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Cate Shortland will shortly  give us her take on Marvel’s Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson

Genuine hoorays go the way of the major studios for commissioning women to direct hugely budgeted pictures. This is no small advance. Cate Shortland, (...)

Susie Yang explores the subject of privilege through the character of Ivy Lin

“Maybe there were no new stories, only your story. But what did the real story even matter, when most people judged you based on the shallowest surfac(...)

Bronagh Gallagher: ‘If every I’m in a bad mood, I Google ‘Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live’ and everything feels much better.

Book A friend gave me a copy of The Little Friend by Donna Tartt because I loved The Goldfinch and The Secret History. I can’t tell you what happens y(...)

“There are flowers, bright sunlight. It’s a summer’s day”... Detail from itor by Eoin Mc Hugh, 2019, oil on canvas. Photograph: courtesy Kerlin Gallery

I’m in Dublin’s Kerlin Gallery. It’s one of those art spaces that makes you feel the need to whisper: all pure white walls and lofty aspect. But today(...)

The patina of superficial quality is so robust it’s hard to think of The Goldfinch as ‘a bad film’

Hollywood has long wrestled with the perceived need to deliver “faithful” adaptations of the fat books everyone read last summer. In the internet age,(...)

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(...)

Toronto International Film Festival: Nicole Kidman at the Goldfinch premiere. Photograph: Amy Sussman/Getty

I can’t get away from Adam Driver. There he was at the Winter Garden screening of The Report. A few hours later he was back in the same theatre to rem(...)

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 (...)

   The Truants marks author Kate Weinberg out as a natural storyteller  who spins a decent yarn with lots of smaller yarns along the way

In a characteristically thought-provoking conversation between a lecturer and student in Kate Weinberg’s debut novel The Truants, the writer Agatha Ch(...)

Sea Fever: Neasa Hardiman’s film stars Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen and Dougray Scott in a science-fiction tale about a marine-biology student confronting a mysterious organism on an Atlantic trawler

Four Irish films have been announced as part of the Discovery programme at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. This strong showing at th(...)

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