Benedict Cumberbatch’s new drama is a riveting look at toxic masculinity, power and deception

Landing on Netflix today after a limited cinema release, The Power Of The Dog isn’t your average Western. Based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name and directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion, it centres around Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), a powerful and brutal man who runs a successful ranch with his softer, more refined brother George (Jesse Plemons) in 1925 Montana. When George secretly marries local widower Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and brings her and her teenage son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) to live with them, Phil responds with mocking cruelty – with Rose as the target of his volatile behaviour, using her son as a pawn.

The Power Of The Dog is a tense, psychological slow-burn, with elements of gothic horror, romance, thriller and queer cinema,” says Stylist’s digital writer Amy Beecham. “But more than anything, it’s a psychodrama about the limits people can be pushed to, and how – if – they can come back from them. It’s this delicate balance that makes the Oscar buzz surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch utterly deserved, as are the nods for Best Picture. The emotional culmination is certain to leave you reeling, with a devastating final twist that will have you gripped until the credits start rolling. A powerful story of deception, redemption and desperation, one thing is for sure: this is Cumberbatch’s best film yet.” In select cinemas and on Netflix now


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Celebrate the power of Caribbean-British art at this major new Tate Britain exhibition

It’s impossible to imagine what Britain would look like without the influence of people from the Caribbean and their ancestors. One thing’s for sure, it would be a much duller place – no UK garage, grime or Notting Hill Carnival; no rum punch or jerk chicken; no Zadie Smith, Dame Kelly Holmes or Naomi Campbell. Now, a long overdue spotlight is being turned on the impact and achievements of Caribbean-British artists from the Windrush generation to the present day, with a landmark exhibition at Tate Britain.

Having been in the works since 2015, Life Between Islands opens today, showcasing the work of over 40 artists, filmmakers, sculptors, fashion designers and photographers, all of whom have Caribbean heritage or are inspired by the region. It’s the first time that a major UK museum has celebrated Caribbean-British art in such depth, spanning 70 years and four generations, and covering subjects from police brutality, colonialism and the British Black power movement to familial love and the joy of brass band parades. Look out for names including Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid (currently enjoying her own retrospective at Tate Modern), Oscar-nominated film director Steve McQueen, and acclaimed millennial fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner – and don’t forget to pause outside to appreciate Chris Ofili’s Union Black, which returns to Tate Britain’s flagpole for the duration of the exhibition as a stark reminder of Britain’s uncomfortable past as a former empire. Prepare to be uplifted, educated and inspired. Until April 2022; £16; Millbank, London SW1P

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