AnyaTaylor-Joy: the past year has been a bit of a blur, beginning with The Witch for which she  scooped the Breakthrough Award at the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Spotted by a model scout on a London street, the 20-year-old quickly went into films

Ain’t no schnook: Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

The director’s 1990 masterpiece is restored and remastered for the big screen

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

From new arrivals La La Land and Manchester By the Sea to sci-fi smash Arrival, the multiplexes are awash with award-season entert(...)

Natalie Portman in Jackie: “She had a real understanding of history and the importance of image in cementing mythology”

Natalie Portman his played many iconic roles, but none more heavy with history than Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife and widow of JFK

Male man: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

This exquisitely mounted depiction of unbridled misery pivots around Casey Affleck's performance, but as a character study, its tr(...)

Your time is up: Kate Beckinsale takes aim in Underworld: Blood Wars

Kate Beckinsale is back (again) as sexy werewolves take on sexy vampires (again)

Psycho-magic: Adan Jodorowsky (centre) in Endless Poetry

With his trademark bursts of comic-book magic realism, Alejandro Jodorowsky follow-up to The Dance of Reality is a triumph

Clocvkwise from top left: Jackie, Wonder Woman, Loving and Dunkirk

This year’s releases include films from Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson, and new episodes of Trainspotti(...)

Lewis MacDougall with the monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) in A Monster Calls

A young bot comes to terms with the darkness of life via the tales of a giant creature in this masterful family movie

Adam Driver in Silence in which he plays a Jesuit priest who is starved and beaten in 17th-century Japan.

In the past five years, Driver has worked with Eastwood, Spielberg, the Coens and now Scorsese - not bad for a former US Marine wh(...)

Looking for “something with four wheels that will get me out of this place”: Lucas Till in Monster Trucks

Blessed with low expectations, Chris Wedge’s kids’ yarn turns out to be not as monstrous as feared

Rufus Sewell (left) is part of the fine  cast in this slow-burning, clever dystopian adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternative history novel in which the Axis powers won the second World War.

Make the most of the discounted first month as Prime video streaming arrives in Ireland

Rocky mountain high: Aisholpan in “The Eagle Huntress”.

A girl strives to be Mongolia’s first eagle huntress in this splendid documentary

School’s out, way out: Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore “Donnie Darko”.

The 2001 cult classic with star-to-be Jake Gyllenhaal is restored and rereleased

Sigourney Weaver: “Growing up, I was much, much too shy to ever think that I was going to be an actor."

The towering star of ‘Alien’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Avatar’ deals with death in ‘A Monster Calls’

Alejandro Jodorowsky with Jeremias Herskovits in “Endless Poetry”: “Movies are an industry, you know. They want Superman all the time. I just want to have my work and the pleasure of realising my art.”

The mysterious maestro behind ’70s head classic ‘El Topo’ is still making movies his way

Paris Opera Ballet stars helped create the superb choreography in this French-Canadian animation.

One for the kids, this part puppy love story, part knockabout farce features superb animated choreography and an excellent voice c(...)

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in Into the Forest:  impressively understated

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood impress in this pared-down feminist science fiction tale

Sukra Raj Rokaya and Khadka Raj Nepali as Kiran and Prakash, the two boys who are friends despite being from a different caste

Child actors are the stars of this impressive film set against the backdrop of civil war

Neil Diamond: “When I was a child, I must say I did feel a little left out, not celebrating Christmas. But I’ve taken up that banner. We celebrate it now with a vengeance.” Photograph: Micah Diamond

Another Yuletide album? ‘Christmas lends itself to exquisite expression,’ the songwriter explains

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

The reliably controversial American auteur spent 18 months talking to the CIA whistle-blower for his new film

Nate Parker as Nat Turner in “The Birth of a Nation”:   so-so riposte to DW Griffith’s unfortunately themed masterpiece

Nate Parker’s Nat Turner biopic was preceded by much controversy and hoopla; in the end what we get is a rather conventional histo(...)

Sound of silence on the autistic spectrum: one of the original animated insert from “Life, Animated”

Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams wonderful doc tells the story of an autistic boy who found his voice by immersing himse(...)

United States of Love: brilliant, but  seldom pleasant to behold

Four women search for love in post-Communist Poland in Tomasz Wasilewski’s bleak but beautiful drama

I Am Not a Serial Killer: a game-changer for fans of Christopher Lloyd.

Christopher Lloyd is the spooky suspect in Billy O’Brien’s thriller about a serial killer who hunts serial killers

Irish film puts in another quality shift of work; women are way out in front in the acting stakes; and animation is getting beyond(...)

Miles Teller all pumped-up for his next bout in Bleed for This

Miles Teller as 1990s fight star Vincent Pazienza who fights his way back into the ring

Who wants the fish? Aaron Eckhart and Tom Hanks  in Sully

Clint Eastwood brings white-knuckle action - and a tear to the eye - in his boipic of the Miracle on the Hudson pilot

Michalina Olszanska as the conflicted anti-heroine in I, Olga Hepnarová

Michalina Olszanska delivers a stunning central performance as the last woman to receive the death penalty in Czechoslovakia

Teyonah Parris, star of Spike Lee’s latest, is proudly part of a new wave of representations of the African-American experience. B(...)

