Lupita Nyong’o: “There’s a hope that inclusion will be the order of the day.” Photograph: John Phillips/Getty for BFI

‘Queen of Katwe’, the Oscar-winning actor’s new film, is an ‘anthem for dreaming out loud. I want to play a role in making opportu(...)

John Carpenter: “I’m not an out-front guy, and now all of a sudden I’m out front, and the audience is so much younger than I am. Here’s this old balding guy playing a synthesiser.” Photograph: Alessandro Bosio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Director John Carpenter has no regrets and little time for film whingers - he talks horror and electronica ahead of a Dublin perfo(...)

Madina Nalwanga in Queen of Katwe

Tremendous central performances from David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga and Lupita Nyong’o propel this lively true-life tale of a Ugan(...)

Don’t look now: Lulu Wilson in Ouija: Origin of Evil

Every horror cliche (well, almost) is thrown into the mix in this by-the-numbers horror sequel

Going for a song: Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake)  in Trolls

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lead the voice cast in an animation that’s thin on plot but bursting with perky singalongs

Ken Loach: “The only glimmer of hope is the new leadership of the Labour Party, which is why the establishment have attacked Corbyn so viciously.” Photograph: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

For five decades Ken Loach has been a champion of the disposessed: ‘It’s the moments of hope that make you catch your breath,’ he (...)

Death becomes them: Georgina Verbaan and Jeroen van Koningsbrugge in The Surprise

Oscar-winner Mike van Diem’s first film in 18 years is a funny delight with the lightest possible hue of black comedy

Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to play Christine Chubbock in a nonexistent movie.

This fascinating, maddening meta-doc sets itself the impossible task of exploring the interior life of a TV reporter who killed h(...)

Baby talk

Storks do and don’t deliver babies in this confused though lively animated film

Kate Shenton: “One of the most bizarre incidences was being in a meeting and having the vice president of the company ask me to stroke his beard”

Film-makers Kate Shenton and Jessica Cameron on how the horror genre is taking on misogyny in the film industry

Mel Gibson channels an older, wounded version of his ‘Lethal Weapon’ character in this high-octane, ultra-violent action film

An Estonian fencer gets heroic treatment in this well-crafted sports biopic

Bad cop, bad cop:  Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård in War on Everyone

Despite gamy performances from Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård, John Michael McDonagh latest is a mishmash of second-hand tro(...)

  Director Brian De Palma. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Brian De Palma - the “last of the Hitchcockian practitioners” - expertly and wittily surveys his own career in this straight-up bi(...)

Luke Evans attends "The Girl On The Train" world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square in London.  (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Starring with Emily Blunt in Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a long way from the West End – or the tiny Welsh vil(...)

Director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks on location in Venice during filming of Inferno. Photograph: Ron Howard/Twitter

On the Florence set of ‘Inferno’, the novelist talks critics, Christianity and saving the world

Alexander Skarsgård (right) and Michael Peña in ‘War on Everyone’, a bad cop comedy movie, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, who previously made ‘The Guard’ and ‘Calvary’

Alexander Skarsgård has followed in his father’s acting footsteps, and with ‘Generation Kill’ and ‘True Blood’ behind him, he’s fi(...)

 Shin Sang-ok  and  Choi Eun-hee in The Lovers and the Despot

Ross Adam and Robert Cannan’s film tells the compelling true-life tale of the moviemaking couple kidnapped by dictator Kim Jong-(...)

“I’m definitely over any embarrassment I might have had about farting in front of people.”

‘Find me a Beckettian absurdist comedy where one guy’s dead!’ That is not how the Harry Potter vet landed the part of a partially (...)

Featuring floating girls and knife-fighting homunculi , Tim Burton’s take on the popular young-adult novel is lovely to look at – (...)

Glamour puss: Anna Wintour in First Monday in May

Andrew Ross, usually a disciplined documentarian, delivers a maddeningly unfocused, often inane look at the upper echelons of New (...)

 Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers as MIchelle and Barack in Southside With You

The cutsey-pie mingles with the intellectual in this fawning but clever depiction of the First Couple’s first date

Kirsten Johnson, the remarkable cinematographer behind such fearless fare as Fahrenheit 9/11, Citizenfour, Darfur Now and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

The Fahrenheit 9/11 cinematographer exposes her years behind the camera in a new documentary

Sinister patroller: Glenn Close as Dr Caroline Caldwell

Post-apocalyptic British sci-fi movie introduces thrilling newcomer Sennia Nanua

Gentrification blues and family conflict is explored by the director of ‘Love Is Strange’

A respectable patriarch kidnaps his friends and neighbours in this true life crime flick

In search of the past: Iciar Bollaín in El Sur

Thirty-three years after it premiered, Victor Erice’s little-seen follow-up to Voice of the Beehive is back in cinemas

Going west: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders

Cork actors Alex Murphy and Chris Walley are a perfect double act in new Irish movie The Young Offenders. And their comic banter (...)

Giving it socks: Bryan Cranston in The Infiltrator

Brad Furman’s true-story thriller follows familiar beats but stays ahead of the game with standout performances from the likes of (...)

On the run: Sam Neill and Julian Dennison in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

A city kid goes on the run in this ‘majestical’ Kiwi adventure from What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi

Adam Wingard's remake of the 1998 found-footage classic is entirely pointless

Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) in Kubo and the Two Strings

Donegal teenager Art Parkinson leads a starry voice cast – including Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey – in the animation s(...)

David Mackenzie: “I used to regard genres as being embedded in clichés, and I always felt funny about the need we have to label things.” Photograph: HARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Director David Mackenzie had a joyous experience directing Hell or High Water, now 2016’s most successful indie film

All for one: Viggo Mortensen and family in Captain Fantastic

What begins as Little Miss Sunshine for Marxist survivalists soon evolves into a subtly brilliant comedy-drama

High stakes: Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid

Resistance is brutal in this old-fashioned second World War drama, but is it futile?

Galloping around in ever-decreasing circles: Jack Huston in Ben Hur

This remake may be much shorter than William Wyler’s 1959 classic but it’s a misconceived project from the off

 Viggo Mortensen: “I don’t consciously look for scripts that pitch characters against the environment.  But I do enjoy them.”

‘Lord of the Rings’ star takes to wilderness in latest role as survivalist dad

The story of the man behind the horrifying 2014 headlines and video footage

A fascinating portrait of Ukraiine’s crusading vigilante preacher, ‘Crocodile’ Gennadiy

Talking comestibles (voiced by some of Hollywood’s finest) are the stars in ’Sausage Party’, an enjoyable spoof let down by a corny chase ending

Sausage Party is a tasty proposition. Just don’t expect too much subtlety as the animated adventure plays itself out

Director Pedro Almodóvar with Julieta stars Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez

The Spanish director on the making of his latest movie Julieta, his ‘unity with women’, and the lack of authenticity in modern ci(...)

Two brothers land a Pentagon arms contract in this based-on-a-true-story caper, with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller packing plenty of(...)

The director of sleeper hit One Million Dubliners returns with Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

The writers of The Hangover take on modern motherhood in this sharply-observed comic turn

Seána Kerslake in the low-key charmer A Date for Mad Mary

The actor – aka ‘the Irish Scarlett Johansson’ – is terrific as an angry young woman in A Date for Mad Mary

 Plus c’est la même chose: Asterix, Obelix  and a non-national in Asterix & Obelix: The Mansion of the Gods

Jack Whitehall and Nick Frost add their voice talents to the classic French little-and-large double act

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Oscar-tipped documentary starts out an investigation of an internet sub-culture, then gets much, m(...)

Ruder than Pooh, sweeter than Dennis the Menace: Blinky BIll

The iconic Australian koala goes in search of his long-lost explorer dad in this animated film that will please the kids, if not t(...)

Liam Cunningham, Tom Sweet, Bérénice Bejo and Robert Pattinson in The Childhood of a Leader

The film kept falling apart’: Brady Corbet’s audacious film The Childhood of a Leader

Ricky Gervais’s road movie won’t win any new converts, but there are some laughs along the way.

There are some good jokes en route in Ricky Gervais’s spoof ‘road movie’, but overall it is still a vanity project

Mark O’Halloran: “Panti gave me 30 or 35 cast-off wigs and a few bits of female attire. And then I was able to go to the head of the drags.” Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Mark O’Halloran on how he and Paddy Breathnach wound up making a film about a drag performer in Havana – with a little help from P(...)

