Matthew McConaughey in the overlong Free State of Jones: “a frustrating beast”.

The cast are admirable throughout, but Gary Ross’s dour tale of the US Civil War gets lost in a jumble of competing narratives

Familiar vulnerability: Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon

Peter Berg takes us lucidly through the dynamics of the notorious BP oil spill, but the film begins to falls apart when disaster s(...)

1001 uses for a corpse: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe Two’s company: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe (mostly dead) and Paul Dano (marooned) are best bros in a sentimental comedy that’s not nearly as weird as it pre(...)

Sights set: Eva Green in Tom Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Penny Dreadful star takes a break from psychic meltdowns as the eponymous lead in Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home (...)

Louis Theroux, the mischievous British documentarian,  tweeted: ‘Looks like My Sc’tology Movie won’t get an Irish release due to blasphemy laws’

A speculative media story has suggested a new documentary ‘might’ be banned under Ireland’s blasphemy laws. It won’t

‘The Siege of Jadotville’: Mark Strong teeters between one accent and another as Conor Cruise O’Brien

Fake Irish accents can be atrocious, like Tom Cruise’s, or brilliant, like Kate Hudson’s. But why not just give Irish actors the r(...)

This aggressively ‘heart-warming’ Irish film wants to be ‘Calendar Girls’ in the garden

 Hired guns: Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee in The Magnificent Seven

This time a more racially diverse seven ride out, and the film does hint at contemporary political concerns, but in the end, it (...)

Bristling sincerity: Oisín McKenna in Gays against the Free State!

The anarchic clatter of agit-prop has many things to say about the position of LGBT people in Irish society...

Mel Gibson in Dublin where he is scouting locations for his upcoming movie with Sean Penn in which the Irish capital will double for Oxford. Photograph: Cathal Burke/

Eight-week shoot in capital for film about dictionary editor and eccentric contributor

A copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt. Photograph: Piya Sinha Roy/Reuters

Jolie has reportedly requested custody of their six children

Meticulously composed cabaret: RIOT, at the Spiegeltent until September 25th

RIOT - Can a great night out also count as a political act?

Jamie Dornan in The Siege of Jadotville

New film tells the story of an Irish batallion that defended a Congo town from rebel attacks in 1961

The Great British Bake Off: all this year’s bakers with Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins

‘The Great British Bake Off’ is a terrible idea for a series. But it’s already an institution. Now it’s off to Channel 4 is the cr(...)

Adam Wingard: “When The Blair Witch Project emerged in 1999, the press was alive with tales of how this was going to change Hollywood ...that never quite happened”

At 16, Adam Wingard watched The Blair Witch Project six times when it came out. Now, at 33, he is the ideal person to steer the se(...)

When in Rome: Aoife Leonard as Dido in Collapsing Horse’s production of Virgil’s Aeneid

The festival continues with an ebullient take on an epic and unsettling dance theatre

Strength of will: Jamie Dornan as Comdt Pat Quinlan in The Siege of Jadotville

Jamie Dornan is in hero mode, while Mark Strong plays Conor Cruise O'Brien in Richie Smyth's gripping war film set in 1961 Congo

Another fine mess: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy create a magnificent comic partnership as two idiots on the hunt for a missing suitcase of cocaine (...)

Dadaist pep rally: Release the Baboons creator Paul Currie

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President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers  as he visits New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland in 1963. Footage of his Irish visit features on the Irish Film Institute’s  new IFI Player. Photograph:  PA Wire

The Irish Film Institute has just made 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary and public information films available online

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

“It’s not culture. It’s just a good laugh”: The Beatles in the early days

Ron Howard delivers a straight-up rockumentary that finds new dimensions to the well-told story of the Fab Four

What’s another year: Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby

After a decade in the emotional wilderness, everyone's favourite neurotic singleton is back

 Jamie Dornan stars in Richie Smyth’s new film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. File photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Richie Smyth’s film depicts the Irish soldiers who fought in UN’s 1961 Congo intervention

Don’t have sex: All that chatter about carnal ecstasy is just a cover. Photograph: Getty

Starting college? Then don’t drink too much and don’t touch prohibited drugs. Really

Jamie Dornan: with Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid

The Irish actor has taken ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, his bonkbuster breakthrough, in his stride. The fundamentals of your life don’t (...)

