Siobhán Cleary: declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The news that an established Irish composer declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias has to be a matter for serious co(...)

Spike Lee will be back at Cannes with his inelegantly titled dark comedy ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Nobody much questions that the Cannes film festival is at some sort of crossroads. The debate hangs around the extent to which the management intended(...)

2001: A Space Odyssey: ‘It took 40 years for visual effects to catch up with what they did’

Wally Pfister director, Transcendence; cinematographer, Inception 2001: A Space Odyssey affected my life in three different phases: my dad took me to(...)

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”

1. Did anybody actually see these films? Yes, they did. But this is still the lowest-grossing set of best-picture nominees since 2011. Dunkirk, which (...)

Director Martin McDonough, Pete Czernin, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and Graham Broadbent with the Bafta for best film. Photogaph:  Ian West/PA

Best film WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Best director WINNER: Guil(...)

After one violent scene in ‘I, Tonya’, someone turns to the screen and says: ‘This didn’t happen’

Earlier this year, as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk boomed through the world’s cinemas, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, historian of that battle, stepped up to t(...)

Oscar contenders: Daniel Day Lews, Saorise Ronan and Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’

Best Picture Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboar(...)

Last year’s race for best picture at the Oscars was the most unpredictable in half a century. We just didn’t know it was the most unpredictable until (...)

Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with a little theatrical shiver. The actor may have perfected glacial onscreen manners – think Fiona, the snooty friend(...)

Saoirse Ronan: Golden Globe and Oscar contender, at the American Film Institute annual  Awards at Four Seasons Hotel in  Beverly Hills on Saturday. Photograph:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Ah, The Golden Globes. Once a year, we stop to ponder why this odd ceremony continues to attract such furious attention. Professional awards such as t(...)

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