The film business has its own eccentricities. Domhnall Gleeson and I are at the Soho Hotel in central London to discuss (among many other things) his (...)

A familiar, bashed-up spaceship flees a planet far, far away

Variations on a signature shot appear about half-a-dozen times in JJ Abrams’s absurdly hyped addition to the Star Wars cycle. The camera pauses for s(...)

Filmmaker George Lucas attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in Hollywood on Monday. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty

An army of Stormtroopers plus C-3PO and R2D2 were among the early arrivals at the world premiere of the highly-anticipated new Star Wars movie in Los (...)

 Katie Holly at her three-bedroom home on Wolseley Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Amid the current debate about the under-representation of women in Irish film and theatre, producer Katie Holly is breaking all the rules. Havi(...)

Well-maintained carapace: Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

It is as you thought. John Crowley’s take on Colm Toíbín’s hugely popular 2009 novel is a lovely, lovely film. It is the sort of film to which you (...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance  in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’

The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripe(...)

Saoirse Ronan stars as the young protagonist in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn”, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel about a woman torn between rural Ireland and a New York borough.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel concerning a woman torn between rural Ireland and the titular New York borough, (...)

As a country we have a reputation for being almost professionally nonchalant when it comes to celebrities and it’s mostly deserved. Last week I wat(...)

From left, Brendan, Domhnall and  Brian Gleeson in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce

The Walworth Farce Olympia Theatre, Dublin **** Among all the surreal horrors of Enda Walsh’s turbo-charged tragicomedy from 2006 – a p(...)