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Roe McDermott

Roe isn’t Roe McDermott’s real name, and we don’t know what’s up with that. She may be a Russian spy. (In Soviet Russia, Hot Press reads YOU.) During her Journalism MA, Roe took an internship in Hot Press and just couldn’t bring herself to leave (neither could security – trust us, they tried.) She now spends her time watching movies, telling you what to think (she warps your minds because she cares) and trying to explain to her mother that chatting to stars like Colin Farrell, Spike Jonze and Brendan Gleeson is in fact a “real job.” She does not like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain makes her look like a raccoon.




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Sex: Sex Column: On the Art of Flirting

2017-11-22 15:15:00


Some have argued that in the wake of various recent international sexual harassment scandals, flirting is in danger of being done away with. Not so, says our columnist.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Fashion Fortnight: Hot Press meets talented Irish designer Ciara Silke

2017-11-21 13:15:00


It’s nominative determinism a-go-go this fortnight, as brilliantly talented designer Ciara Silke discusses her uniquely stylish silk scarves.

Film Interview: Ezra Miller talks with Hot Press about starring in Justice League and portraying The Flash

2017-11-20 11:52:00


Ezra Miller, one of the stars of DC's Justice League talks about the challenges of portraying iconic superhero The Flash.

News: From The Latest Issue: We Remember Simon Fitzmaurice

2017-11-15 17:23:00


Roe McDermott pays tribute to the late Irish writer-director, whose courage, resilience and creativity were an enormous inspiration to many.

Film: Film Review: Condemned to Remember

2017-11-14 12:59:00


Powerful documentary highlights the impact of xenophobia and hatred.

Film: Film Review: Breathe

2017-11-14 12:30:00


Sentimental sheen deflates power of disability activist biopic.

Film: Film Review: Murder On The Orient Express

2017-11-13 11:01:00


Classic whodunnit remake lacks suspense.

Film: Film Review: Conor McGregor: Notorious

2017-11-13 10:51:00


A fairly uncritical documentary that will please McGregor's biggest fan - himself.

Film: Film Review: Marjorie Prime

2017-11-10 16:01:00


THEATRE ADAPTATION PONDERS MORTALITY, MEMORY AND TECHNOLOGY

News: In the new Hot Press: Actor Ezra Miller talks Justice League, ballet and elderly assassins

2017-11-09 13:36:00


With the latest DC comic adaptation Justice League due to land on November 17th, Roe McDermott caught up with Ezra Miller to talk about playing The Flash and the training that went into his preparation for the role.

Fashion: How Katie O'Riordan and Theo + George are bringing style to sustainability

2017-11-06 17:14:00


The Irish brand Theo + George is relaunching this season.

Film: Film Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

2017-11-03 13:31:00


Irish actors steal the show in this darkly funny tragi-horror.

Film Interview: Cillian Murphy sings the Brexit blues as he talks about new film The Party

2017-11-02 14:47:00


Irish star Cillian Murphy’s latest movie, The Party, is a fascinating exploration of the current state of British politics.

Interview: Sophie Fiennes: On Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami, and documenting an icon

2017-11-02 14:42:00


Sophie Fiennes’ new documentary about Grace Jones, Bloodlight And Bami, offers a brilliant insight into the fascinating life and career of a cultural icon.

News: Opinion: Where does Hollywood go post-Weinstein?

2017-11-02 14:36:00


As the fallout continues from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, thoughts turn to how the harrassment of women in the film industry can be prevented in future.

Film: Film Review: Brawl In Cell Block 99

2017-10-31 17:11:00


Vince Vaughan is superb in this slow-burning grindhouse flick.

Film: Film Review: The Death of Stalin

2017-10-31 16:54:00


Pitch black humour brings the laughs in Soviet-era satire.

Film: Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok

2017-10-27 16:28:00


The latest installment in Thor franchise proves amusing, but forgettable.

Film: Film Review: Bloodlight and Bami

2017-10-27 14:21:00


A documentary about iconic singer, which offers frustratingly little context.

News: In the new Hot Press: Cillian Murphy discusses his latest role in Sally Potter's political allegory, The Party

2017-10-26 10:51:00


In a rare media appearance, Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy - The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Dark Knight trilogy - sat down with Roe McDermott to discuss British politics, fatherhood and his darkly humorous new project, The Party.

Fashion: Checkmate: Checks and Plaids are Officially Back In for Autumn

2017-10-23 16:29:00


With checks and plaids back in favour this autumn, Roe McDermott gives the lowdown on this exciting new trend.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: How designer Melissa Curry created a collection of life-affirming jewellery

2017-10-23 15:46:00


Designer Melissa Curry's superb new jewellery collection, Success, has bee embraced by everyone from Saoirse Ronan to Arianna Huffington.

News: Harvey Weinstein: It's about Misogyny and Complicity Writ Large

2017-10-18 15:38:00


For far too long, there has been a conspiracy of silence about the issue of sexual and emotional abuse. Now, that has to change... By Roe McDermott.

Film: Film Review: The Glass Castle

2017-10-17 15:36:00


Woody Harrelson oozes charisma as a dysfunctional dad in this too-tidy adaptation of Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir.

Film: Film Review: The Mountain Between Us

2017-10-16 11:00:00


Kate Winslet and Idris Elba charm their way through boring romance flick.

Film: Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

2017-10-16 10:47:00


Visually jaw-dropping and philosophically complex sci-fi sequel simply astounds.

Film: Film Review: The Ritual

2017-10-13 13:40:00


Faltering supernatural thriller has shining moments of psychological horror.

Film: Film Review: It's Not Yet Dark

2017-10-13 12:21:00


A powerful documentary about Irish filmmaker, Simon FitzMaurice's struggle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Film: Film Review: The Party

2017-10-13 11:17:00


Witting drawing room drama acts as sharp social satire.

Film: Film Review: Home Again

2017-10-04 12:45:00


Daughter of Nancy Meyers plays it too safe in directorial debut.

Film: Film Review: Daphne

2017-10-04 12:19:00


Sharply observed character study captures a generation's emotional isolation.

Film: Film Review: Brimstone

2017-10-02 17:08:00


Sadistic frontier thriller is cleverly devised by excessively bleak.

Film: Film Review: Lego Ninjago Movie

2017-10-02 16:59:00


Bright and funny instalment maintains, not elevates, the excellent Lego film franchise.

Fashion: Fashion: Red Alert

2017-09-27 15:43:00


Having re-emerged on the catwalks of New York and Milan, one particular colour is back with a vengeance this autumn. By Roe McDermott

Fashion: Back to the Future: Interview with designer Colin Horgan

2017-09-27 15:28:00


Colin Horgan’s hugely imaginative, neon-bright designs have found favour with stars such as Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga.

Film Interview: Work Experience: Interview with The Work director Jairus McLeary

2017-09-21 17:42:00


Jairus McLeary’s new documentary, The Work, is a powerful exploration of a therapeutic programme that’s changing the lives of US prisoners.

News: Who wrote Logan Lucky?

2017-09-21 13:46:00


Speculation is rife about the identity of the screenwriter behind Steven Soderbergh’s new heist flick, but there is a long history of pseudonyms in Hollywood.

Film: Film Review: The Work

2017-09-21 13:12:00


Raw and intimate doc about therapy in prison explores effects of toxic masculinity.

Film: Film Review: Patti Cakes

2017-09-21 11:53:00


Gritty but high-energy underdog tale about rap launches a new star.

Film: Film Review: Mother!

2017-09-15 12:07:00


Cult director astounds with apocalyptic fever-dream.

Fashion: Fashion: Unstoppable X Machine

2017-09-11 12:52:00


Inspired by The X Files, Caoimhe MacNeice's latest collection has been worn by screen icons like Juliette Lewis.

Fashion: Fashion: Freshers' Chic

2017-09-11 12:28:00


Attention students! A few simple revisions of your existing wardrobe will get you As in fashion all year.

Film: Film Review: Wind River

2017-09-08 11:45:00


Icy and insightful crime thriller explores the struggles of indigenous Americans.

Film: Film Review: The Drummer and the Keeper

2017-09-07 16:37:00


Warm film about mental health and friendship proves thought-provoking.

News: Student Special: The new wave of cult classic in film

2017-09-06 11:12:00


We know the staple youth movies – but students have turned to a new wave of cult classics in recent years.

Film: Film Review: Una

2017-09-06 10:58:00


Fascinating but flawed thriller about the effects of sexual abuse.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Revolution in the Head: Hot Press speaks to Irish hat designer Margaret O'Connor

2017-08-28 13:20:00


Margaret O’Connor’s stunning hat designs have attracted the attention of a wide range of celebrities, from Lady Gaga to Finbar Furey.

Film: Film Review: Detroit

2017-08-25 17:19:00


Film about police brutality in 1967 feels exploitative instead of insightful.

News: What Female Action Stars Are Fighting Offscreen

2017-08-25 11:23:00


For all of the action blockbusters spearhearded by women this summer, actresses in the genre are still struggling to have their work appropriately recognised.

Film: Film Review: Final Portrait

2017-08-21 10:44:00


Witty exploration of the artistic process evokes the absurd profundity of Beckett.

Film: Film Review: Song To Song

2017-08-21 10:41:00


Underwhelming effort from legendary director.

Film: Film Review: A Ghost Story

2017-08-21 10:38:00


Poetic exploration of love, life and existence.

Fashion: Fashion Column: Embracing Autumn Workwear

2017-08-14 14:11:00


As summer comes to an end, thoughts turn to autumn workwear – and thankfully, there are myriad options to make your suit look fresh and fabulous.

Film: Film Review: The Farthest

2017-08-09 13:02:00


Irish director makes awe-inspiring documentary about space and humanity.

Film: Film Review: Baby Driver

2017-08-08 16:16:00


Edgar Wright's crime caper is all car chases and cool tunes, little else.

Film: Film Review: Land of Mine

2017-08-04 11:50:00


Oscar-nominated film uncovers shameful piece of WWII history.

Fashion: Fashion: Long Live the King

2017-08-01 17:00:00


Natalie King's stylish and innovative designs have marked her out as one of Ireland's most talented young designers.

Fashion: Fashion: Putting It Into Neutral

2017-07-31 17:12:00


For men, it’s all about staying low-key this season, as neutral tones come roaring into fashion – in a tastefully understated way, of course. By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: The Big Sick

2017-07-28 16:50:00


Funny and touching film addresses culture clashes, family dynamics and romance.

Film: Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

2017-07-28 16:14:00


Superhero flick fails to swing into action.

Interview: Cillian Murphy opens up about Dunkirk and his relationship with Christopher Nolan

2017-07-26 17:51:00


Irish star Cillian Murphy discusses his excitement about once again working with celebrated director Christopher Nolan, the man behind Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy. Their latest film, Dunkirk, is a powerful account of allied soldiers’ evacuation from France during World War 2.

News: The Big Picture: How cinema took on a new political relevancy in the modern age

2017-07-25 15:29:00


In the contemporary political climate, many writers and filmmakers have found their work taking on new meaning and relevancy.

Film: Film Review: Pilgrimage

2017-07-24 18:28:00


Excessive violence proves numbing in lacklustre Irish film about faith.

Film: Film Review: 47 Meters Down

2017-07-21 15:55:00


Clever, claustrophobic premise elevates mediocre shark thriller.

Fashion: Fashion: Georgia on our Mind

2017-07-19 18:08:00


Having moved to Ireland after spending her childhood in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nino Sanaia became fascinated with fashion and is now one of the country's most promising young designers.

Fashion: Fashion: Bright Young Things

2017-07-19 18:04:00


There's no doubt which colour is dominating fashion this summer, with yellow all the rage on the catwalks. By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: Twice Shy

2017-07-17 17:18:00


Powerful Irish indie tackles love, abortion and growing up.

Film: Disability, Representation, and the Law: the importance of Irish film Sanctuary

2017-07-14 17:39:00


New Irish film Sanctuary is groundbreaking in its portrayal of intellectual disabilities – and has had a very real effect on Irish law.

Film: Film Review: The Beguiled

2017-07-14 16:31:00


Remake of lurid Civil War flick needs less manners, more fangs.

Film: Film Review: Risk

2017-07-13 10:55:00


Conflict of interest results in incomplete portrait of Julian Assange.

Film Interview: Will Communication: Interview with Will Ferrell

2017-07-12 16:56:00


Comedy superstar Will Ferrell discusses his latest movie The House, reflects on his time withSaturday Night Live and explains why he'd like to take on some more serious roles.

Film: Film Review: The House

2017-07-12 16:30:00


Promising comedy proves frustratingly uneven.

Film: Film Review: Halal Daddy

2017-07-10 17:21:00


Irish comedy about a Muslim abattoir is well-intentioned but not fully convincing.

News: Andrew Garfield's comments about gay men spark backlash

2017-07-07 08:41:00


The internet and the LGBTQ community are not too pleased with actor Andrew Garfield after he said that he’s “a gay man right now just without the physical act.”

News: Anti-Defamation League Criticizes Jay-Z Over ‘Story of O.J.’ Lyrics

2017-07-07 08:28:00


Jay-Z’s recently released album 4:44 has been dominating the headlines, mainly for its personal revelations regarding the rapper’s relationship with Beyonce. However, the album has also stirred up controversy regarding its use of stereotypes, and has been accused of being anti-Semitic.

News: Kesha Drops ‘Praying,’ Her First Solo Song in Four Years; New Album Due August 11

2017-07-07 08:16:00


Kesha dropped her new song, ‘Praying’, yesterday, and also announced that a new album titled Rainbow is on the way. Kesha has been embroiled in a hideous and oppressive legal battle with her former producer/collaborator Dr.Luke, in which she accused him of sexual assault among other charges. While Kesha managed to release some music and did a small tour last year, the lawsuit largely silenced her for the past three years as she fought for the right to be released from her contractual obligations with Dr.Luke’s label RCA. However, Rainbow will be released under RCA, indicating that she still can’t completely free herself form her former mentor.

News: Alec Baldwin Criticized for Portraying Blind Man in Upcoming Film

2017-07-07 07:58:00


These days, Alec Baldwin is most likely to be annoying conservatives and Republicans stir with his unflattering (and accurate) impressions of Donald Trump, but the actor has now come under fire from a leading disability rights group.

News: Ava DuVernay to make Netflix series about the Central Park Five

2017-07-07 07:40:00


Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, The 13th and the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, is set to write and direct a mini-series about the Central Park Five for Netflix. The Central Park Five were a group of teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting and raping investment banker Trisha Meili in 1989. The trial and publicity was an important event in American history due to the maelstrom of racially charged discourse around crime and punishment that emerged in its wake. Donald Trump took out a full-page advertisement in four of the city’s major newspapers advocating for the return of the death penalty, stating he wanted the criminals “to be afraid”.

News: Director Ken Loach speaks out against the right-wing press, supports Jeremy Corbyn

2017-07-05 09:32:00


Ken Loach and Paul Laverty made some pointed social commentary while accepting their Crystal Globes at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Monday.

News: Academy invites record 744 new members in effort to increase diversity

2017-07-05 09:02:00


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning that it had invited a record 744 new members to its governing body, including many women and people of colour.

News: Andy Serkis' Directorial Debut to Open BFI London Film Festival

2017-07-05 08:28:00


Andy Serkis may be best known for his motion-capture performances in film such as the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Planet Of The Apes, but his directorial debut, Breathe, has been given a huge vote of confidence by a major film festival.

News: Spike Lee Directs Music Video Criticising Trump

2017-07-05 08:16:00


Director Spike Lee has never been one for subtle work, and his latest project is no exception. Lee directed a video for Stew, the singer-songwriter-playwright, whose band The Negro Problem has released a new song called ‘Klown Wit Da Nuclear Code’ – a pointed commentary of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Fashion: The Style Council: Reliving four decades in music fashion

2017-06-20 13:28:00


Roe McDermott looks back over the past four decades of music and selects some of the most influential sartorial moments.

Film: Film Review: Gifted

2017-06-19 11:32:00


Warm performances save this cynically formulated drama about child prodigy.

Film: Film Review: Cardboard Gangsters

2017-06-16 17:35:00


Frenetic film about young Irish drug dealers captures the devastation of violence.

Film: Film Review: Whitney: Can I Be Me?

2017-06-16 17:30:00


Glib answers detract from tragic rise and fall story of Whitney Houston.

Film: Film Review: Wonder Woman

2017-06-14 16:42:00


Directed by Patty Jenkins. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis. 141 mins. in cinemas now

Film: Film Review: Berlin Syndrome

2017-06-12 16:57:00


Unnerving thriller explores the psychological messiness of confinement.

Film: Film Review: The Red Turtle

2017-06-06 11:24:00


Studio Ghibli's latest is an achingly beautiful tale of man, magic and nature.

Film: Film Review: After The Storm

2017-06-02 12:18:00


Delicately constructed family drama simmers with emotional resonance

Film: Film Review: My life as a Courgette

2017-06-01 11:01:00


Exquisite Stop-motion film subverts what we expect from children's narratives

Film: Wonder Woman is A Triumph For Gal Gadot

2017-06-01 00:01:00


Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is a thrilling, witty and visually sumptuous celebration of truth and justice.

Film Interview: The Wonder of You - an interview with Wonder Woman

2017-05-31 10:17:00


Israeli actress Gal Gadot talks about her joy in playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman – and discusses the character’s status as a feminist hero.

News: LA Confidential: the hacking problem in Hollywood

2017-05-30 13:00:00


As Hollywood faces another hacking scandal, we ask, can the film industry survive constant cyber attacks- and are we all a little bit to blame?

Film: Film Review: Snatched

2017-05-29 10:50:00


Amy Schumer clowns and Goldie Hawn falters in lazy, casually racist comedy.

Film: Film Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary

2017-05-26 13:07:00


Satire of Chinese bureaucracy is slyly funny but self-indulgent

Fashion: Fashion: Blank Generation

2017-05-24 16:28:00


It's all about keeping it simple this summer as white makes a comeback on the catwalks.

Film: Film Review: In View

2017-05-19 11:28:00


Caoilfhionn Dunne is incredible in uncompromising portrait of depression

Film: Film Review: Colossal

2017-05-18 17:42:00


Genre-defying dramedy tackles terrifying monsters and toxic masculinity

Film Interview: Jude Abides: Interview with Jude Law

2017-05-18 12:09:00


Hollywood star Jude Law discusses his cracking new historical romp, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, his fruitful working relationship with director Guy Ritchie, and the film's resonance in the current political climate. Interview by Roe McDermott

News: Is Ireland's Film and Television Industry a Boys' Club?

2017-05-17 16:12:00


Recent events and initiatives have highlighted the gender disparity within the industry – but is it changing? By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: Sleepless

2017-05-15 16:54:00


Jamie Foxx stars in sloppy and substandard remake of brilliant French action flick

Film: Film Review: Frantz

2017-05-15 16:19:00


Subtle drama addresses post-war grief and the tricky morality of comfort

Film: Film Review: Miss Sloane

2017-05-12 15:45:00


Jessica Chastain is electrifying as ruthless lobbyist in political thriller

Fashion: Fashion: The Jean Genie

2017-05-09 16:18:00


Time to retrieve those jackets and jeans from the wardrobe- denim is back in a big way this spring.

Film: Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

2017-05-08 15:59:00


Glorious Guardians sequel is a smart, hilarious, character-driven triumph.

Film: Film Review: Without Name

2017-05-08 15:51:00


Human drama needed in atmospheric thriller about forces of nature.

Film: Film Review: The Journey

2017-05-05 17:12:00


Timothy Spall steals the show in this safe drama about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness.

Film: Film Review: The Journey

2017-04-28 11:13:00


Timothy Spall steals the show in safe drama about Paisley and McGuiness.

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Out Tonight

2017-04-28 10:34:00


The sequel to James Gunn's science-fi adventure is finally here

Film: Film Review: Rules Don't Apply

2017-04-27 10:57:00


Warren Beatty's passion project about Howard Hughes falls flat.

Film: Film Review: The Promise

2017-04-27 10:31:00


Horrors of Armenian genocide undermined by romance.

Fashion: Fashion: Here Comes The Sun

2017-04-24 17:28:00


It's spring, it's been a hard year, and it's time for some sunny optimism.

Fashion: Deb of Intrigue: Interview with Deb Fanning

2017-04-24 16:39:00


Milliner Deb Fanning has earned widespread acclaim and numerous awards for her stunningly imaginative designs.

Film: Film Review: Handsome Devil

2017-04-20 15:47:00


Witty, warm, and quietly subversive coming-of-age tale

News: PREVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

2017-04-20 10:42:00


Three years ago, director James Gunn reignited Guardians of the Galaxy, a giddily irreverent intergalactic journey that acted as the hyper kid brother of The Avengers. More family-friendly than other Marvel outings, Gunn imbued his cosmos-crossing adventures, cliff-hangers and daring escapes with an irresistibly playful self-awareness – and the most charming cats you ever did see.

Film Interview: Doing His Devil Best: Interview with John Butler

2017-04-20 10:19:00


Set in a rugby-playing boarding school, Irish director John Butler's new movie Handsome Devil is a superb buddy comedy that explores issues of identity and sexuality. He talks about his youthful adventures in San Francisco, challenging traditional notions of masculinity, and why he wants to be a mainstream comedy director.

Film: Film Review: Lady Macbeth

2017-04-17 16:18:00


Florence Pugh is ruthless and mesmerising in disquieting period drama.

Film: Film Review: A Dark Song

2017-04-17 16:07:00


Psychologically disturbing and audacious horror tackles grief and the occult.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: O'Dwyer State of Consciousness: We meet Dublin fashion designer Conaill O'Dwyer

2017-04-11 12:59:00


Sexuality, gender and the exciting possibilities of fashion are explored in the work of innovative designer Conaill O'Dwyer.

