Sitting pretty: Armie Hammer as the American writer James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as the Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti

Stanley Tucci’s study of the Swiss artist is a rhapsody to bohemian Paris in the 1960s

Story of Christopher and Christine’a Rainey and their family struggles is gripping cinema

Dum-dum boys: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson in ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Elaborate action sequences fail to cover up the cliched characters and general idiocy

Idris Elba: almost enough charisma to enliven a half-written part

The Stephen King inspired film looks like a cluttered 95-minute trailer

 Daniel Craig on  the red carpet at the French premiere of tpectre in  2015. He’ll be getting his suit out again so.  Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

And when he's finished as 007? Clondalkin man Aidan Turner looks nicely positioned

Alf Garnett and his son-in-law Mike arguing over the Christmas dinner table in a 1966 scene from “Till Death Do Us Part”. From left:  actors Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols and Warren Mitchell. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

It’s time to reclaim the phrase that bigots use to criticise tolerant, open-minded discourse

Sissy Spacek in ‘Carrie’

His works have been adapted by Rob Reiner, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg. And we’re soon to see more adapta(...)

Manderley in Rebecca: A gloomy mansion in a sinister corner of Cornwall, the building was, according to the author’s editor, “as much an atmosphere as a tangible erection of stones and mortar”

Manderley in ‘Rebecca’, the floating home in ‘Up’ – fictional houses can envelop the viewer

 Roland Møller in Land of Mine

‘A Ghost Story’ is a heartbreaking haunting while an award-winning Godzilla returns to stomp Tokyo

Tom of Finland has been a significant hit at the domestic box office

New film about Nordic animator who was behind hugely influential post-war gay erotica

Rooney Mara: largely happy life shattered by death of partner Casey Affleck

Director David Lowery’s playful ‘post horror’ makes an emotional connection

Transformers: The Last Knight - the stench will remain for centuries

Blockbuster season is almost over, and while it wasn’t as bad as last year, there were still some real stinkers

Logan Lucky: a heist movie packed with stars.

Kathryn Bigelow gets controversial in ‘Detroit’. Domhnall Gleeson looks cool in ‘American Made’

Winston Churchill: You’ll still see his face on the fiver – if you’re lucky enough to have a fiver in your pocket. Photograph: PA Wire

Hmm . . . put my kids out of work or stay in the damned EU? Decisions, decisions

Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Maudie

Maudie finds humanity in unlikely places, Williams profiles an icon for whom racing is life

Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Maudie

Maudie review: Aisling Walsh delivers a sad film about poor people, but it could scarcely be more open to benevolence and quiet hu(...)

 Jack Lowden arriving at the ‘Dunkirk’ world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square earlier this month in London.  Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The rising Scottish actor Jack Lowden speaks about how he made Dunkirk and emoting Morrissey in ‘England is Mine’

The Emoji Movie: Unmediated rubbish

This is a hopeless effort to make a universe from product placement

Sam Shepard at rehearsals in 2016 for his play ‘Buried Child’, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. Shepard, the celebrated avant-garde playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died in his Kentucky home on July 27, 2017, of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

The playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and friend of Ireland has died aged 73

French actress Jeanne Moreau poses on the set of the film ‘Eva directed by Joseph Losey in Venice. French actress Jeanne Moreau died aged 89 on July 31, 2017. Photograph: AFP Photo

The throaty actor – a walking embodiment of French sophistication – has died aged 89

Commonwealth nations that have English as a first language, come next in the fight against “drugstore” and “icebox”. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to hating this hot mess, the Irish are nearly as British as the British themselves

Vincent Browne at the TV3 studio on Thursday night for his final show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TV Review: Better then Seinfeld’s finale, but Jedward should have given him a Humvee

Handle with care

This week’s quiz includes Star Trek, Rory O’Shea and Howard Hughes. See how you rate on our Bond baddie scale

Maudie: Ethan Hawke in Aisling Walsh’s new film

Hawke was a posterboy for generation X actors. But after seeing first hand where his precocious talent could lead, he's become a t(...)

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Najiani in The Big Sick

The romcom is back in the shape of the BIg Sick to dare to muscle in on the Dunkirk action

 Charlize Theron, left, and Sofia Boutella in Atomic Blonde. Photograph: Jonathan Prime/Focus Features/AP

They stopped short of having Boy George run Charlize over with a Sinclair C5

Unlikely lad and lass: Kumail Nanjiani and  Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick

Film follows traditional rhythms while entertaining a most unusual plot turn

 Roland Møller in Land of Mine

Martin Zandvliet’s taut, Oscar-nominated drama is economic, impeccably acted and impressively aware of its moral conundrums

“The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “We wanted to speak to a general audience, not just super science geeks like myself.”   “The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “We wanted to speak to a general audience, not just super science geeks like myself.”

Irish director Emer Reynolds knits together a documentary that informs and moves

Did someone say product placement?

Review: The film’s strong cast are wasted in this huge bloated mess

Time for some pi – but not American pi, thank you

Why should March 14th – or 3/14 as the US would have it – be designated International Pi Day? It’s patently clear that July 22nd –(...)

