Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

The best arts events

Argo Ben Affleck, who proved to be an adroit director with the entertaining heist thriller The Town and the excellent Gone Baby Gone, helms and stars in this peculiar true story about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck, sporting an impressive beard, plays a CIA operative with a particularly bold scheme to free the six US diplomats being held hostage at their embassy in Iran. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and John Goodman also star. Due out 9 November
The Campaign "My hair could lift a car off a baby if it had to," says Will Ferrell's preening Republican Congressman in his latest slice of puerile comedy. Feral Ferrell plays a North Carolina politician with presidential aspirations who comes up against a ridiculous and idealistic rival (Zach Galifianakis). They end up trading insults and grappling with each other. Silly. Due out 28 September
Girls HBO's realistically grungy, lo-fi antidote to Sex and the City follows four impoverished (no Jimmy Choo-fest this) 20-something females adrift in Manhattan. Produced by Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids), the Emmy-nominated comedy drama was created by the 26-year-old Lena Dunham, who also stars as an aspiring writer suddenly cut off from the bank of mum and dad. (Sky Atlantic, October)

In search of a cultural fix? From a celebration of Schubert to Will Ferrell's latest puerile-comedy instalment, our team of critics selects the season's hottest tickets

Review panel:

Film: Ben Walsh is a DVD reviewer for The Independent

Theatre: Alice Jones is deputy arts editor of The Independent

Classical: Micheal Church is a classical music critic and reviewer for The Independent

Dance: Zoe Anderson is a dance critic for The Independent

Visual arts: Adrian Hamilton is a columnist and art critic for The Independent

Rock & Pop: Elisa Bray is music editor of The Independent

Television: Gerard Gilbert is a TV critic for The Independent

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