Film: Film Review: A Quiet Passion

2017-04-07 16:44:00


Biopic of Emily Dickinson is tonally jarring

Interview: Losing Our Religion: Jim Sheridan on Ireland's problematic relationship with The Catholic Church

2017-04-06 16:24:00


Jim Sheridan talks about the challenges of adapting Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture and his participation in the recent Apollo House occupation.

Film: Film Review: Beauty & the Beast

2017-04-05 16:22:00


Disney remake only partially succeeds.

News: Hollywood's Ongoing Diversity Problem

2017-04-04 14:01:00


As films have become more diverse, so too have their audiences – but when it comes to representing different demographics, Hollywood still has a long way to go.

Film: Film Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

2017-04-03 15:15:00


Chilling autopsy-based horror film plays with gender and genre

Film: Film Review:Graduation

2017-03-31 17:47:00


Beautifully constructed portrait of national and personal dysfunction

Film: Film Review: Personal Shopper

2017-03-13 18:00:00


Kristen Stewart is tremendous in this unconventional ghost story.

Fashion: Fashion: Gold Standard

2017-03-13 16:55:00


Ex-2FM DJ Jenny Huston is generating quite a buzz for her new venture, uber-hip jewellery label Edge Only.

Fashion: Fashion: When the Going Gets Ruff

2017-03-13 16:39:00


It’s all about timeless elegance on the catwalks this spring, as the versatile ruffle takes centre-stage. By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: Elle

2017-03-10 16:53:00


Isabelle Huppert amazes in cocktail of sex, violence, & dark humour

Interview: Exclusive: We caught up with Tom Hiddleston ahead of the release of Kong: Skull Island

2017-03-10 15:38:00


Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston sounds off about the gruelling physical training for his new blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, acting opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and his unforgettable experiences during the movie’s globe-trotting shoot.

News: Trust us, we know what we're doing - Notorious marketing disasters in modern film

2017-03-08 16:49:00


Following on from the recent 20th Century Fox fake-news controversy, Roe McDermott rounds up other notorious film marketing disasters.

Film Interview: Our Chemikal Romance: Interview with Niall McCann

2017-03-08 10:35:00


Home to a scene that spawned Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand, Chemikal Underground is one of the most influential indie labels of the past 20 years. Irish director Niall McCann’s new documentary, Lost In France tells the remarkable story of the label. It also offers a unique starting point for a discussion on politics, social welfare and the odds that are stacked against artists. Interview: Roe McDermott

Interview: Keeping It Incorporeal - An Interview with French arthouse maestro Olivier Assayas

2017-03-06 17:23:00


The controversial new movie from Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, features Hollywood superstar Kristen Stewart as a young professional trying to communicate with her deceased twin brother in the afterlife. “I want to take people into weird areas,” he tells Roe McDermott.

Film: Film Review: Lost In France

2017-03-06 16:42:00


Music doc explores impact of indie label on ’90s Glasgow

Film: Film Review: Certain Women

2017-03-06 16:13:00


Subtle, empathetic drama about three rural women is slight but powerful

Fashion: Wildlife: Fashion, Breaking Bad

2017-02-27 14:32:00


It’s all about rave culture and glam rock on the catwalks this spring as the Bad Girls aesthetic comes into vogue. By Roe McDermott

Fashion: Fashion: Dreaming of Electronic Sheep

2017-02-27 14:11:00


Brenda Ahern and Helen Delany, aka Electronic Sheep, have earned widespread acclaim for their imaginative knitwear designs, and count the likes of Kelis and Liam Gallagher among their growing army of celebrity fans.

News: Oscar Mix-Up Fiasco

2017-02-27 07:23:00


In a hugely embarrassing upset, Oscars announce incorrect winner of Best Picture...

News: The Jokes, The Politics - And The Biggest Mistake In Oscar History

2017-02-27 07:17:00


Roe McDermott takes you through the rollercoaster of emotion that was the 89th Academy Awards, including that truly shocking twist in the ending...

News: Oscar Prediction: Emma Stone Will Trump Ruth Negga

2017-02-25 13:48:00


But not for the right reasons! Hot Press film correspondent Roe McDermott looks over the major categories and predicts the winners, losers and controversies in store at this Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Film: Film Review: Patriots Day

2017-02-24 14:25:00


Everyday heroism is the focus of gripping homage to Boston.

Film Interview: Bricking It: Interview with Lego Batman's Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett

2017-02-23 13:49:00


Hollywood stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett discuss their roles in one of the best comedies of the year, the brilliantly satirical Lego Batman Movie.

News: The Hero's Journey and Punching Nazis

2017-02-20 11:54:00


What do modern images of heroism and masculinity mean at a time of political and social divide?

Film: Film Review: Hidden Figures

2017-02-17 12:14:00


Hidden Figures, with its focus on prejudice and privilege, features great performances and some simplistic optimism

Fashion: Wildlife Fashion: Bringing Sexy Back

2017-02-13 11:43:00


Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means it’s high time to treat that important person in your life… You. By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: Fences

2017-02-10 11:15:00


Powerhouse performances create a storm of emotion in period drama

Film: Film Review: 20th Century Women

2017-02-09 11:44:00


1970S-SET DRAMEDY IS A SERIES OF WARM, WITTY MOMENTS THAT FAIL TO COME TOGETHER

Film: Film Review: Lion

2017-02-09 11:20:00


TEAR-JERKING TRUE STORY LACKS NARRATIVE SUSPENSE

Film: Film Review: Christine

2017-02-08 12:41:00


Rebecca Hall is captivating in shocking and unnerving true story

Film: Film Review: Loving

2017-02-03 12:24:00


Ruth Negga shines in dignified drama about love and race.

Fashion: Fashion: Pretty in Pink

2017-01-30 12:52:00


It’s time to bid adieu to seasonal gloom with a generous helping of flamboyant colour. By Roe McDermott

Film: Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

2017-01-27 17:07:00


Mel Gibson’s war drama proves frustratingly uneven.

Film: Film Review: Denial

2017-01-27 16:53:00


Courtroom drama about Holocaust deniers feels powerfully relevant.

Film Interview: Gabriel Byrne attacks politicians at home and sexism in Hollywood

2016-04-29 13:06:00


Gabriel Byrne is one of the greats of Irish acting. In a powerful interview, he tells Roe McDermott why we should charge multi-nationals more for doing business in Ireland; talks about sexism in Hollywood; discusses the pantomime that is the US Presidential election; and excoriates the political classes in Ireland...

Film: Film Review: Live By Night

2017-01-26 11:29:00


Ben Affleck directs and stars in self-indulgent gangster flick.

Film: Film Review: Manchester by the Sea

2017-01-26 11:18:00


Humour and grief collide in devastating exploration of family and loss.

News: HOT FOR 2017: Up-and-coming Irish actors

2017-01-24 11:07:00


It truly is a golden age for Irish actors - and remarkably,there are even more homegrown screen stars set to break through in 2017.

News: The Politics of Clickbait

2017-01-23 12:29:00


Most people would have assumed The Irish Times would be above clickbait - not to mention deliberately offending vulnerable minorities. Apparently not...

News: On the success of the Women’s March – and why it’s not enough.

2017-01-22 22:33:00


Roe McDermott was one of the 100,000 people who attended the Women’s March in San Francisco – and wonders where we go from here.

Film: Film Review: La La Land

2017-01-20 11:35:00


Magical Musical Explores Art, Ambition, and Love

Film: Film Review: Split

2017-01-20 10:39:00


James McAvoy chews scenery in problematic horror about multiple personalities.

News: Golden Globes 2017

2017-01-09 10:56:00


It was a night of political messages, passionate speeches - and of course, some whining by Trump, reports Roe McDermott

News: Carrie Fisher, a Cosmic Force.

2016-12-28 23:28:00


"For me, Fisher wasn't iconic because she played Princess Leia. Princess Leia was iconic because she was played by Carrie Goddamn Fisher."

Interview: Katherine the Great: Katherine Waterston Stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2016-11-18 11:09:00


Best known for her roles in critical hits Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice, Katherine Waterston’s performance in Fantastic Beasts has confirmed her status as one of Hollywood’s hottest young acting talents. INTERVIEW Roe McDermott

Interview: A Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy: A Colin Farrell Interview

2016-11-18 10:37:00


Colin Farrell is back on the big screen in one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Roe McDermott catches up with the Irish star in LA, where he discusses the magic of JK Rowling's world, the challenges of fatherhood, gender politics in Hollywood, and the strangest American election ever.

Film: Film Review: Indignation

2016-11-16 10:28:00


Exquisite adaption captures social paranoia of ‘50s America

Fashion: Inner Visions: An Interview with Jewellery Designer Gemma O'Leary

2016-11-15 11:34:00


Designer Gemma O’Leary discusses the creative process that drives her acclaimed jewellery label, Inner Island.

Fashion: Shoot Happens: That's a Wrap

2016-11-15 10:51:00


Winter has arrived and it’s time to invest in some snug clothing. Roe McDermott shows you how to be weather-appropriate while still sartorially on-point.

Film: Film Review: Arrival

2016-11-11 12:28:00


Insightful drama about humanity. And aliens.

Film: Film Review: Nocturnal Animals

2016-11-11 12:16:00


Tom Ford's hyper-stylised thriller tackles revenge and loss.

News: War of the Worlds: Interview with Jeremy Renner

2016-11-11 11:51:00


Hollywood star Jeremy Renner discusses his latest movie, Arrival, in which he and Amy Adams square off against mysterious alien visitors.

Film Interview: Smells Like Marine Spirit

2016-10-27 13:37:00


Director Derek Cianfrance discusses his intense relationship drama The Light Between Oceans – and seeing stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall for each other on set.

News: San Francisco Reacts To Donald Trump Win

2016-11-10 11:09:00


First there was shock... and regret. And then the city of San Francisco – a place where so many one-time outsiders have found a home that welcomes them – rose up and marched. It was a moment where hope began again. But the road ahead will not be easy...

News: White Racism Is Behind Donald Trump’s US Presidential Win

2016-11-10 00:06:00


More white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton. And as for white men? They were even worse. The questions is: why? And the answer? Trump’s victory is an endorsement of white racism...

Film: Film Review: The Light Between Oceans

2016-11-02 16:05:00


Old-fashioned melodrama tries to force emotion rather than earn it

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: An interview with Castleknock designer Emma Manley

2016-10-28 17:18:00


Since launching five years ago, Castleknock native Emma Manley’s eponymous label has become one of Ireland’s most exciting fashion success stories.

Fashion: Statement Pieces and Gothic Ensembles in this fortnight's fashion round-up

2016-10-28 17:11:00


Spooky statement pieces and glamourous gothic ensembles are everywhere this season. Roe McDermott shows you how to make the gloomy glamorous, and transform a Halloween costume into haute couture.

News: Maths Entertainment - An Interview with Ben Affleck

2016-10-26 16:13:00


Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck discusses playing a character with Asperger's i his new thriller The Accountant, the ups and downs of fame, and his excitement about taking on the role of Batman again.

Film: Film Review: Kate Plays Christine

2016-10-21 13:14:00


Self-reflective Documentary Explores Performance and Truth

Movie: SMELLS LIKE MARINE SPIRIT

2016-10-20 16:08:00


Director Derek Cianfrance discusses his intense relationship drama The Light Between Oceans – and seeing stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall for each other on set.

Fashion: Fashion, Disability, and Advocacy: Hot Press Meets with Sinead Burke

2016-10-13 11:32:00


Multi-talented fashion blogger and activist Sinead Burke’s work has earned her widespread acclaim - and also an invitation to the White House.

News: Robert Greene discusses his compelling documentary, Kate Plays Christine

2016-10-08 17:40:00


A post-modern documentary about a US news anchor who shot herself on air in 1974, it hits screens next week.

Film: Film Review: Mattress Men

2016-10-06 16:50:00


Mattress sales become a metaphor for modern Ireland in affecting doc

Film Interview: Interview with the Vampire, Alexander Skarsgard

2016-10-06 14:09:00


Swedish star Alexander Skarsgard discusses shifting acting styles from Tarzan to John Michael McDonagh's dark new comedy, War on Everything.

Film: The Magnificent Seven

2016-10-06 12:55:00


A remake of a remake, Anotoine Fuqua’s suicide-superhero-squad style western is based on John Sturges’ 1960 classic of the same name; itself a remake of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. With such revered origins - not to mention the vainglorious nature of the title - one would expect a modern masterpiece. So why does this star-studded shoot-out feel so stale?

Reports: Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Sequels & Franchises?

2016-10-05 16:19:00


Why requisitioning original screenplays for franchise films has become a Hollywood epidemic.

Film Interview: Director Colm Quinn discusses his new documentary Mattress Men

2016-10-05 16:12:00


The film charts the remarkable rise of Mattress Mick and his wingman Paul Kelly.

Film: Film Review: The Siege of Jadotville

2016-10-05 16:08:00


Powerful tale of Irish troops besieged in Congo.

Film: Film Review: Free State of Jones

2016-10-03 14:56:00


Civil War rebellion gets offensively smug retelling.

Film: Film Review: Bridget Jones's Baby

2016-09-23 15:04:00


Zellweger shines as Bridget struggles with the modern world.

Fashion: Full Metal Jacket

2016-09-22 13:47:00


...and trousers, shirts and dresses! Whether you’re into shimmer, sequin or shine, this season, a touch of metal will add that vital extra dimension to your look.

Film: Film Review: Captain Fantastic

2016-09-22 13:07:00


Witty and original dramedy explores parenting, love and power

Film: Film Review: Little Men

2016-09-20 11:45:00


Poignant examination of Masculinity and young friendship

Film: Film Review: Hell Or High Water

2016-09-19 17:20:00


Impressively imaginative twist on the heist film.

Film: Film Review: Don't Breathe

2016-09-14 17:24:00


Wildly inventive horror film flips the script on home invasions.

Film: Film Review: The Purge: Election Year

2016-09-14 17:21:00


Bleak and violent franchise takes machete to America's social issues.

Film: Film Review: Anthropoid

2016-09-14 17:17:00


WWII assassination thriller values character over cliche.

Film: Film Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

2016-09-14 17:14:00


Andy Samberg tackles celebrity culture in feature-length sketch.

News: Wee Will Rock You - An Interview with Darren Thornton

2016-09-14 17:08:00


Set in his native Louth, director Darren Thornton's new film, A Date for Mad Mary, is an insightful and bitingly funny exploration of female friendship.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: At Swim, One Designer: Carla Johnson

2016-08-30 17:02:00


Long gone are the days of serviceable swimwear and bringing only one bikini on holiday. These days the celebrity culture, the beach has become a catwalk where swimwear reigns supreme.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Seventies Scholar

2016-08-30 16:53:00


The back-to-school season is upon us, and as you return to the classroom, lecture hall or routine, this season’s trends are all about that ‘70s collegiate look.

Film: Viva Film Review

2016-08-30 15:38:00


How a thoughtful new Irish film about drag artists and trans women is breaking damaging patterns of trans representation onscreen – and why Hollywood quickly needs to follow suit.

News: Bobby Sands and ISIS: The Missing Link

2016-08-15 17:22:00


Is there one? Brendan J. Byrne’s excellent new documentary Bobby Sands: 66 Days venerates the 
republican legend. But questions still hang over the legacy of the IRA, who carried out the most successful terrorist campaign the modern world has seen – at least before ISIS, that is.

News: “My birthday will always be their anniversary.”

2016-08-11 16:43:00


A Berkeley balcony survivor speaks at a Californian hearing on construction laws and standards, as Irish people at home and in the Bay Area remember the tragedy.

News: Film Review: The Shallows

2016-08-09 18:10:00


SHARK SURVIVAL THRILLER LOSES FOCUS - THOUGH NEVER OF BLAKE LIVELY'S BODY

News: 5 Films About The Troubles

2016-08-05 16:57:00


As Brendan J. Bryne's documentary Bobby Sands: 66 Days is released, we look at some of the most affecting films about The Troubles

Film: Film Review: Bobby Sands: 66 Days

2016-08-05 16:48:00


Powerful and thought-provoking documentary examines nature of political protest

Film Interview: The Mighty Harley Quinn: An Interview With Margo Robbie

2016-08-05 16:04:00


Currently among Hollywood's hottest acting talents, Margot Robbie discusses playing the iconic Harley Quinn in one of the year's most anticipated movies, Suicide Squad

Film: Film Review: Ghostbusters

2016-07-28 22:22:00


BLOCKBUSTER REBOOT IS PACKED WITH FUN AND SELF-AWARE HUMOUR

Film: Film Review: The BFG

2016-07-28 13:47:00


Schmaltzy Dahl adaptation lacks the book's dark undertones.

Film: Film Review: The Neon Demon

2016-07-28 13:15:00


Cult director delivers frustratingly uneven thriller

Interview: Samuel L. Jackson Brings Politics to the Fore with Hot Press

2016-07-14 15:07:00


Samuel L. Jackson’s ability to be hilarious, heartbreaking, terrifying and compellingly watchable is well documented, but his role in The Legend Of Tarzan brings his politics to the fore.

Film: Film Review: Now You See Me 2

2016-07-14 13:55:00


Magic-filled heist sequel offers mindless entertainment if you suspend disbelief.

Film Interview: Emilia Clarke talks about her latest film role and Game of Thrones

2016-06-24 13:02:00


Emilia Clarke is best known for her roles in Game of Thrones and as the gun-toting Sarah in Terminator Genisys. But the charming and effervescent star of new romantic drama Me Before You, is far closer to her current role as a relentlessly upbeat ‘klutz’. Except for the gun part...

: Film Review: Tale of Tales

2016-06-17 16:22:00


BAROQUE & BURLESQUE COMBINE IN VISUALLY STUNNing ADULT FAIRYTALE

Film: Film Review: Race

2016-06-16 16:24:00


JESSE OWENS BIOPIC FAILS TO WIN GOLD

Film: Film Review: Me Before You

2016-06-14 15:27:00


CLARKE & CLAFLIN CHARM IN ROMANTIC DRAMA

Film: Film Review: The Price Of Desire

2016-06-08 14:53:00


UNDERWHELMING BIOPIC OF IRISH DESIGNER

News: Interview: Tom Tykwer spoke to Hot Press about his new project

2016-06-08 14:46:00


Celebrated for his ability to bring difficult novels to the screen, German director Tom Tykwer has produced another masterful literary adaptation in A Hologram For The King.

Film: Film Review: Departure

2016-06-01 10:35:00


DISAPPOINTINGLY SELF-INDULGENT COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA

Film: Film Review: Money Monster

2016-05-31 15:26:00


JODIE FOSTER’S FINANCE DRAMEDY-THRILLER IS MAD AS HELL – BUT AT WHOM?

Film: Film review: Love and Friendship

2016-05-31 12:57:00


KATE BECKINSALE SHINES IN WITTY JANE AUSTEN ADAPTATION

News: Hollywood's Whitewashing Continues to Pervade Our Screens

2016-05-24 16:09:00


The casting of white actors in Asian roles has again led to widespread accusations of racism in the movie industry.

Film: New movie Mustang encourages female empowerment

2016-05-24 15:13:00


Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven. Starring Gunes Sensoy, Diga Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal Koldas, Ayberk Pekan, Erol Afsin. 97 mins In cinemas May 13

Film: Film review: Green Room

2016-05-24 12:12:00


WICKEDLY NASTY THRILLER IS A BRILLIANT NIGHTMARE

Film: Movie Review: Evolution

2016-05-23 14:31:00


ENIGMATIC SIC-FI BLENDS BEAUTIFUL DREAM AND BODY HORROR NIGHTMARE.

: Film review: Hologram for the King

2016-05-19 16:01:00


MELANCHOLIC DAVE EGGERS NOVEL DOESN’T TRANSLATE TO SCREEN

Film: Film Review: Captain America: Civil War

2016-05-18 10:54:00


Nuanced superhero film elevates the entire franchise.

News: An interview with Risteard O Domhnaill: Fishing In Action

2016-05-09 14:53:00


He tackled the controversial Shell To Sea campaign in The Pipe. Now Risteard O Domhnaill has turned his attention to the conflicts between offshore drilling, government legislation and hard-pressed fishermen on the Atlantic periphary.

Film: Movie Review: Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures

2016-05-06 12:03:00


UNFLINCHING PORTRAIT OF CONTROVERSIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Hat's Entertainment

2016-04-14 17:17:00


From her workplace in Co. Cork, Tina Hemlock Coyle is rapidly putting Elizabeth Christina Design on the millinery map

Film: Film Review: Eye in the Sky

2016-04-14 14:39:00


Tragicomic political thriller explores brutal modern warfare

Film: Movie Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

2016-04-28 14:36:00


TINA FEY SHINES IN SMART BUT FLAWED STORY

Film: Film Review: Miles Ahead

2016-04-26 16:28:00


Inventie, freewheeling & impressionistic biopic

Film Interview: Film Interview: Eye In The Sky

2016-04-26 11:09:00


WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Well, it's given us some decent films, if nothing else. South African director Gavin Hood discusses his latest feature, Eye in the Sky, which explores the chilling moral dilemma involved in sanctioning a drone strike.

Film: Film Review: The Brand New Testament

2016-04-25 12:40:00


UNEVEN RELIGIOUS SATIRE FROM CULT BELGIAN DIRECTOR

Film: Film Review: The Huntsman:Winter's War

2016-04-15 16:23:00


FAIRYTALE FOLLOW-UP IS A POORLY PLOTTED, BUT VERY PRETTY MESS

News: FILM REVIEW: NOLA AND THE CLONES

2016-04-11 13:47:00


Innovative Irish film explores gender, power, and homelessness

News: My Name is Emily: Who Dares Wins

2016-04-06 16:35:00


My Name is Emily is an extraordinary and deeply moving film. The fact that it was made by a director who is battling Motor Neurone Disease only makes it all the more remarkable.

