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Noble hinges on Deirdre O'Kane's subtle but affecting performance


Noble hinges on Deirdre O'Kane's subtle but affecting performance, and she has the comic timing to do Christina's wit and charm justice. Read our review.

  • Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones

    A Walk Among The Tombstones

    Set your quibbles aside and enjoy the intricate twists and turns of this compelling thriller, which features an outstanding Liam Neeson as the maverick cop, Scudder.

  • No chemistry between Emma Stone and Colin Firth

    Magic in the Moonlight

    The film's charming leads, Colin Firth and Emma Stone, unfortunately can't save this weak romantic comedy that relies on style over substance.

  • The Script: The self-belief doesn't quite match the songs

    The Script - No Sound Without Silence

    The Script are back to turf those pesky Kodaline kids out of the emotional fallout shelter. Read our review.

  • Bold, sensual adventure is ever-present in this daringly explorative production, recorded in New York.

    Stefano Bollani Joy In Spite Of Everything

    No preconceptions' was the rule imposed for the recording of Joy In Spite Of Everything, made by a band brought together for the session, led by the imaginative Italian pianist,Stefano Bollani.

  • Tara Breathnach

    A Nightingale Falling

    This overly pretty tale of the Irish War of Independence was shot on an impressively low budget but it strains both credulity and patience.

  • Outline is the mesmeric seventh novel from Rachel Cusk. Like Stendhal, the author can move seamlessly through many scenarios yet hold the reader's attention without fail.

    Outline by Rachel Cusk

    Rachel Cusk's magically tremulous narrative moves seamlessly along a carousel of different people's stories, told during a summer writing course in Athens. It may be the best novel you could read this year.

  • A compelling account of the struggle for independence by the noted historian Charles Townshend

    The Republic by Charles Townshend

    Townsend's careful, appealing study - recently published in paperback - may well be the definitive account of the struggle for Irish Independence.

  • Pride


    A funny and touching tale of how London's gay community supported striking miners in 1980s Britain.

  • Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man

    Shorn by twenty minutes, A Most Wanted Man might have been improved, but it still would have been unexceptional, despite another mesmerising performance from the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • The Boxtrolls raise a human boy as one of their own

    The Boxtrolls

    John Byrne enjoys the stop start film adaptation of Alan Snow's children's book Here Be Monsters!

  • Goodbye to All That: the First World War recalled by the great stylist  and truth-teller Robert Graves.

    Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves

    "There was no patriotism in the trenches " wrote the late Robert Graves in Good-Bye to All That, his 1929 autobiography, which included a vivid account of his First World War experiences. This new edition restores the work to its original version.

  • George Herbert: stalwart of Irish school texts

    Music at Midnight by John Drury

    For anyone over 40 at least, the 16th century poet George Herbert was a stalwart of English school texts in this country. Music at Midnight - The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury illuminates the life and the work.

  • A talent who has clearly learned from the greats but isn't trying to ape them as he finds his way

    Blake Mills - Heigh-Ho

    If ever a record belonged in the realm of Rainy Day Albums, it's Mills' second

  • Thirtysomething, loud and snotty

    Death from Above 1979 - The Physical World

    Thirtysomething, loud and snotty.