Is bald better? Exhibit A . . .

‘The comb-over is a testament to man’s inexhaustible capacity for self-delusion’

In search of Ambrose: a scene from Desperate Optimists' documentary Further Beyond

Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor of Desperate Optimists have made a thoroughly engaging film about Ambrose O’Higgins - or have the(...)

Rage against the machine: Hayley Squires and Dave Johns in I, Daniel Blake

Loach weaves many moments of quiet brilliance into his Palme D’Or-winning polemic about the UK’s Kafkaesque welfare system (...)

 Cobie Smulders plays Turner and Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Photograph: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Cruise, this time resembling a narcoleptic Simon Cowell, stumbles into an own-brand conspiracy plucked from the shelves of Hollywo(...)

Donald Tump in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with Macaulay Culkin.

The supposedly liberal entertainment industry has happily given a platform to this ‘bozo’, ‘punk’, ‘mutt’

Coulrophobia is defined as an “irrational fear of clowns”. Irrational m’arse.

Recent events confirm that the circus clown is among the most unsettling creations in popular culture

Bob Dylan: worthy of the Noble laureate

From the apocalyptic vision of A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall to the complex meditations of Ain’t Talkin’, Dylan delivers poetry in em(...)

Hustle and flow: Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey

Fish Tank director Arnold Arnold further refines her taste for the poetry of grime with a stunning, sprawling American road movie (...)

Carry on up the caricatures: Patt Shortt in “The Flag”.

This broad Irish comedy needs only a few leprechauns and beefeaters to be complete

Put through their paces: Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones run as if their careers depend on it in “Inferno”.

The third godawful Brown/Hanks/Howard team-up is, mercifully, the shortest of the series

Andrea Arnold: “I loved films, but no, I wasn’t a buff. We didn’t have a cinema in my town. So we’d have to get the 96 bus from Dartford up to Woolwich or Bexleyheath to see films.”

With ‘American Honey’, the versatile UK director has made her biggest swerve yet

Pat Shortt (right) in The Flag: “This goes back to the older class of emigrant. We want to give that feeling of the guy down on his luck.”

The Ex-D’Unbelieavable has gotten used to being treated as a natural treasure

South Park’s Cartman: following the George Hook playbook

The Newstalk host argues for link between Gardasil and side effects despite no evidence

There is much humanity, and a great many laughs in Colm Quinn’s charming film about the legendary Dublin divan flogger

Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins voyeuristic drunk murder-mystery gets an unevenly faithful big-screen makeover

Chancers? Oasis

Mat Whitecross's doc doesn’t look back in anger (or in any useful detail) at the rise of the Gallagher brothers - though Noel pro(...)

Irish emigrants took part in solidarity March for Choice events in more than 25 cities worldwide last Saturday, calling on Ireland to repeal the 8th amendment. Photograph: @RepealLondon

Wheeze to give high-rolling returnees a tax break was, indeed, ‘unfair and discriminatory’

Humorous energy: Samomé Richard  in Baden Baden

Director Rachel Lang's feature debut is an impressive character study of a quiet, odd heroine, played with great assurance by Samo(...)

Budget projection: Árni Vilhjálmsson, Friðgeir Einarsson, Ragnar Í Bragason in Crisis Meeting at Project Arts Centre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival  Photograph: Ragnheiður Pálsdóttir

Dublin Theatre Festival: experimental Icelandic company stick to the central conceit of a funding application

Matthew McConaughey in the overlong Free State of Jones: “a frustrating beast”.

The cast are admirable throughout, but Gary Ross’s dour tale of the US Civil War gets lost in a jumble of competing narratives

Familiar vulnerability: Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon

Peter Berg takes us lucidly through the dynamics of the notorious BP oil spill, but the film begins to falls apart when disaster s(...)

1001 uses for a corpse: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe Two’s company: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe (mostly dead) and Paul Dano (marooned) are best bros in a sentimental comedy that’s not nearly as weird as it pre(...)

Sights set: Eva Green in Tom Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Penny Dreadful star takes a break from psychic meltdowns as the eponymous lead in Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home (...)

