The Godfather Part II

It is a commonplace of cinema distribution that, though people always say they want to see more vintage titles on the big screen, the masses st(...)

Mr Peabody & Sherman 2:30

Well, this sounds like an impressively terrible idea for a family film. The title characters – an urbane dog and his perky adopted human son – first a(...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: sadly,  we will never see his Falstaff or his Captain Ahab. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When an actor dies too young – let’s name no other names – we sometimes err on the side of hyperbolic adulation. Why not? It’s only polite. Nobody wan(...)

Grudge Match
Grudge Match

Remember the awful scene in Raging Bull in which Jake LaMotta, laid low by humiliation and despair, hammers his fists to pulp against the wall of a pr(...)

Only 12 days in, it’s a bit early yet to be breaking those new year’s resolutions about becoming finely tuned athletes by early summer, so what better(...)

How does he do that? David Blaine with the actor Will Smith and his family

David Blaine, Real or Magic (Channel 4, Wednesday) begins with clips from a typical day for David Blaine. He stands glumly on the outskirts of a city,(...)

The Family
The Family

If I were Robert De Niro, I too might want to hide my sorry face in some remote corner of Western Europe. The years drag by and the films just get wor(...)

“I recall Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and can’t but help think of Martin Moore (and Stephen Archer et al) as they learn their trade.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

According to playwright Diane Grant, it’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. I’m not sure Grant had power plays in p(...)

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

Detective Peter Daly (centre) and his team with a large haul of narcotics in New York in 1970

It would be unfair to blame the Boy Scout movement for the journey which brought a Donegal man from the epicentre of one the most celebrated narcotics(...)