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Oscars contenders: Hustlers, Joker, Parasite and Marriage Story

Lay out the sandbags. Check the gas masks. Plant potatoes in the allotment. The annual phoney war that kicks off awards season has properly begun. A (...)

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

The Toronto International Film Festival (sometimes Tiff) is not like its rivals in Cannes or Venice. Taking place within the fourth-largest city in No(...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

Don’t be surprised if scenes from the film wind up as Saoirse’s fourth Oscar clip

Last week the highly anticipated trailer for Greta Gerwig’s all-star adaptation of Little Women dropped online. Needless to say, the internet lapped i(...)

The Walkman: when people first consumed entertainment in their own cocooned space. Photograph: iStock

We still haven’t settled on the plural. This is probably a column about Walkmen. Then again it may be a column about Walkmans. There is no entry in Th(...)

Urban decay in Detroit. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP

The hulking Michigan Central Train station rising high into the Detroit sky has seen better days. The building and the district of Corktown it’s situ(...)

Nothing matches  Le Mans. For roughly €80 a ticket and a few euros for a tent, you get to see some of the best drivers in the world test their mental and physical mettle

It’s 7pm on a sunny Saturday and people are lazing on the grass, sipping beer as, on stage, an ageing French rock band knocks out another Tom Petty co(...)

The Irishman: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s new film

Wait! Come back! You are obliged to read one more bit of Oscar punditry before we retire the entrails for six months or so. Predicting the best-pictur(...)

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’

Three years ago, Adam McKay, hitherto known for spit-out-your-Fanta comedies such as Step Brothers and Anchorman, devised an ingenious new class of st(...)

The Favourite: Yorgos Lanthimos’s film, starring Olivia Colman, is the most nominated Irish production in Oscar history

The Favourite could hardly have done better With 10 mentions, Yorgos Lanthimos’s historical comedy The Favourite – produced by Element Pictures in Du(...)

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