Louis Theroux, the mischievous British documentarian,  tweeted: ‘Looks like My Sc’tology Movie won’t get an Irish release due to blasphemy laws’

A speculative media story has suggested a new documentary ‘might’ be banned under Ireland’s blasphemy laws. It won’t

‘The Siege of Jadotville’: Mark Strong teeters between one accent and another as Conor Cruise O’Brien

Fake Irish accents can be atrocious, like Tom Cruise’s, or brilliant, like Kate Hudson’s. But why not just give Irish actors the r(...)

This aggressively ‘heart-warming’ Irish film wants to be ‘Calendar Girls’ in the garden

 Hired guns: Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee in The Magnificent Seven

This time a more racially diverse seven ride out, and the film does hint at contemporary political concerns, but in the end, it (...)

Bristling sincerity: Oisín McKenna in Gays against the Free State!

The anarchic clatter of agit-prop has many things to say about the position of LGBT people in Irish society...

Mel Gibson in Dublin where he is scouting locations for his upcoming movie with Sean Penn in which the Irish capital will double for Oxford. Photograph: Cathal Burke/

Eight-week shoot in capital for film about dictionary editor and eccentric contributor

A copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt. Photograph: Piya Sinha Roy/Reuters

Jolie has reportedly requested custody of their six children

Meticulously composed cabaret: RIOT, at the Spiegeltent until September 25th

RIOT - Can a great night out also count as a political act?

Jamie Dornan in The Siege of Jadotville

New film tells the story of an Irish batallion that defended a Congo town from rebel attacks in 1961

The Great British Bake Off: all this year’s bakers with Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins

‘The Great British Bake Off’ is a terrible idea for a series. But it’s already an institution. Now it’s off to Channel 4 is the cr(...)

Adam Wingard: “When The Blair Witch Project emerged in 1999, the press was alive with tales of how this was going to change Hollywood ...that never quite happened”

At 16, Adam Wingard watched The Blair Witch Project six times when it came out. Now, at 33, he is the ideal person to steer the se(...)

When in Rome: Aoife Leonard as Dido in Collapsing Horse’s production of Virgil’s Aeneid

The festival continues with an ebullient take on an epic and unsettling dance theatre

Strength of will: Jamie Dornan as Comdt Pat Quinlan in The Siege of Jadotville

Jamie Dornan is in hero mode, while Mark Strong plays Conor Cruise O'Brien in Richie Smyth's gripping war film set in 1961 Congo

Another fine mess: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy create a magnificent comic partnership as two idiots on the hunt for a missing suitcase of cocaine (...)

Dadaist pep rally: Release the Baboons creator Paul Currie

The latest Dublin Fringe festival reviews, featuring Release the Baboons, The Humours of Bandon and To Hell in a Handbag

President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers  as he visits New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland in 1963. Footage of his Irish visit features on the Irish Film Institute’s  new IFI Player. Photograph:  PA Wire

The Irish Film Institute has just made 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary and public information films available online

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

“It’s not culture. It’s just a good laugh”: The Beatles in the early days

Ron Howard delivers a straight-up rockumentary that finds new dimensions to the well-told story of the Fab Four

What’s another year: Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby

After a decade in the emotional wilderness, everyone's favourite neurotic singleton is back

 Jamie Dornan stars in Richie Smyth’s new film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. File photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Richie Smyth’s film depicts the Irish soldiers who fought in UN’s 1961 Congo intervention

Don’t have sex: All that chatter about carnal ecstasy is just a cover. Photograph: Getty

Starting college? Then don’t drink too much and don’t touch prohibited drugs. Really

Jamie Dornan: with Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid

The Irish actor has taken ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, his bonkbuster breakthrough, in his stride. The fundamentals of your life don’t (...)

Unwelcome spotlight: Nate Parker with the media at The Birth of a Nation’s Sundance premiere this year. Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty

Nate Parker’s film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was a hot tip for a 2017 Oscar until the story of his trial – and acquittal – on rape c(...)

Forgive them their trespasses: Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette in Don’t Breathe

A blind homeowner vs home invaders in a superbly made thriller that turns the genre on its head

Planets apart: David Bowie and Candy Clark in The Man Who Fell To Earth

In Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi singularity, David Bowie is perfectly cast as a distant alien, unable to properly connect, who sinks into(...)

