Arts & Books

J C Chandor’s latest film, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, doesn’t quite deliver the goods

A harrowing new biography shows that from the moment Napoleon took power he was obsessed with waging war

Frederick Wiseman’s new film about the National Gallery is reassuringly serious

Being lonely in London is a rare thrill. Even the most famous places you can sometimes have to yourself

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Watching a conducting competition is a surreal experience

Curb Your Enthusiasm is still the best television comedy of this century

Mark Greaves explores a novel that is a consummate study of the theology of loneliness

The life of composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik played out like a Cold War thriller

William Blake emerges, not as a mad visionary, but as a fan of progressive Christianity in a new show at the Ashmolean