Anna Leszkiewicz is the New Statesman's deputy culture editor.
But there is something to be said for the film’s R-rated action.
This sweet teen movie is clichéd, over-engineered and absolutely perfect.
The album features 14 dense, precise, tightly constructed songs – most refuse a traditional verse/chorus structure for shorter, stranger vignettes.
This sequel has a more reflective tone than the banger-a-minute original, but you can’t deny its charms.
The show is a series of misdirections: a tricksy, self-conscious beast, full of sleight of hand.
Norwich teenagers Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton have made a strikingly mature record.
A trend of celebrating “nasty”, “badass”, “rebel” women has swept feminist literature. But idolising defiance raises difficult questions about an individualistic approach to feminism.
Unavoidably, some of the subtleties of the original text are lost – but the shift brings positives too.
The comedy drama series is based loosely on the life story of former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles.
You can try to hate her, to resist her winding melodies, but, at a show this good, it’s impossible. The music itself is her best revenge.