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Rachel Weisz gives her best performance since her Oscar-winning role in The Constant Gardener

Review: The Lobster ****

Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos brings his trademark deadpan tone to his first English language feature that offers a wildly imaginative and occasionally insightful take on modern dating.

  • A deeply satisfying album

    David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock

    A deeply satisfying album about life, love and death that switches effortlessly between uplifting and poignant and does wonders for those knots in the soul.

  • Emily Blunt


    Denis Villeneuve's nervy thriller about the US war on drugs runs on pure adrenalin. It's set in a moral abyss where nothing or no one is as they seem

  • Carey Mulligan in Suffragette: reasonably captivating drama.


    This rather by-the-numbers drama recreates the Suffragette struggle in early 1900s England, through the story of one woman, the laundry girl, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) and how her decision to join the struggle sunders her family.

  • Tom Jones - there is only one Green, Green Grass of Home.  . .

    Tom Jones: Long Lost Suitcase

    Released as the companion soundtrack album to Tom's new autobiography, Over The Top And Back - also published today - Long Lost Suitcase is earnest but dull.

  • A House in St John's Wood: Matthew Spender's tolerant, perceptive portrait of his parents' unconventional marriage.

    Matthew Spender A House in St John's Wood

    Matthew Spender's clear-eyed, sympathetic portrait of his talented parents, Stephen and Natasha, deserves to be one of the books of the year.

  • Enrico Rava: Rumbustious rattle and hum, post-bebop energy - and lots of wistfulness too

    Enrico Rava Quartet Wild Dance

    Trumpeter Enrico Rava's latest record mixes his characteristically wistful note with rumbustious Hendrix-lite fusion from the Italian veteran and his quartet.

  • Donal Ryan: a profound sensitivity to the possibilities inherent in human relations.

    Donal Ryan A Slanting of the Sun

    Donal Ryan's debut short stories, A Slanting of the Sun, lurk in the murky shafts of dark territory, but many of the stories have a striking poetic grace and a profound sensitivity to the possibilities inherent in human relations.

  • Michael Fassbender puts in a tortured, highly original turn as Macbeth


    Director Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's famous tale of greed and ambition is as ruthlessly ambitious as its protagonist.

  • Like nothing else in music right now

    Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie

    Dublin's Girl Band may owe something to early post-punk mavericks like The Pop Group and The Birthday Party but they sound like nothing else in music right now on their harrowing but blackly funny debut album

  • Christopher and his Dad Ed in a scene from the play

    Review: Curious Incident a dazzling tour de force

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opened last night at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre soars with energy and imagination.

  • Matt Damon once again proves why he will go down in history as an acting great.

    The Martian - Movie Review

    Superbly smart and surprisingly funny, The Martian is an epic blockbuster that showcases Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott at their finest.

  • Seven Alec Wilder tunes receive extended improvisations on this trio's adventurous live recording from Turin.

    Stefano Battaglia Trio In The Morning

    Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia and his trio interpret the work of American composer Alec Wilder, the celebrated songwriter who was a friend of Sinatra and Peggy Lee. It is intriguing for what Battaglia finds in the songs as much as for anything else.

  • Sacred Armenian music and piano improvisations: Luys i Luso (Light from Light)

    Hamasyan, Yerevan Choir Luys i Luso

    Sacred legacy is treated with respect and affection, as Tigran Hamasyan improvises on piano while the Armenian State Chamber choir sing. Dublin's Christchurch hosts a performance on October 17.

  • Mac Domhnaill's county Limerick is impish and tragic by turns, and his tales are deep-rooted in the farming patterns of the place. A few stories are set elsewhere in Ireland.

    Mike Mac Domhnaill Sifting

    Mike MacDomhnaill won the Francis MacManus Short Story award in 2013 and his debut collection avoids the contemporary, choosing mostly to portray aspects of mid-twentieth century life in rural County Limerick with strikingly imaginative verve and skill.