Steven Spielberg at the Five Came Back world premiere in New York in 2017. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty

Before making an argument about a beautiful circularity in the film business, we should dampen down some of the overheated chatter about Steven Spielb(...)

The BBC’s drama series The Pursuit of Love is  television’s third crack at the tale of upper-crust nutters.

Here’s a controversial proposal. Trust nobody who loves a book to give you a reliable assessment of any film or TV series based on that text. “They go(...)

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, (...)

Scottish band Mogwai have just released their 10th album As the Love Continues.

Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, famously said that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The hugely influential Scottish band, Mo(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Malcolm McDowell: “A Clockwork Orange was overbearing. Everything was measured against it.” Photograph: Araya Diaz/WireImage

Malcolm McDowell was the insolent prince of early-70s cinema, the Liverpool salesman who stormed the establishment’s barricades. You can see him on sc(...)

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 (...)

Krzysztof Penderecki, who has died in Kraków, Poland on Sunday aged 86

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who has died at the age of 86, had a remarkable career. In the early years of his creative life he worked behind(...)

Séamus Harrington, wife Karen and family. Copyright: RTÉ and Shinawil 2020

Freud once said of the Irish: “This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever”. He was essentially wrong, of course (oh an(...)

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