Henri Matisse, The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown 1943-4

Weekend arts guide: ten of London's hottest tickets

Click through to discover why the critics rate these films, plays and exhibitions

Film
Calvary film

Irish black comedy Calvary has been released in UK cinemas. Written and directed by John McDonagh (The Guard), the film is "gripping, moving, funny and troubling, down to an uncompromising yet uncynical finish", says Kim Newman in Empire. 

Film

Darren Aronofsky's biblical fantasy epic Noah opened in UK cinemas. The film directed and co-written by Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is loosely based on the Bible story of Noah's Ark. This "sombre, powerful biblical epic" is a grimy, roughened Noah story, shot through with berserk grandeur, says in Andrew Pulver in The Guardian. The film looks a treat, and Crowe is just about the only actor who could have pulled off the necessary combination of intensity and machismo.

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French-Iranian drama The Past has opened in UK cinemas. Berenice Bejo stars as a woman whose attempt to divorce and move on from her Iranian husband is complicated by her new partner and her troubled daughter. "A bold, honest film about family life," says The Guardian.

Theatre
Mark Strong stars in A View from The Bridge

Mark Strong wows critics in a 'superb' fresh take on Arthur Miller's modern classic at the Young Vic. It is "a visceral, vital reinterpretation of a classic play, full of persuasive visual imagery", says Laura Barnett in The Observer. Runs until 7 June.

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The Royal Ballet's production of The Winter's Tale

The Royal Ballet's production of The Winter's Tale has opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Christopher Wheeldon's production, with a score by Joby Talbot, ''offers everything you could want from a ballet into a single evening — comedy, tragedy, romance, drama and some lovely dancing", says Lyndsey Winship in the Evening Standard.

Theatre
Goldie in his menacing stage-debut

Roy Williams's new drama about police corruption in Jamaica, Kingston 14, has opened at Theatre Royal, Stratford East to positive reviews. Williams' spins a very good yarn with this "fizzing new cop-shop drama", says Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times. 

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Brooke Wyeth in 'Other Desert Cities'

The first UK production of Broadway hit Other Desert Cities has opened at the Old Vic, London. A Republican showbiz couple are shocked by their daughter's plan to publish a tell-all family memoir. Stars Sinead Cusack and Martha Plimpton. "Laugh-out-loud funny," says the Daily Telegraph. Until 24 May.

Theatre

A revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury has opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London. Lansbury plays an eccentric medium who conducts a seance at a writer's house, which unwittingly summons the ghost of his dead wife. "Deliciously dark," says the Daily Telegraph. Until 7 June.

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Henri Matisse, Blue Nude (I) 1952

A major new exhibition of work by French modern master Henri Matisse has opened at the Tate Modern. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs surveys Matisse's late career when illness forced him to abandon painting and he began making pictures with cut-out coloured paper. "What a joyous and fascinating exhibition this is," says Adrian Searle in The Guardian. Runs until September.

Art

Tate Britain has unveiled its new sculptural installation for 2014, designed by Phyllida Barlow. Dock 2014 is a collection of Barlow's large-scale three-dimensional collages using everyday materials such as wood and cardboard to reimagine the gallery's riverfront location. "Exhilarating," says The Guardian. On show until 19 October.