Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: has soiled a melodic Anglicised variation on a classic Celtic name.  Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Pushing Donald Trump as the deified avatar of Donaldishness is unfair on the rest

Few actors bring more character to a role than Toby Jones. It’s all in the subtlety and the everyday actions, he tells Donald Clar(...)

Here is a most unusual comic drama from Iceland that plays some very clever games with tone

Look out behind you Dalton! Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

Bryan Cranston has fun as the lead, but the silly fizz of mid-century Hollywood eventually steals the show - and not in a good w(...)

An almost painfully comprehensive exercise: Janis Joplin in Little Girl Blue

Amy Berg film on Janis Joplin tells the story of a raw, explosive talent that couldn’t escape her ultimately fatal addiction t(...)

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the ‘Dad’s Army’ world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square  London. Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

The British sitcom has such durability there is no wonder it has been made into a film

Fame came late for the actor, now up for an Oscar – and he’s happy it did

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight

The pen is ultimately mightier than the cardinal in this dramatisation of the Boston Globe’s investigation into sex abuse by Cath(...)

Actresses Kelly Thornton and Nika McGuigan at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

‘February feels right. It’s gloomy and dark and that’s a good time to go to the cinema,’ says director

Down but not out: Antonio Banderas in The 33

Claustrophobic tension and unexpectrd anglo-saxon appearances abound in this film about the 2010 Chilean mining accident

Please Bob, no: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Bad Grandpa

The once-unassailable actor swears and bludgeons his way through a comedy that is indeed bad, but in a defiantly odd way

Irish actor’s Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, English actress Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna arrive for the premiere of ‘Sing Street’. Photograph: EPA

Sing Street, Love & Friendship and Mammal earn rave reviews at independent festival

Ted Cruz: Moved from an impressive law career to become solicitor general of Texas and then senator for that state. Photograph: New York Times

In Ted Cruz, the Tea Party finally has a candidate with a chance of seizing power

The Chilean mining disaster is now a film, and the fact that 33 people came out alive is one of the great survival stories of our (...)

This visually ravishing historical martial arts film may be just a little too in love with its own artistry

Badly behaved children: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2

Opening here this Friday, this is the film that finally knocked Star Wars: The Force Awakens off the top of the US box-office cha(...)

Saoirse Ronan is announced as a nominee for best actress at the 88th Academy Awards nominations ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, US. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

Irish success at Academy Awards shows the value of both cultural planning and self-belief

With roles in ‘Frank’, ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and a star turn in ‘The Revenant’, Gleeson’s career has(...)

Director Lenny Abrahamson, his wife Monika and James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, at a party in the Light House cinema in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Pundits underestimated films’ potential ahead of Academy Awards announcement

Alan Rickman   AOL Studios In New York City on June 19th, 2015. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

Donald Clarke on the late actor, a funny, warm man in person, who could never quite shake the whiff of brimstone on screen

Saoirse Ronan at last Sunday night’s  Golden Globe Awards. The Irish star has recieved a best actress nomination for her performance in   Brooklyn, which also got  a Best Picture  nod alongside Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender get acting nominations, while ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Room’ both make the Best Picture list

The walls close in on a mother and child in Lenny Abrahamson’s moving, harrowing adapation of the acclaimed novel

‘The Revenant’ is short on dialogue and thin on characterisation; however the misery is well worth enduring

Donald Clarke predicts that Saoirse Ronan will receive an Oscars nomination for her role in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty

There are more mysteries and imponderables this year than over the past decade

Harrison Ford presents Alejandro González Iñárritu with the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant” during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’ takes three awards in Los Angeles

Julianne Moore (right) presents Leonardo DiCaprio with the award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant”at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Sylvester Stallone takes best supporting actor for ‘Creed’ in Los Angeles ceremony

 Emma Donohoe, who is nominated for a  Golden Globe  for best screenplay for Room, photographed at The Lighthouse cinema in Dublin on Thursday night.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Donald Clarke previews Sunday night’s award ceremony in Los Angeles

Actor Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival   in Palm Springs, California. Photograph: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF

Journalist’s report has led to yet another controversy over the actor’s nationality

“Check that podium for, like, a raw onion or some No More Tears”. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

It’s okay for President Obama to wipe away a tear in public, but then he’s an American

L-R: Jordanne Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Charlie Kelly, Stephen Fingelton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland's film and TV industries continue their ascent this year, and these five actors and directors are set for big things in 20(...)

Saoirse Ronan will face competition from Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Dame Maggie Smith and Alicia Vikander in the leading actress category.

‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘Carol’ lead pack with nine nominations each, ‘Room’ receives two

The war in Afghanistan is the inspiration for a tense Danish courtroom drama

A delightful, playful study of the relationship between Joyce and McCormack

Tarantino sinks deeper into his auto-mythology with more haphazard plotting, gooey violence and endless dialogue, writes Donald (...)