Film: Rebecca Daly: Mammal Director Interview

2016-04-05 12:55:00


The dark side of motherhood is explored in an acclaimed new movie by Irish director Rebecca Daly.

Film: Film Review: Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

2016-04-01 14:14:00


So who's got the biggest cape, then?

Film: Film Review: Anomalisa

2016-03-10 16:30:00


UPSETTING, INSIGHTFUL AND UNFORGETTABLE STOP-MOTION FILM ABOUT ISOLATION AND IDENTITY Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Featuring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan.

News: The Iconic Eighties: Our Eight Favourite Fashion Moments

2016-03-08 13:04:00


As far as fashion goes, the Eighties were no-no-notorious

Film: Film Review: The Witch

2016-03-07 17:25:00


DEEPLY UNSETTLING PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR ABOUT GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FEAR

Film: Film Review: Hail, Caesar!

2016-03-04 11:25:00


HILARIOUS, SLY AND UNABASHEDLY FUN FARCE IS A LOVE LETTER TO OLD HOLLYWOOD Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum.

News: Critical Mass: Movie Reviews with Roe McDermott

2016-03-03 13:16:00


In the latest issue of Hot Press, our residential film critic Roe McDermott reviews the biggest films to hit our cinema screens this week.

News: 10 Classic '80s Films

2016-03-02 12:18:00


As Sing Street turns our glances back towards the '80s, Roe McDermott looks at the films of that decade that changed cinema forever.

News: Stiller Crazy After All These Years: Ben Stiller discusses the creation of Zoolander 2

2016-03-02 11:39:00


Ben Stiller is back with one of his most beloved characters, The hapless model, Derek Zoolander. With input from from the films other actors, the director and star of Zoolander 2 discuss the creation of the much-anticipated sequel...

News: Interview: Alison Brie on being a Cheesy Single

2016-02-29 17:14:00


Known for playing Type-A characters in TV’s Mad Man and Community, as well as starring in raunchy comedies like Sleeping With Other People, Alison Brie is combining smarts and sass in her Valentine’s Day comedy, How To Be Single.

News: Irish Nominations Still Count As A Victory

2016-02-29 10:40:00


How the 2016 Oscars mark a turning point for Irish cinema

News: Oscars 2016

2016-02-29 10:07:00


The 88th Academy Awards took place last night, and our film critic Roe McDermott has all the winners, highlights and awkward moments from the most politicized Oscars yet… Chris Rock Makes Waves

Film: Film Review: Deadpool

2016-02-26 10:07:00


SCABROUSLY FUNNY ANTI-HERO FLICK HAS SNARK, SEX AND SELF-AWARENESS Directed by Tim Miller. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrans, Michael Benyaer. 108 mins

Film: Film Review: Freeheld

2016-02-25 10:37:00


True story of LGBT right case has teachable moments but little complexity

Film: Film Review: The Survivalist

2016-02-24 15:40:00


Sparse yet immersive Irish dystopian film is chilling to its core

Film: Film Review: HOW TO BE SINGLE

2016-02-22 11:53:00


CLICHÉ-RIDDEN ROM-COM RESCUED BY SUPERB PERFORMANCES Directed by Christian Ditter. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie. 110 mins In cinemas February 19, with previews on February 14

Film: Film Review: Zoolander 2

2016-02-19 13:18:00


FRANTIC AND FLAILING COMEDY SEQUEL IS NOT SO HOT RIGHT NOW - Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Christine Taylor.

Film: Film Review: YOUTH

2016-02-17 11:54:00


Directed by Paulo Sorrentino. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano, Paloma Faith. 124 mins In cinemas now

Film: Film Review: Concussion

2016-02-09 13:23:00


FILM ABOUT THE DANGERS AND CORRUPTION OF THE NFL PLAYS IT TOO SAFE

Film: Review: The Fifth Wave

2016-02-05 13:03:00


Cliched adaptation of young adult novel

Commentary: David Bowie: Hooked To The Silver Screen

2016-02-03 11:45:00


In addition to his groundbreaking music career, David Bowie also delivered a series of fine film performances.

Interview: An Interview With The Women of Star Wars: Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie Talk!

2016-01-29 14:02:00


The women of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tell Roe McDermott why J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi instalment is a cultural game-changer in its portrayal of strong, complex women

News: The 2016 Golden Globes – the good, the bad, and the Gibson.

2016-01-11 11:14:00


Roe McDermott looks over one of the more uncomfortable Golden Globes ceremonies in a long time, and wonders where it all went wrong.

Film: Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2015-12-16 10:35:00


Hot Press' Roe McDermott has had a chance to run the rule over the latest chapter in the epic franchise - and she was more than a little impressed.

Film: The Night Before

2015-12-03 10:49:00


Old friends and old tricks unite in middling Christmas romp

Interview: Jai Courtney Interview

2015-12-01 10:24:00


Australian actor Jai Courtney has become one of the hottest action stars of the moment, thanks to his roles in the Divergent series and one of 2016's most anticipated films, Suicide Squad

Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

2015-11-30 10:06:00


Hunger Games comes to an occasionally powerful, often sputtering end

Film: Carol

2015-11-28 12:13:00


Directed by the acclaimed Todd Haynes, Carol is a stunning, romantic tale of love and repression in the United States in the 1950s that thoroughly deserves its five star rating...

Film: The Good Dinosaur

2015-11-27 10:55:00


Conventional but beautifully rendered interspecies friendship tale is a family-friendly delight

Frontlines: Sean Baker Interview

2015-11-20 10:24:00


Sex work with a difference. It sounds like a heavy theme - so how come there's so many laughs in a movie about transgender sex workers? Sean Baker tells Hot Press how he produced a wonderful and witty film.

Interview: Scott Cooper Interview

2015-11-17 10:05:00


Black Mass director Scott Cooper on why his biopic of notorious criminal Whitey Bulger is a very different kind of gangster flick.

Film: Steve Jobs

2015-11-16 10:30:00


Michael Fassbender chills as Steve Jobs in compelling character study

Film: Black Mass

2015-11-13 16:15:00


Johnny Depp terrifies in chilling portrayal of James 'Whitey' Bulger

Fashion: ́Úna Burke Interview

2015-11-12 10:19:00


Úna Burke’s innovative work with leather has attracted the attention of Hollywood stars and pop princesses, as well as earning her an unlikely commission from carmakers Lexus.

Film: Spectre

2015-11-11 10:36:00


The biggest and brashest Bond yet

Film: Brooklyn

2015-11-04 11:06:00


Saoirse Ronan excels in stunning 1950s tale of love and immigration

Film: 3 1⁄2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

2015-10-23 10:44:00


Enraging documentary about the murder of Jordan Davis highlights America's divides

Interview: Marc Silver Interview

2015-10-21 10:33:00


Campaigning film-maker and director Marc Silver has produced a powerful film that dissects ‘Black Friday’ 2012, when 17-year-old Jordan Davis – an unarmed black American – was shot dead. Roe McDermott takes a long look at a movie which exposes how hidden racial prejudices can result in tragedy

Film: The Walk - Review

2015-10-21 10:30:00


Incredible visuals take precedence over emotional clarity in remarkable true story

Film: Sicario - Review

2015-10-21 10:21:00


Thrills and tension of suspenseful thriller are undermined by typical genre plotting

Film: The Intern - Review

2015-10-07 10:22:00


Intergenerational Friendship Flick Is More Conservative Than It Wants To Admit

Film: The Martian - Review

2015-10-07 10:04:00


Get Ready, Lads, Because Ridley Scott Is About To "Science The Shit" Outta You

Interview: Jason Clarke Interview

2015-10-06 10:33:00


Aussie star Jason Clarke discusses the extraordinary true story behind his new movie Everest, his old acting class buddy Hugh Jackman and the joys of the thespian life.

Commentary: Meryl Streep And Carey Mulligan Under Fire For Racially Insensitive T-Shirt

2015-10-06 05:41:00


My my, Meryl, aren’t we on a roll. Record-breaking Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has followed up last week’s assertion that she’s not a feminist (she’s a “humanist” apparently) with a hugely misguided and racially insensitive gesture while promoting her upcoming film Suffragette.

Interview: Margaret O'Rourke Interview

2015-10-02 17:04:00


For our mental health issue, we could think of no better designer than Margaret O’Rourke, a jewellery designer and founder of MoMuse, who has contributed to fantastic mental health charities such as Pieta House.

Film: Tangerines Review

2015-09-25 10:42:00


Personal, wary and compassionate drama highlights the futility of war

Film: Older Than Ireland Review

2015-09-25 10:36:00


Poignant documentary about Ireland's oldest citizens is packed with wisdom and warmth

Interview: Alex Fegan Interview

2015-09-25 10:31:00


As the 100th anniversary of 1916 looms, a new documentary interviews Irish citizens who were alive when those momentous events occurred...

Fashion: Darren Kennedy interview

2015-09-22 14:31:00


He's teamed up with Louis Copeland & Sons for a new capsule suit collection.

Reports: Matt Damon apologises for interrupting black filmmaker

2015-09-17 10:02:00


... to "whitesplain" diversity to her.

News: Amber Rose Shows Us How To Master Walk Of No Shame

2015-09-16 10:36:00


A feminist sketch for Funny Or Die...

Film: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Review

2015-09-11 14:36:00


Teenage cancer drama is creative, funny and emotional

Film: Ricki And the Flash Review

2015-09-11 10:19:00


Potential-filled family drama hits high and low notes.

Film: Dope Review

2015-09-11 10:12:00


Fun and ambitious coming-of-age tale is packed with adventure and ideas

Interview: Kevin Kline Interview

2015-09-11 09:59:00


Meryl Streep plays a rock singer in Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed film with music by Rick Springfield. But is she any good at singing? Her co-star Kevin Kline has his say...

Film: The Great Wall Review

2015-09-02 10:49:00


Meditative, experimental Doc explores the borders and boundaries that divide us

Film: Paper Towns - Review

2015-08-25 11:58:00


Teen drama encourages creating memories out of feeling friendships

Film: Miss Julie - Review

2015-08-25 10:49:00


Passion and politics of weighty 19th century Swedish play is lost in cinematic translation

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Desert Storm

2015-08-14 11:29:00


Time to reach for the khakis – desert chic is back in vogue.

Interview: Alberto Rodriguez Interview

2015-08-13 12:27:00


Crime movie fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of Alberto Rodriguez’s film Marshland, a Spanish thriller that has drawn comparisons with Seven and True Detective.

Film: Marshland - Review

2015-08-13 11:01:00


Award-winning Spanish thriller is beautiful, mysterious & gripping

Film: Trainwreck - Review

2015-08-13 10:39:00


Amy Schumer subverts Rom-Com tropes in brilliantly written comedy

Film: Inside Out

2015-07-30 10:51:00


Soon-to-be iconic Pixar film shows emotions and empathy in a whole new way

Film: You're Ugly Too

2015-07-30 10:02:00


Aidan Gillen shines in sensitive and funny family drama

Film: Aidan Gillen Interview

2015-07-29 16:04:00


For his latest role in bittersweet Irish dramedy You're Ugly Too, Aidan Gillen has ditched brooding intensity in favour of a more comedic approach. "I felt I really needed to pinball people's expectations," he tells Roe McDermott

Film: Song Of The Sea

2015-07-15 17:51:00


Ravishing animation evokes the power of magic, music & the bonds of family

Film: Ant-Man

2015-07-15 15:30:00


Paul Rudd charms in fun but underwhelming superhero flick

Interview: Arnold Schwarzenegger Interview

2015-07-14 11:30:00


A ruthless killing machine devoid of all traces of human personality – no it's not Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team, it's the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator.

Interview: Interview with Song Of The Sea Director Tomm Moore

2015-07-13 15:12:00


For the follow-up to the Oscar nominated Secret Of Kells, animator Tomm Moore returned to Irish mythology – though this time he brought a highly personal perspective

Report: Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Dylann Roof

2015-07-07 12:34:00


Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ video has inspired ire among feminists and the mainstream media alike. But understanding its racial complexities is more important than asking if it’s feminist or misogynist, says Roe McDermott

: FILM REVIEW: Amy

2015-07-06 15:22:00


On the latest Amy Winehouse documentary and our obsession with troubled young women.

Frontlines: Death Of Irish Students In Berkeley: How Wrong Can The New York Times Be?

2015-06-17 23:36:00


Roe McDermott, who has been living in San Francisco for most of the past year, writes about The New York Times' coverage of the Berkeley tragedy in which six Irish students lost their lives – and insists that Irish lives cannot be represented by stereotypes

Film: Insidious Chapter 3

2015-06-17 11:12:00


Another fun and jumpy installment in old-school horror franchise

Film: The Look Of Silence

2015-06-17 10:55:00


Joshua Oppenheimer's astonishing and important follow-up to The Act of Killing

Interview: Interview with Game Of Thrones' Liam Cunningham

2015-06-16 10:11:00


Liam Cunningham has been a stalwart of Irish theatre and cinema for years. But he’s now reached unprecedented levels of fame thanks to his role of Ser Davos Seaworth in Game Of Thrones. Currently playing a devilish character in Brian O’Malley’s gory horror Let Us Prey he talks to Roe McDermott.

Film: Let Us Prey

2015-06-12 15:27:00


Liam Cunningham stars in gory Irish horror about sin and hellfire

Film: Timbuktu

2015-06-10 12:39:00


Deeply humanistic drama highlights the stories behind a Jihadist occupancy

Frontlines: Charlize Theron Interview

2015-06-08 10:25:00


Public Service Announcement: Following the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, the internet has been ablaze with outrage over the action film's 'feminist agenda'. To find out more we interviewed stars Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravits, Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley and Abbey Lee.

Film: Poltergeist

2015-06-05 12:54:00


Spook remake does little to distinguish itself as more than creep-by-numbers.

Interview: Damon Lindelof Interview

2015-06-04 15:52:00


Lost, Cowboys And Aliens, Prometheus and Star Trek man Damon Lindelof is sticking with sci-fi for his latest project, Tomorrowland, which stars George Clooney as a former boy genius who sets out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic location.

Film: Tomorrowland

2015-06-03 11:29:00


Brad Bird's search for a dream-fuelled utopia needs more magic.

Film: Get Up And Go

2015-05-26 12:37:00


Dublin-set dramedy about 20-somethings falling out of love & friendship

Film: Movie Opinion: A Love Supreme

2015-05-26 12:17:00


Ahead of this month's same-sex marriage referendum, we select the best LGBT couples in film.

Film: The Canal

2015-05-26 12:10:00


Frantic horror films draws from a wide range of creepy ideas.

Film: Top Five

2015-05-20 11:47:00


Chris Rock gets personal in whipsmart yarn about a comic re-discovering his identity.

Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

2015-05-20 11:42:00


Evocative & atmospheric, feminist vampire film has a sharp bite.

Interview: George Miller Interview

2015-05-19 10:29:00


An apocalyptic wasteland filled with extreme violence and crazed characters - no it's not the Ulster football championship, it's the return of George Miller's iconic action character, Mad Max.

Film: Mad Max: Fury Road

2015-05-18 11:06:00


Iconic Anti-Hero Returns In Electrifying If Uneven Action Thriller

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: We Are Only & Sons

2015-05-08 13:01:00


Only & Sons' latest collection showcases the hottest trends in menswear this season, bringing modern and on-point combinations of prints, patterns and palettes.

Film: While We're Young

2015-05-05 15:17:00


Witty, a little wise, a little immature, Baumbach's film blends youth and age

Film: The Salvation

2015-04-29 14:02:00


Mads Mikkelsen impresses as a chillingly vengeful killer in formulaic Western

Film: The Good Lie

2015-04-29 13:09:00


Whitewashed drama minimises impact of tragic true story about Sudan's lost boys

Film: The Falling

2015-04-22 11:54:00


Feverish exploration of femininity, friendship, and mass fainting

Film: Glassland

2015-04-20 16:20:00


Jack Reynor and Toni Collette explore family, dysfunction and isolation in subtle drama

Film: Force Majeure

2015-04-14 12:41:00


Cannes jury prize winner doesn't disappoint

Film: Insurgent

2015-04-14 12:18:00


Young adult dystopian sequel keeps plot and characters in stasis

Film: The Water Diviner

2015-04-13 14:20:00


Russell Crowe's directorial debut is an admirable if overworked call for peace

Film: The Duff

2015-04-13 13:38:00


The wonderful Mae Whitman shines in formulaic and derivative teen comedy

Film: John Wick

2015-04-13 13:01:00


Keanu Reeves stars as deadpan hitman in slick, original thriller

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: #StandForSomething with Dr. Martens SS15

2015-03-19 17:20:00


The Dr. Martens SS15 collection has landed in store and it hasn’t come quietly. The new season packs a punch with bold prints, amplified colour and statement styles.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview: Robert Sheehan

2015-03-31 11:52:00


A move to Los Angeles has seen Rob Sheehan rebranded as Robert and – some nears misses notwithstanding – building on his Love/Hate and Misfits success. He talks about playing a character with Tourette’s in his new movie – and about being an Irishman in a strange land.

Film: The Voices

2015-03-30 14:20:00


Ryan Reynolds shines in mixed black comedy

Film: Wild Tales

2015-03-30 13:43:00


Dark comedy vignettes show the tipping point of human anger and vengeance

Film: Blind

2015-03-26 12:45:00


Stylish, cerebral and constantly shifting dramedy

Film: Run All Night

2015-03-25 13:11:00


This week's Liam Neeson thriller fails to excite

Film: Cinderella

2015-03-25 12:27:00


Live action Cinderella is like its heroine; very pretty and not too bright

News: Kristen Stewart cast in new Woody Allen film?

2015-03-10 12:56:00


Can actors really defend working with the controversial director? Our film writer Roe McDermott weighs in

News: WATCH: Robin Shanea Williams’ short film

2015-03-05 12:11:00


Contamination is an award-winning short that deals with mental illness.

News: The Oscars 2015 verdict

2015-02-23 11:25:00


Irish production winners, comedy losers and glaring diversity issues:

Reports: Triggered by Reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey

2015-02-16 11:37:00


Hot Press film critic Roe McDermott found the experience of having to sit through Fifty Shades of Grey deeply upsetting – and thoroughly disillusioning. And it wasn't the film: it was the audience reaction that made it so sickening...

Film: The Interview – Review

2015-02-09 10:39:00


Roe McDermott's take on the dictator-baiting comedy.

News: Molly Crabapple produces new film on racism in U.S

2015-02-05 10:56:00


Writer, artist and filmmaker Molly Crabapple is using her striking artistic skills to raise awareness about important societal issues, specifically racism and inequality in the US.

News: Beckinsale & Sevigny reunite with Whit Stillman

2015-02-03 12:08:00


Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Stillman's adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella.

News: BFI launches mentorship scheme for LGBT filmmakers

2015-02-02 10:48:00


It marks a small, much-needed step towards diversity in cinema.

Film: Inherent Vice

2015-01-26 16:00:00


IMPENETRABLE HIPPIE NOIR IS IMMERSIVE, FUNNY AND OCCASIONALLY INFURIATING

Movie: Hot for 2015 - Ireland's Film & TV Stars

2015-01-22 16:50:00


Here’s our selection of the Irish writers, actors and filmmakers set to make a serious splash in 2015.

News: The EDA Awards and why we need them

2015-01-14 11:15:00


Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction; Best Female Action Star and Actress Defying Ageism...

News: Golden Globes and Tina & Amy's Bill Cosby Takedown

2015-01-13 16:50:00


On the Golden Globes’ Bill Cosby jokes, hitting targets, and collateral damage.

News: 10 TV Shows To Watch This Year

2015-01-02 23:37:00


If you’re still enjoying some post-Christmas laziness and want to indulge in some TV binge-sessions, you’re in luck. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some incredible shows just waiting to be consumed over some truly anti-social weekends. We’ve picked out some of the best shows available for your streaming pleasure, but accept no responsibility for the inevitable addictions and hermitdom that accompanies our recommendations.

News: 10 TV Shows To Watch This Year

2015-01-02 23:37:00


If you’re still enjoying some post-Christmas laziness and want to indulge in some TV binge-sessions, you’re in luck. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some incredible shows just waiting to be consumed over some truly anti-social weekends. We’ve picked out some of the best shows available for your streaming pleasure, but accept no responsibility for the inevitable addictions and hermitdom that accompanies our recommendations.

Film: 'Horrible Bosses 2' - Film Review

2014-12-04 13:22:00


STALE AND OFTEN HUGELY OFFENSIVE COMEDY SEQUEL SHOWS CHEMISTRY CAN ONLY GET YOU SO FAR

Interview: A Bateman For All Seasons - Jason Bateman interview

2014-12-04 11:32:00


Horrible Bosses 2 star Jason Bateman on his comedic influences, promoting women in comedy and why Kevin Spacey is really a ham on-set.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Tis The Season

2014-12-04 10:56:00


With Christmas just around the corner, Roe McDermott provides some tips on achieving a stylish festive look.

