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Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina is a taut, tense and elegant sci-fi thriller that is utterly compelling from start to finish

  • A thriller and a fascinating study of a marriage under strain

    A Most Violent Year

    Kerosene of the crime.

  • He doesn't know when to walk away and he doesn't know when to run

    The Gambler

    If you liked poker drama Rounders you'll enjoy this. Blackjack is the game; Mark Wahlberg is the guy in way over his head.

  • French Poetry in Translation

    Bob Dylan perked our curiosity about the poems of Arthur Rimbaud all those years ago, and Penguin Classics lead the fray when it comes to finding not just Rimbaud, but French poetry in general, in translation. Paddy Kehoe looks at some selections.

  • Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love

    Back after an eight-year hiatus, Sleater Kinney lash out a ferocious and powerful statement of intent on their comeback album

  • Eithne Ní Uallacháin: a deeply sensitive interpreter of songs from the Irish tradition

    Eithne Ní Uallacháin Bilingua

    Eithne Ní Ualllacháin's untimely passing in 1999 deprived this country of one of its finest singers. Her first solo album is a brilliant legacy.

  • Apples of the Golan - poetic and powerful

    Apples of the Golan

    Two Irish film-makers spent four years among the people of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied, Syrian Golan Heights to make their powerful film.

  • The man behind 'The Legend'

    American Sniper

    After some years in the directorial doldrums, Clint Eastwood is back on form with this troubling true story of war, male identity and patriotism.

  • Witherspoon delivers the most honest performance of her career

    Wild

    Have you ever walked a mile in someone else's shoes? How about 1,100 miles?

  • Like the piece of music it takes its name from, you can enjoy Whiplash again and again, finding something new to excite you every time

    Whiplash

    Acting like a maniac.

  • Streep is as brilliant as always

    Into the Woods

    Take the director of Chicago, an all-star cast, a Broadway hit musical and a whole heap of fairytales and you've got Into the Woods in a nutshell.

  • John du Pont (Steve Carell) confers with his charge, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum)

    Foxcatcher

    Based on true events, Foxcatcher is powerfully moving and cinematographically beautiful, an American morality tale of fallen glory.

  • Mills (Liam Neeson) settles down to some no-fuss DIY survival skills as he begins life on the run

    Taken 3

    Global earnings for Taken 2 amounted to $376m despite a cool reception from the critics. Don't be surprised if the third in the franchise will out-gross its two predecessors, even if the thing is running out of steam.

  • Story of a fresh start in a small town in Sweden after the horrors of Nazi Germany.

    A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz

    Göran Rosenberg's 320-page memoir sold 200,000 copies in Sweden on publication in 2012. The English translation appeared late last year in which a son paints a fascinating, ultimately tragic picture of his father who escaped death at Auschwitz.

  • Michael Keaton isn't just back, he's redefined his career

    Birdman

    John Byrne reckons Michael Keaton redefines his career in this black comedy about a washed-up movie star seeking credibility and redemption on Broadway