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

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

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(...)

American actor Kirk Douglas in 1955. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty

Kirk Douglas Born: December 9th, 1916 Died: February 5th, 2020 Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age, whose(...)

Carton House. Over two centuries earls, dukes, lords and a loanshark presided as head of a dining table, which is about to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London. Photograph: Alan Betson

If pieces of furniture could talk and recount tales from their use, perhaps lot 72 in the forthcoming Royal and Noble sale by Sotheby’s in London, on (...)

 David Bowie in November 1969. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

When I was six years old, my father sat me and my sister down to tell us the story of Major Tom. There was a man who got lost in space, he began, in a(...)

Ewan McGregor in Doctor Sleep

Few are the films that have such a dysfunctional relationship with their sources and predecessors.  As you will almost certainly be aware, Doctor(...)

Joker: US cinema chains  will ban masks and costumes from screenings

For close to a century, newspapers have got themselves in a tizzy about the possibility that some film or other may have inspired an act of violence. (...)

Ad Astra marks director James Gray’s second collaboration with Brad Pitt

The film industry is seldom a cake-walk, but even by the various standards of the “biz”, James Gray’s career has been a fraught one. His second film, (...)

There are many lessons to be drawn from Universal Studio’s cancellation of the hitherto upcoming The Hunt

There are many lessons to be drawn from Universal Studio’s cancellation of the hitherto upcoming The Hunt, but, after running through some of the dull(...)

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