Film & TV

10 things we learned at the Cannes Film Festival

Helen Barlow reflects on the two weeks she spent at the world’s most famous film festival

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Recalling the life of Eileen Gray - the Irish mother of Modernism

A new film unveils the bitter fallout between Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier over their iconic villa in the south of France, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Meet the woman who discovered Irish stars like Cillian Murphy

From Love/Hate to Once, Maureen Hughes is Ireland’s go-to casting agent. Esther McCarthy meets the woman who made Cillian Murphy a star.

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Movie reviews: A Hologram for the King, X-Men: Apocalypse, Departure

A Hologram for the King 3/5
X-Men: Apocalypse 3/5
Departure 4/5

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Tara Shine explores the wildlife of Leeside on Wild Cities: Cork tomorrow on RTÉ Two at 6.30pm. 

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Movie reviews: Our Kind of Traitor, Everbody Wants Some!!, Angry Birds

Our Kind of Traitor 4/5
Everybody Wants Some!! 3/5
Angry Birds 3/5

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The Guards is a new series on RTÉ Two looking at life behind the scenes for gardaí in Dublin. It airs at 9.55pm on Tuesday night.

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Why some films get a capital "F"

A new feminist rating system for movies aims to draw attention to the prominence of women on both sides of the camera, writes Caroline Delaney

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Dublin offers perfect backdrop for raunchy new adaption of Jane Austen’s Love & Friendship

Dublin provided the perfect backdrop for Whit Stillman’s raunchy adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known works, writes Helen Barlow

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays a crowning role as Richard III in The Hollow Crown: War Of The Roses

Benedict Cumberbatch is relishing his role as Richard III in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays, writes Keeley Bolger

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Top of his game: Matt Le Blanc talks Top Gear

The former star of ‘Friends’ Matt LeBlanc is proving a perfect choice to present the revamped ‘Top Gear’ writes Will Lawrence.

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Movie reviews: Florence Foster Jenkins, I Saw the Light, Knight of Cups

Florence Foster Jenkins 4/5
I Saw the Light 3/5
Knight of Cups 2/5

 

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The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals is on Tuesday and Thursday night on RTÉ2 at 8pm. The final is on Saturday. 

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Corrie’s Carla may leave on a high note

Coronation Street’s departing star Alison King could go out on top at her last British Soap Awards after making the shortlist for the best actress gong.

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Chelsea Handler's new docu-series on Netflix is not for the faint hearted

Vicki Notaro chats to comedian and writer Chelsea Handler, as she prepares to launch the world’s first global streaming chat show.

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Movie reviews: Captain America: Civil War, Demolition, Son of Saul

Captain America: Civil War 3/5
Demolition 4/5
Son of Saul 4/5

 

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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Aoibhinn McGinnity feature in Trial of the Century, on TV3 at 9.15pm tonight.

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The wait is over, Game of Thrones returns on Monday, prepare for the unexpected

The blockbuster series Game of Thrones has overtaken the books, no one knows what’s going to happen next. Will Lawrence goes on set to talk to its stars. 

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Aoibhinn McGinnity on life after Love/Hate and her latest role in a 1916 drama

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Aoibhinn McGinnity –better known as Nidge and Trish – are reuniting for a very different production: a 1916 drama. Rowena Walsh chats to the actress about life after Love/Hate.

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These beauty spots in Ireland have provided spectacular backdrops for TV and film’s most famous scenes

As Game of Thrones returns to our screens, Vicki Notaro goes on a cinematic tour of Ireland, taking in everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars.

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Movie reviews: Miles Ahead, Bastille Day, Friend Request

Miles Ahead 4/5
Bastille Day 3/5
Friend Request 2/5

 

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Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm.

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Movie reviews: The Jungle Book, Eye in the Sky, The Brand New Testament

The Jungle Book 4/5
Eye in the Sky 4/5
The Brand New Testament 5/5

 

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First Dates Ireland begins on RTÉ2 on Thursday at 9.30pm.

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Gabriel Byrne has every reason to be enjoying life ahead of his new film

It isn’t just his new film that’s put the smile on Gabriel Byrne’s face, writes Helen Barlow

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Filmmaker Brendan Canty is mentoring youth after projects with Hozier and Conor McGregor

After projects with Hozier and Conor McGregor, Brendan Canty’s focus is on mentoring at a youth film festival, writes Don O’Mahony

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Nice guy Kevin Costner finds his bad side in his latest movie Criminal

KEVIN Costner is having trouble hearing. “I play a lot of rock and roll. You’ll have to speak up,” explains the California native in what can only be described as a cowboy twang.

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Who is Dervla Murphy? A new film captures the life of the 85-year-old travel writer

A new film about Dervla Murphy paints a fascinating picture of the 85-year-old travel writer, says Ellie O’Byrne

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Movie reviews: Midnight Special, The Huntsman: Winter's War, My Name is Emily

Midnight Special 4/5
The Huntsman: Winter’s War 3/5
My Name is Emily 3/5

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The Kelly family feature on ‘Doctor in the House’ on TV3 on Wednesday at 9pm.

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Griffith College hosts audience with 'Making a Murderer' creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos

On Wednesday Griffith College hosted an audience with Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the creators of the hit Netflix series, Making a Murderer.

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Movie reviews: Mammal, The Club, Victoria

Mammal 4/5
The Club 3/5
Victoria 5/5

 

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‘Big Week on the Farm’ will have live lambing and other farm features across five nights on RTÉ One this week.

