The Irish film industry remains on a roll and if any more evidence was needed of the purple-patch being enjoyed by homegrown movies - TIME magazine has named two Irish films in its top ten for 2016 so far.

John Carney's homage to 1980s Dublin, Sing Street, and the Colin Farell starring movie, The Lobster, both made the list after a very strong run in cinemas across the Atlantic recently.

The influential magazine says of Sing Street that "Even if the premise sounds familiar, it’s unlikely you’ve seen it handled with as much charm as director John Carney brings to this coming-of-age tale set in mid-1980s Dublin". 

The feel-good movie was a huge box office hit here in Ireland and opened to rave reviews in the US in April with recommendations also coming from the likes of James Corden and Rita Ora who both urged their Twitter followers to go see it.

TIME also heaps praise on The Lobster which was filmed in Kerry and Dublin and starred Colin Farrell and Rachel Weiss as a pair of singletons in a dystopian future where it's essential to be partnered up. 

The quirky movie, directed by Yorgos Lanthimo has recorded the best per theatre average of any arthouse film in the US so far this year.

The magazine says that "Colin Farrell charms as a singleton whose displeasure with the regime is matched by his disappointment at the totalitarianism of its defectors".

Oh and as if all that praise from TIME wasn't enough they also saw fit to put our very own Saoirse Ronan on the cover of their international edition.

The Brooklyn star, who is currently on Broadway in the new production of The Crucible, is profiled as one of TIME's Next Generation Leaders - ten people, the magazine says, who are "ready to take over their fields".