Film: The Grandmaster - Film Review

2014-12-02 15:44:00


BEAUTIFULLY RENDERED ARTISTIC MARTIAL ARTS FILM FALTERS IN ITS PLOTTING

Film: St Vincent - Film Review

2014-12-02 13:03:00


BILL MURRAY IS BRILLIANT IN A SWEET COMEDY THAT VEERS INTO SENTIMENT

Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay PT 1 - Film Review

2014-11-28 12:36:00


PENULTIMATE FRANCHISE INSTALLMENT SEES OUR HEROINE EMOTIONALLY BREAKING, AND THE ACTION FLOUNDERING

Film: Movie Opinion: Spoiler Alert - The Critic Fights Back

2014-11-28 12:28:00


As another science-fiction blockbuster hits our screens, the inevitable sniping over the film’s perceived lack of scientific merit begins. But movies should be judged on artistic merit, and in doing so we sometimes need to refer to the plot.

Film: Dumb And Dumber To - Film Review

2014-11-27 12:43:00


PUERILE, DULL AND GROSS COMEDY SEQUEL FEELS AS OLD AND TIRED AS IT IS

Interview: Aykroyd Keeps Swinging - Hot Press meets Dan Aykroyd

2014-11-21 10:48:00


The Star Of Classics Like Ghostbusters And The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd’s Latest Film Tells The Fascinating Story Of The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown.

Film: Interstellar - Film Review

2014-11-20 12:03:00


CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S OVERLONG, LOFTY BUT OCCASIONALLY ILLUMINATING SCI-FI EPIC GROUNDS THE COSMOLOGICAL IN THE PERSONAL

Interview: Mad For It - Hot Press meets Jessica Paré

2014-11-19 12:13:00


We know her as Don Draper’s glamorous new wife. But Mad Men star Jessica Paré can do more than scrub up nicely in a vintage dress. She talks about her role in Dublin-set romcom Standby and tells us why she thinks her generation struggles to find its moorings.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Winter Wonderland

2014-11-19 10:46:00


With Christmas on the way, now’s a great time to perfect your Yuletide wardrobe.

Film: The Homesman- Film Review

2014-11-18 12:45:00


HARSH AND CRUSHING WESTERN FLIPS GENRE TROPES FOR A MORE SURPRISING BEAST

Film: Standby - Film Review

2014-11-17 12:19:00


DUBLIN-BASED ROMCOM IS AN INOFFENSIVE AND UNORIGINAL ADDITION TO THE GENRE

Film: Get On Up - Film Review

2014-11-14 13:25:00


MICK JAGGER-PRODUCED JAMES BROWN BIOPIC GETS THE SOUL OF THE MUSIC BUT NOT THE MAN

Film: Movie Opinion: Why There Is Life After the Oscars

2014-11-14 13:03:00


Academy Award fever is already building. However, smaller awards often have a better sense of where cinema is going. Perhaps it’s time we started paying attention to them.

Film: What We Do In The Shadows - Film Review

2014-11-13 12:26:00


VAMPIRIC SPINAL TAP-ESQUE MOCKUMENATRY IS COMEDY WITH TRUTH AND TEETH

Film: The Babadook - Film Review

2014-11-06 15:16:00


BRILLIANTLY UNSETTLING HORROR FILM EXAMINES FAMILY, FAIRY TALES AND FREUD.

Film: Horns - Film Review

2014-11-05 12:23:00


TONALLY MUDDLED RELIGIOUS SATIRE UNDERMINES ITS OWN IRREVERENCE WITH DOGMATIC CLICHÉ

Film: One Million Dubliners - Film Review

2014-11-04 12:47:00


SENSITIVE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT GLASNEVIN CEMETERY REVEALS THE BEATING HEART OF IRISH HISTORY.

Interview: One Of Ireland’s Brightest New Stars - Hot Press Meets Barry Keoghan

2014-11-04 11:21:00


LOVE/HATE STAR BARRY KEOGHAN HAS HIT THE BIG SCREEN IN ACCLAIMED TROUBLES DRAMA, ‘71.

Film: Nightcrawler - Film Review

2014-11-03 15:14:00


GYLLENHAAL MESMERISES IN SLICK, SEEDY THRILLER THAT SPEEDS PAST NUANCE OF ANY KIND.

Film: Movie Opinion: On Race, Cinema And Jimi biopic

2014-10-31 11:41:00


Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend claims that a new biopic takes major liberties with his depiction.

Film: The Skeleton Twins - Film Review

2014-10-30 11:35:00


BILL HADER AND KRISTEN WIIG STUN IN HEART-CRUSHINGLY REAL DRAMEDY ABOUT TROUBLED SIBLINGS  

Interview: Resurrection Man - Robert Downey Jr. Interview

2014-10-28 14:20:00


Robert Downey Jr. is a man of constant reinvention. Currently starring in courtroom romp The Judge, he tells Roe McDermott about returning to drama, the struggle to escape his own personal narratives, and why family is coming first.

Film: Jimi: All Is By My Side - Film Review

2014-10-23 12:03:00


EXPERIMENTAL EXAMINATION OF PRE-FAME JIMI HENDRIX IS PECULIAR, FLAWED AND ADMIRABLE

Interview: Here Comes The Judge - Robert Duvall Interview

2014-10-22 12:30:00


The star of Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and now Oscar-tipped The Judge, Robert Duvall may be a Hollywood veteran but he can still be feisty on and off screen.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Warm Winters

2014-10-22 11:28:00


This winter, send your wardrobe into a winter wonderland of femininity, soft shades and luxurious fabrics. We show you how to find the middle-ground between Sugarplum Fairy and Romanov Royalty.

Film: This Is Where I Leave You - Film Review

2014-10-21 12:38:00


CLICHED AND LAUGHABLY UNORIGINAL FAMILY YARN WASTES INCREDIBLE CAST

Film: The Judge - Film Review

2014-10-20 12:08:00


DUVALL AND DOWNEY JR EAT THE SCENERY IN OVERWORKED BUT ENTERTAINING FAMILY DRAMEDY

Film: Palo Alto - Film Review

2014-10-20 12:01:00


GIA COPPOLA SHOWS HER FAMILIAR BUT UNDENIABLE SKILL IN MOODY COMING-OF-AGE TALE

Film: Movie Opinion: Ireland of the Welcomes

2014-10-17 11:58:00


HOW IRELAND IS DEVELOPING AS A MODERN FILM LOCATION

Film: Annabelle - Film Review

2014-10-16 12:02:00


CHEAP AND DERIVATIVE PREQUEL TO THE CONJURING IS A CYNICAL MESS OF CLICHÉS AND COPIES

Film: Maps To The Stars - Film Review

2014-10-09 12:09:00


UNRELENTINGLY CYNICAL BUT UNORIGINAL SATIRE ON HOLLYWOOD FEELS CHEAP AND EASY

Film: Gold - Film Review

2014-10-09 12:01:00


WARM BUT INCONSISTENT AND FAMILIAR DRAMEDY HAS LOTS OF HEART, BUT LITTLE NOVELTY

Film: The Calling - Film Review

2014-10-08 12:31:00


WINTERY BLOOD-LETTING THRILLER HAS ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A ‘70s SUSPENSE FILM BUT with NONE OF THE COMPLEXITY

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens - Norse Code

2014-10-08 11:33:00


We’re wrapping up in style for autumn, layering Scandinavian folk prints with chunky knits, shearling jackets and blanket-style skirts.

Film: Life After Beth - Film Review

2014-10-07 13:05:00


WITTY, PLAYFUL TAKE ON ZOMBIE GENRE IS REFRESHING AND FANGED, IF NOT FULLY-FLESHED

Film: The Maze Runner - Film Review

2014-10-06 12:15:00


DYSTOPIAN YOUNG ADULT FLICK LOST IN A MAZE OF GENRE CLICHES AND UNORIGINAL IDEAS

Film: Let’s Stand Up For Shorts - Movie Opinion

2014-10-03 11:37:00


Ireland is a world power when it comes to short films. Why, then, aren’t we doing more to champion the form – and our achievements in it?

Interview: A Serious Man - David Wilmot Interview

2014-10-02 16:00:00


He may be known for his darkly humourous turns but Dublin character actor David Wilmot is much more than an on-screen funnyman.

Film: Noble - Film Review

2014-09-25 16:31:00


BIOPIC OF IRISH CHARITY FOUNDER CHRISTINA NOBLE PLAYS IT SAFE & BROADLY INSPIRING

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Fairytale Fashion

2014-09-24 17:50:00


This autumn, we’re coming over all romantic with the latest fairytale fashion trend. Time to cast a spell over your wardrobe.

Film: A True and Noble Cause - Deirdre O'Kane Interview

2014-09-24 17:27:00


Known for her stand-up comedy, hilarious reflections of Irish life in shows like Paths to Freedom, and roles in bitingly funny films like Intermission, Deirdre O’Kane seemed an unlikely choice to play humanitarian Christina Noble in the new biopic Noble. But, as she reveals to Roe McDermott, her passion for bringing this story to the screen was as unstoppable as Noble herself.

Film: A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness - Film Review

2014-09-23 15:25:00


BEAUTIFULLY SHOT & INDULGENTLY SILENT FILM EXPLORES NATURAL & CONSTRUCTED UTOPIAS

Film: Life Of Crime - Film Review

2014-09-23 15:18:00


JENNIFER ANISTON FAILS TO EMOTE IN ‘70s KIDNAPPING CAPER

Film: Some Like It Scott - Andrew Scott Interview

2014-09-22 15:33:00


His new movie is a heartwarming gay drama – but Irish actor Andrew Scott has no desire to be seen as a role-model.

Movie: Laying Down the J-Law - Movie Opinion

2014-09-19 11:44:00


We are all complicit in the celebrity photo hacking scandal

Film: Pride - Film Review

2014-09-18 12:37:00


CHARMING STORY OF SMALLTOWN COMMUNITY FALLING FOR LGBT RIGHTS GROUP

Film: Movie Opinion: Hypocritical Oafs

2014-09-11 15:34:00


By slapping a restrictive rating on a gay rom-com, American censors have demonstrated just how far behind the times they are.

Film: If I Stay - Film Review

2014-09-09 17:03:00


TEENAGE MELODRAMA SHAMELESSLY AIMS FOR TEENAGE GIRLS’ TEARS

Film: A Most Wanted Man - Film Review

2014-09-09 16:58:00


PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN SHINES IN SLOW-BURNING, NUANCED & ABSORBING THRILLER

Film: Sex Tape - Film Review

2014-09-08 16:02:00


TIRED FARCICAL COMEDY PROVES ODDLY BORING & PRUDISH

Film: In Order Of Disappearance - Film Review

2014-09-08 15:57:00


ICILY COLD & BLACKLY FUNNY REVENGE THRILLER DECONSTRUCTS GENRE

Interview: HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY - Stellan Skarsgård talks

2014-09-05 17:10:00


Esteemed Nordic actor Stellan Skarsgård talks about his friendship with Robin Williams, working with bete noire director Lars Von Trier and running around naked in Thor.

Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey - Film Review

2014-09-04 13:34:00


SLIGHTLY BLAND BUT WARM & HEARTY FILM ABOUT CULTURE CLASHES & HAUTE CUISINE

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Fifty Shades of Black and White

2014-09-02 16:59:00


Monochrome is back with a bang, as an antidote to the recent sugar-rush of colourful floral trends. Think classic black-and-white French cinema and you’re almost there...

Movie: Frontlines: Girls Allowed

2014-08-28 17:47:00


Women are disgracefully under-represented at all levels of the movie industry. To highlight the need for change and to honour the contribution of females in cinema, activist Karla Healion has organised Ireland’s inaugural Feminist Film Festival.

Film: The Grand Seduction - Film Review

2014-08-27 17:47:00


BRENDAN GLEESON CAN’T SAVE BLAND, BACKWARDS BUCOLIC COMEDY WITH SINISTER CONSERVATIVE SUBTEXT

Film: Obvious Child - Film Review

2014-08-27 17:18:00


ROM-COM CELEBRATES VAGINAL SECRETIONS, ABORTIONS AND MILLENNIAL GIRLS WHO CHOOSE TO OWN THEIR STORY

Film: DELIVER US FROM EVIL - Film Review

2014-08-27 16:06:00


SCOTT DERRICKSON FALLS BACK ON OLD TROPES IN LAZILY DERIVATIVE DEVIL FLICK

Film: Lucy - Film Review

2014-08-22 11:09:00


UNAPOLOGETICALLY SILLY, AGGRESSIVELY ENERGISED THRILLER PROVIDES DECENT BRAIN-DEAD ENTERTAINMENT

Film: NOT COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU

2014-08-22 10:58:00


The reaction of the Hollywood elite to certain actors’ outspokenness on Israeli massacres in Gaza raises the uncomfortable spectre of the McCarthy-era blacklist.

Film: No Simple Simon - Simon Pegg Interview

2014-08-22 10:51:00


He’s the premier geek of the age – but as he grows older, Simon Pegg has learned there’s more to fulfillment than a Star Wars boxset

Film: What If - Film Review

2014-08-21 15:46:00


WHIP-SMART DIALOGUE AND SPARKLING CHEMISTRY ADD TO THIS SELF-AWARE ROM-COM

Film: Movies: Sad To Be Gay

2014-08-14 11:41:00


Not content with its under-representation of women, Hollywood also falls a long way short in its depiction of homosexuals...

Film: THE CONGRESS - Film Review

2014-08-14 11:13:00


With Hollywood as its target, intriguing sci-fi live-goon hybrid both hits and misses

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: That's A Wrap

2014-08-14 10:39:00


Faux fur, emerald coats and silk-patterned kimonos are in as we get collegiate chic this autumn.

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy - Film Review

2014-08-13 15:56:00


Giddy, irreverent and family-friendly superhero flick is big on laughs.

Interview: Lord Of All He Surveys - John Slattery Interview

2014-08-11 17:10:00


Having spent 10-years playing Roger Sterling in Mad Men, John Slattery has turned full-blown movie director with God’s Pocket, which features a remarkable turn by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Film: HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

2014-08-08 13:10:00


SIMON PEGG BRINGS SOME EMOTIONAL HONESTY TO CHICKEN-SOUP EXPLORATION OF HAPPINESS

Film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

2014-08-01 12:18:00


Intelligent, emotive and thrilling sci-fi invests in characters as well as action

Film: Mood Indigo

2014-07-30 12:03:00


VISUALLY INVENTIVE ABSURDIST ROMANCE IS ALL EXPERIMENT, NO EMOTION

Film: Finding Vivian Maier

2014-07-29 12:37:00


FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ART AND IDENTITY

Film: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

2014-07-28 17:23:00


Star-power and idealised re-enactment distract from real story in well-intended documentary about illegal immigration

Film: Joe

2014-07-24 11:42:00


CAGE IMPRESSES IN MOODY, ATMOSPHERIC AND ULTIMATELY DERIVATIVE SOUTHERN NOIR

Reports: OPINION with Roe McDermott: Gaze Like These

2014-07-21 11:41:00


Two Dublin film festivals celebrate a different “gaze” this July.

Interview: Shane Meadows Interview: Some Buddy to love

2014-07-21 11:24:00


Acclaimed director Shane Meadows’ latest movie is his most personal yet – a redemption story about his best friend, musician Gavin Clark. He tells Roe McDermott about becoming director, interviewer and therapist and the importance of having faith in your abilities.

Interview: John Carney Interview - Once Bitten, Twice Wry

2014-07-18 12:36:00


From playing in The Frames to becoming the acclaimed director of Once, director John Carney has experienced both rejection and affection from the film and music industries. With his new film Begin Again exploring music, fame and love, he talks about being embraced by Hollywood, how doomed love stories are the most powerful, and why men of his age are in crisis.

Fashion: Shoot Happens: Oliver's Armour Is Here To Stay

2014-07-17 11:11:00


Donegal lad Oliver Doherty Duncan has been making quite a splash lately.

Interview: Jack Reynor Interview: Jack's No Lad

2014-07-17 10:42:00


Ireland’s Golden Boy is set for worldwide fame following his role in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The 24-year-old tells Roe McDermott about having Steven Spielberg and Michael Fassbender as fans, dealing with the fame – and why he’ll always return to promote Irish film.

Film: CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

2014-07-16 10:43:00


LIGHT LITERARY COMEDY PROVES WITTY, AMIABLE AND FORGETTABLE.

Film: Love Eternal

2014-07-15 14:12:00


Off-beat Irish drama only a partial success

Film: BOYHOOD

2014-07-14 11:21:00


STUNNINGLY BRAVE, DEEPLY EMOTIVE TALE OF THE ORDINARY MOMENTS THAT MAKE UP A LIFE

Film: BEGIN AGAIN

2014-07-11 15:03:00


ONCE’S SAFER, MORE COMMERCIAL SIBLING IS A BREEZY LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK

Film: Transformers: Age Of Extinction

2014-07-10 11:32:00


MICHAEL BAY REACHES THE APEX OF BAYISM IN HIS TRANSFORMERS CONCENTRATE FLICK

Film: Fruitvale Station

2014-06-17 11:22:00


TRAGIC TRUE STORY OF RACE AND PRIVILEGE IS UNDERMINED BY CLUNKY, CLICHED DIRECTING

Film: Cheap Thrills

2014-06-16 16:19:00


GLEEFULLY TWISTED BLACK COMEDY GIVES A GORY, DAMNING INSIGHT INTO THE AMERICAN DREAM

Film: Benny & Jolene

2014-06-12 12:59:00


Meandering, indulgent mumblecore about the music industry hits all the wrong notes

Film: Belle

2014-06-12 12:28:00


Pretty period drama evokes Austen and abolitionist politics by combining rage and romance.

Film: The Dirties

2014-06-12 11:36:00


Funny, terrifying, insightful and completely immersive film about fantasy, reality and school shootings

Film: Venus In Fur

2014-06-11 15:25:00


Kinkily mischievous & theatrically witty examination of tease & sleaze

Film: Maleficent

2014-06-11 15:10:00


Pretty but dull, this fangless fairytale reboot needed to be more wicked

Film: X-Men Days of Future Past

2014-06-11 15:00:00


Brilliant action & humour compensate for superhero flick’s convoluted plot.

Film: Edge of Tomorrow

2014-06-11 14:39:00


Groundhog day meets Starship Troopers in fun, frenetic & clever sci-fi action flick

Interview: The Golden Forde

2014-06-11 11:05:00


Eyebrows may be raised in certain quarters at model Nadia Forde’s move into pop music, but the aspiring singer is determined to prove the naysayers wrong. She talks to Roe McDermott about her difficult upbringing, FHM photoshoots, singing the anthem at Irish football matches, and trying to confound expectations.

Interview: Passenger Interview- Fasten Your Seatbelt

2014-05-30 15:34:00


English folk-rocker Passenger enjoyed massive international success with his slow-burning 2012 single, ‘Let Her Go’. With his new album Whispers about to DROP, he talks about adjusting to his newfound fame, missing home while out on tour and why he was never going to do The X Factor.

Film: Hill Street

2014-05-27 11:43:00


WARM DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DUBLIN SKATEBOARDING COULD DO WITH A FEW MORE TRICKS

Film: Before The Winter Chill

2014-05-27 11:26:00


SLOW-BURNING AND MANNERED FRENCH THRILLER PROVES FROSTY RATHER THAN CHILLING

Film: Godzilla

2014-05-27 11:13:00


ICONIC MONSTER TRAMPLES OVER PLOT & MEANING BEFORE GORGING ITSELF ON GREAT VISUALS

Film: Bad Neighbours

2014-05-27 10:56:00


COMEDY ABOUT INTERGENERATIONAL WAR PROVES FILTHY & FUN

Film: Blue Ruin

2014-05-02 11:52:00


Stripped back & realistic thriller shows the complications of revenge

Film: The Other Woman

2014-05-01 13:55:00


Generation Y's frist wives club proves a dull rehash of tired gender stereotypes

Reports: Young Adult Cinema: The Redemption

2014-04-29 12:52:00


Teens, movie lovers and fans of YA fiction, we have found a saviour. Let us bow at the alter of Shailene Woodley, for she may be the one to save us all.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Sweet Sixties

2014-04-28 11:48:00


Spreading faster than a Beatles song across the airwaves, Sixties fashion is making a rapid return to sartorial heights this spring. Roe McDermott shows you how to bring the era's flirty but powerful style off the catwalks and into your wardrobe.

Interview: Punching above his weight: Interview with Gareth Evans

2014-04-28 10:14:00


Just how does a friendly Welsh man end up making genre-defying martial arts films about brutal, bloody and balletic Silat fighting? Gareth Evans tells Roe McDermott about directing The Raid and The Raid 2 - but why he himself is a lover, not a fighter.

Film: Tracks

2014-04-24 12:46:00


Beautifully shot and meditative account of one woman's trek across Australia

Film: Magic Magic

2014-04-23 11:16:00


Horror about group dynamics and paranoia trips over its own tricks

Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

2014-04-22 12:21:00


Emotive performances redeem sprawling and tonally flawed sequel

Film: The Lunchbox

2014-04-17 12:14:00


Wit, charm and insight are the main ingredients of this delectable Indian dramedy

Film: The Raid 2: Berandel

2014-04-16 16:45:00


Bloody, brutal & beautiful martial arts sequel proves a little too much

Film: The Last Day On Mars

2014-04-16 12:48:00


Frustratingly empty sci-fi horror lacks both entertainment value & any discernible point

Film: Calvary

2014-04-14 12:39:00


Beautifully acted, emotionally devastating examination of Ireland, abuse, survival & faith

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Dude for thought

2014-04-11 12:03:00


This spring and summer, it's not just the girls who are hoping to look their best - we know you lads like donning your glad rags too. So from suited and booted looks to nautical trends to effortless ensembles, Roe McDermott has all the latest trends in menswear covered.

Interview: Faith no more: Interview with Dylan Moran

2014-04-10 13:59:00


Comedian, amateur, philosopher and star of John Micheal McDonagh's Calvary. Dylan Moran talks about Ireland's relationship with the Catholic Church, becoming comfortable with our own pain, his experience of fatherhood, and why talking is the roaring fire that keeps the Irish going.