Deirdre O’Kane: “I don’t care about presents. Anything over the €20 is overboard. But where have all the parties gone?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Back in Dublin after a decade away, the actor is hoping for a revival of the Christmas party

Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson star in this uproariously funny, heart-breaking, and keenly observed teen comedy

Kelly Freon Craig’s directorial debut, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, is the 21st-century ‘Clueless’ we’ve been wa(...)

Tommy Byrne in 1982: “I knew I was the best driver. Many times over the years I heard it was the car, not me, and I proved them wrong every time.” Photograph: John Townsend

The lively Louth driver who shoulda coulda been a superstar gets his own movie

Miles Teller: “Well, I’m from Florida, so fighting can happen accidentally.” Photograph: Rich Fury/Invision/AP

The rising star of Whiplash and Bleed For This on Irishness, boxing and clickbait - “You get scrutinised for a lot of things tha(...)

Adam Driver in Paterson. Who knew he could be so mesmerisingly motionless?

Adam Driver stars as a driver called Paterson from the town of Paterson in Jarmusch's latest slice of Zen

Rosamund Pike (Ruth) and David Oyelowo (Seretse) in A United Kingdom

The British Empire is the baddie in this breathless true tale of love between an African prince and a British office clerk

Minimalist magic: Darragh O’Toole and Emily Lamey in South

Elegant, musically themed feature proves that the best goods can come in small packages

Norwegian chess supremo Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen. As well as his genius at the board, the film shows glimpses of his “humanity and warmth”.  

He check-mated Bill Gates in nine moves, he turned down JJ Abrams offer of a part in Star Trek - and now Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (...)

Billy Bob Thornton  as Willie Soke and Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman in Bad Santa 2. Photograph: Jan Thijs/Broad Green Pictures

Thurman Merman is still following Billy Bob Thornton’s drunken lecher around like a puppy in this belated, ho-ho-ho-hum sequel

Rosamund Pike: “Gone Girl was a big shift . . . I got to play this sweet, vulnerable, flirtatious, cold, hot monster-lover”

With four leading roles this year alone, Rosamund Pike has come a long way since her casting aged 21 alongside Pierce Brosnan's Bo(...)

Lou de Laâge, centre, playing Mathilde Beaulieu in The Innocents

Handsome cinematography and restrained direction fail to stop this second World War drama from sliding into sentimentality

Unlike most body-swap comedies, the rules are not so apparent.

With a constellation of plot twists amid poignant and funny observations, Makoto Shinka's star-crossed puppy love story is unlike (...)

Logan Lerman as the rebellious student Marcus in Indignation

Screenwriter James Schamus makes a brilliant directorial debut with this compelling drama

Tope Oshin Ogun: “Women were usually there to cause the downfall of the hero. That’s changing. For me, any project I develop has to have strong females or a female protagonist.”

Making it in Nigerian film isn’t easy - just ask Tope Oshin Ogun director, producer, actress, dialogue coach, casting director a(...)

Ewan McGregor (who also directs) as Seymour “Swede” Levov  in American Pastoral

For his directorial debut, McGregor takes on the daunting talk of transferring Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer prize-winner to the b(...)

The Land of the Enlightened: “The sections featuring the children feel distractingly staged. The sections featuring the military look like a different film altogether.”

Impressive cinematography and stunning locations can’t make up for the lack of narrative coherence in this docu-drama hybrid

Urban survivors: Cuba Gooding Jr and Morris Chestnut in “Boyz N the Hood”.

Filled with trash-talking and wise words, John Singleton’s provocative, funny, Oscar-nominated debut still dazzles

Director John Waters: Audiences liked to be challenged about what is funny and what isn’t.  Photograph:  Lester Cohen/WireImage)

‘I started Catholic and went backwards’ - cult film-maker John Waters unpacks his transgressive-laden career ahead of his appearan(...)

 James Bowen and Bob the Cat: “In the morning, I’d say: ‘Come on, mate, you got to go find your way home’, but I’d come back and he’d still be there”. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images

James Bowen was a recovering addict when he took in a stray cat named Bob. The ginger tom helped turn his life around, which led (...)

Donald Trump pictured at his Turnberry golf resort during last year’s Women’s British Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Anthony Baxter’s film about 92-year-old Molly Forbes treatment at the hands of Trump shows beyond doubt the contempt he holds fo(...)

Amy Adams as art gallery owner Susan in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”

A superb cast, including Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, weaves between fantasy and reality in Tom Ford’s edgy se(...)

Confronting demons: Narges Rashidi in Under the Shadow

Set in war-torn Tehran in the 1980s, this fantastic horror movie plays neat feminist games with familiar ghost-story tropes

Director Gavin O’Connor. Autistic people experience “a world we don’t understand. And it’s a world that’s fascinating and magical.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Gavin O’Connor, director of the hit thriller, takes a realist approach to an over-the-top plot

In Train to Busan, its mild-mannered, office-bound hero Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) has to get violent and resourceful, while learning that perhaps his daughter is more important than his job and that maybe, just maybe, people are more important than profit

Echoes of George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead ripple through Yeon Sang-ho's first-rate zombie apocalypse film

Bérénice Bejo, Jade Soentjens, Cédric Kahn and   Margaux  Soentjens in After Love

A family slowly and brutally tears itself apart in Joachim Lafosse’s unflinching look at a marriage coming to an end

Shazam: Benedict Cumberbatch unleashes the Eye of Agamotto in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Photograph: Film Frame/Marvel

Benedict Cumberbatch dons a cape and gets in touch with his chakras in a movie that stays true to Marvel’s tried-and-tested fo(...)

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

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