Behind the scenes: Kate Hudson prepares to go onstage at the Dolby Theatre in 2014. by Christopher Polk/Getty
Backstage at the Oscars

On February 22nd the Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood. Everyone knows it’s the biggest night in the cinema calendar, but m(...)

Death metal (left) and opera: conference seeks to delve into two apparently diametrically opposed genres of entertainment. Photographs: The Irish Times

Ireland’s first major conference on performance art - covering topics as diverse as opera and death metal - is being held at Maynooth University tomor(...)

We know what the kids are looking for. They want movies that create impeccable role models, avoid all but the mildest conflict between generations,(...)

Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg has been creating thoughtful works of art using time-lapse photography for the past 30 years. Watching flowers open towar(...)

One of Denzel Washington’s great tricks is the sudden, disconcerting mid-sentence shift of mood. We’re nattering about his early years on the stage wh(...)

The destroyer of worlds: Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

The odd, ill-considered sponsorship deal aside, Scarlett Johansson has been doing very well for herself lately. Her and Under the Skin are among th(...)

Was ever a film so conspicuously misnamed? Far from achieving any sort of transcendence, Wally Pfister’s dreary first feature remains(...)

The Lego Movie 3:00
The Lego Movie

Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about The Lego Movie ? Harrumphing?(...)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Authorised biography is a tricky business for any filmmaker, particularly when the material spans nine decades and details the life of the lately depa(...)

Ancient cannibalistic religions have less eccentric calendars than does the movie universe. The long run-in and dreary aftermath to Christmas d(...)