Life Itself

Not many film critics would get a film made about them, and not many of them would deserve it, but Mr Roger Ebert gave more to the movies than most. Mr Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams, turned his camera on Mr Ebert during the last phase of his life - he died of cancer in 2013 - to recount an extraordinary career that included nearly 50 years reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times and a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts. Unsurprisingly this affectionate biographical documentary pulls in some impressive talking heads to celebrate Mr Ebert's well-lived life, including directors Messrs Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog.

Out on 4 July in the US. ebertmovie.com


Careers by Beverly

Ms Frankie Rose, the supremely talented former member of the Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts among other outfits, has a new band on the boil. This time she's teamed up with fellow Brooklynite Ms Drew Citron to form Beverly; their debut album is just out on Kanine Records, which has previously put out music by the likes of Chairlift and Grizzly Bear. The Beverly sound is somewhere between shoegaze and garage rock, with a respectful nod towards an earlier era of girl bands, as shown in their sweet first single "Honey Do". A perfectly sophisticated soundtrack for your summer.

Out now. thatssobever.ly


Trilobites and Other Stories by Breece D'J Pancake

If you can look past his peculiar name (which is real, though he adopted the apostrophe between his middle initials after it was misprinted that way in The Atlantic Monthly), then the short stories of Mr Breece D'J Pancake, which are reissued in a new edition today, are a worthy addition to any discerning bookshelf. Though he killed himself when he was 26, he left behind a collection of vignettes about characters in the coal-mining towns of his native West Virginia that have been championed by the likes of Ms Joyce Carol Oates and Messrs Chuck Palahniuk and Kurt Vonnegut.

Out now


Fly Art

Sometimes it's the simple ideas that get the most traction, as it proved with Fly Art, the Tumblr account set up by Mses Gisella Velasco and Toni Pontenciano - two students from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. The gist was simple - images of famous artworks superimposed with choice lyrics from pop and hip-hop tracks. So a risqué 1913 drawing by Mr Egon Schiele is coupled with a line from Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl", while a clinch between Jupiter and Callisto painted by Mr Paul Rubens gets an even more menacing edge via a lyric from Drake's "Come Thru". Top marks.



Make every show like it's your last

If there's one experience we associate with British artist Mr Ryan Gander, it's that of fun. Not that his work isn't to be taken seriously - far from it - but he can be relied upon to put an element of playfulness into even the most conceptual of his works. He has dressed gallery staff in all-white Adidas tracksuits, for example, and attempted to introduce a new word, "mitim", into the English language. This major retrospective will feature work by Mr Gander that has never been seen in the UK, including an advertising campaign for creativity.

Until 14 September, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.


The Honourable Woman

Ms Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this promising new eight-part drama series written and directed by Mr Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) in which a family drama is played out in one of the most complex socio-political settings imaginable: the Israel-Palestine conflict. Ms Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein, a young philanthropist who inherits the wealth accrued by her Zionist arms dealer father, but hopes to put the money to better use by improving the communications infrastructure between Israel and the West Bank. However, when she's granted a peerage and thrust into the spotlight, a political furore and a kidnapping scandal quickly erupt.

Starts on 29 June in the US on HBO


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