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(...)

Ken Loach: “He doesn’t seem to be a danger to anyone.”

Louise Osmond's documentary offers us a warm, engaging portrait of Britain's most uncompromising film-maker

Orla Brady: “One of the most delightful things about acting is that you’re required to experiment with your sense of self.” (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)

The star of the new Eileen Gray biopic The Price of Desire talks about why she left Ireland and getting fighting fit for a secon(...)

Before the bawling and weeping:  Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot in MonRoi/My King

Vincent Cassel enjoys playing the jerk to Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes-winning turn as a stubborn romantic

Having started out as a spinning instructor, Stephen Amell is continuing something of a family tradition with his comic-book ro(...)

Completely wasted: Mia Wasikowska in Alice Through the Looking Glass

The starry cast - including Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and the late Alan Rickman - is not enough to save this dire $170 million S(...)

Human relations: Ewen Leslie, Odessa Young,  Sam Neill in The Daughter. Photograph: Mark Rodger

Australian director Simon Stone, along with big names Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto, take Ibsen’s 'The Wild Duck' to (...)

Riccardo Scamarcio: big soulful eyes and fallen-angel demeanour grant humanity to the monstrous titular character

Riccardo Scamarcio never wavers even as this Mob film loses its way

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up his new kitten at the Ecuadorian Embassy. It’s  a gift from Assange’s young children to keep him company. Photograph courtesy of WikiLeaks

Laura Poitras returns with a documentary on Assange that’s a sprawling ridealong through the cyber wars

20 years after ‘Shine’, the self-effacing Aussie is the youngest actor to have won the elite acting treble of an Oscar, Emmy and T(...)

Kate Beckinsale might be a go-to girl for Jane Austen adaptations, in between badass superhero roles. But her family life growing (...)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa veers away from his acclaimed J-horror for a Buddhist riff on ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’

Nerve-wrecking action and a castaway story make for a thrilling, fresh creation

Director Cristian Mungiu follows a logic that begins with “Do me just this one favour . . . ”

Everything about The Silent Storm suggests a screenplay was written entirely IN CAPITAL LETTERS. No “r” goes unrolled, no piece of(...)

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men Apocalypse.

After 17 years the franchise seems tired, despite some star performances

Bouncy pratfalls and  high-fallutin’ cultural references: The Angry Birds Movie

A stand-out voice cast – Jason Sudekis, Sean Penn, Peter Dinklage, Danny McBride, Bill Hadar – add great colour to an already brig(...)

There is much to sea in James Crump’s lively documentary about the Land Art movement

Anton Yelchin in Green Room

A punk band’s performance turns into a nail-biting thriller that spills into carnage

Stellan Skarsgard: “Men had a tendency to give the stiff upper lip and put the lid on. But we feel the same things you women do.” (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)

Stellan Skarsgård is one of Hollywood’s top earners, yet he has little time for the system. ‘I just happened to appear in very s(...)

Like being nailed into a chair in front of a washing machine stuck on rinse cycle: Natalie Portman ponders sonething or other in Knight of Cups

Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett mumble codology as the oblique auteur strays even further into self-parody wit(...)

Lucile Hadihalilovic: “I liked that the women were the threat in the new movie.” Photograph:  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

French writer-director Lucile Hadihalilovic’s transfixing new film Evolution will subvert everything you thought you knew about pr(...)

Wild interpretation:   Crusoe (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) in Robinson Crusoe

Two two mangy cats take the lead as the shipwrecked sailor is shoehorned into a wacky animal escapade

Steely, sexless: Joan Crawford is a seductress par excellence in Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar

The peerless Joan Crawford stars as a pistol-packin’, cross-dressin’ saloonkeeper in one of the strangest and most subversive of A(...)

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(...)

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