Brian De Palma

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The Battle at Lake Changjin, the story of a Chinese victory over the Americans in the Korean War,  was the highest-grossing film of 2021

As Janus Studios looks back at the receding year and seeks lessons for the forthcoming 12 months, that imaginary institution may find both of its head(...)

Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy

Here’s a weird cultural contradiction that has not been satisfactorily examined. It hardly needs to be said that almost all cinematic adaptations of v(...)

 Andrea Riseborough stars in spooky thriller Here Before

A little more than 12 months ago, when the Galway Film Fleadh went entirely virtual, we were already getting the sense that the Covid crisis was unlik(...)

Sean Connery as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger in 1964. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It is just two months since Sean Connery, who has died, celebrated his 90th birthday. The appreciations will have given him some sense of how subseque(...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Scottish actor Sean Connery at 90. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It is 44 years since Sean Connery appeared as an aging Robin Hood in Richard Lester’s under-estimated Robin and Marian. There was a great deal of wear(...)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Foreground photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty

THE ACTORS ON FIVE DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP, SOME TIPPERARY ROOTS AND THE UNITED STATES’ ‘GANGSTER PRESIDENT’ We will eventually get Robert De Niro(...)

Vanessa Paradis (C) in ‘Knife+Heart’

We were saddened this week to read Paul Schrader’s description of fellow stalwart director Brian De Palma as “trite and artistically weak”. De Palma h(...)

Sarah Connor, mother to future revolutionary John Connor, surely scores as the most impressively ‘badass’ mom of the modern era

DUMBO (1941) There was some competition between Bambi’s mother and the elephant’s mistreated parent for this spot, but, with the best will in the wor(...)

Sarah Henochsberg, Bouli Lanners and Justine Lacroix in Claire Burger’s “Real Love”

For all the wealth of cinema in Europe, no nation has managed to catch up with French for breadth of output or rep. The annual French Film Festival at(...)

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