Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the film of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: The reviews say the film is less terrible than the book. That’s still pretty awful though.

1 It’s not that I’m prudish but . . . 2 Okay, maybe I’m a little bit prudish. 3 Ever since The Fall I’ve been terrified of Jamie Dornan. (...)

Michael Fassbender at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Iftas) in Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The fate of the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (the Iftas) is unclear following the Irish Film Board’s confirmation that it has no firm p(...)

Parents who (for this reason alone) badly mistimed the birth of their daughter may have come to view the DisneyToon Studios as a Christmas menace t(...)

A still from SLR by Stephen Fingleton: the story of a pornographer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, anonymous photographer

Two Northern Irish films have made it onto the long list for best live-action short at the Academy Awards. Ten films appear on the list, from which fi(...)

Funny bones: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in the Skeleton Twins

Craig Johnson’s serious comedy is very much the type of the film that Generation X members make as, following trips to the Sundance lab, they ponde(...)

Objection! Meretricious sentimentality! Objection! Badgering the audience! Where is this leading, your honour? Where indeed? Heaven save us fro(...)

Elaine Constantine, writer and director of this fitful drama, does a decent job in conveying the texture of the soul scene in northern England during (...)

Nun of the above: Agata Kulesza in Ida

It’s Poland in the early 1960s. Ida (Agata Trzebuchowska), a young orphan raised by Catholic nuns, leaves the convent so that she might meet her es(...)

Where to next? Nick and Kylie go for a drive in 20,000 Days on Earth

Let us get a few provisos out of the way. Nobody who is not already some sort of enthusiast for Nick Cave – singer of Old Testament tales and chron(...)

Expect many reviewers to ask whether the latest animation from Laika – the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman – is too scary for frail young childr(...)