Just the two of us: Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans in Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: Civil War is the latest staging post in Marvel's attack on the box office. Can it be stopped? Directors Joe and A(...)

Disquieting and scarily accurate: Kristen Wiig in Welcome To Me

Kristen Wiig plays a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins $86 million on the lottery - and then the fun/nightmare (...)

One last job: Bernard Hill in Golden Years

Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna deliver lovely performances as bank-robbing pensioners, but the film just can’t shake off the TV(...)

Excesses of despair: Géza Röhrig as Sonderkommando  Saul in László Nemes’ Son of Saul. Photograph: Allstar/Sony

Meticulously organised in its portrayal of dehumanisation and moral chaos, László Nemes Oscar-winner is almost beyond compare

A decade in the making, ‘Miles Ahead’ director-writer Don Cheadle battled to create a film that touched on lots of genres. "I want(...)

Natalie Portman proves a dab hand with the weapon of the title

Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan in Louder Than Bombs

The starry ensemble cast excels in Joachim Trier’s film about the tangles of deception that enmesh a grieving family

Catholic boy: Robert Mapplethorpe

Despite some moving contributions from family members and friends, this documentary on the famed photographer never really gets an(...)

Film portrays God as a jerk living in a Brussels apartment

Bang on target: Director Gavin Hood with Phoebe Foxand Aaron Paul on the set of Eye in the Sky

When researching his new film Eye in the Sky, director Gavin Hood found that far from a united front, the military is divided on d(...)

The ties that bond: Masami Nagasawa, Kaho Suzu Hirose and Haruka Ayase in Our Little Sister

An all-female family finds contentment in discontents and bliss in dysfunction in Hirokazu Koreeda warm-hearted feature

Ruth Negga in Iona

The actor, who is an early Oscar tip for Loving and also stars in the ‘entrancing’ Iona, talks about the ‘white Oscars’ controvers(...)

Cinematographer Sam Care carefully counterpoints a very stark existence with verdant vistas

Sense of dislocation: Antonythasan Jesuthasan in Dheepan

A surprise Palme d’Or winner, Dheepan revisits Jacques Audiard’s pet preoccupations with masculinity and violence, but lacks the c(...)

Evanna Lynch: “All I thought about was numbers. I’d open those books and I was free. I loved Luna because she was different”

The star of My Name is Emily talks about battling anorexia as a child, landing the part of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, and movi(...)

 Two’s company: Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe in Nasty Baby

You can see why the Toronto Film Festival turned this film down - although you can equally see how it took home the Teddy from B(...)

Sister act: Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Even if Kristen Stewart hadn’t disappeared from the project, this prequel would still rank as one one of the daftest studio miscal(...)

Oedipal vexed: Barry Keoghan and Rachel Griffith in Mammal

It's not the first time the star of Irish drama Mammal has been here - two decades ago, Griffith toured Ireland in a camper van wi(...)

Nerve endings and swagger: Barry Keoghan in Mammal

Michael McElhatton nicely balances Rachel Griffith’s deadened cool in Rebecca Daly's film, but it is the young Barry Keoghan who w(...)

Sebastian Schipper: "It was like jumping into the Atlantic. It’s ice cold. It puts you into the moment. Your body takes over. You’re all reflexes." Photograph: Nicolas Guerin/Getty Images

There have been single-shot movies before, but none comes close to what writer-director Sebastian Schipper has achieved with his b(...)

There will be blood: Akira Kurosawa’s epic Ran

Freshly restored in a new print, Akira Kurosawa's epic reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear has not dimmed one bit in the thre(...)

Post-shoot, Ferdia has returned to school. But readjusting to civilian life hasn’t been easy: “You’ve worked equally with other adults and suddenly you’re just a kid again. I don’t want to come across as a diva but it’s hard being stuck in a uniform in a room again.  h

He wowed Sundance and impressed at Audi Dublin International Film Festival – the teenage musician and actor is perfectly cast as (...)

The first rule of The Club: no one talks about how relentlessy grim The Club is

Pablo Larraín, director of Tony Manero and Post Mortem, returns with an intensely grim, insistently provocative film about paedo(...)