She shoots, she scores: Ingrid Bergman

This intimate study of the Hollywood icon reveals the cool-headed free-spirit of the Swedish movie star

Qais Atallahm, who plays Arab Idol winner  Mohammed Assaf as a child in The Idol

Spirited performances and an irresistible narrative propel this based-on-fact story about the Palestinian winner of Arab Idol

Split vision: Moazzam Begg professes, simultaneously,  a belief in multi-cultural Britain and jihad

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg tells his side of the story calmly and quietly, but not conclusively

A scene from David Farrier’s documentary Tickled

Director David Farrier set out to make a film about the strange world of ‘competitive tickling’. Instead, what he discovered was a(...)

Hard to eat: Blake Lively hangs on in The Shallows. Photograph: Sony Pictures

Blake Lively pits her wits against a Great White with a grudge in this daft but enjoyable summer popcorn thriller

Star of Pete’s Dragon Bryce Dallas Howard talks to Tara Brady about imaginary friends, goat poop and post-partum disorders

Unabashedly sentimental Japanese film exhorts everybody to follow their dreams

Made just seven years after the couple died, Sid and Nancy emerged at a moment when punk was still fresh in the collective conscio(...)

Up For Love doesn’t care for accurate proportions when there’s a short gag to be had at its leading man’s expense

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(...)

Matt Damon “I don’t put too much stock into what the perception of me is.”  Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

Fifteen years ago, The Bourne Identity “saved his career”, and now Matt Damon has dropped the dad jeans and returned to the hit ac(...)

They’re all in this together:  Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Anne Gry Henningsen and Sebastian Grønnegaard Milbrat in The Commune

Thomas Vinterberg struggles with the domestic arrangements in this uneven drama about a middle-class 1970s Danish commune

 Jenny and Charlie (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy), Dory’s parents, in Finding Dory

The award-winning studio goes back to the ocean - and avoids sinking the legacy of Nemo - with a sequel that's well worth its salt

Fast and loose: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in Born To Be Blue

Hawke delivers a searing solo turn as troubled jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in this imaginatively structured biopic

Laura Albert: “JT LeRoy was born from a need to communicate things that I was too ashamed to speak about in my own voice.” Photograph: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

JT LeRoy was gender-fluid, heroin-addicted teenage hustler who became a literary sensation. It was a product of my own deeply tr(...)

Ship shape: Oloukine (Féodor Atkine) and Sasha (Christa Théret)  in Long Way North

Strong characterisation and bold, stylised animation mark out this debut feature by Tomm Moore alumnus Rémi Chayé

Lucas Bryant and Malin Buska in The Girl King

Malin Buska delivers a pointedly manly performance as Sweden’s Queen Kristina in this faintly ridiculous historical drama

Men, overboard: things getting out of hand in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier

If you thought The Lobster was odd, wait till you see Athina Rachel Tsangari’s utterly bamboozling macho-macho satire

A scene from Mom and Me

Ken Wardrop follows up His & Hers with a look at mother-son relationships in the US

Zachary Quinto: ‘I made that decision to go public because I realised that we can’t move forward unless we’re authentic. We have to stand up and acknowledge who we are’

The star of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is happy to talk on any subject, except his new film: ‘We’re not allowed to give it all away. Or an(...)

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig: “When I hear ‘They’re remaking Ghostbusters: it’s just a cash-grab!’, it does make me smile a bit. Every movie that Hollywood ever made is a cash-grab.”

The online hate crews came out in force over the resurrection of the Ghostbusters franchise with female leads. Director Paul Feig (...)

Picking up pieces: Marcus Knox Hooke and Kurtis Henville in The Hard Stop

Moving, clear-headed documentary looks at the death and legacy of Mark Duggan, whose killing at the hands of police sparked the Lo(...)

Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin in Summertime

Catharine Corsini’s erotically charged drama is gorgeous and well-acted but a little short on nuance ... and tragedy

James and  Dave Franco: “As much as I love and respect my brother, I’ve had to distance myself from him work-wise.” Photogrpah: Alberto E Rodriguez/WireImage

The ‘Now You See Me’ star speaks about breaking out in the family business

Stand by yer man... Huma Abedin with husband Anthony Weiner the documentary Weiner

The toe-curling story of sexting-mad former US congressman Anthony Weiner is a truly gobsmacking experience

Me Tarzan, me lame: Samuel L Jackson and  Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan

The Ape Man story gets yet another workout in this well-meaning but silly PC adventure

Lizzy Caplan and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2. Photograph: Lionsgate

Eisenberg, Ruffalo, Harrelson, Franco, Freeman and Caine are joined by even more star names for a big dumb sequel full of old-scho(...)

