Will Gompertz reviews Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again ★★★☆☆

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The well-dressed lady who introduced the film was friendly but firm: "Anyone who doesn't like spandex, glitter or Abba", she said, "should leave".

Nobody did.

The mood of the audience just got even more excitable.

It was the world premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and the cinema was packed full of worshippers of kitsch entertainment for whom spandex, glitter and Abba are the Holy Trinity.

Her advice stands, though. If lightweight, escapist, cheesy, tongue-in-cheek summer movies are not your bag this review probably isn't for you. If, however, you are one of the millions of people who enjoyed the 2008 film Mamma Mia! and want to know if the sequel is any good, then read on.

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Will Gompertz reviews Sam Mendes' The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre ★★★★☆

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre is both specific and universal.

It is, as they like to say in the arts nowadays, "relatable". Meaning, the play resonates beyond a story of a banking dynasty, which could have limited appeal, to explore themes that a broader audience might recognise and enjoy.

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Will Gompertz reviews the documentary about singer Whitney Houston ★★★☆☆

Whitney Houston

On 27 January 1991, Whitney Houston stood on a small stage in Tampa, Florida, waiting for her cue.

It was early evening. The pop superstar was wearing a baggy white tracksuit with a red stripe, a pair of Nike sneakers and a white headband. The outfit was the epitome of 1980s exercise-video chic.

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Will Gompertz reviews Michael Jackson: On The Wall at London's National Portrait Gallery ★★★☆☆

Michael Jackson: On The Wall

The first image you see when you walk into the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is the last portrait Michael Jackson commissioned of himself before he died in 2009.

He didn't live to see the finished picture, but I think he would have liked it.

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Review: Beyonce and Jay-Z's video at the Louvre ★★★★☆

Will Gompertz

More than 8 million people visited the Louvre in 2017. The vast majority of them would have rubbed shoulders with the same famous artworks that appeared this week in The Carters' (that's Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z) music video for the launch track from their new album, Everything is Love.

I doubt many gyrated in leggings and a bra in front of Jacques-Louis David's monumental canvas The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon (1806-7) as Beyoncé does in the video, but I imagine people will now.

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Frida Kahlo: Will Gompertz reviews new show at London's V&A ★★★★☆

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

If you're anything like me, I bet I know what you do with those few fleeting moments of spare time you have (between watching episodes of Love Island or World Cup matches).

You reach deep into your bookcase and pull out your much-thumbed 1990 edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art & Artists. Because why wouldn't you?

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Will Gompertz reviews Bill Clinton's The President is Missing

Artwork for review of The President Is Missing

There is a long and noble history of two individuals coming together to create a memorable double act. Braque and Picasso, Lennon and McCartney, Dolce and Gabbana, Morecambe and Wise and French and Saunders spring to mind.

There have also been less successful, rather odd couplings. I'm thinking Bing Crosby and David Bowie, Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood, and now - 513 pages later - Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

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Will Gompertz reviews Epic Games' Fortnite - Battle Royale ★★★☆☆

Fortnite made by Epic Games

So, I was standing there, minding my own business, thinking about what to do next when a young woman who looked a lot like Bjork approached me. She did a little shimmy, jumped up in the air, pushed a shopping trolley my way, and then - without any provocation whatsoever - wiped me out.

And they say Fortnite is a friendly game.

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Review: Giuseppe Penone at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park ★★★★☆

Will Gompertz

Back in 1977 when a sneering, snarling Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols to take the band's punk aesthetic up a notch or two, there was another young man making his own arty entrance on to the public stage.

I have no idea if Peter Murray has ever worn a padlocked chain around his neck or sported a red T-shirt emblazoned with a swastika, but I'm guessing not. He doesn't strike me as the type.

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Will Gompertz reviews Childish Gambino's This is America video ★★★★☆

Childish Gambino

In his opening monologue as host of last week's Saturday Night Live Donald Glover described himself as "an actor, a writer, and a singer". And so he is. But he forgot to mention the fourth string to his gleaming bow of talents, the one that makes him more than just an entertainer.

Donald Glover - or Childish Gambino as he calls himself when performing as a pop-rap-trap musician - is an artist.

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