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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from Locked Down: “I think Chiwetel did an amazing job of channelling his inner Cary Grant.”

You’ve heard of Covid divorces? Well, Locked Down, a starry new comedy, concerns a Covid un-divorce.  Go-getter executive Linda (Anne Hathaway, (...)

 Lola Montez: her surname was pure invention, part of a rebranding in which she became an exotic dancer from Andalusia

She was a certainly a showgirl, like the one in Barry Manilow’s song. But her first name was not Lola, nor her surname Montez, when she was born 200 y(...)

The Prussian army’s regiment of giants – there really was such a thing – passed  into Irish folklore

In his role as unreliable narrator of WM Thackeray’s classic novel, Barry Lyndon frequently stretches the reader’s credulity. His tales are nowhere ta(...)

William Makepeace Thackeray: his Irishisms were well-pitched. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

We are long used to hearing Irish mannerisms traduced by foreign interpreters, travel writers and filmmakers alike. Wild Mountain Thyme is only the la(...)

Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972). The mafia drama was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Oh no. The champion of the untrue truism is back. He’s pressing you into the corner of the train carriage and puffing up to bore-for-Europe dimensions(...)

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 (...)

Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.  Photograph: Lilies Films

“He chooses the memory of her. That’s why he turns. He doesn’t make the lover’s choice, but the poet’s,” Marianne (Noémie Merlant) says of the Greek m(...)

Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick in ‘Filmworker’

This documentary on the man who acted as factotum to Stanley Kubrick in the later decades of his career probably requires the viewer to buy into the h(...)

Danny Byrne, Lord Mayor of Cootehill, at the St Patrick’s Day parade which he led out in the town.

Danny Byrne, Co Cavan Danny Byrne is Mayor of Cootehill, an honour given to him for his fund-raising efforts for the Cavan branch of the Parkinson’s (...)

Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

Cosmology tells us that the universe has no centre. Regular patrons of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival would do well to remind themselves (...)

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