Diane Kruger and Matthais Schoenaerts in Disorder

Matthais Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger are excellent in Alice Winocour’s stylish take on the age-old tale of the bodyguard and the (...)

Your honour: Vira Sathidar in Court

Even with a novice crew and amateur actors, this fiendishly clever debut takes the courtroom drama to new places

Nia Vardalos: “I describe myself as a fearless idiot. I don’t think about pressure at all”. Photograph:  Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

Five minutes with Nia Vardalos would melt even the most thuggish heart. The creator of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel tal(...)

Tom Hiddleston in High-Rise

Thomas is on his second Ballard film: High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston

It may paint an unnaturally rosy picture of 1980s Dublin, but terrific songs and excellent performances make John Carney’s latest(...)

Monster mash: you’ll pay for the full seat, but thanks to John Goodman’s on-screen menace, you’ll only need the edge

This one-room, micro-budget thriller works well as a ‘parallel’ film to JJ Abrams’s Cloverfield - just try to ignore the monster-s(...)

A voice like a zoological holocaust: Catherine Frot as the titular heroine in Marguerite.

The story of socialite and ‘singer’ Florence Foster Jenkins is transferred brilliantly to Roaring Twenties Paris

Neil Jordan has written two novels since his road injury. Photograph: Kay-Paris Fernandes/Wire Image

Ahead of the 20th-anniversary re-release of Neil Jordan’s hugely successful film Michael Collins, the director reflects on the ‘un(...)

Bedside manners: Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle in The Boy

Eventually, The Boy gets too damned silly for its own good, but is nevertheless nicely orchestrated and powered along by good perf(...)

Saoirse Ronan at the IFTA awards at the conference centre in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Liam Neeson to receive award in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to cinema’

Just the two of us:   Michael and Lisa (David Thewlis and  Jennifer Jason Leigh) in   Anomalisa

Strange, off-putting, sour and meticulous - this stop-motion animation is perhaps the most Kaufman-esque thing Charlie Kaufman’s e(...)

Hi-ya! Po and cubs in Kung-Fu Panda 3

After a wayward second instalment, this busy follow-up restores some lustre to the mammoth franchise

 Divergent star Shailene Woodley: “Absolutely nothing in my life has changed because of these movies.” Photograph:  (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

She might have spent two decades in front of a camera, but Divergent star Shailene Woodley insists that she isn’t cut out for ‘thi(...)

Cane and able: Marlon Wayans and Kali Hawk in Fifty Shades of Black

The Wayans approach to comedy might be simple, but there’s still fun to be had seeing the execrable Fifty Shades of Grey get a goo(...)

Digging the Scene: Joel Coen,Ethan Coen, Josh Brolin and George Clooney on the set of Hail, Caesar!

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have teamed up with George Clooney for a fourth part in their ‘knucklehead’ trilogy - and there’s n(...)

Mother fearest... the brilliantly ambiguous Susanne Wuest in Goodnight Mommy

Preferring unease to jump-scares and psychosis to spooks, this astute psychological horror is an example of the genre at its very (...)

The optics and the truth:  Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford in Truth

Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford deliver starry performances, but the narrative focus remains fuzzy throughout this true-life ta(...)

This isn’t a comeback; it’s a revelatory turn: Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind

The disenfranchised are seldom acknowledged in US cinema - Oren Moverman’s thoughtful drama achieves such a feat with considerabl(...)

Roger Allam: 'I can do posh'

Roger Allam’s patrician roles on big screen made him go-to guy for lead role in film of David Park’s novel, writes Tara Brady

Shallow characters, sketchy plotting and loud, clanging allusions bring down this fictional account of Northern Ireland

Brutal truths: Charlie Plummer in King Jack

With a beautifully poised script, King Jack delivers an honest depiction of adolescent sexuality and a terrifying depiction of t(...)

