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Beloved Enemy was Hollywood’s take on the War of Independence.

History has always supplied cinema with exciting narrative opportunities – with heroes, villains, gunfire, and intrigue. The War of Independence is no(...)

British wine expert Steven Spurrier (right), pictured in 1975, died on March 9th at his home in Dorset, England, aged 79. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix via Getty

Steven Spurrier Born: October 5th, 1941 Died: March 9th, 2021 The world was paying little attention on May 24th, 1976, when a small wine tasting was (...)

Actor John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: Warner Bros/AP Photo

Among the waves of bizarre news last week, one gobbet stood out for lovers of cinema. For a day or so, Mattie McGrath caused his own name and that of (...)

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Photograph: Magdalena Wosinska/New York Times

In the chronicles of late-20th-century popular culture, you will find few friends as excellent as Bill S Preston, Esq and Ted “Theodore” Logan. The do(...)

Out of the ordinary: Daisy Edgar Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe

Who would you cast to play yourself in the biopic of your life? The thought is prompted by a New York Times article this week in which that newspaper’(...)

Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant. They wanted Alan Rickman as male lead

Twenty-five years ago this, um, ah… month, one of the most… I suppose, erm, influential British films ever was… well, not to put to fine a point on it(...)

Amy  Molloy: “We’re all on the same page with the world we’re creating and the story we’re wanting to tell”

In countless women’s wardrobes across Ireland hangs a sweatshirt emblazoned with a single word: “Repeal”. Far from being a fashionable brand name, the(...)

Future zombie hunter Andrew Lincoln sinisterly stalks the impressively durable Keira Knightley in ‘Love Actually’

Oh, how we love the great traditions of Christmas. Just try and prise the Victorian confectionary from our greasy fingers once Advent has begun. The s(...)

Donald Clarke: Willis was among the first actors to go from A-list TV star to A-list movie star. Photograph:  20th Century Fox/Getty

Thirty years ago I went to see Die Hard. I genuinely wanted to see Die Hard – it sounded awesome – but I would have gone to see almost anything. I was(...)

John Mahoney  was just 77 at his death, and only 52 when he first appeared as the title character’s elderly father in Frasier. Photograph: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

When John Mahoney died last week, we were reminded of a complicated biography. Best known for embodying a very American class of blue-collar integrity(...)

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