If you told me last year that Ryan Gosling would be playing the romantic lead in a musical, I’d probably have called for the men in the white coats to take you away. On second thoughts, though, this actor has been nothing if not diverse in his career thus far. Why not a song-and-dance man to boot? He even plays the piano and makes a...

SilenceMartin Scorsese, who studied for the priesthood as a young man, has divided his directorial career between mainstream dramas and revisionist religious works like Kundun and  The Last Temptation of Christ. Silence falls into the latter category. It’s been in gestation for many years and chronicles the fortunes of a 17th-...

In a world where commercialism rules OK, Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village – ostensibly a documentary about the Marian shrine in Knock and the people who visit it but ultimately a commentary on the state of religion in Ireland today - was never going to wipe the more mainstream releases off the screen. Even so,  it drew huge...

There’s only so much suffering a body can take. “The  sword of the Lord will bear down on our enemies,” says black preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker) in this compelling saga about a violent slave revolt in America’s antebellum south in 1831. His original message of peace becomes transmuted into an ‘angel of...

“My children didn’t have the advantages I had growing up,” Kirk Douglas said once, “they were born rich.” What he meant was that his poverty-stricken youth made him more aware of the value of a dollar. How many pampered sons and daughters of the rich and famous would learn to appreciate the wisdom of his words after...

How can one explain the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the recent American election by a man with so many disgraceful characteristics as Donald Trump unless, as has been suggested, she herself was so passionately disliked by large sectors of the population? One wit suggested Donald Duck could even have beaten her. In the aftermath of the shock...

If this were a novel, one could be forgiven for saying, ‘too far-fetched.’ But it happened. In 1947, Prince Seretse Khama, heir apparent to the throne of Botswana, fell in love with cockney office clerk Ruth Williams while on a study period in London. They married shortly afterwards.The ebony/ivory liaison was guaranteed to cause grief...

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