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Brothers Luke (7) and James McCauley (11) from Drumcondra hunting for conkers. Photograph: Tom Honan

Imagine a future where children no longer know the pleasure of holding a cool, smooth conker in their hands, pockets bulging with shiny orbs destined (...)

Steven Spielberg’s imminent West Side Story should not be described as a remake

The time has come to get pedantic about cavalier use of the word “remake”. “Viewers of The Darling Buds of May remake ‘switch off’…” the Daily Mail t(...)

Olivia Colman and Paul Mescal star in The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Photograph: Netflix

“The smell of Venice suffused the night, lacustrine essences richly distilled. Late summer was hot here.” So begins Anthony Powell’s Temporary Kings,(...)

Zendaya: 'I think there are aspects of my life where maybe I felt overlooked or not appreciated for something that I’ve put so much into'.  Photograph: Chantal Anderson/New York Times

From Disney via the Marvel universe to HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya has done a lot of growing up on screen. But for her new film, Malcolm & Marie, t(...)

  Photograph: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images

The latest moronic buzzword that threatens to escape from the world of marketing into English – unless we all agree to gang together now and strangle (...)

Cineworld, Parnell Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The news that Cineworld is to indefinitely close all its UK and Irish sites has sent further shivers through a traumatised cinema exhibition sect(...)

Pumpkin-coloured Mars has a favourable opposition on October 13th when it is just over 62 million kilometres from Earth. Photograph: Getty

It is rather apt that we mark the 100th birth anniversary of American science fiction author Frank Herbert in the same month Mars reaches oppositio(...)

Timothée Chalamet: Dune is a blockbuster that won’t get delayed. Right? Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty

When Denis Villeneuve signed up for one of pop culture’s great white whale hunts, he can’t have imagined the project would take on an emblematic quali(...)

Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly (left) in a study of sexual harassment at Fox News, with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

What a cornucopia of delights are coming our way in 2020. We offer a few warnings. One or two of these may slide into 2021. On the upside, the odd exc(...)

Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.”  Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

That thing Voltaire didn’t actually say about defending loopy opinions to the death (I paraphrase) has gone out of fashion in recent years. Too often (...)

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