Brie Larson is just 25, but she has already lived half a dozen eventful lives. A full 10 years ago, she released an album and scored at least one near(...)

It would be asking a great deal to expect Alex Garland’s directorial debut to reveal any new truths about artificial intelligence. Cinema has poked(...)

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Aiden Gillen as Charlie Haughey in RTÉ series ‘Charlie’. Photograph: RTÉ

For a journalist, the highest priorities must always be truth and accuracy. Reporters rarely find themselves in court (alas) for misplacing an adject(...)

Senator Ted Cruz,  one of Joe Trippi’s  “nutcases”, is the son of a Cuban immigrant who fought for Castro.  Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was among the most gripping books published last year. Anybody old eno(...)

In any other year, Birdman would – with its unavoidable percussive score – win the Oscar for most drumming in a dramatic feature. This season we ar(...)

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You would need to have endured some serious trauma to consider a hike down the entire western seaboard of the United States as a suitable source of(...)

Tomm Moore’s ‘Song of the Sea’ has secured a nomination for best animated feature

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FULL LIST OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, announced this morning in Los Angeles, feature more than a few surprise(...)