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(...)

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(...)

Something wicked this way comes: Adam Scott in Krampus

Trick ’r Treat director Mike Dougherty’s seasonal horror is fun, and with a super cast, but gets bogged down in family pyscho-dra(...)

Steely heroine takes on Kafkaesque bank bureaucracy in attempt to save her home

Yawn: Diane Keaton and John Goodman in Christmas with the Coopers

Make way for a blitzkreig of Christmasiness – and a terrible waste of a talented ensemble

In a stellar career, Tony McCoy never relinquished his grip on the jockeys’ championship. So how will he cope with being out of th(...)

The premise – What if dinosaurs were dirt-farmers? – doesn’t have quite the appealing ring as Toy Story’s what if toys were alive?(...)

The dog's body: Francesco Clerici's Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani)

There are layers of craft in evidence in Francesco Clerici’s detailed study of an historic Italian bronze foundry

Being AP has more in common with a rehab movie than it does with the average sports doc

French cinema’s baddest bad boy makes really explicit movies about sex and sexuality. ‘Why is male nudity a problem when female nu(...)

Having heard that Garner had beaten him to making a film about car racing McQueen apparently pulled out little Steve and urinated (...)

The high road: Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in Tony Scott's True Romance (1993)

Two decades after it flopped at the box-office, Tony Scott take on Quentin Tarantino’s trope-filled screenplay plays like a clas(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Surely nobody deserves Christmas more than Rory O’Neill, the man behind Panti Bliss, this country’s undisputed Woman of the Year

Bitchy banter: Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor in Tangerine.

Director Sean Baker on his zingy new movie about transgender sex workers in LA

There’s something too old-fashioned and wilfully anachronistic about the entire enterprise

A creature feature can’t survive on creatures alone: one can’t execute a jump scare when the jumps just keep on coming

Super seasonally themed superpowers: Erin Galway-Kendrick in A Christmas Star

A few twinkling stars – including Kylie, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson – ramp up the seasonal spirit of this above-average yarn (...)

While filming ‘He Named Me Malala’, director Davis Guggenheim had an audience in mind: his own teenage daughters

Small, intimate moments: Malala Yousafzai in He Named Me Malala

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who took on the Taliban, is given a poignantly intimate portrayal in Davis Guggenheim’s affecting docum(...)

Tye Sheridan, David Koechner and Sarah Dumont in Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Risky Business meets Evil Dead 2 in this low-grade teen horror comedy

Sacha Jenkins documentary expertly traces the fashion line from from classic B-Boys and B-Girls to P Diddy and beyond

The presence, and bravery, of female musicians Khaira Arby and Fadimata Walet Oumar, aka Disco, lend extra substance to Joha(...)

The Lavender Menace

Witches in Washington, illegal abortion networks and reproductive rights: the history of late 20th-century feminism is filled with(...)

Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Stevan Riley’s documentary uses private recordings featuring Marlon Brando's fascinating and occasionally disturbing musings

Where are the rosary beads? Ivy George in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

The horror franchise that started with such a bang goes out with a disappointing whimper

At the age of 9 she made her screen debut in RTÉ’s ‘The Clinic’. At 13 she was Oscar-nominated for ‘Atonement’. The Bronx-born, Ca(...)

This CGI-crazed fantasy is like Harry Potter for Emo kids, but broody Vin Diesel and a good cast give it some oomph

Boo-hiss pantomime villains, gothic apparitions, and mystic codology make this film far too cluttered with blarney and competing (...)

Panti (Rory O’Neill) in the court yard at Dublin Castle following the Yes vote in  for the Referendums on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Conor Horgan’s triumphant documentary deftly weaves through monumental moment of social history without losing sight of protagoni(...)

Talent pool: Colin Farrell in Yorgos Lanthimos’s brilliant, surreal satire ‘The Lobster’

Ask the actor to pile on the pounds, then lose them? No bother. Need a cracking interview in jig time? Here you go. But beneath th(...)

Group of Syrian soldiers captured by the Israeli army in the Six Day War. Syria, June 1967. Photograph: Mario De Biasi Sergio Del Grande/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Regret and sadness are to the fore in stark documentary featuring controversial testimonies made shortly after the conflict

Dennis shows no aptitude for the family business of monstering

The set is spectacular, the cast is stellar, but Guillermo del Toro’s haunted costume drama is short on drama - and scares

Ben Foster excels as blood-doping cyclist Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ biographical drama

Guillermo’s ghosts announce themselves as they come into the world and seem scary. But he’s very adamant that the ghosts in his films are not what you should be afraid of. It’s people that do the real harm. The ghosts just provide the warnings.