Darn tootin’: Chris Pine in Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie evokes the spirit of Peckinpah in a thriller about hard men from the old school

Considerable charm, ferret-like untrustworthiness: actor and director Mathieu Amalric in The Blue Room

The pounding paranoia is well maintained in actor /director Mathieu Amalric fourth feature, but the film feels more like a sketch (...)

Dan Bacon: a future post should be entitled “How to cope if, as a poor excuse for a higher primate, you get the beating you sorely deserve”

Dan Bacon has advice if you want to chat up a woman who’s wearing headphones – but nothing on what to do if she kicks you in your (...)

Jeremy Irons, Samuel Irons and Cyril Cusack in the 1989 movie of ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’

Though well-liked, Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ struggled at the box office – just the latest in the chequered history of Roald D(...)

Nobody is better than Huppert at directing disdainful humour towards deserving targets

Love me tender: Charleigh Bailey and Seána Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary

Seána Kerslake brings more to the top table than a cute speech in Darren Thornton’s triumphant first feature

Woody’s nostalgia-bathed romdram is set in Tinseltown before all the nasty tinsel

Sarah Megan Thomas and Anna Gunn in Equity

Wall Street not given a run for its money in this is uneven and woefully cliched film

Superbad: Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara in Morgan

Luke Scott, son of Ridley, has assembled a stellar cast for his taut sci-fi directorial debut about the perils of genetically e(...)

In Things to Come, above, Huppert gets to deliver a damning assessment of society’s attitude to women and the ageing process

In Things to Come, she again presses her case for being the best actress alive

Gene Wilder secured his place in Irish cinema history as the star of Waris Hussein’s 1970 comedy ’Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx’. Photograph: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images

Solid political liberal who worked hard for charities dies after Alzheimer’s complication

Friends: the series was the defining fiction of the Generation X ascendency, a show that revelled in narcissism

Take a position, old bores. How do you feel about people between 18 and 35?

Kristen Stewart “I have brought the same energy to everything I’ve done from the get.”

After getting ‘exceedingly famous at 17’, Kristen Stewart had her work cut out clawing back her life from the Twilight series

Copyright infringement lawyers might have a field day at this diverting pop music spoof

Julieta confirms that the motor is still ticking over very smoothly for Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar’s interpretation of three Alice Munro stories is almost a masterpiece

In this US presidential election, a megalomaniac battles his female opponent with violence in the air

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Give me Jeremy Corbyn, who can’t tell Ant from Dec, over air-guitaring Enda Kenny or rock-star-greeting Tony Blair

Ricky Gervais as David Brent: “People will complain about a joke to me and get the joke wrong. I’ll say, ‘Well, that joke really is offensive, but that’s not what I said’ ”

Caitlyn Jenner, David Brent and why life is only getting worse

Dark matters: Diana flicks the switch in Lights Out

David Sandberg's box-office hit delivers the scares with style and economy

Tally ho! The Swallows ship out in Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome was an interesting guy and a good writer. But nobody still capable of walking upright will be interested in these c(...)

Jorge Perugorria and Hector Medina in Viva

Less boy-meets-boy than boy-meets-himself, Paddy Breathnach’s drama - the first Irish film to be shortlisted for best foreign-lang(...)

Misspent youth: Tom Sweet in The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet’s ambitious directorial debut features great performances, arresting visuals and a fantastic score by Scott Walker

A scene from Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

‘Whether you believe in the apparition or not, the story itself is fascinating,’ says film-maker Aoife Kelleher, who has a keen ey(...)

“A striking study of a hidden hell”: a scene from Zhao Liang’s Behemoth

Despite some unnecessary poetic flourishes, Zhao Liang film is a striking study of a country caught between tradidion and indust(...)

Michael Phelps: Some folk who hadn’t been paying enough attention to Gwyneth Paltrow’s arms in 2004 were taken aback when the swimmer emerged from the pool decorated in blackened spots. Photograph: Reuters

When Michael Phelps, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham took up the practice our intellectual centre of gravity shifted a few c(...)

 Here be magic Oona Laurence and Oakes Fegley in Pete’s Dragon

Clever, heartwarming, sincere and pumped full of comforting weirdness, this is the most welcome surprise of the cinematic year so (...)

