There’s an authentic feeling to the music here: a refreshing win for artistic integrity. It’s a bit of gamble, and risks alienating many a hipster fan, but in broadening their horizons, Mumford & Sons avoid turning into the musical caricature that had seemed almost inevitable.


Ex Machina is an absorbing piece of speculative fiction. Strong on ideas and characterisation, Alex Garland (The Beach) capably draws on his skills as a novelist in this confident directorial debut that lies somewhere between Frankenstein and Spike Jonze’s Her.