The star of Guillermo Del Toro’s new period horror film tells Tara Brady about ghosts, scary sets and why she prefers to act outdo(...)

Emily Blunt: “I always said I would never do an action film because I didn’t want to end up playing a damsel in distress. But with ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, I got to be a full metal bitch. It was very satisfying.”

For new action movie ‘Sicario’, Emily Blunt got FBI training - maybe that’s why she survived the Fox storm after her citizenship (...)

This documentary about the Soviet Union’s Olympic medal-winning ice-hockey team is both nuanced and brilliantly entertaining

Robert Zemeckis latest piece of cinematic wizardry is not a good film – but it may be the greatest Imax film ever made

Gender politics masquerading as a fish-out-of- water comedy

Tobi Baumann’s film may appeal to kids who enjoy shoving crayons up their own noses

Alice is a sailor with a nice land-lubbing chap at home and a boy in every port

Robert Pattinson: “I would love to know what the reason was for that. I always like to think its contempt masquerading as admiration.” (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Once best known as the undead teen Edward in the Twilight series, Robert Pattinson is slowly but surely reinventing himself – from(...)

Death and other inconveniences: Nanni Moretti and Margherita Buy in Mia Madre

Nanni Moretti’s meta-drama is warm and poignant, but often finds itself stranded between competing narrative threads

Kim Sae-ron and Bae Doona in A Girl at My Door

This impressive South Korean drama sees Wachowskis’ favourite Bae Doona flex all of her acting muscles with considerable skill

Unlikely meth head: Kate Mara in Captive

This combo true crime/faith film is never remotely believable, despite a credibly menacing performance from David Oyelowo

Racing driver Betty Saadeh, part of the Speed Sisters, an all-female Palestinian racing team who compete on the West Bank’s professional car-racing circuit. (Photo: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

Amber Fares went to the West Bank to work with the UN and ended up making a film about an all-female racing team

This Portugese oddity represents arthouse film-making taken to insanely inscrutable heights

Robert Redford stars as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in ‘A Walk in the Woods’. Photograph: Frank Masi, SMPSP / Broad Green Pictures

So what happens when Bryson's work gets the Hollywood treatment? Whatever the outcome, it’s got nothing to do with him, he says –(...)

Estonia received its first-ever Oscar nominations for this superb and moving antiwar drama, set in Abkhazia in 1992

This Brazilian comic drama is a superior take on the plight of mothers who must look after other people’s children

Buster Keaton in  Steamboat Bill, Jr: “I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing.”

Keaton’s final film for United Artists features one of cinema’s finest acts of lunacy, and so much more besides

M Night Shyamalan: ‘I always tell my kids: you’re not failing enough’. Photograph: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Fresh from watching his first GAA game, the director talks about The Visit, a fiendishly clever reworking of the Grimm fairy tale

Wretched , nihilistic, damaged: Robert Blake in Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood

Stunning cinematography and chilling performances mark out Brooks’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s chronicle of greed murder and r(...)

Thomas Mann

As the star of ‘Project X’, Thomas Mann knows his teen zeitgeist, but when he first read ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’, he knew it (...)

All the muddled exposition from The Maze Runner allows for The Scorch Trials to be far more entertaining

Brian Helgeland’s far-too-glamorous Kray Twins biopic starts well, then grinds into inertia, while Tom Hardy manages to give both (...)

 Thomas Mann. “You have one big movie, get ready, it’s going to be crazy.” (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The star of such teen flicks as Project X and Beautiful Creatures knows his teen zeitgeist, and when he read it, Thomas Mann k(...)

A failed rock’n’roller is given a second chance with her family in this enjoyable but uneven dramedy written by Diablo Cody

Rick Famuyiwa directs this excellent teen caper which never slips into laddish farce

For this chilling documentary, director Matthew Heineman was given unprecedented access to ruthless anti-cartel vigilantes on both(...)

A bafflingly fragmented, if beautifully rendered series of shots of parties and random images

Playing his own father in the smash NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’, 24-year-old O’Shea Jackson Jr offers far more than just a(...)

The film based on August Strindberg’s play tells of a romance between the classes

Andrew Haigh’s beautifully acted drama examines the slow unstitching of a relationship with thrilling intensity, writes Tara Brady(...)

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