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The Crimson Petal and the White, by Lucinda Coxon, BBC2

An unusually lucid, lurid costume drama goes straight for Victorian hypocrisy’s jugular ... Too straight, perhaps?

A Rose by Any Other Name ... Television review – Tom Jennings

Classless, by Carl Neville

This entertaining exposure of late capitalist culture’s class denialism doesn’t quite convince

A Certain Lack of Class. Book review – Tom Jennings

Biutiful, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

Iñárritu’s latest slice of urban transcendentalism shamelessly exploits underclass suffering in search of salvation

Ugly Truths. Film review – Tom Jennings

Never Let Me Go, directed by Mark Romanek

Funny how film fictions aspiring to profound philosophical insight often fall so flat.

Longevity and Platitude. Film review – Tom Jennings

The Promise, by Peter Kosminsky

Channel 4’s showpiece drama presents a revealingly limited portrayal of Palestine.

Broken Promised Land. Television review – Tom Jennings

Mammoth, directed by Lukas Moodysson

Another potentially interesting film tackling the human downsides of globalisation falls victim to superficial preaching

Love’s Labour’s Glossed. Film review – Tom Jennings

The Lindisfarne Shelter, by Sally Madge

The Lindisfarne Shelter

Tom Jennings reports on the eventful life and death of an outstanding work of anonymous, autonomous public art

Art In Ruins. Art review – Tom Jennings

Accused, by Jimmy McGovern, BBC1

These tightly-wound fables describing inadmissible and extenuating circumstances around fictional crimes muddle moral and legal judgmentalism

The Criminal Injustice System. Television review – Tom Jennings

Review: One dimensional woman - Nina Power

Feminism is back, and a new book sets out to help prevent it falling victim to the mistakes of the past, according to Tom Jennings

Throwing the Babe Out With the Bathwater. Book review – Tom Jennings

Another Year, directed by Mike Leigh

A gentle pantomine, where nothing much happens, to arguably profound effect? Must be another Mike Leigh film!

A Sad Old Year. Film review – Tom Jennings

Made in Dagenham, directed by Nigel Cole

Its producers claimed inspiration from resistance to injustice, but this film’s sentimental spin is fundamentally flawed.

Flattering to Deceive. Film review – Tom Jennings

This Is England ’86, by Shane Meadows

Two heavily-hyped British media events – this TV series and the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ – link economics and social reproduction with sharply contrasting uses of nostalgia.

Ghosts of Crisis Past. Television review – Tom Jennings

The Real Broken Society: the Cinema of Bourgeois Misery

Must ordinary people pay for not only the financial fiascos of the rich, but their social failures too?

Film review essay – Tom Jennings

Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik

Flirting with heroic individualism, this story insists instead on age-old community bonds that everyone else seems to have written off

Cold Comfort Backwoods. Film review – Tom Jennings

The Secret In Their Eyes, directed by Juan José Campanella

Tom Jennings finds that there’s rather more than meets the eyes in this entertaining, if excessively clunky, Argentine crime drama

A Brief Encounter With History. Film review – Tom Jennings

Labour Intensive, by Sally Madge & Carole Luby

This performance artwork powerfully evokes the blood, sweat and tears of the nurturance underpinning social reproduction, according to Tom Jennings

Denatured Nurture Debate. Art review – Tom Jennings

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Another simplistic Manichean exploration of good and evil helps explain neither violence against women nor what to do about it

Crimes and Misses’ Demeanour. Film review – Tom Jennings

The Killer Inside Me, directed by Michael Winterbottom

Tom Jennings is disappointed with two films which purport to illuminate and critique violence against women. Part 1: The Killer Inside Me.

Crimes and Mr Manners. Film review – Tom Jennings

Erasing David, directed by David Bond

This enterprising demonstration of biopolitical domination is too blinkered to transcend liberal agendas.

Eraserhead, Not. Television review – Tom Jennings

In the Land of the Free, directed by Vadim Jean

This new documentary about the Angola 3, the longest-serving US political prisoners, offers a compelling case but avoids tackling wider ramifications.

Extreme Divide and Rule. Television review – Tom Jennings