Forest Service temporarily halts prescribed burns on National Forest System lands

The U.S. Forest Service is pausing prescribed burns on National Forest System lands and reviewing its prescribed burn program, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore announced Friday. In an update posted to the Forest Service’s website, Moore cited extreme fire conditions in the Southwest and “15 uncontained large fires nationwide” as the reason for the pause. … Read more

Eurovision Song Contest 2022, review: Night belongs to Ukraine as Space Man returns to Earth

And then to the main event as the votes came in. First the national juries and a deluge of douze point for Ryder, whose cheery charm has worked a treat all week (all the more so because it is obviously completely unforced). Incredibly, he was in first place, ahead of Sweden going into the public … Read more

Last Night: Khruangbin at 713 Music Hall

Khruangbin713 Music HallMay 11, 2022 Diversity is an essential part of Houston’s identity. The most populous city in Texas is known for oil, astronauts and medicine; for Tex-Mex, banh mi and crawfish; for Beyonce, DJ Screw and ZZ Top. So when a band like Khruangbin comes along, blending just about every genre under the sun … Read more

Eleven Days in May, review: Michael Winterbottom and Mohammed Sawwaf’s devastating tribute to 60 children killed in Gaza

While Covid still rampaged, and the world was hardly looking, last summer saw the bloodiest escalation of hostilities in Gaza since 2014. Trying for a two-sided overview of this particular spate of bombardments would probably have doomed any documentary: no striving for editorial balance could ever be universally embraced. The huge virtue of Eleven Days … Read more

Series two of Gentleman Jack has been fruity and frivolous – and all the better for it

‘Stop being glib.” “Well, it’s one antidote to melodrama.” Having poured her heart out to Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and been rewarded with facile deflection, Mariana Lawton’s (Lydia Leonard) frustrations were understandable – after all, their on/off affair had endured for 20 years against considerable odds. It also applied to the script: this second series … Read more

Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, review: trashy true crime that glamourises the idiots who got caught

Have you ever wanted to carry out a burglary in an exclusive suburb of Los Angeles County? Channel 4 can help!“You wanna break into a celebrity home? Here’s how you do it,” explained Nick Prugo in Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, an unnecessary and superficial documentary dredging up an old crime spree that targeted Paris Hilton, … Read more

Chivalry, review: Steve Coogan stars as sleazeball in smart satire on Hollywood and sexual politics

Steve Coogan is very good at playing a middle-aged man nervously navigating the new “woke” landscape while desperate to sleep with women half his age. In Chivalry (Channel 4), he is Cameron O’Neill, a Hollywood producer facing up to life in the MeToo era. Bobby Sohrabi (Sarah Solemani) is the right-on film director drafted in … Read more

Playground, review: the most panic-attack-inducing film of the year

Laura Wandel’s Playground captures exactly what it feels like to be seven years old and starting at a new school, which is another way of saying that it’s the most panic-attack-inducing film of the year. This pint-sized Belgian drama runs for just a little over an hour, but within its neat margins churns a microcosm … Read more

New Zealand women’s rugby coach Glenn Moore resigns after scathing review

Long-serving coach of the New Zealand women’s rugby team Glenn Moore has stepped down, saying he did not agree with “misleading allegations” made against him by a player, which sparked a review into the team’s culture. Key points: There were complains about instances of body shaming, culturally insensitive comments and favouritism NZR boss had backed … Read more