Actor James Ellis, who died from a stroke in Lincoln Hospital at the age of  82. Photograph: Pacemaker

Actor Kenneth Branagh has paid tribute to Z-Cars actor James “Jimmy” Ellis, who has died at(...)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The late Tom Clancy was known for many things (well some things, anyway), but the drawing of character was not among them. Played by three actors in f(...)

How To Train Your Dragon 2: Coming July 4th

Welcome to our bumper guide to another year of sequels, remakes and leftfield experiments. The most comprehensive preview available is, f(...)

Thor: The Dark World

HHH Isn’t it interesting how quickly life goes back to normal after a massed attack by aliens? In both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, the genera(...)

Ancient cannibalistic religions have less eccentric calendars than does the movie universe. The long run-in and dreary aftermath to Christmas d(...)

‘A writer, not a crime writer’: Henning Mankell, author of the Kurt Wallander novels. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Henning Mankell is pondering the recent Stockholm riots and getting just about as animated as his laid-back demeanour allows. “I was very astonished t(...)

O captain, my captain

It’s not easy being a Trekker in the contemporary age. Sure, technological advances have made certain tasks and random acts of devotion a great(...)

Father-and-daughter trainers: Richie and Joanna Clifford on Reality Bites, on RTÉ Two, a series whose lateral approach can generate unexpected results

I like this year’s series of Reality Bites, and not just because each slice-of-Irish-life documentary is well made but also because they are pl(...)

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