Truth or consequences: Dave Franco and Emma Roberts in Nerve

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco spiral downwards into ther mobile screens in a movie that just about keeps its fingernails lodged in (...)

Hot and cold: Isabel Huppert in Valley of Love

Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert are brilliant, but can’t save a movie intent on serving up hokum

Keaton Nigel Cooke and dachshund in Wiener-Dog

Master of misanthropy Todd Solondz is in typical ruthless form in his latest tale about a dachshund and its oddball owners

Double take: Zac Efron and Adam DeVine are cast in a plot that is constantly within a hairsbreadth of becoming funny

Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron leave no cliché unexplored in a futile search for laughs

Donald Trump: his approach thrives on novelty and, by definition, novelty eventually outstays its welcome.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

His rudeness, dishonesty and inconsistency would have ended other politicians’ careers

Solondz is back with another grimly original funny drama. ‘Lassie Come Home’ it’s not

Structured around Sands’s decline, 66 Days powers us through a socio-political maelstrom

Suicide Squad: Each hyper-being possesses a special talent, a globule of humanising back-story and a name more suited to a Mexican wrestler

Even Margot Robbie’s charming psychopath cannot rescue this poor team effort from the DC universe

Michelle Obama’s comments about raising two black children “in a house that was built by slaves” caused  outrage in the Barry Goldwater Home for the Permanently Annoyed. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Every time news arises concerning the antebellum African-American experience, the same halfwits emerge to argue the Irish had it a(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

While some movies have vanished from the streaming service, many have arrived and there are plenty to fill the summer evenings, fr(...)

Bobby Sands, pictured in Long Kesh prison.

Brendan J Byrne’s documentary ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ attempts to balance republican voices with nuanced historical analysis 35(...)

High hat: Marisa Berenson in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975)

Described by many critics as “glacial”, Barry Lyndon is among Kubrick’s more emotionally engaged films

Laura Albert once again is the unreliable narrator in this extraordinary documentary about the unmasking of a literary sensation

In the most spectacular manner possible: Matt Damon in Jason Bourne. Photograph: Universal Pictures

The plot is as ridiculous as ever, but returning champions Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass deliver a mini-masterpiece of o(...)

 Milo Yiannopoulos: banned by Twitter  over abuse of Leslie Jones,  comedian and co-star of the recently released Ghostbusters movie.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Twitter’s former top creeperati makes it clear he’s not for gagging

 Mark Rylance at The BFG   photocall during the Cannes Film Festival  in May. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Mark Rylance reckons the Oscars are ‘like a horse fair’, he uses the I Ching to make life decisions and he’s always dreamt of a un(...)

High times: Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant  (Mark Rylance) in Steven Speilberg’s The BFG

There is much to love in Spielberg’s well-crafted adaptation of Dahl's classic kids' book, but grown-ups expecting a guilty tear w(...)

John Crowley  and Saoirse Ronan attend the official Oscars screening of Brooklyn  in New York City. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was one of the most sought-after projects in Hollywood

High beam: Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella and Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond

The rebooted Enterprise gang are on a tricky peace mission in a fast-paced, utterly empty-headed slice of summer fun

William Burroughs in a still from the film Burroughs

Aaron Brookner’s film Uncle Howard is about his late film-maker uncle – but it is also about Aids, a disappeared New York and the (...)

Pokémon Go: the game arrived faster than Theresa May’s propulsion into Downing Street. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nintendo’s new app is already due a revival, so let’s get nostalgic for last week

Mom & Me review: Ken Wardrop sets himself out as the laureate of motherhood in this touching follow-up to his acclaimed His & He(...)

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters. Photograph: Sony Pictures

With nods to the original (and fanboy outrage) this fun-filled reboot wastes none of the actors’ gifts

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

The two films are the pick of a crop that reveals the breadth of talent in Irish film

A still from Paul O’Brien’s ‘Staid’ which was among the Irish titles screened this weekend   at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh.

‘Siege of Jadotville’, ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ and ‘Staid’ among Film Fleadh screenings

Simmering suspicions boiled over last week when Tom Hiddleston was photographed wearing an “I heart TS” T-shirt

The image of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston entwined on a photogenic rock had all the earthy veracity of an Andre Rieu album co(...)

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