Interview: Double Trouble: Richard Ayoade talks about his new film

2014-04-08 17:31:00


Best know as the star of The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade has triumphantly crossed over to directing. His new movie is a rumination on identity that sees Jesse Eisenberg's hapless protagonist supplanted by a look-alike.

Film: Divergent

2014-04-08 11:30:00


Shailene Woodley injects interest & intelligence into formulaic young-adult sci-fi

News: Brendan Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan Head IFTA Winners

2014-04-07 12:23:00


There was a huge turn-out of stars for the 11th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards Winners on Saturday night

Reports: Netflix comes over all musical with great documentary additions

2014-04-04 14:41:00


A new Neil Young documentary is one of many mouthwatering offerings from those fine folks at Netflix, as Roe McDermott explains...

Film: The Double

2014-04-04 11:38:00


Ayoade impresses with darkly funny, richly stylised & unnerving noir

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Tribal Revival

2014-04-02 14:03:00


From Aztec prints, exotic jewels and Amazonian armour, Roe McDermott tells you how to navigate the dark and daring jungle of tribal fashion.

Interview: True Grit: Director David Mackenzie talks about his new film

2014-04-02 13:32:00


Known for his artsy, angsty features director David Mackenzie adopts a more straightforward tone on his latest feature, a prison-set exploration of machismo and the anger that rages inside us all.

Film: 20 Feet From Stardom

2014-04-01 13:38:00


Documentary examines the struggles & successes of backing singers who shaped the music industry

Film: Muppets Most Wanted

2014-03-28 13:08:00


The muppets return in an outrageously fun comedy chapter

Reports: TV Highlight of the Fortnight: TV3's People's Debate

2014-03-28 11:06:00


Roe McDermott attended he debut of TV3's People's Debate, and discovered that emotion doesn't always lead to enlightened discussion

Reports: Do Female Film Critics Have the Write Stuff?

2014-03-27 13:40:00


Why are women still underrepresented in film journalism, and what can be done about it? asks Roe McDermott

Film: Starred Up

2014-03-25 10:29:00


Raw, vicious & gripping prison drama drips with authenticity & rage

Film: Salvo

2014-03-24 12:51:00


Uniquely atmosphere & sensorial mafioso film ultimately resorts to cliche

Film: Veronica Mars

2014-03-21 17:21:00


TV adaptation heavily panders to fans - But as they financed it, it's fair enough

Interview: Loving the Alien: Interview with Jonathan Glazer

2014-03-19 16:23:00


Scarlett Johansson as a kit-shedding alien prowling small-town Scotland? It sounds like a trip to the weird side of the tracks – which is exactly what Under The Skin director Jonathan Glazer intended

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Andrew Scott

2014-03-19 11:05:00


Star of The Stag and celebrated moustache-twirler in hit television show Sherlock, actor Andrew Scott tells Roe McDermott about playing the bad guy and the objectifying nature of his new-found fame. He also talks about coming oiut, and weighs in on Ireland's recent public debate regarding homophobia.

Reports: Why we need to stop caring who the Oscar goes to

2014-03-18 16:25:00


The Academy Awards simply don't matter any more

Film: The Rocket

2014-03-18 11:33:00


Laos-set coming of age tales blends poignancy, authenticity & the fantastic

Film: Under The Skin

2014-03-13 11:57:00


Psychosexual sci-fi seductive, stunning & unnerving

Film: Plot For Peace

2014-03-12 11:41:00


Dauntingly dense tale of a frenchman's role in the dismantling of apartheid

Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014-03-11 10:41:00


Wes Anderson's glittering, artful comedy caper is a gorgeous slice of nostalgia

Film: Ride Along

2014-03-10 16:51:00


Uninspired & unoriginal buddy cop film is short on laughs, action & reality

Film: Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

2014-03-04 16:01:00


Von Trier's exploration of sex addiction is as wry & intellectual as it is graphic

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Sporting Life

2014-03-04 15:26:00


When it comes to working the latest sports-luxe trend, Roe McDermott shows you how to take control of this season's playful fashion game

Reports: Opinion: A moral conundrum

2014-03-04 13:24:00


Why I have misgivings about allowing alleged child molester Woody Allen the legal presumption of innocence

Interview: The Wonder of You: Hot Press meets Hugh O'Conor

2014-03-03 16:09:00


Irish actor Hugh O'Conor talks to Roe McDermott about The Stag, early fame, the complexities of male friendship and discrimination in Ireland.

Reports: My TV Fortnight

2014-02-27 14:36:00


Film: The Randomers

2014-02-27 14:06:00


Thought-provoking tale of how intimacy and love and grow in silence

Film: The Book Thief

2014-02-27 11:24:00


Holocaust novel is whitewashed into a handsome but bland period piece

Film: Only Lovers Left Alive

2014-02-24 16:40:00


Deliciously dark & decadent vampire tale is intellectual & offbeat

Film: The Monuments Men

2014-02-24 15:46:00


Disappointing ensemble war piece is tonally muddled & poorly rendered

Interview: Cross Dressed for Success: Hot Press Interview with Jared Leto

2014-02-17 18:09:00


Jared Leto tell Hot Press about returning to the screen for Dallas Buyers Club, the emotional experience of method acting, Oscar buzz, and fighting an epic battle for musicians everywhere.

Film: Bastards

2014-02-17 11:20:00


Atmospheric and opaque contemporary noir attacks corruption and capitalism

Reports: Opinion: Stop Downloading, You Selfish People

2014-02-14 17:37:00


Tarantino, Gawker and the Peak of Viewer Entitlement

Film: Cuban Fury

2014-02-14 10:50:00


Great cast & crackling script elevate by-the-book dance comedy

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Red Alert

2014-02-13 10:34:00


Ireland's it girl Angela Scanlon gives her tips for getting a great vintage look on a budget...

Frontlines: Discrimination once again?

2014-02-12 13:23:00


Are RTÉ guilty of pandering to the religious right? Roe McDermott reports on Ireland’s growing homophobia row.

Film: Her

2014-02-12 11:36:00


Tale of a technology & romance is quirky, melancholic & thought-provoking

Film: Lone Survivor

2014-02-11 16:17:00


True story of a US SEALS mission becomes a bracing if machismo-laden action film

Film: Dallas Buyers Club

2014-02-10 17:23:00


McConaughey & Leto stun in fascinating tale of AIDS, homophobia and adversity

Reports: Slave to the Grind

2014-02-06 16:48:00


What reactions to 12 Years A Slave reveal about racism and objectification today.

Interview: Oscar for an Oscar? - Interview with Oscar Isaac

2014-02-06 16:13:00


Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac is generating serious Academy Award buzz with his stunning portrayal of a struggling folk singer. The actor and singer tells Roe McDermott about his struggle to reach the top, working with the Coen Brothers and the rebirth of the anti-hero.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Paul Duane

2014-02-05 16:32:00


Irish director Paul Duane is on a serious roll, being named one of Variety’s directors to watch, jet-setting off to meet famous filmmakers in LA, and seeing his highly anticipated television show Amber hit the small screens both in Ireland and internationally. He tells Roe McDermott about the whirlwind of success now surrounding him; his attraction to extreme characters; and his views on sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

Reports: Six of the Best - Irish Actors

2014-02-04 10:56:00


Roe McDermott casts an admiring eye over the new crop of Irish actors who are set to take screens, both small and big, by storm this year.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Santa Gold

2013-12-20 11:37:00


With the festive season upon us, it’s time to get out those glad rags and bring some edgy, urban and unapologetically extravagant glamour to your winter wardrobe. Roe McDermott tells you what must-have fashion items to add to your Dear Santa letter

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Angela Beaumont

2013-12-19 15:05:00


Cork native Angela Beaumont was our featured designer earlier this year, and it seems Christmas has come early for the young designer, who has had a very busy year.

Interview: Hot Press Movie Interview with Nick August-Perna

2013-12-18 11:20:00


A chronicling of the Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s fractured relationship has yielded a dark, moving documentary. The directors talk about spinning movie gold from a difficult time in the lives of the two musicians.

Reports: Hot Press TV Christmas Special

2013-12-16 11:37:00


With a plethora of blockbuster comedies, Oscar-baiting dramas, and fun family-friendly fare showing in cinemas this holiday season, Roe McDermott gives you the run-down on some of the big releases over Christmas and the New Year.

Reports: The Hot Press Move Special

2013-12-16 11:32:00


With a plethora of blockbuster comedies, Oscar-baiting dramas, and fun family-friendly fare showing in cinemas this holiday season, Roe McDermott gives you the run-down on some of the big releases over Christmas and the New Year.

Film: Just a Sigh

2013-12-16 10:47:00


Clumsy but oddly compelling day-long love story evokes realism through high and low art

Film: Nebraska

2013-12-12 14:24:00


Wonderfully humanist dramedy celebrates the extraordinary moments in ordinary journeys

Film: The Swell Season

2013-12-11 11:04:00


Subtle and emotionally complex portrait of the pitfalls of fame and love

Film: Best DVD's Out Now: Millers Drossing

2013-12-10 10:58:00


A 'family' frat-comedy misses the mark but a clichéd coming-of-age yarn proves surprisingly moving.

Film: Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf's

2013-12-10 10:36:00


Fawning fashion store documentary fails to question or laugh at gilded butterflies

Film: Old Boy

2013-12-09 11:27:00


Unaffecting remake lacks the psychological complexity and unnerving sadism of original

Interview: Hot Press meets Colin Farrell

2013-12-05 11:20:00


Party boy turned devoted dad Colin Farrell stars as the alcoholic father of Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He confides in Roe McDermott about his rabble-rousing days, how his children have transformed him, and why he no longer needs the love of an audience.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: The Call of the Wild

2013-12-05 11:16:00


Winter is closing in and some people will spend the coming months sipping cocoa in their PJs.

Interview: Through the Pain Barrier: Hot Press meets Ken Jeong

2013-12-04 10:41:00


The Hangover franchise may have made Ken Jeong famous for jumping out of cars naked and parachuting over the Las Vegas strip, but the comedy films hold a deep personal resonance for him. He confides in Roe McDermott

Interview: Scary Godmother: Interview with Anne Rice

2013-12-02 11:41:00


Don’t you dare mention Twilight. Yes, a novelist who created sexy vampires is now penning works about attractive werewolves, but this is no Stephanie Meyer nonsense. This is Anne Rice, Godmother of Gothic. And she was here first.

Film: Saving Mr. Banks

2013-11-29 14:26:00


Sweet, smart and sometimes sentimental, P. L. Travers gets the Disney treatment- again.

Film: Parkland

2013-11-28 14:38:00


Story of JFK’S assassination told from so many viewpoints that nothing is seen clearly

Film: Review: Don Jon

2013-11-27 13:48:00


A slick, smart, stylish and swagger-filled examination of objectification and intimacy...

Film: Best DVD's Out Now: The Pow! And the Glory

2013-11-26 11:33:00


Lots of over-powered heroes in this month’s round-up, but some are more convincing than others...

Film: Blue is the Warmest Colour

2013-11-26 11:06:00


An engrossing, intimate and explosive Portrait of young love

Film: The Family

2013-11-25 15:40:00


Tonally confused and targetless satire brings darkness, but no comedy

Frontlines: Clinical Depression is a Long Term Illness

2013-11-25 13:18:00


Despite increasing awareness about mental illness, the outdated Long Term Illness Scheme draws a clear divide between physical illness and mental illness. DJ Alex Donald talks about her experiences of living with clinical depression.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Shoot Happens: We are Islanders

2013-11-22 11:43:00


One of the most exciting labels to emerge on the fashion scene, We Are Islanders is a ‘collective’ based in Dublin. It consists of Rosie O’Reilly (designer), Kate Nolan (production) and Deirdre Hynds (communications).

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Jump Around

2013-11-20 14:33:00


Roe McDermott explores the sartorial rise of the It Sweater, and looks at how to elevate your humble pull-over into a statement piece worthy of high fashion.

Interview: That's a Rap - Interview with Claire Dix

2013-11-20 11:00:00


Acclaimed young filmmaker Claire Dix talks about her gritty debut feature, Broken Song, which focuses on hip hop performers from Ballymun.

Film: In Fear

2013-11-15 12:51:00


Examination of fear gives way to slasher cliche in interesting if flawed scare-fest.

Film: The Broken Song

2013-11-14 10:36:00


Stunning documentary shows the artistry of disenfranchised Dublin rappers.

Film: Thor: The Dark World

2013-11-13 13:57:00


Tom Hiddleston steals show again in second instalment of mythical superhero flick...

Film: Gravity

2013-11-13 11:18:00


Here we are sitting in a tin can above the world. Planet Earth is blue and there is nothing we can do.

Reports: Best DVD's Out Now: Standing on the Shoulders of Pints

2013-11-12 11:29:00


A charming love-letter to the Irish boozer fails to go beyond superficial flag-waving

Film: Drinking Buddies

2013-11-12 11:14:00


A funny, intelligent and emotionally honest exploration of relationships- the potentially perfect and the already best.

Film: Short Term 12

2013-11-11 11:31:00


Heartbreaking and funny take of kids choosing to survive, and building their own family.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Shoot Happens: Sarah O'Neill - Harlow and Harvey

2013-11-08 10:46:00


Irish-born Sarah O’Neill grew up in Canada before returning to Ireland in 1997. In 2009, she graduated with an honours degree in Fashion from Limerick School of Art and Design, where her ‘Skin & Bones’ collection won the ‘Bulmer’s Light Best Use of Fabric Award.’

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Dark Blooms

2013-11-07 11:28:00


Explore the thornier side of florals, gothic romanticism and punk rebellion with this season ’s moody blooms.

Interview: Hello Spaceboy - Interview with Gavin Hood

2013-11-06 14:10:00


Oscar winning director Gavin Hood talks to Roe McDermott about adapting sci-fi military tale Ender’s Game, his own moral conflict during his young military career and how the homophobic views of author Orson Scott Card have damaged the film adaptation.

Film: Philomena

2013-11-01 10:58:00


TOO MANY LAUGHS DIMINISH EMOTION OF HARROWING MAGDALENE TALE

Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown

2013-10-31 11:09:00


STRIKING IF OCCASIONALLY MELODRAMATIC MEDITATION ON LOVE, LOSS AND FAITH

Film: Prince Avalanche

2013-10-30 11:07:00


GENTLE AND BEAUTIFULLY SHOT ABSURDIST DRAMA SUFFERS DUE TO MISCASTING

Film: The Selfish Giant

2013-10-29 13:02:00


BRITISH SOCIAL REALISM MEETS MODERN FAIRYTALE IN HEARTBREAKING FRIENDSHIP FILM

Reports: Best DVD's Out Now: The End Is Wry

2013-10-29 12:56:00


A Tale of Fratboy Apocalpyse is Surprisingly Effective and Affecting

Film: Closed Circuit

2013-10-29 11:45:00


LAZILY WRITTEN THRILLER FORGETS TO INCLUDE THE THRILLS

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Shoot Happens: Natalie B. Coleman

2013-10-25 10:37:00


Natalie B. Coleman studied fashion at Limerick School of Art & Design received an MA at Central St. Martins, London. She has worked for such labels as threeASFOUR New York and Ragna Frodadottir, based in Iceland. She went on to establish her own womenswear label NATALIEBCOLEMAN in 2010. It has now expanded into silk scarves, leather bags, purses and swimwear.

Interview: Show Us The Love

2013-10-24 11:39:00


Love/Hate is the country’s most successful ever TV drama production. That it happens also to be a complex and brilliantly constructed narrative about life in modern Ireland makes that success all the more impressive. As the series enters its fourth season, Hot Press film critic Roe McDermott speaks to the writer Stuart Carolan and two of the series’ leading actresses about Love/Hate’s contribution to the television renaissance, whether the show glamourises violence, the treatment meted out to its female characters – and losing the show’s biggest star, Robert Sheehan.

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Winter Warriors

2013-10-24 11:31:00


This winter, gloves are off in the fashion wars. Catwalks are oozing strong, sensual glamour. Highlighting the strength and power of formidable femininity, this look draws on the most dramatic of the year’s trends: from fur, to sharp tailoring, studs and tribal jewellery. This season, when you armour up, you’ve got to bring out the big fashion guns.

Interview: Driving Miss Daisy - Interview with Meg Rosoff

2013-10-23 10:45:00


Meg Rosoff’s award-winning novel How I Live Now has been transformed from a personal tale into a sweeping dystopian film in Kevin Macdonald’s film adaptation. She tells Roe McDermott about handing over control and exorcising her own demons in her writing.

Film: Very Extremely Dangerous

2013-10-17 11:14:00


BRILLIANT AND TERRIFYING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AN INFAMOUS MUSICIAN

Film: How I Live Now

2013-10-16 11:17:00


TEEN ROMANCE MEETS DYSTOPIAN TALE IN VISUALLY STUNNING ADAPTATION

Film: The Fifth Estate

2013-10-15 11:52:00


SURFACE-LEVEL WIKILEAKS FILM DILUTES THE IMPACT OF FASCINATING TALE

Reports: Best DVD's Out Now: It's Kind Of Tragic

2013-10-15 11:43:00


A stellar cast and intriguing concept can’t save a half-cocked romp set in the world of magic and illusionists

Film: Thanks For Sharing

2013-10-14 11:56:00


UNEVEN BUT BRILLIANTLY ACTED ADDICTION TALE

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: A Fine Vintage

2013-10-10 10:56:00


Forget the perms and bad platforms, the Seventies were an era of seductive glamour. Roe McDermott tells you how to update the trend to bring out your inner disco diva.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Angela Beaumont

2013-10-09 11:39:00


Cork native Angela Beaumont graduated in June of this year, with a BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design for Industry, from the renowned Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Interview: Dan Of The Moment

2013-10-08 11:56:00


He will be forever famous as bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter. But Daniel Radcliffe refuses to be typecast as a wand-wielding sixth former and, ever since the Potter movies finished, has been bravely pushing against audience expectations. In an exclusive interview he sat down with Roe McDermott and talked about casting off the yoke of child stardom and forging his own path.

Interview: Bittersweet Trial O' Mine

2013-10-04 17:26:00


He went to court to protect what he felt to be the legacy of his band, The Doors. Now John Densmore has chronicled his legal battle with former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in a book. He talks about the honour of having Jim Morrison’s parents join him as plaintiff and how he mended things with Manzarek before the keyboardist’s death last year

Film: The Call

2013-10-04 10:38:00


GOOD PREMISE AND ACTORS WASTED ON A CLICHED AND NONSENSICAL THILLER DISASTER

Film: Blue Jasmin

2013-10-02 16:40:00


CATE BLANCHETT IS MESMERISING IN WOODY ALLEN’S STRIKING TRAGIC COMEDY

Film: Pouring His Heart Out - Interview With Alex Fegan

2013-10-02 11:52:00


He was doing well as a solicitor but his heart wasn’t in it. So Alex Fegan quit the legal profession and went into filmmaking – the same month the bottom fell out of the economy. Still he persevered and has broken through with his latest movie, a moving eulogy to the Irish boozer

Reports: Best DVD's Out Now: The Good, The Bad And The Lonely

2013-10-01 15:48:00


The guy who gave the world Buffy the Vampire Slayer delivers asurprisingly efficient interpretation of a Shakespeare comedy

Film: Austenland

2013-10-01 15:36:00


EMOTIONALLY VAPID AND CLICHED ROM-COM IS A SLOW SUCCESSION OF BORING NOTHINGS

Film: Prisoners

2013-09-30 16:04:00


INTELLIGENT, MACABRE THRILLER CREATES CONSTANT SENSE OF DREAD AND DOUBT

Interview: The Hot Press Interview: Antonia Campbell-Hughes

2013-09-24 14:05:19


Antonia Campbell-Hughes is one of Ireland’s most intense and exciting acting talents. Fiercely intelligent and almost intimidatingly multi-talented, she has successfully traversed fashion, comedy and, latterly, dramatic film work. She talks with enviable honesty to Roe McDermott about her insatiable curiosity, her love of complex characters – and the controversies into which she has been plunged more than once...

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Shoot Happens: Grey Matter

2013-09-23 00:00:00


Eilis Boyle’s dark and cozy creations are the product of years of globe-trotting and deep thinking.

Film: PIETÀ

2013-09-20 00:00:00


OEDIPAL REVENGE FANTASY BLENDS GRUESOME VIOLENCE WITH ODDLY WITTY TENDERNESS

Frontlines: Student Survival Guide Part 2: Chic and Cheerful

2013-09-20 00:00:00


By now, many of you will have already taken your first step through the doors of your chosen third level institution, but fear not, gentle-hearted college newbies! Team Hot Press has got lots more nuggets of advice to dish out on mastering the art of student life. In part one of our student special, we told you why you should join some of your college’s clubs and societies, laid out the essential student syllabus, covering books, film and music, and explained how to keep yourself in champagne and oysters for only a few bob a week (sort of!) If you missed it, no biggie! You’ll find the highlights online at hotpress.com. This time, we’re taking a good hard look at the all-important issue of mental health, giving you the important numbers to call if, at any point, the college experience gets to be too much. On a lighter note, we’re divulging where the most student-friendly clubs, bars and venues are to be found, showing you how to style yourself on a shoestring and hooking you up with some of the best media courses in the country. Enjoy!

Interview: In The Kodaline Of Duty

2013-09-19 00:00:00


With a must-see Arthur’s Day gig looming, alternative rock sensations Kodaline discuss international success, why fans are the only critics they care about and the ease with which you can lose a band member while touring America...

