In an interview on US television, Kit Harington coined a few disobliging phrases about Northern Ireland – where ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed – and caused weeping and renting of flesh all the way from Enniskillen to Larne. Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

There’s a great deal to ponder in Game of Thrones. Barely a moment goes by without a dragon beheading a relation with whom he’s recently had sex. It i(...)

Charismatic: Bryan Santamaria in Gente de Bien

Here is a very decent slab of social realism from Columbia that, though beautifully acted throughout, never quite finds its focus. Eric (Bryan Sant(...)

Toni Collette: “I didn’t know Jack [Reynor] until I got to Dublin and he took me out to the Guinness Brewery. That was very sweet: a young actor who wants to bond. He’s an incredible person. That opened the door and it became effortless.” 9:06

It takes few false starts before Toni Collette manages to make it to our interview. She’s not being in any way awkward. The Australian actor turns (...)


If Child 44 had turned out to be one of the year’s great thrillers then the world really would have seemed like a markedly more interesting place. (...)

Jack Reynor: “an ever more striking screen presence”. 9:06

This is only Gerard Barrett’s second feature, but we already get a sense that the young Kerryman is attempting to engage with “the state of the nat(...)

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in The Lobster.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, an Irish co-production, is to play in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Produced by Element(...)

British prime minister David Cameron eats a hot dog (and a salad, it must be said) with a knife and fork.  Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images

It is said that, in the famous UK election of 1880, Lord Beaconsfield’s great error was to eat pie and mash with a spoon. William Gladstone’s earlier (...)

No sane consumer will expect too much from a film called Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. If he or she emerges from the cinema with thumbs still opposable a(...)

The country is now awash with excellent film festivals – both general and specialist – focused on specific regions. The folk at the Japanese Film F(...)

One might reasonably ponder The Searchers when sitting through the latest contemplative oddity from Argentinian master Lisandro Alonso. The film do(...)