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Clank, clank, clank goes the key line: Al Pacino stars as A J Manglehorn
How today's leading men are ageing gracefully – or not
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 July 14:16

Manglehorn and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation show two approaches to ageing on screen.

Virginia, Duncan and Vanessa in Life in Squares.
The Bloomsbury Group were unlikeable – but Life in Squares is too adoring to show it
By Rachel Cooke - 30 July 14:14

Admittedly, Life in Squares is a pretty high-class kind of soap opera - but it's still about who is sleeping with who.

Oysters at a food fair. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Slippery little shuckers: seafood quandries, from coast to coast
By Antonia Quirke - 30 July 13:43

Farming Today and Open Country take on seafood.

Déjeuner sur l’herbe: the finest pleasures lie in the sensations that come with simple eating outdoors. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Ditch the posh stuff and enter picnic paradise
By Felicity Cloake - 30 July 12:51

Keep things streamlined on the food front, so as to leave more room on the rug for important stuff, such as people.

Climate change challenges us at almost every level of our identity. Photo: Getty
Why are we still waiting for a solution to climate change? Because it’s hard
By George Marshall - 30 July 12:46

Stern finds solace in moral philosophy, drawing on Kant and Aristotle to argue the ethical grounds for action in defence of the rights of those as yet unborn.

The daleks. Photo: BBC
Spaceships and scampi: A L Kennedy’s Doctor Who adventure
By Erica Wagner - 30 July 12:08

Erica Wagner is whisked away by A L Kennedy’s The Drosten’s Curse.

In Copenhagen. Photo: Getty
On Klaus Rifbjerg’s Terminal Innocence: rediscovering Danish literature’s answer to Catcher in the Rye
By Paul Binding - 30 July 12:06

Its stylistic combination of rawness and verbal invention explains to a great degree the huge impact Terminal Innocence had on its first public.

Vive la France! Photo: Getty
Gallic symbols: How the French Think
By Douglas Kennedy - 30 July 12:03

Trying to explain the French mindset to the Anglo-Saxon world is a literary sub­genre.

Rising from the east: a Japanese soldier takes aim at a bomber targeting nearby positions, c.1941. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Unfinished business: the legacy of the Second World War in China and Japan
By Rana Mitter - 30 July 12:01

The Pacific war did not end neatly in 1945.

Backhouse Park, Sunderland. Photo © Malc McDonald.
Mark Blacklock's 'I'm Jack' shows the dark side of the Northern psyche
By Ben Myers - 29 July 13:06

34 years after Peter Sutcliffe was arrested, this intriguing debut shows how deeply the Yorkshire Ripper is embedded in regional imagination.

Limmy aka Brian Limond. Photo:
Limmy: “I like just being a bit of an arsehole”
By Andrew Hankinson - 29 July 12:35

Andrew Hankinson talks to the Scottish comedian about his work, turning down Question Time and why he asks awkward questions on Twitter.

Michael Moorcock: “I think Tolkien was a crypto-fascist”
By Andrew Harrison - 24 July 11:57

Michael Moorcock revolutionised science fiction with symbolism, sex and psychoactive drugs. Now, at 75, he has invented another genre.

E L Doctorow in 2007. Photo: Getty
E L Doctorow and the limits of historical fiction
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 24 July 11:45

What do J P Morgan, Sigmund Freud and Kim Kardashian all have in common with E L Doctorow? A hazy relationship between fact and fiction, that's what.

An artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons probe approaching Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Photo: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben
Is Pluto really the “beige planet”?
By Antonia Quirke - 23 July 14:49

McGovern’s microphone sagged. “I just had my feeling about this particular planet go down a notch.” “The Beige Planet,” piped up her co-presenter, Lawrence Pollard.

Life of the mind: Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Joy at the controls
All in my head: Pixar’s Inside Out is full of intellectual energy and emotional daring
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 July 14:47

We might be twenty years on from Toy Story, but Inside Out is proof that computer-animated features can still deliver giddy imaginative crescendos.