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Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Photograph:  Warner Bros.

There has been some debate in the Irish Times letters pages about the miserableness of films reviewed last week. It is true that the movies covered mi(...)

Actor John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: Warner Bros/AP Photo

Among the waves of bizarre news last week, one gobbet stood out for lovers of cinema. For a day or so, Mattie McGrath caused his own name and that of (...)

John Wayne as  Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: AP Photo/Warner Bros

For reasons that shouldn’t need to be reiterated, audiences are paying greater attention than ever to the entertainment options on streaming services.(...)

Writer Raymond Chandler. Photograph: Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty

Raymond Chandler, the quintessential crime writer, master of the noir genre, is remembered as chronicler of the grimy underside of rapidly expanding m(...)

Christian Bale, James Mangold, and Matt Damon attend the Premiere of Le Mans ’66 in Hollywood. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

I’m not sure they make directors like James Mangold anymore. Now a fit-looking 55, he has been working steadily since making his debut with the indie (...)

Ad Astra marks director James Gray’s second collaboration with Brad Pitt

The film industry is seldom a cake-walk, but even by the various standards of the “biz”, James Gray’s career has been a fraught one. His second film, (...)

Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

The “Top Picks for Hugh” tab on my Netflix app includes the 2014 zombie flick Z Nation (I am allergic to zombie flicks), the first Nanny McPhee (seen (...)

Joe E Brown and Jack Lemmon in ‘Some Like It Hot’. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

Late last year, the BBC polled the world’s film critics to discover the “greatest comedy of all time”. The usual candidates showed up: Dr Strangelove (...)

Susan Wood: I didn’t realise Amy Schumer was such a good actress
Susan Wood: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’ve been busy launching my own books, Women and Ireland, so I haven’t had a chance to read. But I have a pile of biographies (...)

Louise Brooks in “Pandora’s Box”: director GW Pabst wanted her for the role.

Watching the newly restored version of Pandora’s Box, one can’t help but suspect that Louise Brooks, who died in 1985, is some contemporary YouTube st(...)

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