George MacKay: ‘I think the real joy of the job is going to do the research, to explore yourself and explore things outside of yourself that you probably wouldn’t even know to look for.’

George MacKay bounds into the room with the winning demeanour of a puppy that has just won Crufts. It’s not the energy you might expect from someone w(...)

Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster, takes third place

Oh look, it’s that person again. “I haven’t been to the cinema for years as there’s never anything good on.” “Really? Did you not enjoy Marriage Story(...)

New this week: Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black: International

ALADDIN ★★☆☆☆ Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad The ongoing campai(...)

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Photograph: Paramount

Why were people ever worried about this hugely enjoyable biopic of Elton John? Dexter Fletcher has already shown he knows how to direct such things in(...)

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino’s new film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a vast improvement on the exhausting The Hateful Eight

Here it is, 25 years to the day since Pulp Fiction Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pit(...)

Quentin Tarantino: his drama of hippy Hollywood will turn heads. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick are in competition. Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara are also offering n(...)

Big box office: Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat. Photograph: AMMA/Getty

Where have all the sexy films gone? If it goes on like this the tabloids will have no “sick filth” left to ban. We usually get the future wrong. A th(...)

 Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan  opens January 18th

 Ad Astra Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt (lucky him, lucky her) on a mission to Neptune. Pointy-headed James Gray, the man behind The Lost City of Z,(...)

Rami Malek  brings depth and darkness to what could have been a superficial enterprise

One theme bosses aside all others when we ponder the Irish box-office figures for 2018. You can forget about the western. You can forget about the rom(...)

Bohemian Rhapsody: Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon. Photograph courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Critics get it wrong again! Despite many negative reviews – although not from The Irish Times, as it happens – the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has (...)

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