Film: Kelly + Viktor

2013-09-17 00:00:00


A STRIKING, BEAUTIFULLY ACTED BUT FLAWED EXAMINATION OF A DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP

Film: Princess of Wails - Interview with Oliver Hirschbiegel

2013-09-16 00:00:00


German director Oliver Hirschbiegel became a critics’ and cinephiles’ darling with his complex portrait of Adolf Hitler in Downfall. However, his latest biopic, Diana, has been blasted as tacky and reductive. But then, he tells Roe McDermott, he didn’t want to direct it in the first place…

Film: Insidious: Chapter 2

2013-09-16 00:00:00


SILLY & CONVOLUTED HORROR IS RIFE WITH JUMPS, LAUGHS & ENDLESS CLICHÉS

Reports: The best DVD's out now

2013-09-16 00:00:00


CARRY ON VAMPING Neil Jordan’s revisiting of the vampire genre is sumptuous but ultimately dreary

Live: Mindfield

2013-09-13 00:00:00


As ever, the MindField spoken word arena of Electric Picnic had a host of intelligent, entertaining and diverse events, its panels and performances providing a haven for all the festival nerds looking to be informed and inflamed.

Film: Rush

2013-09-13 00:00:00


Solid racing flick undermines fascinating tale with formulaic Hollywood approach

Film: A Belfast Story Review

2013-09-13 00:00:00


Horribly scripted and poorly acted troubles film proves offensively bad.

Fashion-IRISH DESIGNERS: Wildlife: Swell For Leather

2013-09-10 00:00:00


Galway’s Úna Burke has conquered the world with her amazing designs, garnering a celebrity fanclub including Lady Gaga and Nick Minaj

Interview: The Son Also Rises: Interview with Domhnall Gleeson

2013-09-09 00:00:00


Domhnall Gleeson talks to Roe McDermott about becoming a leading man, fame, and being an old soul.

Film: Lovelace

2013-09-05 00:00:00


Cowardly Snapshot Of Linda Lovelace's Life Is Flat And Reductive

Film: The Way Way Back

2013-09-04 00:00:00


Sam Rockwell Steals The Show In Hilarious And Sweet Coming-Of-Age Tale

Film: About Time

2013-09-02 00:00:00


Domhnall Gleeson Is An Irresistably Charming Leading Man In Emotive Time-Travel Rom-Com

Reports: Best DVDs Out Now

2013-08-30 00:00:00


After a decade plus of dreadful rom-coms, Matthew McConaughey returns to straight drama...

Film: Elysium Review

2013-08-30 00:00:00


District 9 director impresses again with excellent if unsubtle political sci-fi...

Film: Pain and Gain Review

2013-08-29 00:00:00


Michael Bay's Love Of Bigoted, Consumerist White Male Privilege Again On Distasteful Display...

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Fashion: Tartan is Back

2013-08-27 00:00:00


Beloved of prim and punk royalty, tartan is back with a bang. Roe McDermott explains how to embrace your chequered past with a checkered present...

Interview: Hot Press meets Robert Sheehan

2013-08-27 00:00:00


Robert Sheehan’s latest project is a far cry from the Dublin backstreets of Love/Hate. This month he stars in fantasy flick Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which is set to make him a star in the States...

Film: We're The Millers Review

2013-08-21 00:00:00


Broad and often creepy comedy makes for utterly forgettable viewing...

Film: Foxfire Review

2013-08-20 00:00:00


Engaging if flawed tale about a girl gang's quest for empowerment...

Film: What Maisie Knew

2013-08-19 00:00:00


Tender and unflinching film shows a bitter divorce from a child's perspective...

Film: Best DVDs out now

2013-08-16 00:00:00


The horrific truth about killer whales in captivity is laid bare in a shocking documentary...

Film: Kuma

2013-08-16 00:00:00


Immersive Austrian/Turkish Drama is thought-provoking on personal and cultural levels...

Film: 2 Guns

2013-08-15 00:00:00


Wahlberg and Washington Just About Save Formulaic Buddy-Cop Bromance...

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Back In Business

2013-08-13 00:00:00


The tuxedo trend is back – but this time it’s ready not just for some tailoring, but for remixing...

Film: Blackfish

2013-08-12 00:00:00


Enraging documentary about killer whales in captivity may rightly ruin Sea World...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Tom Wilkinson

2013-08-12 00:00:00


He’s a straight-talking, no-nonsense actor of the old school. Tom Wilkinson explains why he has no time for Hollywood glamour and addresses the controversy over his latest movie, The Lone Ranger...

Interview: Critical Mass Books: Murder, He Wrote

2013-08-08 00:00:00


Bestselling crime author Peter James tells Roe McDermott about police investigations, tantrum-throwing celebrities – and what the Scriptures say about Selena Gomez (apparently)...

Film: The Heat

2013-08-07 00:00:00


Often hilarious buddy-cop film brings the funny, the formula and the female empowerment...

Film: The Lone Ranger

2013-08-07 00:00:00


Complicated Western finds Depp out of his depth...

Film: From Up On Poppy Hill

2013-08-06 00:00:00


Japanese coming of age is beautifully animated and sweetly bland...

Film: Only God Forgives

2013-08-01 00:00:00


Refn disappoints with beautiful but boring pop art self-parody...

Reports: Critical Mass: DVDs

2013-08-01 00:00:00


Steven Soderbergh’s cinematic sing-off is a disorientating tale of big pharma, confused emotions and dark dealings...

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens: Fest-Dressed

2013-07-30 00:00:00


Whether keeping cool in the city or cutting loose in the country, River Island has got scores of Summery styles to fulfill your festival needs...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Director Edgar Wright

2013-07-29 00:00:00


Rekindled friendships are at the centre of cult director Edgar Wright’s latest collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The World’s End...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Kevin Spacey

2013-07-29 00:00:00


House Of Cards actor Kevin Spacey talks about power, conspiracy, his mate Bill Clinton and whether he’d ever run for office...

Film: Wikileaks: We Steal Secrets

2013-07-24 00:00:00


Fascinating insight into Wikileaks and the lack of heroes in the transparency debate...

Film: The Deep

2013-07-23 00:00:00


Odd real life survival tale becomes an astute examination of survivor's guilt...

Film: The World's End

2013-07-22 00:00:00


Fun, silly and sweet end to bromantic, pop-culture laden three Cornettos trilogy...

Reports: Best DVDs Out Now

2013-07-19 00:00:00


Hollywood’s latest Stephanie Meyer adaptation simply isn’t up to scratch...

Film: The Frozen Ground

2013-07-19 00:00:00


Tacky thriller lessens impact of harrowing true story...

Film: Blancanieves

2013-07-18 00:00:00


Silent Snow White movie is gorgeously gothic but gimmicky...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Jesse Eisenberg

2013-07-15 00:00:00


America's attitudes towards race and the Holocaust; political correctness; the film industry and writer's envy - Jesse Eisenberg offers fascinating insights to them all.

Film: The East

2013-07-10 00:00:00


Thriller's seemingly complex morality reveals itself to be quite simplistic...

Film: The Bling Ring

2013-07-09 00:00:00


Listless films of fame obsession fails to provide critique or insight...

Film: Paris-Manhattan

2013-07-08 00:00:00


Light, slight & fluffy French comedy owes its charm & ideas to Woody Allen...

Film: Monsters University

2013-07-08 00:00:00


Safe jokes and tired formulas result in a disappointing pixar prequel...

Reports: Best DVDs Out Now

2013-07-08 00:00:00


Film: Stories We Tell

2013-07-04 00:00:00


Dazzling family documentary...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Zach Snyder

2013-07-01 00:00:00


Zack Snyder, director of the box-office smash Man Of Steel, talks to Roe McDermott about his often misunderstood work, snarky fanboys and his NSA- baiting new movie...

Film: Much Ado About Nothing

2013-06-26 00:00:00


Joss Whedon ropes friends in, for a frothy shakespeare adaption...

Film: Like Someone In Love

2013-06-24 00:00:00


Enigmatic and quietly devastatingdrama about our failure to communicate....

Film: Now You See Me

2013-06-21 00:00:00


Magic crime caper initially dazzles, but fades quickly...

Reports: Best DVDs Out Now

2013-06-21 00:00:00


Film: Before Midnight

2013-06-21 00:00:00


Heart-wrenching third installment of idyllic drama captures the beauty of relationships...

Interview: Hot Press meets David O'Malley

2013-06-18 00:00:00


Irish designer focus...

Film: Citadel

2013-06-17 00:00:00


Low-budget Irish horror flick has decidedly un-pc undertones...

Film: The Last Exorcism Part 2

2013-06-12 00:00:00


Tame, irredeemable and painfully dull sequel lacks scares or originality...

Film: Summer In February

2013-06-11 00:00:00


Tortuously dull novel adaption is British melodrama by numbers...

Film: Review: The Purge

2013-06-06 00:00:00


Dystopian thriller's brilliant premise is abandoned for bog-standard home invasion fare...

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Shoot Happens..

2013-06-05 00:00:00


In a flap about flappers

Interview: Interview: Arrested Development

2013-06-05 00:00:00


Cult comedy show Arrested Development has made a triumphant return, with its final season upcoming on Netflix. The cast tell Roe McDermott about its rocky road – on and off our screens.

Film: The Great Gatsby

2013-05-29 00:00:00


Visually spectacular, but Gatsby is emotionally flat...

Film: Byzantium

2013-05-24 00:00:00


Gothic & ennui-laden vampire tale boasts incredible visuals...

Reports: Best DVDs out now

2013-05-24 00:00:00


The big-screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas tries to pack in half a dozen storylines, but is it trying to keep too many balls in the air?

Frontlines: Frontlines: Republic Of Telly

2013-05-24 00:00:00


Roe McDermott talks to the Irish Film Board’s Naoise Barry about why there has been a huge growth in the number of big-budget TV shows being shot in Ireland...

Film: Little Drummer Boy!

2013-05-23 00:00:00


Wildly entertaining portrait of the world's best & most controversial drummer...

Fashion-SHOOT HAPPENS: Wildlife: Shoot Happens

2013-05-21 00:00:00


This summer it’s all about the shining, only not in a Jack Nicholson is about to break into your room with an axe way...

Interview: Movie Interview: Randal Plunkett

2013-05-20 00:00:00


Randal Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, is defying convention by making Barons, well, a little bit badass. His horror short Out There has been selected to play Cannes this month...

Film: Chimpanzee

2013-05-14 00:00:00


Beautifully shot, child friendly, nature flick is cute indeed.

Film: Deadfall

2013-05-13 00:00:00


Noir-wannabe thriller lacks smart plot or depth psychology...

Film: Star Trek: Into Darkness

2013-05-10 00:00:00


Abrams has succeeded in making a niche, geeky franchise unabashedly cool and fun for a wide audience...

Film: Mud

2013-05-10 00:00:00


Archetypal coming-of-age tale is subtle and sensitive until final act...

Reports: Best DVDs out now

2013-05-10 00:00:00


“Presented” by horror master Guillermo Del Toro Mama is a singularly underwhelming scare-fest.

Film: The Eye Of The Storm

2013-05-09 00:00:00


Complex screenplay fails to find tone or intimacy...

Live: Theatre review: Broadening

2013-05-09 00:00:00


A non-linear tale of authority, compliance and manipulation...

Fashion: Shoot Happens: Getting Graphic

2013-05-08 00:00:00


Whether you take style tips from graphic novelist Frank Miller or Piet Mondrian, settle on an intellectual idea, put a trendy spin on it, and make artistic academia fashionable again.

Interview: Hot Press meets Irish actress Charlene McKenna

2013-05-07 00:00:00


Star of television’s Raw, Ripper Street and new film Jump, Charlene McKenna talks crazed fans, her run of creepy parts and the decision to quit her best-loved role...

Film: Iron Man 3

2013-05-07 00:00:00


Intelligent, biting and more human than ever, Iron Man makes a redeeming return...

Film: Olympus Has Fallen

2013-04-30 00:00:00


CGI-laden American revenge porn...

Film: 21 & OVER

2013-04-29 00:00:00


Formulaic comedy sees the hangover writers plagerise their own material...

Film: Jump

2013-04-29 00:00:00


Multi-plotted, Derry-based drama will leave you wanting more...

Reports: Best DVDs Out Now

2013-04-29 00:00:00


It could have been another gloopy cancer drama. Instead, Death of a Superhero is a moving meditation on sickness and mortality – starring Gollum from Lord of the Rings!

Film: Dead Man Down

2013-04-25 00:00:00


Convoluted action thriller proves heavy on plot but light on impact...

Fashion: Wildlife: Fashion Shoot

2013-04-23 00:00:00


Lace, embroidery, jewels, beads, sequins, embellishments and extravagance – anything and everything goes in this year’s most opulent trend. Roe McDermott tells you how to find a haute couture ensemble on the high street, and use this luxurious, jewel-encrusted fashion trend to illuminate your day and ignite the night...

Interview: Gerard Barrett: the IFTA's Rising Star

2013-04-23 00:00:00


Kerry native Gerard Barrett has received international acclaim for his tale of the loneliness and longing that plagues a bachelor farmer in rural Ireland. The IFTA’s Rising Star tells Roe McDermott about convincing country folk he could be a filmmaker, and how loneliness is understood everywhere...

Film: Evil Dead

2013-04-17 00:00:00


A gore-filled, humour-free remake...

Film: In The Deep Shade

2013-04-16 00:00:00


Light on info but heavy on artistry, intimacy and emotion, The Frames' doc is stunning...

Film: Pilgrim Hill

2013-04-15 00:00:00


Elegiac tale about rural life marks IFTA-Winning director as one to watch...

Reports: Best DVDs out now

2013-04-12 00:00:00


Ang Lee’s movie adaptation of Life Of Pi is a thing of rare beauty...

Film: Oblivion

2013-04-12 00:00:00


Inoffensive but unoriginal sci-fi effort is a tired vehicle for Tom Cruise...

Film: King Of The Travellers

2013-04-11 00:00:00


Despite some stellar performances, traveller drama fails to blend authenticity with melodrama...

Interview: Terri Hooley: The Godfather Of Belfast Punk

2013-04-08 00:00:00


Four decades after Terri Hooley founded a music store and record label in conflict-torn Belfast, his story has finally been brought to the big screen. Hooley tells Roe McDermott all about becoming Northern Ireland’s Godfather of Punk...

Film: Good Vibrations

2013-04-03 00:00:00


Charming, emotive and inspiring tale about Northern Ireland's godfather of punk...

Film: Reincarnated

2013-04-02 00:00:00


Snoop Dogg's dull, self-indulgent, insight-free love letter to weed...and himself...

Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

2013-04-02 00:00:00


Family film aims for simplicity, becomes non-entity...

Film: Trance

2013-04-02 00:00:00


Clever-clever but middling thriller lacks edge, emotion and balls...

Film: A Late Quartet

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Intelligent, emotionally crescendoing, character-driven tale hits all the right notes...

Film: Earthbound

2013-03-27 00:00:00


Dublin-set intergalactic romance proves a charmingly hokey homage to all things sci-fi...

Interview: Director Craig Zobel on Compliance

2013-03-26 00:00:00


Compliance, the new film by director Craig Zobel - which examines a strip search scam that happened over seventy times across the US - has proved hugely controversial, with some accusing it of the exploitation it seeks to highlight. Roe McDermott meets Zobel to discuss one of the year’s most divisive movies...

Film: Compliance

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Gripping and disturbing film depicts the dangerous power of unquestioned authority...

Film: The Paperboy

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Preposterous mess semi-redeemed by sensual cinematography...

Film: Robot & Frank

2013-03-14 00:00:00


Charming if slight tale about technology, memory and forgiving connections...

Interview: Hot Press meets Cillian Murphy

2013-03-13 00:00:00


Corkman Cillian Murphy is one of the most uncompromising talents in Irish acting. He’s won acclaim for his turns in a number of blockbuster movies, including Batman Begins – but his true love will always be independent cinema and the stage...

Interview: The Charming Mr D'Arcy

2013-03-12 00:00:00


Having starred in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, W.E. and Hitchcock, English actor James D’Arcy is now in one of the most star-studded epics of the decade, Cloud Atlas...

Film: Arbitrage

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Richard Gere impresses in thriller about the entitlement and ego of Wall Street one percenters...

Film: Broken

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Flawed but tender coming-of-age tale features great performances but too many plot lines...

Film: Broken City

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Formulaic and thinly stretched political thriller buries cast's talent in convoluted plot...

Film: Side Effects

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema with slick, smart but overly clinical thriller...

Film: Antiviral

2013-03-01 00:00:00


A disturbing, dissecting though one-dimensional attack on celebrity from Cronenberg JR...

Film: To The Wonder

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Terrence Malick parodies himself in repettive, self-indulgent and storyless love story...

Film: Cloud Atlas

2013-02-28 00:00:00


An ambitious, visually stunning epic that just misses its emotional and philosophical targets

Interview: Hot Press meets Peter Murphy

2013-02-28 00:00:00


Shall We Gather At The River is Peter Murphy’s second novel. He explains to Roe McDermott how it was influenced by music, religion and a fresh awareness of the depth of local history.

Interview: Hot Press meets Robert Zemeckis

2013-02-28 00:00:00


Making a thundering return to live-action features with the Oscar-nominated drama Flight, director Robert Zemeckis talks to Roe McDermott about growing up through his films, his leading men and how he never really left cinema, despite what the critics may say.

Film: Side by Side

2013-02-28 00:00:00


Great and geeky documentary examines what tech advances mean for the art of filmmaking...

Film: Hitchcock

2013-02-13 00:00:00


Frothy account of the iconic director is occasionally amusing...

Interview: Hot Press meets James Morris of Irish Film Board

2013-02-12 00:00:00


After a decade as Chair of the Irish Film Board, James Morris has seen Irish cinema emerge from the doldrums, to produce consistently exciting and challenging work. But in a turbulent international climate, the future of the industry here is still far from certain...

Interview: Denzel Overboard

2013-02-06 00:00:00


Roe McDermott talks to the legendary Denzel Washington about his Oscar-nominated role as an out-of-control pilot in Flight...

Film: Zero Dark Thirty

2013-02-05 00:00:00


Gripping, masterfully crafted thriller that's thought-provoking and complex

Film: Flight

2013-02-05 00:00:00


Denzel Washington shines in interesting, morally complex drama

Film: WRECK-IT RALPH

2013-02-01 00:00:00


A fun and fast-paced love letter to underdogs and gamers...

Film: Warm Bodies

2013-02-01 00:00:00


Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corrdry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco. 97 mins

Single: The Sessions

2013-01-28 00:00:00


Warm and intelligent true story examines disability, sex, intimacy and the complex space in between...

Album: Lincoln

2013-01-28 00:00:00


Romantic historical drama demonstrates a gentle grace amidst the politics...

Album: Gangster Squad

2013-01-21 00:00:00


Poorly scripted and unevenly toned ganster flick fails to live up to its potential

Album: Les Misérables

2013-01-21 00:00:00


Gorgeous and grandiose, this flawed but affective musical hits all the right emotional notes

Interview: HIS IRON LUNG

2013-01-18 00:00:00


Ben Lewin, director of the critically acclaimed drama The Sessions, talks to Roe McDermott about sex, Hollywood, disability and why he doesn’t care about the Oscars.

Album: Django Unchained

2013-01-18 00:00:00


Tarantino's outrageous and entertaining revenge fantasy is thought-provoking, not thoughtful...

Interview: Jack Of All Trades

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Having wowed audiences in the Irish dramas Dollhouse and What Richard Did, Jack Reynor has become a golden boy of both Irish film and Hollywood.

Interview: PSYCHO THRILLERS

2013-01-16 00:00:00


Murderers, psychopaths, sociopaths, sin, guilt and some hallucinogenics – yup, Christmas is here! For the release of the delightfully absurd black comedy Seven Psychopaths, writer/director Martin McDonagh and leading man Colin Farrell sat down with Hot Press to talk about autobiographical characters, Catholic guilt, alcohol addiction, In Bruges – and how there’s a McDonagh clan war over Brendan Gleeson.

Reports: Welcome To The Dollhouse

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Kirsten Sheridan’s latest film is an explosive examination of what it means to be a teenager in modern Dublin. She tells Roe McDermott why she’ll take a no-budget Irish film over a Hollywood production any day.

Album: Death Of A Superhero

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Cancer tale defies cliché to become an emtional, life-affirming drama with visual flair...

Album: Sightseers

2013-01-16 00:00:00


Dark roadtrip comedy proves funny and absurdist but ultimately slight

Album: The Hunt

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Tense, Emotive and thought-provoking drama delives into complexities of a challenging subject

Album: seven pschopaths

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Initially fun ramshackle black comedy caper loses the plot

Interview: Love Hate Is The Drug

2013-01-09 00:00:00


With its visceral depictions of gangland crime and violence in Dublin, the third series of Love/Hate has gripped the nation, making it the most successful drama production in RTE history...

Interview: Smeagol like you mean it

2013-01-09 00:00:00


Having played Gollum and King Kong, Andy Serkis gets back to basics in the moving drama Death Of A Superhero.

Frontlines: Kellan it like it is

2012-12-04 00:00:00


The end is nigh. Bill Condon’s highly anticipated final installment of The Twilight Saga hits cinemas this month, bringing the secrets, mysteries, clan wars, vampire relationships and werewolf crushes of this remarkable cultural phenomenon to a conclusion. Based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels, the hugely successful fantasy-romance films have captured the hearts and imaginations of obsessive teen fans worldwide, all desperate to learn what Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has in store for star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward.

