Jim Mickle has directed two pretty good films with Cold in July. The first is a rural noir (decorated with a very satisfactory second-act twist) that (...)

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(...)

August: Osage County

Welcome to Osage County, population: showily deranged. This is one heck of a place. Nobody is able to open his or her mouth without touching on some t(...)

Stephen Rea in Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)

In a bright room in Derry, in the mid-afternoon, two men meet and immediately start speaking in riddles. “Your idea of the miniature was good.”“Yeah, (...)

Stephen Rea and Bríd Brennan, who play Oedipus and Jocasta

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) Playhouse, Derry****“That’s where it all begins,” says a forensics expert at the scene of a brutal murder, po(...)

Mud

Over the last few years, Jeff Nichols has gathered a small, fervent following – the very definition of a cult – with two extraord(...)

Jeff Nichols crept up on us. Lucky old us. In 2007, a fortunate few were clever enough to catch a powerful southern melodrama named (...)