‘Blockbuster’ is the word that springs to mind as one surveys the raft of films being rolled out in the  so-called ‘silly’ season to pique the interest of younger viewers enjoying a break from school. We recently saw films like Wonder Woman and Transformers: The Last Knight making their pitch for this lucrative...

Colin Farrell takes the role Clint Eastwood essayed in Don Siegel’s 1971 version of this civil war story based on Thomas Cullinan’s acclaimed novel A Painted Devil. This time Sofia Coppola directs, replacing Siegel’s misogynistic psychodrama with sensitivity and sultry elegance.   Farrell is John McBurney, an injured...

School can be boring when you’d prefer to save the world than read books, right? So Peter Parker (Tom Holland) aka Spider-man, tends to be somewhat distracted in class, knowing just what he could do if the occasion called for it.Billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) – his mentor – tries to persuade him to be just a...

Derek Davis once said that being Irish today meant “driving a German car to an American-themed pub for a Belgian beer and then grabbing an Indian curry on the way home before sitting on Swedish furniture to watch British programmes on Japanese TVs”.This is a well-intentioned comedy that does its best to unite different cultures as well...

Andy (Shane Murray-Corcoran) and Maggie (Iseult Casey) are a young couple from Tipperary who begin a romance when they become students together at TCD. The relationship runs into problems, however,  when Andy’s father Brendan (Ardal O’Hanlon), who’s been suffering from depression since his wife left him, attempts suicide....

I interviewed Gay Byrne once and asked him what he thought was the main reason for his success in broadcasting. He replied tartly, “Events, dear boy, events!” What he meant was that he’d simply been in the right place at the right time. Perhaps the same could be said of Winston Churchill. Churchill had a relatively quiet...

In Paradise Lost John Milton tried to “justify the ways of God to man”. Stephen Fry did the opposite in more recent times on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne, castigating him for what he saw as his cruelty to, among others, children.The latter is a theme that’s apposite to this tale of a Waltons-like family trying to come to...

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