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Rachel Griffiths stars in the latest big movie in an incredible year for Irish cinema

For the latest big release in an incredible year for Irish cinema, Rachel Griffiths plays a grieving mother embroiled in an unlikely love affair, writes Helen Barlow

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Movie reviews: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Disorder

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2/5
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2/5
Disorder 4/5

 

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The Ryan family get their health assessed in Doctor in the House on TV3 on Wednesday at 9pm.

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Coming to a small screen near you - the shows coming our way on TV and Netflix

Our TV habits have been transformed. So how do we judge the ratings anymore? And who delivers the best on the box?

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Want to read the book before seeing the movie? These reads are coming to a screen near you

Movie adaptations of famous books have long been big business in the film industry. 

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Movie reviews: Sing Street, Zootropolis, High-Rise

Sing Street 4/5
Zootropolis 4/5
High-Rise 3/5

 

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Love/Hate actor John Connors features in I Am Traveller on RTÉ2 on Thursday.

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Film adaption of JG Ballard’s classic dystopian novel High Rise delivers the shocks

Ed Power talks to film director Ben Wheatley about how his adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel finds humour in some gruesome situations

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Irish actress Ruth Kearney's breakthrough is a simple twist of Flaked

Irish actress Ruth Kearney has made her breakthrough in a dark new Netflix comedy, writes Ed Power

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Music-driven comedy Sing Street will bring you back to the ’80s

John Carney’s Sing Street is a hugely enjoyable music-driven comedy that’s set in Ireland 30 years ago, writes Ed Power

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Movie reviews: The Witch, Kung Fu Panda 3, Traders

The Witch 5/5
Kung Fu Panda 3 4/5
Traders 3/5

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Derval McGovern’s house features in Home of the Year on RTÉ One on Thursday at 8.30pm.

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Movie reviews: Hail, Caesar!, Truth, The Other Side of the Door

Hail, Caesar! 4/5
Truth 3/5
The Other Side of the Door 2/5

 

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Doctor Thorne, from Julian Fellowes, begins on UTV Ireland tomorrow at 9pm, starring Rebecca Front, Tom Hollander, Ian McShane and Stefanie Martini.

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Movie reviews: Secret In Their Eyes, The Truth Commissioner, King Jack

Secret in Their Eyes 3/5
The Truth Commissioner 4/5
King Jack 4/5

 

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‘Home of the Year’ begins a new series on RTÉ One on Thursday, with new judge Deirdre Whelan joining Hugh Wallace, and Declan O’ Donnell.

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Movie reviews: The Finest Hours, Triple 9, How to be Single

Based on a true story, and set off the coast of Massachusetts in the winter of 1952, The Finest Hours (12A) stars Chris Pine as coastguard officer Bernie Webber, who sails his lifeboat out into the teeth of the one of the century’s worst storms in a bid to rescue the crew of an oil tanker that has been ripped in half. 

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Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper and Garry Cooke put an Aprés Match spin on the general election of 1982 on  RTÉ One, on Wednesday at 10.35pm.

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Bernard Rose is taking Frankenstein to Hollywood

IN BERNARD Rose’s latest film, he transplants Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, to contemporary Los Angeles, but it was a different type of Frank that propelled the cult director on his career. 

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The People v OJ Simpson, Better Call Saul, and Earth’s Greatest Spectacles are some of the best of this week’s TV.

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Movie Reviews: Zoolander 2, The Survivalist, A Bigger Splash

If you like your movies to be enormously silly, you’re going to adore Zoolander 2 (12). 

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Check out the best of this week’s TV.

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Movie Reviews: Strangerland, Trumbo, Dad’s Army

Set in the Australian Outback, Strangerland (15A) opens shortly after Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew Parker (Joseph Fiennes) move to a remote town with their teenage daughter Lily (Maddison Brown) and young son Tom (Nicholas Hamilton).

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Movie reviews: Spotlight, The 33, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Based on the true story of how the Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ investigative team broke the story of institutionalised sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church in the city of Boston, Spotlight (15A) is both timely in its subject matter and something of a throwback in its form and delivery. 

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The best of what’s on the box this week.

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Movie reviews: The Big Short, Our Brand is Crisis, Freeheld

The Big Short (15A) opens in 2005, when number-cruncher extraordinaire Dr Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovers the vast hole at the heart of the American economy. 

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The best of what you can enjoy while you're on the couch.

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Karl Spain is all set for captain's role on panel show Don’t Quote Me

Limerick funnyman Karl Spain is one of the team captains on comedy panel show Don’t Quote Me!

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Through the years...10 great performances by child actors

As Jacob Tremblay impresses in Room, Marjorie Brennan selects 10 other great performances by child actors through the years

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Movie reviews: The Revenant, Room, Creed

The best of what’s hitting Irish cinemas this week.

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Brilliant TV to check out this week.

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Movie reviews: The Hateful Eight, Last Hijack, Bolshoi Babylon

The best of what’s hitting Irish cinemas this week.

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Some fantasic TV to watch this week. 

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Tommy Pallotta went to Somalia to make his film about pirates, The Last Hijack

Going to Somalia to make a film about pirates wasn’t the easiest assignment for Tommy Pallotta, writes Ed Power

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Some great TV to watch this heading into the new year. 

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Movie reviews: The Danish Girl, Joy

Opening in Copenhagen in 1926, The Danish Girl (15A) centres on recently married artists Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). 

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