The Star propagates its myths through some of the cheesiest God pop you have ever heard. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy will grow up to walk on water?” one warbles.

Film has an innocence that contrasts nicely with the snark of much contemporary animation

‘Slap her on the caboose’: the advice an 11-year-old boy is given on how to treat girls

Matt Damon plays a straight-up guy living an ordinary life with his son (Noah Jupe), his disabled wife (brunette Julianne Moore) and her twin sister (blond Julianne Moore)

No wonder the Coen brothers turned down this sub-par script

Photogrpah: Embassy Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images

This week's puzzlers feature Ron Burgundy’s profession, Wall Street wolves, and brassy Bond and Bassey

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

New this week: Bening as an ageing film noir star, Robert Pattinson as a half-dead hood – and an American epic worth staying home (...)

Paper chase: Aubrey Plaza as the titular stalker in Ingrid Goes West

No need to condemn social media ‘influencers’ – this film will do the hating for you

Robert Pattinson in Good Time: his hair is yellowed to the colour of diseased liver, his eyes suspiciously unblinking

Nobody looks healthy – least of all Robert Pattinson – in the Safdie brothers’ latest movie

Bell and Annette Bening in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

The former ‘Billy Elliot’ star on Durham versus LA, acting pitfalls, and women in film

Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the set of “The Post” which portrays   the “Washington Post”’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Photograph: Niko Tavernis/Twentieth Century Fox

Hollywood has a habit of capturing the political mood before it has emerged

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

Time to recall pivotal role played by a patriot, and that rare breed – the virtuous politician

Bette Davis in  ‘All About Eve’

Karina Longworth’s podcast began as a calling card. It was an overnight success

All aboard the all-star express: Daisy Ridley in Murder on the Orient Express

Also: The first animated feature, counting Oscar numbers, and a visit to Sally Tomato

Marmalade dreamer: Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in Paddington 2

New this week: A bear’s essence, childhood dreams near Disney World, machismo ablaze, the birth of Wonder Woman, and naming names (...)

Plucky underdog - Mrs Brown’s Boys  Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC via AP

It's tricky for Mrs Brown's Boys staying salt of the earth when they're mentioned in the same breath as the Queen

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, is due for release next month

Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will create a new set of films while TV series also planned

The Florida Project:  remains stubbornly humanistic and openhearted throughout

A vibrant, bold and bright portrayal of American childhood which just has to be seen

 Alex Gibney. Photograph:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The documentary maker has a habit of taking on big subjects. Now he’s investigating the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre – and(...)

Josh Brolin and Miles Teller in Only the Brave. The film gets by well enough as a latter-day Hawksian tale of men at work and the women who love them.

Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges smoulder in a sweaty, macho arm-wrestle of a story

Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne, a student who helped create Wonder Woman

'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women' review: just enough odd class to keep indulgent audiences intrigued

Barry Keoghan and Nicole Kidman at the screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Photograph: Getty Images

He first came to prominence in TV crime drama Love/Hate. Now he’s making movies with Christopher Nolan, Nicole Kidman and Colin Fa(...)

Also: Bogie’s great last line, Liz Taylor’s men and the toughest Oscar question yet

Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Colin Farrell reunites with his Lobster director for the Killing of a Sacred Deer, a moving Holocaust documentary and a lesbian pu(...)

Kenneth Branagh as Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

This starry Kenneth Branagh remake of the Agatha Christie classic is missing vital clues

Ms Nomer?: Paul Hollywood Prue Leith and Noel Fielding. Photo: Channel 4

Donald Clarke: No hiding place for ‘Bake Off’s’ poor Prue Leith even in Bhutan

Tomi Reichental: Holocaust survivor at his home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tomi Reichental weeps, expresses disappointment but never seems to lose hope

 Conor McGregor  on stage  on July 13, 2017 in Brooklyn. Photograph: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

There probably are people who will enjoy hearing McGregor refer to three of his cars as ‘a Merc, a BM and a Range’

Anthony Rapp (L) has accused  Kevin Spacey  of making a sexual advance on him at a 1986 party when he was only 14 years old. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Suspicions raised that actor timed his coming out as gay to deflect attention from claims

Tom Hanks at his office in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Jake Michaels/The New York Times

The actor has written a book of short stories. Do they contain any clues to the real man?

Ruth and Simon Fitzmaurice and their children Jack, Raife, Arden and twins Hunter and Sadie in their home in Greystones, Co Wicklow

A crippling disease did not stop him making films or having children. He has died aged 43

New this week: Thor hammers at the funny bone, Andrew Garfield catches his breath, a gay romance and exorcisms

Featuring Citizen Kane, a flop from a heart-throb and the oldest living actor Oscar winner

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Swearing is one of life’s most joyous and creative releases – we must teach it early

Andrew Garfield: “I still am a very emotional child.” Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

The actor, who could pick up an Oscar nomination for his role in Andy Serkis’s ‘Breathe’, on working with Mel Gibson, feeling Jewi(...)

