Carlow County librarian John Shortall: “It’s an unnatural thing for us to be closed, we’re such a people-centred service.” Photograph: Michael O’Rourke

“I watched Contagion last February,” says John Shortall. “It frightened the life out of me.” The Carlow County librarian is referring both to the 2011(...)

Oscars 2021: Frances McDormand howls in tribute to Nomadland’s sound mixer, Michael Wolf Snyder. Photograph: Ampas/ABC via Getty

What is the greatest film ever with an unsatisfactory ending? Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons feels like the most appropriate analogy for the(...)

Empty seats at the Alpine Cinema in New York in February. Photograph: Devin Oktar Yalkin/The New York Times

People are talking about the Oscars this year. Namely, how they won’t be watching. A lot of people don’t even realise the show, once an edge-of-your-s(...)

Tribes of Europa lands on Netflix on February 19th

There was a mixed reaction this week to the news that UK health secretary Matt Hancock had looked towards a movie starring his namesake Matt Damon for(...)

What was once a scrappy and cheap upstart is now a mainstream means of filmmaking

In the four years since the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival started, mobile phone cameras have improved immeasurably and so has the quality of films m(...)

Vincent Prince  as Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death.

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous,” runs the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s spo(...)

The Midnight Sky is directed by George Clooney

The actor-director on his new film, Covid-19 and why he’s not allowed to ride a motorcycle George Clooney has learned a valuable lesson in lockd(...)

Actor Elliott Gould: ‘Sometimes things work, sometimes things don’t work, and we learn from it’. File photograph: Christopher Polk/Fox/Getty Images

The best review ever received by Elliott Gould – renowned actor and star of M*A*S*H and The Long Goodbye, not to mention Ross and Monica’s d(...)

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A few weeks ago (or was it decades?), when the current crisis slipped up eight jarring gears, articles such as this began telling readers that everyon(...)

Adam Driver in The Report

Sometimes working to a tight budget really can be to a film’s advantage. Scott Z Burns shot The Report for the relatively tiny sum of $8 million and, (...)

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