Paul Haggis is a tricksy sort of writer-director. Watching In the Valley of Elah, in which Tommy Lee Jones investigates the death of his Iraq veter(...)

Is there an antonym for “seamless”? What word does a tailor use when three pieces of cloth come together in a particularly ugly knotted mess? Anywa(...)

Maureen O’Hara speaks after accepting an her Oscar statuette from actors Clint Eastwood  and Liam Neeson at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/ Reuters

Irish actress Maureen O’Hara lastnight received an honorary Academy Award for her contribution to Hollywood. The 94-year-old, who is a prolific(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

I’ve missed my son since he went to Manchester. The smell of rolled tobacco. The way his eyes light up every time a cash-in-transit van drives by. Eve(...)

There was a certain appropriateness to the Irish career of Gabrielle Reidy, the noted stage, screen and television actor, who has died aged 54 at her (...)

Liam Neeson:  tough, uncompromising, flawed  . . . you know the deal

The trailer for the latest Liam Neeson thriller is deceptive in unexpected fashion. We are used to such material concealing the fact that there is (...)

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Stellan Skarsgård is Nils, a snowplough driver who goes on a vengeful rampage after his son is murdered. Moving stealthily and violently through the h(...)

Dan Stevens: “I like working with cinephiles whether they’re actors or directors”

In person, Dan Stevens is a mild mannered and awfully civilised chap. Why wouldn’t he be? He read English literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. H(...)

You wait an aeon for a film with a talking racoon and then two come along at once. It is not saying much to confirm that nobody of any age is likely t(...)