Luca Guadagnino’s hotly-tipped film just about deserves the extravagant praise it is attracting

Review: Hard to knock account of paralysis in post-war England despite stereotypes

Deliver Us review: This documentary is a sobering, serious watch about exorcism and those who claim to be possessed

Rob Pinnington, a member of the British Spartathlon team in The Road to Sparta

A new documentary follows the annual Spartathlon, the original race from Athens to Sparta

The King’s Speech

Streaming services are eyeing the disgraced Weinstein Company’s valuable back catalogue

Welcome newcomer Valkyrie is given a boozed-up, kicking-out-time vigour by Tessa Thompson

Review: A smashing film of inter-galactic significance and of no importance at all

Colin Farrell in Tigerland

This five-course feast takes us from his debut in Tigerland to the darkly comic The Lobster

 Colin Farrell at the UK premiere of Killing of a Sacred Deer:  “I’ve been lucky from the start.” Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The Dubliner wants a break from acting but he's not about to do a Daniel Day-Lewis

Banged up in the Big House: Vince Vaughn  in Brawl in Cell Block 99

Vince Vaughn's bone-crushing return while Armando Iannucci takes on Stalin are among this week's best movies

Name some famous brothers and spot a Mayo memorial to a star are on this week's cards

James Corden: his jokes were crass, ill-timed and delivered with little sense of respect. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TBS

Rather than channelling anger at Harvey Weinstein, he giggled like a schoolboy

In Geostorm, most of the good, dumb action seems to have taken place before the opening credits roll

Dr Gerard Butler. Let that one sit with you for a while

Armando Iannucci: “We demand politicians be word-perfect every time they do an interview.” Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Armando Iannucci, one of the most feared satirist's in the business, takes on Stalin in a comedy of terrors

Chadwick Boseman in Marshall

This clunky Thursgood Marshall biopic still (annoyingly) works a crude magic on the viewer

Is the voiceover a case of panda-ing to the American market?

Robert Redford has been drafted in for the big-screen voiceover. It’s all sorts of wrong

Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor in The Death of Stalin

Given the mortal terror, Armando Iannucci’s latest political satire is weirdly light on its feet

The whole kerfuffle started when a new episode of Rick and Morty made reference to a Szechuan sauce promotion by McDonald’s in 1998 to promote the Disney film Mulan. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

A ‘PR disaster’ involving McDonald’s and Szechuan sauce will actually benefit the restaurant

Rebecca Ferguson: born and raised in Stockholm, she counts as Swedish but has an English mother of Northern Irish descent. Photograph: Vera Anderson/WireImage/Getty

Rebecca Ferguson on learning stunts on-set, and Michael Fassbender's incessant singing

The only tie for an Oscar, Jack Nicholson’s signature line and other gems

Cold comfort folk horror: The Ritual, on general release

New this week: Two thrillers from Scandi land, another Lego go, and a tough Irishman who wouldn’t stand down

Tomas Alfredson’s slice of Scandi noir is the kind of thriller that now belongs on TV

Loving Vincent: Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) wears the yellow jacket immortalised by Van Gogh

The ‘world’s first fully painted film’ animates Van Gogh’s paintings. Why?

Despite the Night: an experience few will want to share with their maiden aunt

Despite the Night review: Philippe Grandrieux’s film takes us to pretentious parties and horrible porn shoots

Simon and Ruth Fitzmaurice in It’s Not Yet Dark

This well-made documentary about Simon Fitzmaurice, who has motor neurone disease, never dips into melodrama

Rey (Daisy Ridley) being irresponsible on Star Wars Island in the first full trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Rey is waving her sword dangerously close to the Kerry rocks. She’ll frighten the cormorants

Producer Harvey Weinstein. An investigation by The New York Times has found previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

The film business isn’t as bad as it once was for sexual misconduct. But it’s still pretty awful

Ryan Gosling in a scene from Blade Runner 2049. The  film was expected to take $45 million. It looks as if it will end up with around $31 million. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

The hyped sequel has had a disastrous opening: is it all the studio's fault?

Morrissey: a bit of an arse. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty Images

How did we Smiths obsessives miss the signs in the 1980s. Because they were there

Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049

New this week: The return of the skinjobs, the real Arab women of Israel, and zany anime

This week: A dedication from The Stranglers, Oscar on Oscar, and when Elvis met Ronan

Nina Hoss in Return to Montauk

Sadly this Colm Tóibín-assisted effort has none of the warmth of his best work

Blade Runner sequel: Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049

Can Denis Villeneuve’s 163-minute sequel to Blade Runner rescue a ‘broken’ box office?