Frontlines: Child abuse writ large

2012-11-07 00:00:00


Irish filmmaker Graham Jones has made a name for himself with controversial and experimental films like How To Cheat In The Leaving Cert and Fudge 44. Never one to shy away dealing with challenging subject matter, his films have previously addressed topics such as suicide and schizophrenia. But his latest feature The Green Marker Scare borders on taboo, pushing the boundaries in all sorts of ways.

Film: Skyfall

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Sam Mendes brings depth to this stylish, action-packed Bond flick...

Film: Rust & Bone

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Beautifuly odd drama gives a complex insight into control, vulnerability and connection...

Film: On The Road

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Despite beautiful scenery and a beautiful cast, adaptation fails to capture the magnetism and energy of Kerouac's iconic novel...

Interview: Killing joke

2012-10-24 00:00:00


Though known as a surreal, silly and side-splittingly funny comic, Ross Noble has a serious side – and maybe even a dark one, as his scary new clown movie shows...

Film: Stitches

2012-10-22 00:00:00


Film: Frankenweenie

2012-10-19 00:00:00


Film: Ruby Sparks

2012-10-18 00:00:00


Though it skirts intriguing ideas about relationships and culture, quirky dramedy remains tonally fractured

Live: The Stunning

2012-10-18 00:00:00


Film: Taken 2

2012-10-18 00:00:00


Lazy, Badly Edited Sequel Leaves Both The Blood And The Fun On The Cutting Room Floor

Live: Mindfield at Electric Picnic

2012-09-10 00:00:00


Highlights from one of the Picnic's best corners...

Film: The Campaign

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Political comedy isn't as sharp or smart as one would hope for an election year

Film: What Richard Did

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Quietly devastating morality play explores entitlement and guilt among tragedy celtic tiger cubs

Film: Resident evil: Retribution

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Mind-numbingly repetitive and stupid zombie sci-fi instalment

Film: Hit & Run

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Underwhelming road-trip rom-com saved by the chemistry of its stars...

Film: About Elly

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Tense and emotionally gripping drama explores societal strictures in middle-class Iran

Film: Premium Rush

2012-09-21 00:00:00


Despite its charming star, repetitive cycling thriller gets stuck in second gear

Film: Brad To The Bone: Killing Them Softly

2012-09-21 00:00:00


A fantastic cast elevate this nasty, hilarious and gripping social critique.

Film: Norman Invasion: Paranorman

2012-09-13 00:00:00


Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill.

Interview: South Side Story

2012-09-13 00:00:00


En route to the Toronto Film Festival with Lenny Abrahamson’s film What Richard Did, a drama loosely based on the murder of Dublin teenager Brian Murphy outside Annabel’s nightclub, Irish actor Jack Reynor tells Roe McDermott about the personal, political and class-based themes of the film.

Film: Lawless

2012-09-10 00:00:00


Directed by John Hillcoat. Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman. 115 mins Though Pearce and Hardy impress, violent prohibition-era western lacks focus

Film: The Sweeney

2012-09-12 00:00:00


Directed by Nick Love. Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Paul Anderson. 112 mins Clichéd, machismo-fuelled remake is an unrealistic and inlikeable brutally fest

Film: Now Is Good

2012-09-19 00:00:00


Directed by Ol Parker. Starring Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams. 119 mins Despite some strong performances, cliché-ridden cancer film is emotionally manipulative

Film: Silence

2012-08-29 00:00:00


Directed by Pat Collins. Starring Eoghan Mac Giolla Bride. 84 mins Intriguing Examination of Ireland, history and the dull, deafening effect of modernity

Interview: You've Got To Be McKidding

2012-08-29 00:00:00


The star of Trainspotting, Rome and Grey’s Anatomy Kevin McKidd has come over all patriotic in the new Pixar film Brave. He tells Roe McDermott about voice-work, being a parent and honouring his Scottish roots through his music.

Film: Brave

2012-08-29 00:00:00


Sublimely animated family tale is the most high-standard disappointment you'll ever see

Film: Nostalgia For The Light

2012-08-28 00:00:00


Elegant, urgent and emotional examination of memory and the cosmos.

Frontlines: Safe From Harm

2012-08-23 00:00:00


To mark World Refugee Day, members of the Karen Community, representatives from the UNHCR and Minister Alan Shatter gathered in the Lighthouse Cinema to watch Moving To Mars, a documentary on the plight of refugees.

Interview: Death and the Making

2012-08-01 00:00:00


Irish filmmaker Paul Duane is no stranger to extraordinary characters, but he was pushed to the limit filming Very Extremely Dangerous. He tells Roe McDermott about working with infamous musician and ex-con Jerry McGill – and the project that nearly killed them both.

Reports: Screen-age kicks

2012-07-26 00:00:00


We couldn’t have a Northern Ireland issue without honouring the incredible work in both film and television that’s being achieved up north. Roe McDermott has the low-down on the respected veterans and rising stars that hail from Belfast and beyond, as well as giving you the skinny on the biggest and best projects being produced in northern Ireland.

Interview: Hear The Murmur Get Wicked

2012-07-10 00:00:00


Tall, blonde, still stunning in her 40s and now a lauded filmmaker, ‘mumblecore’ maven Lynn Shelton explains how a difficult adolescence moulded her as an artist...

Film: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

2012-07-03 00:00:00


Neither dumb enough nor smart enough to be entertaining, b-movie takes itself far too seriously

Film: The Hunter

2012-07-02 00:00:00


Beautifully shot Australian drama addresses morality, family, ecology and individuality - but none thoroughly

Film: Your Sister's Sister

2012-07-02 00:00:00


Improvising actors shine in this sweet mumblecore tale of an almost-love triangle

Live: S.C.U.M, Live At The Workman's Club

2012-07-02 00:00:00


A work in progress

Film: Silent Souls

2012-07-02 00:00:00


Slow and surreal exploration of grief and ritual plays like a beautiful dream

Film: The Five Year Engagement

2012-06-28 00:00:00


Segal and Blunt charm in rom-com that's sweet, smart - but not 'the one'

Interview: He Will Rock You

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Currently starring in the wild cheese-fest musical Rock of Ages, critics’ darling Paul Giamatti talks to Roe McDermott about character acting, over-analysing and why he’d rather not be famous.

Film: Woody Allen: A Documentary

2012-06-20 00:00:00


Doc about Woody Allen proves as entertaining - if flippant - as the filmmaker himself

Film: A Royal Affair

2012-06-19 00:00:00


Based on a true story, period romance drama is pretty and political but predictable

Film: Chernobyl Diaries

2012-06-18 00:00:00


Unscary, unimaginative and disrespectful, this Chernobyl-set horror is a disaster

Film: Ill Manors

2012-06-15 00:00:00


Rap star's directorial debut is a brilliant, unrelentingly harsh depiction of urban London life

Film: Rock of Ages

2012-06-15 00:00:00


Rip-roaring rock musical proves such great fun that even Tom Cruise lightens up

Interview: Lotz To Be Excited About

2012-06-12 00:00:00


A professional dancer, singer, martial arts performer and now actress, California girl Caity Lotz can – and no doubt will – do it all. The star of new horror flick The Pact tells Roe McDermott about dancing with Lady Gaga, why she hated filming a Ouija board scene and how she’s literally and figuratively kicking ass on the way to the top.

Film: The Turin Horse

2012-06-08 00:00:00


Beautiful and bleak, Tarr's swansong is a meditation on nihilism and the infinte loop

Film: Red Tails

2012-06-05 00:00:00


Dull WWII film fails to pay adequate tribute to real-life heroes

Film: The Pact

2012-06-05 00:00:00


Director's feature debut is a muddle of horror chlchés, but occasionally shows promise

Film: Men In Black 3

2012-06-01 00:00:00


Disappointingly dated and charmless franchise instalment fails to justify its existence

Film: Moonrise Kingdom

2012-05-31 00:00:00


Wes Anderson comes over all Wes Andersony in the most Wes Andersonized film in the history of Wes Anderson

Film: Dark Shadows

2012-05-31 00:00:00


The latest lazy Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration is all style, no substance

Interview: No More Mr Nice Guy

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Famous for his turn as the manipulative villain in Hollyoaks, Emmett Scanlan is no stranger to sinister roles – but his current project sees him really plunging into the darkest depths of the human spirit. He tells Roe McDermott about playing evil in the hugely controversial film, Charlie Casanova.

Film: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Mel Gibson goes darkly funny in this gritty and violent Mexican western

Film: Barbaric Genius

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Stimulating doc about the rise and fall of alcoholic award-winning author John Healy

Film: The Raid

2012-05-28 00:00:00


Gruesome, relentless and magnificent Indonesian martial arts film is an instant, game-changing cult classic

Film: The Dictator

2012-05-28 00:00:00


Sacha Baron Cohen packs in punchlines, but little political punch, in broad comedy satire

Film: Monsieur Lazhar

2012-05-25 00:00:00


Beautifully directed and complex, Monsieur Lazhar is an affecting lesson in learning and loss

Interview: The Zac Is Mighty

2012-05-23 00:00:00


The world knows him as the pretty boy with the great hair from High School Musical. But Zac Efron has grown up and wants an adult movie career (aww, you know what we mean). He talks about his gritty new war movie and the all-chicken diet that helped him bulk up for the part.

Film: The Lucky One

2012-05-23 00:00:00


Nicholas Sparks returns with yet another emotionally-manipulative snuff porn flick

Film: Silent House

2012-05-23 00:00:00


Gimmicky, chliched and incredibly dull, Silent House values long shots over effective shocks

Film: Avengers Assemble

2012-05-23 00:00:00


After years of superhero film foreplay, the Avengers assemble for a brilliant climax

Interview: Superhero Alert

2012-05-23 00:00:00


The most highly-anticipated superhero movie of the decade, Avengers Assemble has finally exploded onto our screens. Roe McDermott caught up with the incredible cast to talk about gun training, evil inspirations and group hugs – the big softies!

Film: Being Elmo

2012-05-22 00:00:00


Sweet uplififting doc about the creator of Elmo is a warm labour of love

Film: Lockout

2012-05-18 00:00:00


Absurdly stupid and derivative sci-fi action flick is a cinematic black hole

Interview: Cross-dressed for success

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Having received an Oscar nomination for her role as the label-eschewing cross-dresser Hubert in Albert Nobbs, Janet McTeer tells Roe McDermott about why she hates labels, loves Brendan Gleeson and is enjoying life after 40.

Film: Albert Nobbs

2012-05-16 00:00:00


JANET McTEER BREATHES LIFE INTO AN OTHERWISE LIFELESS FILM FAÇADE

Film: Breathing

2012-05-16 00:00:00


STILL AND SLOW-MOVING PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG PAROLEE STRUGGLING WITH LIFE IN FRONT OF BARS

Film: The Cabin In The Woods

2012-05-15 00:00:00


HILARIOUS, SMART AND ORIGINAL FRIGHt FLICK BRILLiaNTLY UNDOES ALL TRADITIONAL HORROR TROPES.

Film: A Touch Of Clash

2012-04-17 00:00:00


Having exploded onto our screens in Avatar, Sam Worthington returns to fine form in the action-packed Greek mythology sequel, Wrath Of The Titans. He tells Roe McDermott about his criticisms of the first film, coping with his relatively new fame and why he’ll never give up his addiction to Googling himself.

Interview: Lianne Overboard

2012-04-03 00:00:00


Pro-fashion, anti-ex-boyfriends and ready to become the next big thing, folk and soul singer Lianne La Havas just can’t stop sharing her innermost thoughts with the world. It’s a formula that has carried her to the brink of major league success. She tells Roe McDermott about her high-heeled journey towards the top.

Interview: The Great Hunger

2012-03-26 00:00:00


Only 19, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is set for a very bright future, and he’s loving every minute of it. He tells Roe McDermott about crazy fan-girls, his crush on Jennifer Lawrence and why he’s still bitter he’s not Spiderman…

Interview: Making His Mark

2012-03-12 00:00:00


Long gone are the days of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Visiting Dublin to promote his new action thriller Contraband, Oscar-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg tells Roe McDermott how his producing career has turned him into a control freak; how his faith keeps him grounded and why the Entourage movie will never suffer the fate of Sex And The City.

Interview: Finding Nima

2012-03-05 00:00:00


Having directed videos for Hot Chip, Lily Allen and more, Nima Nourizadeh has been making waves for a while. With his feature debut, Project X, about to hit the screens, he tells Roe McDermott about working with Todd Philips, how the crazy antics on set might have resulted in a Project X baby, and the odd background of one of the lead actors.

Film: This Means War

2012-02-27 00:00:00


Film: Red Dog

2012-02-27 00:00:00


Film: Black Gold

2012-02-27 00:00:00


Though beautifully shot, Araban drama feels inauthentic and dull.

Film: Margaret

2012-02-23 00:00:00


Ken Lonergan's thought-provoking but messy drama proves as problematic as its production.

Interview: Conversing With Cage

2012-02-20 00:00:00


Once one of the acting elite, Nicolas Cage’s career has recently been marked by financial scandal and a string of critically lampooned movies. But his passion never wavers. He tells Roe McDermott about being fated to become an actor, how art and inner conflict drive his performances, and reprising his role as the world’s darkest hero in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Film: A Dangerous Method

2012-02-16 00:00:00


Though attractive and accurate, uninviting drama proves a dull introduction to psychoanalysis 101.

Interview: Analyze This

2012-02-15 00:00:00


He achieved mega-fame as Aragorn in Lord Of The Rings. But Viggo Mortensen was never going to be a mere matinee idol. A poet, painter and deep thinker, his latest collaboration with director David Cronenberg sees Mortensen playing the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. We ask him to lie back on a couch and tell us all about it.

Film: The Woman In Black

2012-02-13 00:00:00


Life after Harry Potter proves to be hard for Daniel Radcliffe

Film: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

2012-02-13 00:00:00


Emotionally bullying 9/11 film loses all the wit and warmth of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel

Film: The Muppets

2012-02-10 00:00:00


The Muppets are back in this sublimely joyous, inspirational sensation

Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Elizabeth Olsen is stunning in slow-burning but chilling tale of a memory, manipulation and madness

Interview: Master Of Muppets

2012-02-01 00:00:00


Jason Segel could have embarked on any project he wanted after the success of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. So he decided to revive his first comedy love, The Muppets. He talks to Roe McDermott about the enduring popularity of Kermit and co.

Film: The Descendants

2012-01-30 00:00:00


George Clooney impresses in Alexander Payne's interesting, but flawed, dramedy.

Film: The Sitter

2012-01-30 00:00:00


Hill reverts back to his default obnoxious mode in this offensively unfunny "comedy"

Film: Carnage

2012-01-30 00:00:00


Polanski's adaptation of Broadway play is a bitingly funny, brilliantly acted comedy of no manners.

Film: Young Adult

2012-01-27 00:00:00


Charlize Theron proves beautiful women can be ugly people in Jason Reitman's dark character study.

Film: Like Crazy

2012-01-26 00:00:00


A beautifully acted and wonderfully organic portrait of the intensity of young love.

Film: Haywire

2012-01-23 00:00:00


Former MMA star proves she can fight, but not act, in atrocious Dublin-based action flick.

Film: Margin Call

2012-01-20 00:00:00


Superb character-driven boardroom thriller is the Wall Street movie of a generation.

Interview: Great Scott

2012-01-20 00:00:00


Best known for playing Stifler, the American Pie jock with the hot mom and unfortunate taste in beverages, Seann William Scott has finally grown up. In the best role of his career, he puts in a sweet and subtle performance as Doug Glatt in the brilliant ice-hockey comedy Goon. The self-deprecating actor talks to Roe McDermott about returning to the American Pie franchise, being snubbed by the Oscars (shocking) and how drinking semen became the defining moment in his career.

Reports: Next Stop, Hollywood

2012-01-17 00:00:00


Roll up, roll up for the list of up-and-coming stars of Irish screen (and stage) you won’t be able to avoid in the 12 months ahead. They’re smart, they’re cute, they’re quirky – and it looks like they’re about to take over the world.

Film: Goon

2012-01-16 00:00:00


Sean William Scott scores big in this funny, foul-mouthed and feel-good ice-hockey flick

Film: Shame

2012-01-16 00:00:00


Fassbender is remarkable in raw and harrowing depiction of sexual addiction.

Film: The Artist

2012-01-13 00:00:00


Delightful, joyful and infectious, The Artist celebrates the sound of silence.

Interview: This Year's Model

2012-01-05 00:00:00


Smart, sassy and stunning, Daniella Moyles is a successful model who makes frequent appearances in the gossip columns, alongside friends Georgia Salpa and the cast of Fade Street. Latterly, however, the 23 year-old beauty has become RTE’s latest presenting whiz-kid, joining Aidan Power on the music and sports show Bulletin TV where she gets up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest stars.

Film: Endless Art

2012-01-04 00:00:00


Hollywood’s lazy reliance on sequels and franchise movies reached an all-time nadir in 2011, but there were a few gems hidden among the trash if you looked carefully enough. Roe McDermott witnessed the good, the bad and the mediocre...

Film: Take Shelter

2011-12-13 00:00:00


Michael Shannon captivates in a tense, atmospheric exploration of mental illness.

Interview: Renner Takes It All

2011-12-08 00:00:00


A warning to those attempting to chart Jeremy Renner’s advancement: there’s a serious risk of whiplash ahead. Staying under the radar with a modest career for over a decade, the American actor has suddenly become the talk of Tinseltown, receiving two Oscar nominations in as many years.

Film: Another Earth

2011-12-05 00:00:00


A sci-fi conceit hides an intimate, thoughful character-driven film that has more questions than answers.

Film: Puss In Boots

2011-12-05 00:00:00


Wonderfully animated adventure is fun, but lacks bite.

Film: 50/50

2011-12-02 00:00:00


Hilarious and heartbreaking cancer tale is the most life-affirming film of the year.

Film: A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas

2011-12-01 00:00:00


Stupid but sweet stoner comedy is a mix of naughty and nice.

Film: Dream House

2011-11-21 00:00:00


The nightmare story of the making of Dream House.

Film: Justice

2011-11-21 00:00:00


Nic Cage strikes out again in abominably dull thriller.

Interview: The Bleak Hereafter

2011-11-21 00:00:00


Terry McMahon’s psychological thriller Charlie Casanova has had a troubled gestation. With a script that had been repeatedly rejected by the Irish Film Board, no outside support and a miniscule budget, the Irish director’s hugely controversial examination of class, language and violence has achieved international acclaim and this month was picked up by Studio Canal.

Film: Moneyball

2011-11-18 00:00:00


Baseball and statistics somehow add up to a soulful, accessible sports drama.

Film: Wuthering Heights

2011-11-18 00:00:00


Dark adaption of Emily Brontë’s romance is visually stunning, but overwrought.

Film: The Rum Diary

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's long-unpublished novel proves dull and lifeless.

Film: Sensation

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Domhnall Gleeson shines in smart, darkly funny examination of sex and loneliness.

Interview: Danny: Champion Of The World

2011-11-15 00:00:00


The Coronas are on the march. Having spent six weeks in LA working with studio guru Tony Hoffer on their third album Closer to You, they are about to embark on a campaign for world domination that will take them right through next year. So what is it that makes the band tick? In a remarklably revealing interview, Ireland’s most down-to-earth frontman Danny O’Reilly tells Roe McDermott about the making of The Coronas’ masterpiece, why he’d never go solo, working with his mammy – and how a certain blonde beauty has stolen his heart.

Film: Jack Goes Boating

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is a beautifully acted but self-indulgent search for depth.

Film: Straw Dogs

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Complex and controversial thriller reimagined as an insulting, ineffective macho revenge tale.

Interview: Sensation Once Again

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Between appearing in the Coen brothers’ western True Grit and the hugely successful Harry Potter films, it’s safe to say that the past year has been a good one for Domhnall Gleeson. Currently starring in Irish sex-based dramedy Sensation, he talks to Roe McDermott about Ireland’s relationship with sex, his directorial aspirations and why you should never google yourself.

Film: The Awakening

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Rebecca Hall is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale and scare-free spook story.

Film: In Time

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Dull and predictable sci-fi thriller will keep you looking at your watch.

Film: The Ides Of March

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Clooney's political drama is smart and engaging, but ultimately slight.

Film: Anonymous

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Jumbled exploration of Shakespearian conspiracy theory never finds its tone.

Frontlines: The Celtic Tiger

2011-10-28 00:00:00


As the cast and crew of Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger wrap on their final day of filming in Dublin, Roe McDermott finds out how two cultures combined, as henna was traded for hurleys.

Interview: For Whom The Bell Tolls

2011-10-28 00:00:00


With an already impressive array of films under his belt, including Billy Elliot, King Kong, Flags Of Our Fathers and Jane Eyre, Jamie Bell has now achieved his childhood dream of working with Steven Spielberg. Taking the lead role in Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, he talks to Roe McDermott about working with his hero, reimagining the controversial comic, and how he uses his work to exorcise his personal demons.

Film: The Help

2011-10-24 00:00:00


A wonderful ensemble cast elevate the emotion in a whitewashed racism-based drama.

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin

2011-10-21 00:00:00


Deeply unsettling drama explores a mother and son's relationship with hatred and evil.

Film: Pom Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

2011-10-21 00:00:00


Light, funny documentary on product placement is all sponsorship, no substance.

Interview: A Walk In The Park

2011-10-11 00:00:00


With his award-winning debut Parked set for an American release, Darragh Byrne talks to Roe McDermott about the potential of Irish cinema, the social and economic resonances of his film and working with Irish acting stalwart Colm Meaney.

Film: Perfect Sense

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Beautifully shot sci-fi romance is an intimate exploration of human experience.

Film: The Three Musketeers

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Nonsensical adventure remake is all steampunk and stunts, no substance.

