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Nomadland: Fern’s rough corners fit Frances McDormand perfectly

How ironic that the signature film for the Covid year(s) concerns a woman who, far from being locked in the living room, takes to the road and makes a(...)

Minari scored six Oscar nominations including one for best picture.

It is not uncommon for artists to get autobiography out of the system in their debut. Lee Isaac Chung has waited just a little. It is 14 years since t(...)

1951 in Washington DC: Budd Schulberg before the House Un-American Activities Committee where he admitted that he joined the Communist Party in 1937 but that he broke with the Reds in 1939. Photograph: Getty Images

One evening in New York, I was introduced to Budd Schulberg. He was over 90 years old then and sitting on the fringes of a large crowd but his face wa(...)

(from left) Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) and Johanna Leonberger (Helena Zengel) in News of the World, co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass.

Paul Greengrass’s charming western would form the ideal centrepiece for a festival that showcases directors working hard to be something other than wh(...)

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 and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man

Americans are not welcome here. They are pariahs. Obviously, I don’t think that. I am merely quoting from recent conversations with two distinguished (...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

Best reads of 2020: IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person (...)

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.(...)

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Despite all the challenges facing cinema in the outgoing decade, the medium somehow managed to honour many of the aesthetics the pioneers devised more(...)

There is a pretty, castellated footbridge over the Cong river, where another scene from The Quiet Man was shot.

By any standards, The Quiet Man is an extravagant excursion into twee stage Irishness – an enormous cliche from start to finish. It had no relevance e(...)

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