The Propaganda Game: Ultimately, the dialectics don’t get us anywhere

Rather than exposing any truths, Alvaro Longoria’s handsomely-shot video diary merely adds to the riddle of North Korea

Anderson’s late dog Lolabelle recorded a ‘pretty good’ Christmas album and learned to paint and sculpt in her later years

A defiantly odd reworking of The Little Mermaid is frequently more discombobulating than entertaining

Commentators, fishermen, politicians and scientists collectively scratch their heads over Ireland’s disregard for its own waters (...)

An ingenious film that dresses tropes and plot lines from soap as verisimilitude

Tara Brady talks to the 26-year-old actress about coming out to the film industry and having the world at her feet

Flat, and lacking the archly deadened attributes of Todd Haynes’ Carol, a quartet of World’s Greatest Actors work hard to animate (...)

Director Rebecca Daly has a knack for carnality in a film punctuated by wailing, nocturnal tomcats and outbreaks of violence

The late essayist, once denounced by a papal nuncio as a dangerous communist, has the last laugh

When likeable Piotr starts behaving oddly and talking Yiddish, there can only be one explanation . . .

Gristle and grit: Matthew Fox and Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

The film is sly enough to function equally well as an old-fashioned shoot-‘em-up: or rather, shoot, if they’re lucky

Truth be told:   Former CBS News producer Mary Mapes: “You have to think about the hypocrisy.”  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Fired from her job after running a piece about George W Bush, former CBS producer Mary Mapes’ story is now a major film starring (...)

Mist opportunity: Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours

Casey Affleck brings colour to his most-able seaman, but Chris Pine can do little to animate the dull do-gooder hero of this Disn(...)

Claudia Cardinale on the set of Circus World in 1964. Photograph: Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Italian star of such classics as 8½ and Once Upon a Time in the West is now 78 and has just completed her 154th feature. She t(...)

A rivalry between African gangs turns brutal in this adaptation of gritty youth novels

Ross Lipman’s doc makes interesting connections and assertions

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s new film is an unsettling nightmarish masterpiece

Oscar-nominated Turkish drama is both brilliant and maddening

Star power: Angela Lansbury in the Broadway musical Mame, in 1966. Photograph: Jack Mitchell/Getty

The veteran actor, best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in ‘Murder, She Wrote’, credits Cork with saving her family. It’s just (...)

Unlikely heroics: Oddball and the Penguins

The penguins are cute, but the big fluffy sheepdog steals the show in this delightful Aussie drama

TJ Miller: “I’m successful because of moderate talent and work ethic. With those things, you too can be the voice of Mr Mucus. Life is tragic, so being a comedian is the best thing you can do for society”

The comic actor, who is famous as Mr Mucus, is happy as long as he’s getting laughs

Ruthless self-sufficiency: Martin McCann in The Survivalist

Pitiless, economic storytelling from Fingleton is matched by a fantastic performances from Martin McCann, Olwen Fouéré and Mia Got(...)

“Awkward!” Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Road Chip

Say your prayers - here comes the fourth instalment of the $1.3 billion and counting Ca$hmunks series

Bluer steel: Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2

Silly jokes and A-list cameos pass the time, but it’s pretty much more of the same from Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and(...)

Never mind the sub-zero temperatures and bad light – casting the right type of sheep proved just as tricky for Cannes-winner ‘Rams(...)

Irish cinematographer PJ Dillon brews up a terrific storm – literally and figuratively

Will today’s creepypasta kids still enjoy such silly fireside supernaturalism? We do hope so

Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Dad’s Army. Photograph: Universal Pictures/PA Wire

When the film sticks to old jokes, it serves some purpose. But too often we’re stuck in tea shops on dates with Catherine Zeta-Jon(...)

What’s the point, bro? Édgar  Ramírez and Luke Bracey in Point Break

Relentless action cannot dispel the toxic levels of claptrap that stink up this po-faced, slow-witted remake

Michael Keaton: "I’m too far gone to even describe myself as a lapsed Catholic; but Irish-Catholic is my tribe. And that was true of a bunch of us who worked on this movie.”  (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Keaton returns to cinemas in Spotlight. He is an Oscar frontrunner, but has a keen eye on Brooklyn

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in Youth. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Michael Caine. Harvey Keitel. Jane Fonda. Rachel Weisz. Paul Dano - the great cast ultimately becomes marginalised by the busyness(...)

