Orson Welles

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Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

 French singer and actor Juliette Greco performs in Paris, in 1968. She was the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the link between often impenetrable intellectuals and popular song. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Saint-Germain-des-Prés must have felt like the centre of the universe in the aftermath of the second World War. After years of deprivation, French you(...)

Susie Dent: ‘There has never been a golden age of English. Even in the era of Keats and Shakespeare, people complained about the abuse of language.’ Photograph: Stewart Williams

The Countdown lexicographer on a life-long love of languages, accidental fame and why ‘gobsHIte’ isn’t as Irish as we think In the dumbed-down w(...)

Isabelle Huppert in Mia Hansen-Løve’s 2016 film Things to Come.

There was a bit of muttering when it emerged that Mark Cousins – a man! – was to compile a 14-hour history of women directors at work. A sensitive fel(...)

Eric Roberts, Michael Flatley and Nicole Evans in the poster for Blackbird, in which Flatley stars as a Bond-style secret agent. Only a privileged few have seen the movie – perhaps they’re holding it back for Cannes?

We’re an awful shower. In “these trying times” we waste valuable air slagging off blameless millionaires. Just look how we’ve laid into Bono. It’s an (...)

The Sims – a place where you can side-step reality and live out the dream of constant job promotions and an impeccably decorated loft apartment. Photograph: Sony

Rosebud. It’s the last word uttered by newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane in Orson Welles’s iconic film Citizen Kane. A reference to a sled he owned(...)

The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

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(...)

From the dominance of Netflix and Disney to the rise of #MeToo and the downfall of Weinstein , there have been huge upheavals in the world of cinem(...)

 Broadcaster and presenter Gay Byrne at Caesar’s Italian Restaurant, Dame Street, Dublin in 1971. Photograph: Pat Langan

The long shadow which Gay Byrne casts across the history of Irish broadcasting is often reduced in the telling to a handful of key moments which are d(...)

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