Idris Elba and  Kate Winslet in The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us review: The two stars and a dog go for a long walk in the mountains. Who thought this was a good idea?

Ryan Gosling’s deadened quality suits a character who (we assume, anyway) is not a paid-up member of the human race. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

Review: Blade Runner 2049 is not without flaws, but it’s a marvel it works as well as it does

There are some of us who strive fanatically to stay within the 140 rule and who regard the leaking of an argument into a second tweet as a sign of intellectual decline. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Don't double their length, Twitter. It’s like telling Shakespeare to ditch the sonnet structure

Once upon a time in Jon Snow’s west: Kit Harington in Brimstone

New this week: Winnie the Pooh – the origin story, the devil’s own spaghetti western, and a Bridget Jones for the fleabag generati(...)

I’ll get you my pretty . . . and your little quiz too!

Also: Spielberg’s early ouevre, roll call of female directors, and Andy Warhol on film

Jannik Schümann and Louis Hofmann in Die Mitte der Welt (2016)

This German drama is full of pretty people doing things that were once quirky

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston in Goodbye Christopher Robin

Simon Curtis’s take on the creation of Winnie the Pooh gleams brightly at every point, despite sitting on a bed of genuine tragedy(...)

At its best, Martin Koolhoven’s western is like being caught up in one of God’s more entertaining divine rages

Shailene Woodley: “I’m a reader.” Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Young actor Shailene Woodley committed a cardinal celebrity sin at the recent Emmys

Also: best picture biopics, Kristen vs Kirsten, and the first movie to rake in $100m

Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Maze

New this week: The 1983 breakout from The Maze and Shi LaBeouf remarkably channels tennis brat John McEnroe

Actors Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason play  John McEnroe and Björn Borg in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’

‘There was a quest for perfection and meaning in both of them – I think they were both haunted by a deeper existential pain’

 Canadian director Denis Villeneuve loves his rotten fruit. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve is one of few film-makers to praise the site

The core relationship is that between Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a thoughtful republican prisoner, and Gordon Close (Barry Ward), a stressed guard

The 1983 prison break gets a responsible treatment but it's most effective as a prison break yarn

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Pedro Pascal, in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Was the first one not bad enough? This sequel seems to think not

Barry Keoghan at the premiere for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Several films with Irish involvement impressed critics at the Toronto Film Festival

Director Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ has received strong reviews since its premiere. File   photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

The prize for London-Irish author’s film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises hopes for Oscar success

'Any visitor to this country could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to satire.'

George Hook, the spluttering mouthpiece of powerful but paranoid older men, falls silent

Also this week: comedy triplets, a Lady and the Tramp song and Oscar by the numbers

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!, ‘a disgusting, disturbing feast for the senses’.

New this week: J-Law in the mother of all weird-outs and an unhinged Asian Extreme

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

The actor knows all about standing up for his principles. Can he take that to Westminster?

Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench in passable middle-brow entertainment

Left to right: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!

Review: A ragged Jennifer Lawrence keeps this wild Gothic ride aloft

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Furore over health services map saw the State broadcaster likened to the Taliban

Withnail & I (1987)

Also this week: Daniel Day’s Oscar directors, John Ford's legendary Debbie, and a Clint Eastwood name

Elizabeth Olsen: “I am lucky in that I get good story arcs in The Avengers. If I was just standing around using my powers, that would get tiring.” Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

As a sister of the Olsen Twins and a star in her own right, the actor is wary of fame

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'It' efficiently delivers the jolts, while mystery 'Wind River' provides more thoughtful fare

Moth to a flame: Dermot Murphy iin The Drummer and the Keeper

Nick Kelly’s deft film details the friendship between a bipolar rock musician and a teenager with Asperger syndrome

Dennis Skinner – the UK Labour MP who has done for grey tweed sports jackets what Churchill did for cigars

Daniel Draper’s feature-length documentary on the ‘Beast of Bolsover’ focuses on the man, but misses out on current political conc(...)

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – spot the Illuminati symbology

Both the easily offended and the responsibly annoyed communities have lost their vim

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise: big shoes to fill

This version of the Stephen King bullet stopper works on its own degraded terms

A scene from ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’

Nick Kelly: from plectrum to spectrum, between rock and a hard place

Get stuck in: the not-so-ancient delicacy known as a doner kebab. Photograph: Rob Lawson

Doughnuts and burritos are fads that come and go but late-night kebabs are here forever

God’s Own Country: Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor in Francis Lee’s film

Francis Lee’s ‘God’s Own Country’ feels like a career-launching film

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