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Citizen Kane Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, directed by Chuck Workman

Having entered Hollywood a wunderkind, Orson Welles could never escape his own myth or his self-destructive tendencies, says Philip Kemp

Days of Judgement, Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill

An extraordinary juxtaposition of Gothic folly and fantastical sculpture has created a show to fire the imagination, says Matthew Reisz

Woman on crutches being escorted up staircase V&A does the hot shoe shuffle

While there is plenty to admire in the museum’s well-heeled spectacle, Shahidha Bari finds it strangely devoid of historical, social and cultural context

Children playing in the street, Sheffield, 1966 Lost and found: echoes of Britain’s black voices

Alan Rice on writers and artists who are inspired by reimagining, re-enacting and creating anew the identities and histories of the UK’s African diaspora

Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, 1946 The criminal neglect of detective fiction

Why does the academy treat the genre so disrespectfully? Richard Bradford investigates

Film review: Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Murderous deeds in Islam’s name cannot exterminate love and courage in this moving Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu

‘Everything in the world is about sex’

Twenty-five years after its publication, Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae is still an energising ‘cultural bible’

A Fuller Life: The Story of a True American Maverick

His daughter’s documentary shows why Samuel Fuller’s brash movies made him a ‘poet of the American idiom’ and a cult hero in France

Film

Review: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, directed by Julien Temple

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, directed by Julien Temple

Filming in what they believed were Wilko Johnson’s final days, the guitarist and the director offer up a celebratory vision of culture and life, writes Andrew Blake

Television

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Roger Michell faced ethical as well as artistic issues in dramatising the vilification of an innocent eccentric questioned over a murder, he tells Richard Howells

Exhibitions

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Days of Judgement, Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill

An extraordinary juxtaposition of Gothic folly and fantastical sculpture has created a show to fire the imagination, says Matthew Reisz

Woman on crutches being escorted up staircase V&A does the hot shoe shuffle

While there is plenty to admire in the museum’s well-heeled spectacle, Shahidha Bari finds it strangely devoid of historical, social and cultural context

Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint

An artist often portrayed as an orthodox portraitist is depicted as having an ‘unquenchable thirst’ for innovation and experiment, finds Shahidha Bari

Potential Architecture: Ambika P3, London

Bold new works exemplify the ethos of a university’s unique underground experimental exhibition space

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, London

The pioneers who examined human sexual desire took personal risks to uncover the realities of sex, this exhibition shows. Fern Riddell writes

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 at Tate Modern, London

The German artist critiqued Western ideals with humour and a sharp eye for their subjective nature, says Eliane Glaser

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy: cataclysmic, transformational, stupendous

Alex Danchev on the artist’s extraordinary and formidable work

Culture

The Lady's Trial, Love's Sacrifice and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Body and soul: the Globe’s John Ford Experiment

A rare staging of the dramatist’s work pushes to the fore seldom-seen plays that reveal the tensions at the heart of his oeuvre, says Lisa Hopkins

Review: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, directed by Julien Temple

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, directed by Julien Temple

Filming in what they believed were Wilko Johnson’s final days, the guitarist and the director offer up a celebratory vision of culture and life, writes Andrew Blake

Most commented

  • Elly Walton illustration (16 July 2015)

Whether in jest or not, sexist language shows an insensitivity to gender issues at odds with academic values, argues Dorothy Bishop

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

Tony Little points to ‘increasing gap’ between teaching standards at sixth form and university

  • Tourists in rubber rings and flippers ready for snorkeling class

Dress to impress if you want students in your corner, claims US study

  • gold on scales

£246 million is big money but it is probably much less than the hit the research budget would take if the REF did not exist, says Paul Jump