Hairy situation: John  Krasinski in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

The director turns to the political sphere with this mindless actioner about Benghazi - he should stick to the giant robots

Hey! Kids! Look here! Capture the Flag

This colourful animation tries a little too hard to get down with the kids

On the robe: Harvey Keitel as the struggling director in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

The actor with a five-decade mean streak of a career shows little signs of mellowing. 'I took on the ups and downs," he says. 'Som(...)

‘An audacious gripping screenplay’: Brad Pitt in The Big Short

Brilliantly accessible, scathing account of the financial crisis based on the bestselling book

In search of her inner Bear Grylls: Chloe Grace Moretz in The 5th Wave

Think Twilight with aliens. Or Ender’s Game with a girl in the lead. Or Divergent without the non-stopping trains... you get the p(...)

A constellation of likeable actors is on the case - including Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton - but the dramedy just doesn’(...)

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

In the Rocky offshoot Creed, Ryan Coogler has made a rare boxing film with a black actor as star. The director talks about how he (...)

Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, Steve Carell,  Rafe Spall, Jeffry Griffin and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short (2015)

The man behind such comedies as Anchorman and Step Brothers has toned down the farce for his latest film, the star-studded multi-O(...)

Creed firmly overthrows any notions that the Rocky films are trading on an elaborate Great White Hope mythology

The brain-box Irish film-maker suddenly finds himself a hot Oscar prospect with his acclaimed fifth feature, which is tearing up t(...)

Last Hijack: a real-world prequel to Captain Phillips

Tommy Pallotta’s documentary is nicely presented but lacks a coherent narrative

Ballerinas get bolshie in Babylon Bolshoi

“The world of theatre is cruel . . . It looks beautiful from the outside, but inside it's boiling”

Alejandro Iñárritu with Leonardo Di Caprio on the set of The Revenant

There ain’t no mountain tough enough for the Oscar-winning director of wilderness epic The Revenant. ‘I’m just somebody whose vis(...)

Eddie Redmayne plays the pioneering transgender painter Einar ‘Lili’ Wegener in this interesting if overly tame biopic from the di(...)

Here’s one ‘Contempt’ that has stood the test of time: sex bomb Brigitte Bardot and Hollywood hard man Jack Palance star in this 1(...)

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikanderin The Danish Girl

Tom Hooper’s film about a transgender woman born in 1882 has hit the zeitgeist

Cillian Murphy: “It’s not just learning your lines, <NO1>and<NO>doing them, <NO1>and<NO>coming home and going to bed. It becomes a kind of marker in your life” (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Cillian Murphy’s latest film In the Heart of the Sea finds him shipping pounds of weight while shooting far out on the ocean - and(...)

We’re delighted to report that: you’re a good movie, Charlie Brown

The Forbidden Room began life as a wildly ambitious and proudly cuckoo project at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

Stellar form: Lily Tomlin in Grandma

Lily Tomlin is great in Grandma as a foul-mouthed lesbian poet, a part that was written for her. She talks about abortion, feminis(...)

Uncommon ground: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in Sisters

Sparks fly between longtime sparring partners Fey and Poehler in this otherwise predictable comedy

Multigenerational friction: Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner in Grandma

Lily Tomlin turns in one of the year’s best performances in this bittersweet crisis-pregnancy comedy

Daisy Ridley poses with Stormtroopers backstage at the Lucasfilm panel during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Reboot king JJ Abrams is diversifying the Star Wars universe... Gwendoline Christie, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on finding new h(...)

Boy in Lurgan Street, Dublin. Photograph: David Jazay

David Jazay and Judith Klinger’s restored 1988 documentary is a fascinating record of the capital in the years before the Celtic (...)

Agyness Deyn at the BFI London Film Festival screening of ‘Sunset Song’. Photo  Samir Hussein/WireImage

As her new movie Sunset Song opens in cinemas, the accidental-model-turned-actress explains her journey from fish-and-chip shops t(...)

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