Director Christoper Nolan on the set of Dunkirk  with Kenneth Brannagh

The auteur’s war film is stunning, but its heroic approach reflects an industry still uncomfortable with the bloody reality of the(...)

Soundtrack to sex, or is it the other way round?

We mark you out of 10 on our Pixar scale

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

It’s hard to look past Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk – but there are a few other gems

Matthew Heineman’s ‘City of Ghosts’: has the makings of a gripping story, but never quite comes together.

Matthew Heineman follows up ‘Cartel Land’ with a documentary on Islamic State’s atrocities in Syria

The great saxophonist died 50 years ago this week. Here are 10 of his finest moments

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

Michael Inside, Maze and Song of Granite are among the strong field of new Irish film

Director George  Romero  before the screening of the film “Survival of the Dead” at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

An American original, he was best known for Night of the Living Dead

 Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan Lawlor at the World Premiere of Irish thriller ‘Maze’ at Galway Film Fleadh. Photograph: Xposure

Galway event focuses on new Irish talent and trying to increase women in production roles

Love Island: More viewers now worry about cigs than actual sex between sexy people. Photograph: ITV

Astonishingly, cigarettes are Love Island’s biggest turn-off

Colin Farrell in The Beguiled. Photograph: Ben Rothstein/Focus Features

Tensions rise in a subtle fashion in Sofia Coppola’s strange but worthwhile drama

Caesar (Andy Serkis) in War for the Planet of the Apes

This week, take your pick between inter-species war and holy-relic adventures

Welease Wodewick - question five

This week’s quiz features Life of Brians, Bond theme tunes and one ugly gunslinger

Steve Zahn. Photograph:Maarten de Boer/Getty Images.

Steve Zahn on ‘the most painful six months of my life’ making War for the Planet of the Apes

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for ‘Stranger Things,’ during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images

Reagan, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Thriller’ all star in this geekcentric version of the 1980s

Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland in ‘Pilgrimage’

Pilgrimage review: Zealots, tyrants and opportunists drag themselves across our damp interior.

Lynchian: filmmaker David Lynch in ‘David Lynch: The Art Life’

Focusing on Lynch’s early life and work, Jon Nguyen’s documentary is utterly essential viewing for fans of the director

“He understood where the endgame should be in Northern Ireland.” John Hume in 1971. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty

Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary lines up luminaries eager to set the record straight

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (in Fleabag): the next Doctor Who?

That it will annoy the ‘Men’s Rights Movement’ is not the reason why – just a bonus

It's a jungle out there: Woody Harrelson (right) in War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

From Kong: Skull Island and The Jungle Book to The Planet of the Apes – the influence of Kurtz is everywhere

“I am serious . . .  and don’t call me Shirley” - see question seven

This week’s quiz features double acts, a film equation and one too many exclamation marks!!!

Blue Teapot and Sanctuary actors Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Until recently, it was illegal for people with intellectual disabilities to have sex. ‘Sanctuary’ cleverly and playfully manages t(...)

Riley Keough, Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr  in It Comes at Night

Trey Shults dark, brilliant film about the suspicion of strangers gets us right inside the mind of the suspicious

 Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir

Isabelle Huppert struggles gamely with the role and the songs in this perplexing French dramedy

Tingling sensation: Tom Holland in Spider-Man Homecoming. Photograph: Marvel

Review: Tom Holland swings winningly through a flashy, punchy and heartwarming film

 The film critic Barry Norman, who was  capable of caustic wit when tearing apart one of the  more dismal films. Photograph: PA

His fame saw him feature in ‘Spitting Image’ and he won over audiences with gentle style

Donald Trump: introduced a new word when his mysterious tweet read “despite the negative press covfefe” Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

What's really of interest in the list of new words in the Oxford English Dictionary are the voguish buzz-terms

Spider-Man: Homecoming:  July 5th

From blockbusters to indie flicks, here are the best releases from now until autumn

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in The House

This mirthless comedy feels like the result of terminal creative panic

Pondering Madonna: question two

This week’s quiz features pop-fan hoodlums, determined robots and colourful characters

 Best foot forward: Rolf Lassgard in A Man Called Ove

A recently widowed man hovers between despair and grumpy outrage in Hannes Holm’s Oscar-nominated drama

Ruth Negga on the carpet at Cannes in 2016. She is now a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photograph:  Julien Warnand/EPA

The Irish stars are among a raft of Academy inductees, which could diversify the Oscar nominations

Art Malik:  ‘While we can still banter, I can take hope.’ Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images for BFI

Halal Daddy star Art Malik’s views about what is proper in cinema’s engagement with race have changed over the years

Eccentric performance: Natalie Portman in Jackie

We’re halfway through the year – it’s time to take cinematic stock

Sarah Bolger,  Colm Meaney and Nikesh Patel in Halal Daddy

Halal Daddy review: This Sligo-set comedy sometimes displays a fearful contrivance

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

The 29th festival will close with a rare original feature project from Colm Toíbín

Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has made his best film in more than a decade

Neil Jordan: Last September, Variety described him a showrunner on Riviera.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: It’s not the writer or director, but the ‘showrunner’, who controls TV drama now

The DUP’s  Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds arrive at 10 Downing Street. Not quite the same as Prince fans arriving at Paisley Park. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

You’ll be seeing a lot more of that little-known species, the lesser-spotted Ulster unionist

Tyler Durden, question six

This week’s quiz features Fight Clubbers, Toy Stories and high grossers

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in Hampstead

This ‘true’ story of Hamstead Heath squatter Harry Hallowes has nice leads, but everything around them is a disaster

Marion Cotillard and Alex Brendemühl in From the Land of the Moon:  check the gauges on your melodrama detector before watching

Marion Cotillard is smashing as a lovestruck heroine, but this is ‘cinéma de papa’ territory

Megatron and Josh Duhamel Transformers: The Last Knight. Photograph:  Paramount Pictures

The best thing about Michael Bay’s latest affront to cinema is Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Top Gear’ mullet

File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Donald Clarke: Oscar-winner will likely honour commitment to silence on the matter

The surprise popularity of ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ suggests mainstream cinema is overlooking a key audience

We still love the cinema. Last year Ireland had the joint highest attendance in Europe

Youngest Taoiseach: our leaders are meant to look like grizzled ancients in Jack B Yeats paintings.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As a medical man Dr Varadkar will know that he is technically of an age to be my son

Diane Keaton arrives for the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Gala   in Hollywood where she received a lifetime achievement award earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck

An Oscar-winning performance in Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’ changed everything for Diane Keaton

Jaws: bit off more than he could chew

This week’s quiz features Jaws, Jason Bourne, Hitchcock and Hamlet

 Whitney Houston performs  at the 2009 American Music Awards  in Los Angeles, California. Photgraph:  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

From Whitney Houston to Dublin gangsters, here are the best of this week’s releases

The son of teachers, Ross Noble turned to performance at about the same time that he was diagnosed with dyslexia

Ross Noble on Brexit, his house burning down, and why he is in so many Irish horror films

Neneh Cherry: powerfully voiced

Film review: It’s oppressive but this is a Swedish captor I came to love just a little

Cardboard Gangsters: Noisy, loud, violent and sad

Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters is so enjoyable, you forgive its flaws

Chris Evans: his annoying good looks somehow fail to inhibit his rugged humanity

A classy package that gets by on warmth and sincere performances

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the 1939 blockbuster ‘Gone with the Wind’. Not raised on broadcast TV, most online voters have never  sat through the movie on rainy bank holidays

Empire’s 100 greatest films list has no pre-1940 movies. Yet ‘Hot Fuzz’ makes it

Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: ushered in an era when faithfulness to the text was seen as a virtue in itself

It is the second-biggest movie franchise of all time, but the films are slaves to the text

Magnificent seven plus one: (clockwise from top left) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonny Wright, JK Rowling, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis

Potter gave some young actors a leg-up, but it created few genuine stars. Where did the broomsticks take the ones JK Rowling calle(...)

In the long run, nobody is judged by their ability to memorise the lakes of Patagonia.

Semi-celebs love to reveal their poor results – and brag about their achievements since

An exit poll predicting that the Conservatives  would not win a majority is projected on to  BBC Broadcasting House in London on Thursday night.  The news that everybody (bar YouGov) had been madly wrong suited broadcasters very nicely. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

TV view: Osborne’s election night delight underlined the factional nature of British politics

Spot the villain....

This week’s quiz features Bond villains, Wham! pop songs and, er, Leo Varadkar

Wonder Woman

Quality blasts from the past include Wonder Woman and a Fritz Lang classic

Sofia Boutella: 'All Americans think they are Irish. Right?' Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The live-wire Algerian actor on dancing with Madonna and channelling Boris Karloff

 Teresa Palmer in The Berlin Syndrome

Cate Shortland’s creepy, eerily beautiful third feature delivers a familiar story, but gets by on evil ambience

Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel

Rachel Weisz is suitably ambiguous in this worthwhile adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis

A terrible fug of desperation hangs over the first instalment of Universal’s Dark Universe sequence

Whitney: Can I Be Me. In cinemas June 16th

Blockbuster season is upon us, but there’s more going on this month than just crash, bang, wallop

Festival-goers,  possibly not Fine Gael voters.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Mr Varadkar wants to be a leader for goody-goody early risers. I’m going back to bed

This week’s quiz features angry men, tough droogs and famous last words

My Life as a Courgette

The best film of the week is an Oscar-nominated animation that's basically social realism for kids

Social realism for kids: My Life as a Courgette

Oscar-nominated animation about children in care is full of decency and kindness

Rihanna and  Lupita Nyong’o in the photograph that sparked the tweet that  became the meme that inspired the Netflix movie that will star Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o.  Photograph:   Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The singer, along with the actor Lupita Nyong’o, is set to star in a Netflix movie inspired by a photograph of the pair that went (...)

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