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Toy Story: the four films must be among the greatest cinematic achievements of contemporary Hollywood

Sometimes very different bits of the culture come at you simultaneously. This week, for example, I watched Pixar’s latest Toy Story and the opening ep(...)

Netflix: The Sinner

Homecoming Amazon Prime Julia Roberts finally arrives on the small(er) screen, in this crafty psychological thriller directed by Mr Robot creator Sam(...)

Daniel Craig will take  the Aston Martin round the block one more time

These pages have, in recent months, been much taken up with discussion of the candidates – some admirable, some outright cranks – vying for a ceremoni(...)

‘Who would have thought the most boring thing about this was the f**king?’

Ruling on whether or not a film qualified as obscene, in 1964, one US Supreme Court Justice was famously candid about his definition of pornography: “(...)

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

Daniel and Majella O’Donnell: Driving your husband around the country to be adored by B&B owners – now that’s love

Each week Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip, much like episodes of Magnum PI or The A-Team, features a montage of our heroes’ future adventures. (...)

Michael B Jordan, Tray Chaney, Larry Gilliard Jr and JD Williams in season one of The Wire. Photograph: HBO/The Guardian

When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was s(...)

Author Philip Roth, at home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in January 2018. Photograph: Philip Montgomery/The New York Times

With the death of Richard Wilbur in October, Philip Roth became the longest-serving member in the literature department of the American Academy of Art(...)

Our critics have picked their favourite TV shows from 2017 and now it’s over to you. Click on irishtimes.com/ticketawards to vote for your favourite t(...)

James Franco plays both sides of the shackle as twin brothers Vincent, a responsible, enterprising bartender, and Frankie, a raging, destructive id

Early in the first episode of The Deuce (Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 10pm), David Simon and George Pelecanos’ fantastically conceived and beautifully made (...)

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