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The Lego Ninjago Movie review - zippy spinoff brings familiar, forgettable fun

The third movie in the surprisingly astute toy-based franchise covers similar ground but at such a fast pace, it’s impossible to be bored

Avril Lavigne is the internet’s most dangerous star – but that’s nothing new

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From topping a malware poll to conspiracy theories about her death and superfans gaming YouTube for higher views, the Canadian singer has become an odd staple of internet culture

Top 10 books about consciousness


From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life

'A vote for freedom': Jacob Rees-Mogg joins Lionel Shriver and Matt Haig in Brexit anthology

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In Goodbye, Europe, a forthcoming collection of essays and stories, the Eurosceptic backbencher says ‘it was bold of the electorate to ignore the experts’

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Hillary Clinton to Colbert: 'Trump's UN speech was very dark and dangerous'

Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah discussed Robert Mueller’s investigation and Trump’s UN speech, while Stephen Colbert interviewed Hillary Clinton


Lawrence of Arabia review – David Lean's sandy epic still radiates greatness

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Peter O’Toole’s impossibly charismatic debut performance remains a mesmeric marvel in this digitally restored version of the exhilarating historical drama


Artist unveils design for Parliament Square suffragist statue

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Gillian Wearing, first female artist to create statue for London square, granted planning approval for tribute to Millicent Fawcett

The thick of nyet: why Armando Iannucci has upset Russian hardliners

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The Death of Stalin has been met with critical acclaim. But it’s no surprise that some in Russia are failing to see the funny side of the Soviet spoof


VE Schwab on international success and being censored in Russia


The fantasy novelist recently struck a $1m book deal, but her storylines have also fallen foul of a Russian ban on ‘gay propaganda’


Tomb Raider: is the Alicia Vikander reboot just Gap Yah: The Movie?

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A privileged young white woman gallivants around the developing world in search of adventure … is it Lara Croft or White Saviour Barbie?


Nincompoopolis by Douglas Murphy review – the disaster that is Boris Johnson

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A searing indictment of the record of the former mayor of London, who emptied the public purse to produce ill-conceived ornaments

Film starring Pope Francis as himself gets first screening at Vatican


Beyond the Sun, to be released at Christmas, tells story of children searching for God, with proceeds going to charity

Michael Jackson's impact on art explored in London show

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Late singer will be subject of exhibition at National Portrait Gallery next year looking at ‘untold story’ of his influence on art

Jerry Seinfeld is back – and he's still the ultimate laser-precision joke machine

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Jerry Before Seinfeld is just the start of the comic’s Netflix takeover – and it’s crammed with the immaculate gags that have long been his trademark


Sarah Connor returns: Linda Hamilton to star in Terminator 6 after 25-year absence

Latest instalment of the franchise will see Hamilton reunited with Arnold Schwarzenegger and original creator James Cameron


The Secret Books by Marcel Theroux review – the power of stories to shape reality


Theroux kicks down the fourth wall to show how the troubles of early 20th-century Europe mirror our own


The Animals Among Us by John Bradshaw review – the science behind our love of pets


Will Self is convinced by an evolution-based account of humans’ close relationship to dogs and cats, not least because of his beloved terrier

'A country teetering on the precipice': Castro's Cuba in pictures

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As an American in 1990s Cuba, Tria Giovan risked being branded a traitor. But the photographer continued to visit and, from the dance hall to the hair salon, she captured the resilient spirit of the Cuban people

Jasper Johns review – why can’t he just keep things simple?


Royal Academy, London From the richness of his early targets and flags to the crammed canvasses of his later years, this retrospective charts the great American’s six-decade journey from master of nuance to king of conundrum


Russia considers ban on Armando Iannucci's film The Death of Stalin

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Culture ministry adviser says comedy is a ‘planned provocation’ and may be part of western plot to destabilise Russia

Tuesday, Sep 19

Chewing Gum's Susan Wokoma: 'The door shuts firmly on us a lot quicker'

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She was a demon hunter, stole scenes as Michaela Coel’s sister and is in a farce about Labour’s identity crisis. But Susan Wokoma is turning to her own family to write her next roles

Basquiat review – the hungry chronicler of broken America

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Barbican Art Gallery, London This dazzling retrospective reveals the savage sweep of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist whose blood-spattered mouths and grinning human skulls captured the tragic arc of American history

Frieze frame: graphic sex and female sexuality under spotlight at art fair

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London show will explore works by nine radical feminists whose creations were once considered too explicit to be shown

The state of the Oscars race: who's in the lead after the big film festivals?

With Venice and Toronto out of the way, there’s an ultra-competitive best actress race shaping up – but a lack of major best picture contenders

Monday, Sep 18

What the F? How Mother! joined the 'bad movie' club

Filmgoers have handed the film the lowest possible rating, putting it among a select group of F-rated movies that includes the Nic Cage remake of The Wicker Man. Can the Jennifer Lawrence horror really be ‘the worst film of the century’?

How we made West Side Story

‘I wanted to be the first guy to use a four-letter word in a musical – but the line ended up as “krup you” instead’

Dalí, Duchamp, Basquiat and beards: the best art of autumn 2017

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Modigliani seduces, the Turner hits Hull, Rebecca Warren shakes up St Ives – and Gilbert and George have a close shave with facial hair

Emmys 2017: The Handmaid's Tale makes history on politically charged night

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Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel becomes first show produced by a streaming site to take home best drama Emmy; other big winners included HBO’s Big Little Lies and SNL

Sunday, Sep 17

Ai Weiwei: ‘Without the prison, the beatings, what would I be?'

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His battles with the Chinese state made him an artist. Now a rootless exile who rarely leaves his studio in Berlin, he explains why his new documentary about the global plight of migrants will haunt him for the rest of his life

Mother! review – a complicated labour for Jennifer Lawrence…


Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it

Marlon Brando was my idol but he turned into a monster. He sabotaged my film

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Screenwriter Ron Hutchinson reveals the bizarre truth behind one of the Hollywood giant’s final films, The Island of Dr Moreau

Preeetty good. Larry’s back and still misanthropic after all these years

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After a six-year hiatus, the ninth series of Curb Your Enthusiasm is about to begin

Saturday, Sep 16

Martin Amis: ‘I miss the English’

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Six years after he left London for New York, is the novelist feeling homesick? He talks about the shock of Trump and status anxiety on both sides of the pond

Mothers of invention: why Hollywood always returns to mum-horror

Darren Aronofsky taps into the maternal instinct to inspire fear in his latest movie, Mother! – and he’s certainly not the first film-maker to do so

Iain Sinclair’s farewell to London

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After 50 years Iain Sinclair has lost his compulsion to write about the city. In the wake of terrorism and tragedy, he makes a final pilgrimage

Harry Dean Stanton, cult American actor, dies aged 91

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Prolific character actor, who appeared in scores of films including Paris, Texas, Alien, Repo Man and The Straight Story, died in an LA hospital on Friday