File photograph of director  Quentin Tarantino.  Many cinemagoers in Ireland will have a hard time seeing  Tarantino’s  new film ‘The Hateful Eight’ due to a distribution row. File photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP

‘The Hateful Eight’ will be not be screened at Cineworld due to failure to agree terms

Caitlyn Jenner as she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Photograph: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair/Handout via Reuters

Trump, tabloids, Gaybo’s grimace and questions of race and gender all make the list

Lawrence reunites with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and director David O Russell for an enjoyable – if thoroughly inauthentic –(...)


From now until next December, here are 50 big releases that will demand to be noticed over the next year

Compared with the likes of ‘Trainwreck’, this modest comedy turns into a bedroom farce of a transcendent order

Alison Brie: “We didn’t mind [Community] being a cult show. We revelled in being underdogs.” Photograph: Olivier Vigerie/Getty Images

The actor talks about playing ‘strong’ Trudy, wife to the awful Pete Campbell in Mad Men; and her new film, in which she dates jer(...)

Parent flap:  Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini in Daddy’s Home

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reprise their Other Guys double act, but Sean Anders’ latest comedy is strictly by-the-numbers

It looks as if we will see the most Irish Academy Awards ever

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn: There is no significant British investment in Ronan’s frame. The BBC has not financed Michael Fassbender’s left leg

Why does the London Film Critics’ Circle refer to Irish actors as British? It’s baffling

The Irish have been outperforming throughout this year’s awards season, with Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn catching the eye. Photograph: Reuters

Paddy Breathnach’s film portrays young gay man’s struggle to get by in present-day Cuba

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We asked your opinions, and you responded in your thousands. Here are the results of the popular votes - and our critical take

Moira Shearer shines in a ballet story that explores the destructive side of art

Daisy Ridley attends the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London. Photograph: PA

Let the game commence: Battle on to see which will be the most successful film to date

A familiar, bashed-up spaceship flees a planet far, far away

JJ Abrams taps into Star Wars’ ancient energy without breaking any new ground, and a certain island almost steals the show

 Tyson Fury: Petition to remove the boxer from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist   has close to 100,000 signatures. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Boxer’s Sports Personality of the Year listing is proving contentious

With ‘The Forbidden Room’, a sprawling tribute to lost films, the singular Canadian director has come up with his most ‘Guy Maddin(...)

Angelina Jolie Pitt’s passionate homage to 1970s foreign arthouse films is gorgeous but miserable

Peggy Guggenheim: “a life that seems characterised by insecurity”

Guggenheim heard Joyce sing, met Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Dali and Beckett... and then the Manhattan heiress's life got really in(...)

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, John Crowley’s film of the Colm Toibin novel. Photograph: Kerry Brown/Mongrel Media.

Strong Irish presence among the nominees shortlisted for the 73rd annual show

When Harry Met Sally is still sharp, funny and touching after all these years

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Mammal, Land of the Enlightened, The Lobster, Viva, Love & Friendship and Sing Street feature

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is aware that fatso gags from political comedians come with the territory. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

Stunt on London Underground highlights particular strain of aggressive prejudice

Invention and incisiveness: Anna Odell, director and star of The Reunion

Franchises were creaky (though a certain space opera has yet to land); the best films were strange beasts; and the locals came goo(...)

Brutal dad, worse husband, children dying, a wife’s suicide – no one could accuse Davies of lightening the mood

Room for manoeuvre: Richard Dormer and  Paulina Chapko in 11 Minutes

Jerzy Skolimowski’s thriller covers all the angles with great invention, but still leaves a trail of confusion in its wake

Creature discomforts: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in Victor Frankenstein

The latest retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale is a cobbled-together farrago of cod psychology and makeshift backstory

‘Until three years ago, the phrase ‘Black Friday’ had minimal recognition in this country . . . except that it was the fourth best song on Steely Dan’s second best album.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

We no longer need to covet the American way of life as our ‘stuff’ is the same as theirs

Todd Haynes’s new film surges with suppressed emotion as he tells the tale of two women in love in the 1950s,

The actor again represents the Good America in Spielberg’s irresistible movie

Pixar raised a generation of children before recently slipping into a slump. Don’t be predicting its demise any time soon though, (...)

Johnny Depp as James ’Whitey’ Bulger in Black Mass, “a very convincing Southie psychopath”

Johnny Depp is convincing, and the tale is told with energy, but there’s little new in this based-on-fact story of Boston crime(...)

There seems no happy balance in writing about sex. The prose is either too clinical (medical terms for body parts) or too archly poetic. Photograph: Getty Images

‘The promiscuous shell-collecting in Jane Austen gets my juices flowing’ . . . and so on

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) with Stormtroopers. Photograph: David James/ Lucasfilm 2015

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is out on December 17th. Here’s your Star Wars guide

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from Carol, directed by Todd Haynes: a hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Haynes says: “Now we have to put it before people. When you premiere somewhere like Cannes it’s huge. It’s nerve-wracking.”

Todd Haynes nearly ended up in the halls of academia, but instead turned to film, and in the process brought a new aesthetic to th(...)