Film: Parked

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Colm Meaney is superb in understated but assured Irish drama.

Film: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Formulaic horror offers chilling moments, but its anti-smurf demons fail to scare.

Film: Midnight In Paris

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Woody Allen's warm, whimsical romance is an irresistible exercise in nostalgia.

Interview: Silent bob strikes back

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Annointed the critics’ golden boy with his low-budget debut Clerks, actor, director and writer Kevin Smith has since had as many misses as hits. So for his new politically tinged horror Red State, Smith turned his back on Hollywood and distributed the film himself.

Film: Red State

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Kevin Smith's political horror has a brilliantly chilling premise, but quickly loses it's way.

Film: Page one: inside the New York Times

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Documentary about young vs. old media as a fascinating front page to a very complex story.

Film: Soul surfer

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Inspiring true story undermined by a sanitised and sickly sweet religious theme.

Film: Melancholia

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Lars von Trier's psychological drama is beautiful, but shockingly, lacks bite.

Film: Drive

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Edgy and vicious b-movie action thriller.

Interview: Trippin’ the fright fantastic

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Like Pinky and the Brain, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anton Yelchin seem an unlikely pairing, but have quickly become inseparable. Not one to break up a beautiful bromance, Roe McDermott spoke to the up-and-coming stars about their friendship, the Mel Gibson controversy, the problem with women and how they’re well on their way to taking over the world.

Film: The change-up

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Gross-out body-switch comedy is consistently amusing, if not exactly life-changing.

Film: You instead

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Misguided festival flirtation flick is a badly acted and ineffective ad for T in the Park.

Film: A lonely place to die

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Striking and visceral Scotland- based thriller loses focus in second act.

Film: The art of getting by

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Well- acted but slight indie romance shows the trials and tribulations of teenage love

Film: Friends with benefits

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis' natural chemistry elevate the predictable premise of amiable rom-com.

Film: The inbetweeners movie

2011-09-01 00:00:00


The inbetweeners are back- bigger, brasher and as brilliant as ever

Film: Fright Night

2011-08-30 00:00:00


Fun horror comedy vampire flick bares its fangs while keeping tongue firmly in cheek

Film: Treacle Jr.

2011-08-29 00:00:00


Uplifting, low-budget indie flick is an irresistible combination of sweet and sour

Film: One day

2011-08-29 00:00:00


Iredeemable adaption loses all the charm, humour and romance of David Nichol's bestselling novel.

Interview: Do The Fright Thing

2011-08-29 00:00:00


Fresh from the set of Horrible Bosses, Colin Farrell’s role as a predatory vampire in the comedy horror Fright Night marks another wildly fun part. Here, he talks about getting older, fatherhood being easier the second time round – and why he’ll always return home to work with Irish filmmakers.

Film: The Skin I Live In

2011-08-29 00:00:00


Almodovar's outrageous, shocking and stunning arthouse horror is the work of a mad genious.

Film: Project Nim

2011-08-25 00:00:00


Fascinating documentary reveals little about chimps but lots about the barabarity of humans.

Film: Sarah's key

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Sanitised holocaust drama mixes the good and the bad.

Film: The devil's double

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Dominic Cooper's role impresses in stagnant, sleazy tale of Uday Hussein.

Film: The Tree

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Beautifully shot exploration of grief falters due to overgrown central metaphor.

Film: Rrise of the planet of the apes

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Tense, pacey and featuring brilliant special effects, rise acts as both a great origins film and an impressive reboot.

Interview: The go teen

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Having just played an assassin in Hanna, currently starring as a sweet but isolated Borrower in the Japanese animated film Arrietty, and with roles as vampires and hit-women in the future, Roe McDermott was pleased to find that the Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan wasn’t anywhere near as scary as her CV might suggest. She reveals how her assassin training, a ukulele and a hula-hoop are going to land her a headlining slot at Oxegen next year.

Film: Horrible Bosses

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Fantastic performances and consistently funny jokes in a no-work all-play comedy

Film: A Better Life

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Potentially affecting immigrant drama suffers a bad case of patronising white guilt

Film: Anime nitrate

2011-08-22 00:00:00


Beautiful japanese animated film is a sweet and soothing friendship fable.

Film: Super 8

2011-08-22 00:00:00


Charming, funny and exciting Sci- Fi flick is a nostalgic return to great family film.

Film: The Tree Of Life

2011-08-10 00:00:00


Unique exploration of life and creation pushes visionary filmmaking to the extreme.

Film: Beginners

2011-08-10 00:00:00


Warm indie film examines two generations' struggle to find love.

Film: Cell 211

2011-08-10 00:00:00


Brilliant premise and superb performances make this prison drama a tense, thrilling experience.

Film: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

2011-07-28 00:00:00


Lack of emotion in this action-packed finale makes for a less than spellbinding climax.

Film: Cars 2

2011-07-28 00:00:00


Lazy, emotionless sequel is a disappointing - if visually impressive - offering from Pixar.

Interview: It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams

2011-07-26 00:00:00


It had to end sometime. But how does it feel now for the actors who spent their teenage years growing up in public as stars of the extraordinarily successful fantasy saga, Harry Potter?

Film: A Separation

2011-07-25 00:00:00


Superbly acted Iranian drama is a morally complex tale of religion and responsibility

Interview: The Brendan Voyage

2011-07-25 00:00:00


He’s the dean of Irish screen acting, with a CV that includes Hollywood blockbusters and low budget independent films. In his latest movie Brendan Gleeson plays a feckless Garda, riding shot-gun with an African-American FBI agent. But is there more to the character than meets the eye? Gleeson holds forth on the sticky issue of Irish people and race, Barack Obama’s recent visit and why he is determined to bring Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds to the big screen. Words: Roe McDermott

Film: The Guard

2011-07-12 00:00:00


Brendan Gleeson shines as an irreverent Garda in this brilliantly sharp black comedy.

Film: Viva Riva!

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Clumsy directing and a seedy tone drain all life from this African gangster film

Film: Larry Crowne

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Tom Hanks boring, unfunny and irredeemable pet project is a lesson in how not to make a film

Film: The Guard

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Brendan Gleeson shines as an irreverent Garda in this brilliantly sharp black comedy

Film: The Messenger

2011-06-20 00:00:00


Brilliant performances and a tragic premise make for an affecting war drama

Film: Countdown To Zero

2011-06-20 00:00:00


Doomsday documentary about nuclear weapons implodes into pro-America propaganda.

Interview: Chris almighty!

2011-06-20 00:00:00


Currently starring in the funniest comedy of the year, the outrageous Bridesmaids, Sligo actor Chris O’Dowd tells Roe McDermott about how being a bit chubby set him on the path to comedy, the advantages of being Irish in Hollywood and what it’s like taking on the girl’s role for a change. Oh, and then he threw a chair at her!

Film: Bridesmaids

2011-06-17 00:00:00


A hilarious, outrageous female-led comedy marks SNL regular as comic gem

Film: The Beaver

2011-06-17 00:00:00


He who shall not be named puts in a magical performance in unconventional drama

Film: Bad Teacher

2011-06-16 00:00:00


Bad Teacher? More like bad filmmaking, as Cameron Diaz fails to amuse

Film: Senna

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Documentary about F1 icon is a brilliantly crafted thrill ride

Film: Mother's Day

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Dull remake is indefensibly thoughtless

Interview: Feel the power

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Ian Power, director of the uplifting Cork-based film The Runway, talks to Roe McDermott about the community spirit of 1980s Ireland, how the Celtic Tiger made us lose our sense of welcome — and the Colombian pilot who became an Irish boy’s ET.

Film: The Runway

2011-06-03 00:00:00


Irish community-based comedy is a warm-hearted feelgood family movie

Film: X-Men: First Class

2011-06-03 00:00:00


Intelligent, character-driven prequel breathes new life into X-Men franchise

Film: Last Night

2011-06-03 00:00:00


Slow-burning, subtle examination of infidelity packs an emotional wallop

Film: Julia's Eyes

2011-05-31 00:00:00


Despite a brilliant premise and haunting moments, Guillem Morales’ Spanish horror lacks focus

Film: Win Win

2011-05-31 00:00:00


Perfectly contructed, heartwarming and funny drama starring Paul Giamatti will win you over

Interview: Argh You Experienced?

2011-05-31 00:00:00


With the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean installment released this month, Roe McDermott somehow manages to keep her cool in the face of Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane...

Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides

2011-05-20 00:00:00


Less swashbuckling than very safe, lucrative maritime money-spinner proves predictable

Film: Blitz

2011-05-19 00:00:00


Jason Statham stars in brilliant, funny and vicious thriller

Interview: Dawn of the Dread

2011-05-10 00:00:00


As Irish director Conor Horgan’s post-apocalyptic drama One Hundred Mornings is released, he talks to Roe McDermott about societal breakdowns, morality and why even at the end of the world we’ll be sleeping with the wrong people.

Interview: Blood And Guts In High School

2011-05-03 00:00:00


The creators of the most successful horror franchise ever, Saw, are back to terrify us all, this time with their old-school haunted house film Insidious. Roe McDermott spoke to director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell about why they hate the term ‘torture porn’ and how they’re getting more subtle in their old age.

Interview: The Bleak Shall Inherit The Earth

2011-04-11 00:00:00


Carmel Winters, the award-winning director of the hard-hitting Irish drama Snap talks to Roe McDermott about kidnap, torture and abuse; working with the late Mick Lally on one of his last ever projects; and how in the past Irish film has sensationalised and simplified tales of abuse.

Reports: Stripping Away From Tradition

2011-04-06 00:00:00


Ireland’s thriving neo-burlesque scene continues to push boundaries, provoke reactions — and make people think. But is it all just a glorified form of lap-dancing? Roe McDermott investigates...

Interview: I've Been Immortalised As An Idiot

2011-03-30 00:00:00


Neil McCormick’s quest for rock and roll fame has been chronicled in the comedy rock movie Killing Bono. He talks to Roe McDermott about the making of the movie, why Bono told McCormick to kill him – and how naked women and goats played a part in his job interview for Hot Press…

Interview: Meet The Misfit

2011-03-30 00:00:00


Robert Sheehan, the hyperactive star of E4’s Misfits and Killing Bono, stops bouncing around for just long enough to tell Roe McDermott about shooting red-hot sex scenes with 76-year-olds, how he caused Nicolas Cage to burn his own hand in order to stop laughing on set, and working with Pete Postlethwaite in his last ever film role. Oh, and Killing Bono...

Interview: Nice Quirk If You Can Get It

2011-03-14 00:00:00


He’s starred in The IT Crowd, been in The Mighty Boosh, won awards for his music videos, counts Noel Fielding and Alex Turner among his close friends and has directed one of the most brilliant indie films of recent memory, the hilarious and quirky Submarine. And yet, Richard Ayoade assures Roe McDermott that he’s not cool. Eh, we may have to agree to disagree on that one…

Film: Submarine

2011-03-11 00:00:00


Film: Fair Game

2011-03-11 00:00:00


Moralising and somewhat belated American political drama falls flat.

Interview: The Kingdom Glum

2011-03-02 00:00:00


David Michôd, director of critically acclaimed Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, talks to Roe McDermott about the Melbourne crime scene, Jackie Weaver’s Oscar nominated performance and why not going to therapy has helped his art.

Interview: Plastic Fantastic

2011-02-18 00:00:00


They’re the YouTube sensations who have parlayed a novelty hit into a proper pop career. The Rubberbandits talk about riding, rhyming and the fashionista potential of plastic bags.

Report: Voices In The Wilderness

2011-02-17 00:00:00


Maybe it was the time of year, the inspiring music or the hours spent in a tiny church in the tranquil setting of Dingle, but the Other Voices festival seemed to bring out the philosopher in all its performers. Roe McDermott caught up with Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and ASIWYFA as they talked about the highs and lows of 2010.

Interview: Daddy Cool

2011-02-14 00:00:00


DJ Caruso, director of Taking Lives, Disturbia and new sci-fi flick I Am Number Four talks to Roe McDermott about using his parenting skills with young actors, the genius of Alfred Hitchcock and whether or not he’s an alien believer…

Film: Just Go With It

2011-02-11 00:00:00


Sandler And Aniston's Charming Chemistry Save Predictable Rom-Com

Film: Sanctum 3D

2011-02-11 00:00:00


Sanctum 3D Ironically Proves To Be Completely One Dimensional

Film: True Grit

2011-02-11 00:00:00


Coen Brothers Eschew Usual Quirks For A Classic Western

Film: Gnomeo And Juliet

2011-02-11 00:00:00


Not A Classic, But Then, Parodying Shakespeare Is Very Hard To Do...

Interview: Creation Myth

2011-01-28 00:00:00


The maverick record label that gave the world My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis is the subject of a eye-popping new documentary, which receives its Irish premiere as part of the Jameson Dublin Irish Film Festival. Danny O’Connor talks about getting inside the Creation story.

Travel: 12 Step Planet : Kerry

2011-01-27 00:00:00


Kerry: it’s not all about Jackie Healy-Rae, you know. There’s also plenty of beautiful scenery and great nightlife on offer...

Interview: Fiddler On The Hoof

2011-01-25 00:00:00


He’s the electric fiddle playing bad boy who claims Foals as an influence and found fame via-reality television. No, you haven’t seen anyone quite like Daithí Ó Drónaí before!

Interview: Oscar Bravo

2011-01-25 00:00:00


He’s that rarest of creatures: an Irish Oscar winner. But if Richard Baneham sat next to you on the bus you wouldn’t recognize him. That’s because he toils behind the scenes as a special effects ace. He talks about hooking up with James Cameron on Avatar and gives his thoughts on the debate raging around Hollywood – 3D or not 3D?

Interview: Danger Here

2011-01-24 00:00:00


She’s the Irish chanteuse on everyone’s lips. Even if nobody is quite sure who she is. Here, The Danger Is breaks her silence for an exclusive interview

Film: The King's Speech

2011-01-17 00:00:00


Classy Brit-drama screams Oscar contender

Film: Blue Valentine

2011-01-14 00:00:00


Dating couples be warned: this ain’t no rom-com.

Film: Conviction

2011-01-14 00:00:00


Hilary Swank stars in glorified TV movie

Film: Black Swan

2011-01-14 00:00:00


Bonkers ballet drama easier to admire than love

Film: Morning Glory

2011-01-14 00:00:00


Enjoyable but insubstantial comedy

Report: Eurosonic Kicks Off in Groningen

2011-01-13 00:00:00


The Netherlands’ Eurosonic festival has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed three-day affair showcasing the best of international music talent...

Interview: A Gas Film That's No Laughing Matter

2010-12-08 00:00:00


The controversy about the Corrib Gas Pipeline is the subject of an acclaimed new documentary The Pipe, masterminded by young Irish director Risteard O’Domhnaill

Film: Of Gods And Men

2010-12-06 00:00:00


Both the scenery and performances in Beauvois’ film are impressive, but its downfall is mistakenly believing that the power of God is more inspiring than the power of men

Film: Secretariat

2010-12-06 00:00:00


Given that I originally thought Secretariat was a sexy, edgy S&M movie about James Spader and his pet mare, you can only imagine my disappointment

Film: Monsters

2010-12-06 00:00:00


Film: Megamind In 3D

2010-12-06 00:00:00


Megamind looks fantastic, but Dreamworks has again failed to provide us with characters we can actually care about

Film: The Pipe

2010-12-02 00:00:00


The Pipe is not only a brilliantly edited and engagingly character-driven narrative, but a disturbing and timely depiction of the failings of our justice system.

Interview: Keeping Up With The Jonze

2010-12-01 00:00:00


How does a man move from directing meisterworks like Being John Malkovich to prodcucing Jackass 3D? Easy. Or so says the extraordinary and unflappable Spike Jonze

Album: Strange Weather, Isn't It?

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Techno shift sees Sacramento outfit lose their way

Film: Unstoppable

2010-11-22 00:00:00


Film: Machete

2010-11-22 00:00:00


Filled with predictably extreme caricatures, comically excessive violence, 1980s porn music and self-referential humor, Machete is pretty entertaining... for about 20 minutes

Film: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

2010-11-19 00:00:00


I never thought I’d say this, but bring on the American remake...

Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2010-11-19 00:00:00


Not the most exciting film of the series, but Yates manages to establish the mature, sombre tone needed to lead into the final film...

Film: The Arbor

2010-11-08 00:00:00


A family’s confession of alcoholism, brain haemorrhages, drugs, prostitution, domestic violence and a toddler who dies of a methadone overdose

Interview: Some Mike It Hot

2010-11-08 00:00:00


Acclaimed director Mike Leigh talks to Roe McDermott about his new film Another Year, thick actors and his stand against the Israeli government.

Film: Another Year

2010-11-05 00:00:00


An unspoken question lingers here; “How happy can you be on your own?”

Film: Mammoth

2010-11-05 00:00:00


Unoriginal, preachy and overwrought, this award bait’s dead in the water.

Interview: Jack the Lads

2010-11-05 00:00:00


Roe McDermott meets Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine as Jackass 3D hits cinemas

Film: Jackass 3D

2010-11-04 00:00:00


Knoxville and co’s charisma used to keep the gags entertaining, but their lack of energy this time round just makes it uncomfortable...

Film: Due Date

2010-11-04 00:00:00


It might not live up to The Hangover, Due Date sure has a cast you’d want to go drinking with.

Interview: Horrific Crimes

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Jake West’s documentary on the Video Nasties panic of the early ‘80s proves all too timely, given that last month the Irish Film Classification Office banned the original 1978 version of the notorious rape-revenge saga I Spit On Your Grave.

Frontlines: Beyond Fetish

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Never likely to be confused with Club M or Copperface Jack’s, new phenomena such as Midnight Burlectro, Torture Garden and the Sedition Industries are adding a touch of diversity to Dublin’s night-life

Film: Red

2010-11-03 00:00:00


An enjoyable but thoroughly unoriginal series of explosions, quick escapes and weaponry displays

Film: The Hunter

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Though The Hunter aims for tension, it’s way off target, hitting tedium instead

Film: Easy A

2010-11-03 00:00:00


If something occurs but you don’t share it on Facebook, did it ever really happen?

Film: Mary And Max

2010-11-03 00:00:00


A wise, visually unique, emotional gem of a film that will leave you wondering how two clay figures damn near broke your heart.

Film: Carlos

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Someone tell Javier Bardem to watch out: there’s a new kid on the block

Interview: Byrne Baby Byrne

2010-11-02 00:00:00


On a trip to Blighty, Jason Byrne talks about helming his own BBC show and explains why he definitely won't be forsaking the old country for a career in the UK

Album: Record Collection

2010-11-02 00:00:00


No horns but plenty to love in scenester's new album

Album: Psychic Chasms

2010-11-02 00:00:00


Glorified muzak from much hyped 'chillwave' pioneer

Live: Michael Bublé, Live at the Aviva Stadium

2010-11-02 00:00:00


The quality of Bublé’s voice is never in question, but he’s too smooth to be affecting...

Interview: And The Blag Played On...

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Eoin Glackin may have just released an album, but it’s his blagging abilities that are really impressive. Loads of people write great songs, but how many people manage to sneak backstage to meet Leonard Cohen? He lets Roe McDermott in on his gatecrashing tips.

Live: Republic Of Loose Take To The Academy

2010-10-18 00:00:00


t may have got off to a slow start, but Republic of Loose came through as always. I’ll definitely be checking out the other gigs of their Academy residency.

Live: Live At, The Twisted Pepper

2010-10-18 00:00:00


Though the songs are catchy, and having an Irish electro frontwoman is a much-needed addition to the current domestic scene, it’s hard for a one woman electro machine to maintain the interest.

Interview: Groom With A View

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Frontman of Groom and founder of Popical Island Mike Stevens talks to Roe McDermott about therapy, running away, the curmudgeonly Irish music scene and being a knob. (His bandmates’ words, not ours!)

Album: Barking

2010-10-13 00:00:00


UNDERWHELMING RESULTS AS THE GANG GO JUNGLE

Frontlines: Undercover Coedeine

2010-10-12 00:00:00


Roe McDermott examines the new regulations regarding codeine, and becomes a drug mule for a day to see if pharmacies are actually following them.

Live: Chief, live at the Academy 2

2010-10-11 00:00:00


The album is great, and I fully recommend blasting it out on a summer’s day, but for future gigs, be warned: it’s B.Y.O.A: Bring Your Own Atmosphere.

Album: Lowering The Tone

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Heady stylistic mix from Indie big band

Live: Adebisi Shank

2010-09-06 00:00:00


The launch gig for This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank proved that the trio’s performances are as electric and explosive as their music.

Frontlines: All About Genevieve

2010-09-01 00:00:00


Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, star of the award-winning play Little Gem, tells us about meerkats, acting out risque scenes on stage and, em, nervous farting.Roe

Interview: Death becomes her

2010-08-19 00:00:00


Anna Murphy from We Should Be Dead talks to Roe McDermott about the differences between Limerick and L.A., playing Simon Cowell when auditioning new band members and her haunted phone…

Comedy: Divine Secrets of the Ha-Ha Sisterhood

2010-08-18 00:00:00


We’re told we live in a post-sexist age. So why do so many people have issues with female comedians?

Frontlines: Does The Gay Movement Want Bisexuals Back In The Closet?

2010-08-13 00:00:00


Gays and lesbians are finally on the way to be being regarded as equals under Irish law. But could it be that the gay community has issues with the 'bis' and transexuals who are both part of gay culture - but are treated as outsiders?

Live: Maud In Cahoots and The Cold 100, live at Buskers

2010-07-30 00:00:00


A little diction from The Cold 100 and they could rock it out, but tonight belongs to Maud

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