Donna Summer: some friends used to run a nightclub, and State of Independence was always the last song of the night. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty

Most of my music listening these days happens in a state of incarceration: my house used to be a Garda station, and the shed out the back is an old st(...)

Aidan Turner as Leonardo Da Vinci: One gets the sense he does not savour the celebrity that came with his star-making performance in Poldark.

Hello, Aidan Turner. We are, of course, still in the nether-world of Zoom, but I get a sense the Clondalkin man – currently in Toronto – really is ha(...)

Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. Fiennes, speaking with a Suffolk burr,  is utterly convincing as the humble bicycling antiquarian. Photograph: Larry Horricks/Netflix ©

This charming, beautifully made drama gets about halfway (maybe a little more, maybe 60 or 70 per cent) towards confirmation as a classic of English r(...)

Moives due to come our way in 2021...

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a traffic jam of anticipated films for this year as dozens of films shifted from 2020 to a 2021 release Le(...)

Ennio Morricone: one can no more imagine The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without his score than one can imagine Swan Lake without Tchaikovsky. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty

There are a tiny handful of film composers whose work is instantly recognisable from just a few isolated bars. None was quite so distinctive as Ennio (...)

Bong Joon Ho accepts the award for Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language for Parasite, at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

There has been much understandable misery about the lack of diversity in awards season. Few female directors have scored nominations. Actors of colour(...)

Valerie Pachner and August Diehl in the film A Hidden Life

I talk to August Diehl during a break from rehearsals for the Berlin production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. You have to hand it to the guy. I wa(...)

Cannes catch: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in Robert Eggers’s extraordinary film The Lighthouse

Our first five-star review from Cannes 2019 The Lighthouse ★★★★★ Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman(...)

Cannes 2019: this year’s souvenir bag is the best ever

Frémaux fights his corner Thierry Frémaux was blocking none of the bowlers at Cannes film festival’s opening press conference. The festival president(...)

Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and  director Jim Jarmusch arrive for the screening of The Dead Don’t Die, the opening film of this year’s Cannes festival. Photograph:  Julien Warnand/EPA

The 72nd Cannes film festival kicked off on Tuesday night with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s comic horror The Dead Don’t Die. It was a canny selectio(...)

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