last few installments is back in his own film. 

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The Artist

A silent film, set in a bygone age. That might not be the best pitch in the world for a modern movie

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Marky T Millionaire

Mark T is a Christian artist that is making inroads as an independent artist but do not think for a second he is new to this whole music game

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The Lion King 3D

Speaking of 3D, kids films, tears and enjoyment... Here is a movie that has it all

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Dolphin Tale 3D

Based on a true story, this is a heart-warming and genuinely moving film that boasts some great performances. 

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Footloose

The not-so-long-awaited remake to an 80's classic has an unknown in the lead role, previously played by Kevin Bacon, but can lay claim to a rare achievement.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Apostrophe

Last month was the 10th anniversary of popular café chain Apostrophe.

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Soulful Sundays:

 A Brimful of Ashbell, Brasa restaurant: US BBQ chef King Ashbell McElveen recently joined the kitchen at Brasa, in Fulham Broadway introducing his creation of a unique dining experience.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Patara Fine Thai Cuisine

From the minute you step into Soho restaurant Patara

Books & Spoken Word REVIEW. WORDS:
You Are Not Alone Michael

Like that quote ‘It is too soon to say’, regularly attributed to the impact of the French Revolution, it feels too soon for a definitive study of Michael Jackson.

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

Jocelyn Jee Esien plays uptight socialite Myra

 

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Ghost The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre

Sharon D Clarke has been tapped as the ‘Show Stealer’ in Ghost The Musical, the latest silver screen phenomenon to have its characters tread the boards in the land of musical theatre. 

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Fakhreldine

If you’re looking for an introduction to modern Lebanese cuisine then Fakhreldine is the perfect example of cultural London. 

Books & Spoken Word REVIEW. WORDS:
Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life

Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life by Clare Conville, Liz Hoggard & Sarah-Jane Lovett Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson 

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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

It has been fascinating to observe the trajectory of Stephen Kelman’s first book, Pigeon English.

Books & Spoken Word REVIEW. WORDS:
The Sugar Barons by Matthew Parker

The Sugar Barons is the history of the men who made untold wealth in the West Indies in the 200 years from 1650 onwards. 

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Respect La Diva

Respect La Diva burst onto the Garrick theatre’s stage with live dancers and lead performers with a collaboration of bright lights, vocals and a live band.

Children REVIEW. WORDS:
Shrek The Musical

Taking on the roles of characters from one of the most successful animated films of all time would be a nerve wracking feat for even the most experienced actors.

Screen REVIEW. WORDS:
Drive 18

I'll confess straight away, of all the films out this year this is the one I have been most eager to see. 

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Friends with Benefits

Let's get the obvious out of the way. Yes, this is significantly better than No Strings Attached.

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Grace Jones, Hurricane - Dub

Grace Jones the legendry model, actress, singer and outrageous chat show guest has followed up the 2008 critically acclaimed Hurricane album with this updated dub version.

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Fela

After a sell out run at the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells is a natural second home to stage the musical FELA!

Beauty & Lifestyle REVIEW. WORDS:
Bootcamp Pilates

Bored of your gym routine? No motivation to go for that early morning jog you keep empty promising yourself to do?

Events & Activities REVIEW. WORDS:
Hyper Japan, 2011

Over subscribed, over priced and over hyped is what this Hyper Japan event was.

Clubs & Nightlife REVIEW. WORDS:
Maggie's 80s themed night club

Ready for a full on girlie extravaganza myself and two girlfriends headed to Chelsea nightspot, Maggie's.

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Faith D 'Christ Is The Way'

It is great to see gospel artists are slowly but surely breaking out and Faith D (19) is another such artist.

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Vast Aire A Street Odyssey

Vast Aire part of the Cannibal Ox outfit is a name that some people will not be familiar with but work with luminaries such as Jean Grae and Wu Tang speak volumes.

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Philly Driven Riddim

Philly Driven Ridim are an outfit comprising of Philly B and Mikey Don from Manchester.

Music REVIEW. WORDS:
Jill Scott, The Light of The Sun

Jill Scott returns for her first new album in a few years and since leaving the Hidden Beach label.

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Takeaway, Theatre Royal Stratford East

Theatre Royal Stratford East has produced fun and feisty black British musicals that transferred to the West End with The Big Life, and The Harder They Come.

Clubs & Nightlife REVIEW. WORDS:
Juju Session

Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, there is a great scene happening. A new monthly night brings together lovers of African roots music and the urban jazz scene.

Clubs & Nightlife REVIEW. WORDS:
Favela, Blockparty

The restaurant, bar and night club Guanabara is loud, lively and buzzing with a carnival atmosphere making it the perfect option for an after-work get together or late night samba.

Theatre REVIEW. WORDS:
Little Baby Jesus, Oval House Theatre

Let's cut to the chase, this play is an absolute gem and must be seen. 

Beauty & Lifestyle REVIEW. WORDS:
Dr Ariel Haus treatment

If you've got a spare £150 then why not take a walk down to Harley Street and sample the lifestyle of the rich and famous?

Events & Activities REVIEW. WORDS:
The spa experience - K West Hotel and Spa

Release your inner Bridezilla and discover the Kalm within you... 

Beauty & Lifestyle REVIEW. WORDS:
Kenneth Turner Experience

If you want to stay away from the stereotypical hen party experience with something more sophisticated.

Comedy REVIEW. WORDS:
Felix Dexter

Felix Dexter has tread the comedy boards for many years, so it comes as no surprise that this is not the first time I was seeing him live.

Beauty & Lifestyle REVIEW. WORDS:
Hotel Verta

Uniquely set in London's Vertical Gateway: The London Heliport, Battersea Hotel Verta's aviator theme runs all the way through the hotel.

Beauty & Lifestyle REVIEW. WORDS:
Elemis Winter Warmer Delight

Two weeks after my Elemis facial and my face is still looking brighter and I'm even braving the public without a hint of foundation.

Eating & Drinking REVIEW. WORDS:
Cookery Masterclass

As a self-confessed Indian cuisine enthusiast, paneer cheese is one of those ingredients that, heretofore, I had relegated to the realms of 'side dish' in my mind. 

Community & Support REVIEW. WORDS:
100 Black Men of London

Annual Father's Day Quality Time event

 

Community & Support REVIEW. WORDS:
Proud Camden's Second Birthday
It's no surprise that one of the trendiest places I have grown to love is Proud in Camden. 
Exhibitions REVIEW. WORDS:
The Sage of the White Hairs

In conversation with Wole Soyinka, British Museum

Wole Soyinka, playwright, author, poet, campaigner, and educator was on wonderful form at the British Museum on Friday, May 14

Comedy REVIEW. WORDS:
The Originals

I was already excited by the line-up of the Originals tour with the likes of Angie Le Mar, Felicity Ethnic, Leo Muhammad and Felix Dexter all on the same bill.

Comedy REVIEW. WORDS:
The Real Deal Comedy Jam

You never sit in the front row at a comedy club; this is a universal yet unwritten rule. Why?