After a hearty laugh, it has been estimated our muscles stay relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Photograph: iStock

“The best doctors in the world are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and Dr Merryman.” – Jonathan Swift I have a soft spot for medical aphorisms. Some are true: the (...)

Hugh O’Conor, the admired actor and photographer, made a charming directorial debut with his humane comedy Metal Heart.

To celebrate 30 years on the go, the Galway Film Fleadh offered us a photographic exhibition in the Tribeton complex on Merchant’s Road. We saw Michae(...)

Faced with the unenviable challenge of echoing the gorgeous, ex-carpenter cool of Harrison Ford in 1977, Alden Ehrenreich falls short

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Whatever you imagine could happen in Trumpworld. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Once I would have rolled my eyes at a season of Homeland in which the Russians deftly manoeuvred to control whether a Democratic woman, an increasingl(...)

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Photogrpag: Disney/LucasFilm

Where’s my Star Wars? I haven’t seen a new episode from the franchise in at least 15 minutes. If this goes on any longer I’ll have to start making my (...)

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”

1. Did anybody actually see these films? Yes, they did. But this is still the lowest-grossing set of best-picture nominees since 2011. Dunkirk, which (...)

Director Martin McDonough, Pete Czernin, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and Graham Broadbent with the Bafta for best film. Photogaph:  Ian West/PA

Best film WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Best director WINNER: Guil(...)

Alden Ehrenreich stars as Solo, joined by a cast that includes Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover, who appears as a young Lando Calrissian

The first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been unveiled. The latest in a series of standalone efforts released alongside the current Star Wars(...)

Oscar contenders: Daniel Day Lews, Saorise Ronan and Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’

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Playwright Martin McDonagh: ‘New York audiences always respond especially well to Irish plays, so let’s see how they are with an English one’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

At a time when every allegation of sexual impropriety in film and theatre seems to be matched by a tone deaf response – we’re looking at you Matt Damo(...)

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