Karl Glusman and Aomi Muyock in Gaspar Noé’s “Love”

While it has some original ideas, the 3D scenes may eventually be too much for you

Virtual remake of ‘Boy Next Door’ has its ruthless moments but is ultimately predictable

The last thing we would want to do is stereotype people by age or inclination, but, when it comes to buying Christmas presents, wh(...)

Revolutionary zeal Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Despite Jennifer Lawrence and some effective mayhem, this last, long episode of the fantasy quadrilogy huffs and puffs to its co(...)

People who are not from Galway sometimes argue that its folk spend too much time parading in huge papier mâché heads. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Even fervent Southern nationalists harbour guilty suspicions of Northern otherness

Party animal; campaigner for law reform; controversial film-maker; and now Steve Jobs’ conscience: Seth Rogen explains his many c(...)

Sunset boulevard: Kiki Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor in Tangerine

Tangerine’ glows with aesthetic and technological flair, but it is the humanity on display that makes Sean Baker’s film special

Prep work: Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

With a brilliant script from Aaron Sorkin, elegant design and ruthless discipline mark out Danny Boyle’s unexpectedly impressive f(...)

Maggie Smith as Mary Shepherd in The Lady in the Van, “the woman Jean Brodie might have become had the wheels come off”.

The cyclonic Smith has an indecently appropriate role in this starry film adaptation by Bennett of his own hit West-End play

Nick Yarris – sentenced to death for rape and murder in 1982 – tells his own story in this fascinating, if flawed, new documentar(...)

All you need are two bats, one ball and a net, to unleash all that pent-up cabin fever that winter brings to family dynamics

It’s getting colder, darker, wintrier. Whether you favour active or stationary pursuits, these suggestions will get you through th(...)

Gas mark two: Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper  in Burnt, out now on general release

Playing a bit like the world’s most lavish episode of Masterchef, Bradley Cooper latest is all pretty food and bourgeois nonsense

Workmen put the finishing touches to the Weeping Window Poppy installation at St George’s Hall, in Liverpool, yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Wear it or not, as you please, and ignore the multitude of whingers in both camps

Hooked Up: Chemsex, "primarily notable for the power of the individual stories".

"It's a perfect storm that has shifted things for a significant portion of people" - Director Max Gogarty's new film explores the (...)

Agyness Deyn in Terrence Davies’s Sunset Song, showing at this year's Cork Film Festival

The festival started in 1956, when priests still flung themselves angrily before any screen that dared to project uncovered ankles(...)

Looking for the next big thing: Nicholas Hoult as boorish A&R man Stelfox in Kill Your Friends

Nicholas Hoult tries his best but can do little with a screenplay full of derivative misogy, misanthropy and bad writing

 Stiff upper lips:  Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard   in Brief Encounter

A welcome big-screen return for one of the greatest romances ever made, though you may be left wondering just why the film was ban(...)

Well-maintained carapace: Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

A good Irish Catholic girl immigrates to New York but can’t quite leave the old country behind in this delicately understated peri(...)

Which is which? A bar window in Wellington displays the Australian (left), the All Blacks rugby team flag (centre) and the New Zealand flag (right) ahead of the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images.

New Zealanders are about to vote in a most unusual pair of referendums

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

As the film of ‘Brooklyn’ gets good reviews, Tóibín’s status at home and abroad rises yet another notch

The actor who played the geeky kid in ‘About a Boy’ is now a bone fide star

This documentary on the 1960s black power movement is no more than efficient, but does demonstate that not all gun nuts are ‘right(...)

Taxi tales: Jafar Panahi, “a cheery teddy bear of a driver”

Jafar Panahi comes up with another inventive way to truth-tell in modern-day Iran

Daniel Craig (James Bond). SPECTRE is released in the UK and Ireland on 26 October. The film will be released in the US on 6 November.

Tension between innovation and tradition ultimately pulls latest 007 episode to pieces

Maureen O’Hara photographed in her front yard in Los Angeles. Photograph: Harold Filan/AP Photo

With red hair and green eyes O’Hara was made for showing off the rise of Technicolor

Jeff Bezos: The chief executive of Amazon  and his people are going after “fake reviewers” on his website. Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

Amazon is taking legal action against about 1,100 people paid to write positive reviews

This sporadically effective card-sharp drama is no ‘Cincinnati Kid’ but does have two aces up its sleeve courtesy of stars Ben Men(...)

Bees and hornets learn to live together in a harmless kids’ cartoon – based, fascinatingly, on a rabidly nationalistic German kind(...)

Ben Mendelsohn had worked the acting angles for years, before ‘Animal Kingdom’ helped him hit the jackpot

Danial Craig’s Bond still kills for Britain but the attitude to women has moved on from caveman sociopathy. Photograph: Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images

Twin relics of an age of bogus sophistication have finally started to move with the times

Malign charisma: Idris Elba as the Commandant in ’Beasts of No Nation’. Photograph: Netflix

Idris Elba wafts malign charisma, but for all the murky brilliance on display, Cary Fukunaga’s story of African child soldiers u(...)

Buoyed by the smash success of ‘Skyfall’, the makers of ‘Spectre’ are promising the biggest 007 thrill ride yet. Donald Clarke joi(...)

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