 Sid the ground sloth, voiced by John Leguizamo, in Ice Age: Collision Course

Can someone please put these animals out of their misery?

Still fab: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Two decades after it began as a one-off sketch, Ab Fab has become a global phenomenon. And now, Eddy and Patsy are ready for their(...)

The visual and the real: Dan Renton Skinner in Notes on Blindness

Disability has frequently been ill-served by cinema, not so in this achingly poignant true story of a father losing his sight

Public health in the time of financial crisis has seldom looked more glamorous: Penelope Cruz in Ma Ma

High melodrama mingles with appalling bad taste in this Spanish drama about a schoolteacher diagnosed with breast cancer

Pain, poignancy  and love: Chantal Akerman mother,  Auschwitz survivor Natalia, in No Home Movie

Moments of almost unbearable sadness punctuate the great director’s final film, completed shortly before Akerman killed herself la(...)

Jodie Whittaker: “You get to make a new little family every couple of months and all live together in a bubble of make-believe. Who wouldn’t want that job, eh?” Photograph Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

After roles in Broadchurch and Attack the Block, Whittaker plays a film fangirl in Adult Life Skills

Giulia Gorietti, Giacomo Ferrara, And Yulia Kolomiets In Suburra

Crack-pipe death and prostitution have seldom looked so glamourous as in Stefano Sollima’s gripping follow-up to 'All Cops Are Bas(...)

Swede temptation: Jodie Whittaker as Anna in Adult Life Skills. Photograph: Jo Irvine

Quirks and odd characters abound in Rachel Tunnard’s film, which won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca film festival in Apri(...)

Furry friends: Max (Louis CK), Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and Katie (Ellie Kemper) in The Secret Life of Pets

This star-studded animated comedy has plenty of breakneck action, but could do with a few sharper zingers

A hot mess: Finnegan Oldfield and Daisy Broom in Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Eva Husson displays a fine knack for everyday detail, but this hazy French drama’s lack of focus ultimately reduces it to a hot me(...)

Dancing in the street: Karolina Czarnecka, Eliza Rycembel and Irena Melcer in #WszystkoGra

Sisterhood is to the fore in this warm-hearted multi-generational Polish musical comedy

 These gods must be crazy: Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Gods of Egypt

Gerard Butler stars as a Glaswegian-accented Egyptian god, but whitewashing is the least of this film’s many problems

James Wan: “I did Insidious 2  because, in my mind, I wasn’t finished telling the story.”

Saw, Insidious, Furious 7, The Conjuring - James Wan has a magic touch when it comes to box-office horror, but little time for mos(...)

Sex-Mex appeal made Salma Hayek a hot name, but she has continually surprised and challenged Hollywood with her choices, from play(...)

Marnie seems to induce memory loss in Anna, who wakes up after their encounters, inexplicably dirty or shoeless.

This Academy Award contender from Studio Ghibli, about a pre-teen and her secret friend, can stand proudly beside the other classi(...)

Fire at Sea: The horrors unfold with a stately, procedural crawl

Gianfranco Rosi's multi-award-winning film details life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where death comes ashore with frighte(...)

The plot is off the cheap rack, but McCarthy’s foul-mouthed performance as a disgraced corporate boss is unashamedly feminised and(...)

Clever, ominous and discombobulating: Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's retelling of the infamous 1971 psychological experiment by Philip Zimbardo stays true to the original event(...)

Stephan James  as Jesse Owens in Race

The triumphant 1936 Olympic bid by Jesse Owens is given the classic underdog sports movie treatment in this warm and honest biopic

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe:  Crowe finds the comedy in extreme boorishness and Gosling is a revelation as a buffoon with a toddler-scream.

This film can feel like a throwback to the 1990s, but it does serve up the laughs

Ablist, classist underpinnings: Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You

In the glossy, frothy world of this adaptation of Jojo Moyes’s popular novel, paraplegia is not impairment: it is merely a plot de(...)

Shane Black, the one-time megabuck screenwriter is back, this time with 'The Nice Guys', a shaggy dog comedy-thriller set in the ’70s

The Long Kiss Goodnight and Lethal Weapon writer talks frankly about kicking the drink, scoring a billion-dollar hit with Iron Man(...)

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