Julie Walters

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Wild Rose: To strain a musical analogy, the verse and choruses are strong, but the middle eight hits too many of the wrong notes.

Some films build themselves so determinedly around a central performance that you can’t imagine them existing without their star. Wild Rose is such an(...)

Mary Poppins Returns sags on the rare occasions when Emily Blunt is not on screen

Within half an hour of the embargo lifting on this presumed Christmas blockbuster, at least eight reviews headlined with “practically perfect in every(...)

Jessica Keenan Wynn, Lily James and Alexa Davies in Mamma Mia! Here We Go again.

Few objective criteria exist to help us determine whether Mamma Mia! was a good film or a bad film. There were objectively terrible things about that (...)

Incredibles 2: Mr Incredible struggles as a stay-at-home dad in this sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit

Lessons have been learnt. Back in 2014, some weeks after Brazil were thoroughly spanked by the Germans, Hollywood’s summer sputtered to a halt after t(...)

British filmmaker Lewis Gilbert, who has died aged 97. Photograph: William Conran/PA Wire

Tributes were paid last night to British filmmaker Lewis Gilbert, who has died aged 97. The director, best known for making three James Bond films, i(...)

Throughout my life, I have revelled in saying yes. I should qualify that straight away by saying that, for the first half of my life, the only offers(...)

Bell and Annette Bening in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Paul McGuigan’s persuasive, brilliantly acted Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool confirms that the movie business is a cruel mistress. The picture, bas(...)

Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner

The late Gloria Grahame, the bad girl of film noir, blazed up the screen as the local temptress in It’s a Wonderful Life, the girl who couldn’t say no(...)

Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and some indentured extras in Mamma Mia!

This week I learned four things. 1) Cher is going to be in Mamma Mia II. 2) There is going to be a Mamma Mia II. 3) Mamma Mia! (I; the I was redund(...)

One of the big underlying stories of Ireland in the past 20 years is the strange death of Anglophobia. Illustration: Mark Harwood/Getty/ITPM

The one phrase most likely to have been in the heads of those who went to fight for an Irish republic in 1916 came from the writings of Theobald Wolf(...)

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