Unwelcome spotlight: Nate Parker with the media at The Birth of a Nation’s Sundance premiere this year. Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty

Nate Parker’s film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was a hot tip for a 2017 Oscar until the story of his trial – and acquittal – on rape c(...)

Forgive them their trespasses: Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette in Don’t Breathe

A blind homeowner vs home invaders in a superbly made thriller that turns the genre on its head

Planets apart: David Bowie and Candy Clark in The Man Who Fell To Earth

In Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi singularity, David Bowie is perfectly cast as a distant alien, unable to properly connect, who sinks into(...)

Darn tootin’: Chris Pine in Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie evokes the spirit of Peckinpah in a thriller about hard men from the old school

Considerable charm, ferret-like untrustworthiness: actor and director Mathieu Amalric in The Blue Room

The pounding paranoia is well maintained in actor /director Mathieu Amalric fourth feature, but the film feels more like a sketch (...)

Dan Bacon: a future post should be entitled “How to cope if, as a poor excuse for a higher primate, you get the beating you sorely deserve”

Dan Bacon has advice if you want to chat up a woman who’s wearing headphones – but nothing on what to do if she kicks you in your (...)

Jeremy Irons, Samuel Irons and Cyril Cusack in the 1989 movie of ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’

Though well-liked, Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ struggled at the box office – just the latest in the chequered history of Roald D(...)

Nobody is better than Huppert at directing disdainful humour towards deserving targets

Love me tender: Charleigh Bailey and Seána Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary

Seána Kerslake brings more to the top table than a cute speech in Darren Thornton’s triumphant first feature

Woody’s nostalgia-bathed romdram is set in Tinseltown before all the nasty tinsel

Sarah Megan Thomas and Anna Gunn in Equity

Wall Street not given a run for its money in this is uneven and woefully cliched film

Superbad: Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara in Morgan

Luke Scott, son of Ridley, has assembled a stellar cast for his taut sci-fi directorial debut about the perils of genetically e(...)

In Things to Come, above, Huppert gets to deliver a damning assessment of society’s attitude to women and the ageing process

In Things to Come, she again presses her case for being the best actress alive

Gene Wilder secured his place in Irish cinema history as the star of Waris Hussein’s 1970 comedy ’Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx’. Photograph: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images

Solid political liberal who worked hard for charities dies after Alzheimer’s complication

Friends: the series was the defining fiction of the Generation X ascendency, a show that revelled in narcissism

Take a position, old bores. How do you feel about people between 18 and 35?

Kristen Stewart “I have brought the same energy to everything I’ve done from the get.”

After getting ‘exceedingly famous at 17’, Kristen Stewart had her work cut out clawing back her life from the Twilight series

Copyright infringement lawyers might have a field day at this diverting pop music spoof

Julieta confirms that the motor is still ticking over very smoothly for Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar’s interpretation of three Alice Munro stories is almost a masterpiece

In this US presidential election, a megalomaniac battles his female opponent with violence in the air

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Give me Jeremy Corbyn, who can’t tell Ant from Dec, over air-guitaring Enda Kenny or rock-star-greeting Tony Blair

Ricky Gervais as David Brent: “People will complain about a joke to me and get the joke wrong. I’ll say, ‘Well, that joke really is offensive, but that’s not what I said’ ”

Caitlyn Jenner, David Brent and why life is only getting worse

Dark matters: Diana flicks the switch in Lights Out

David Sandberg's box-office hit delivers the scares with style and economy

Tally ho! The Swallows ship out in Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome was an interesting guy and a good writer. But nobody still capable of walking upright will be interested in these c(...)

Jorge Perugorria and Hector Medina in Viva

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Misspent youth: Tom Sweet in The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet’s ambitious directorial debut features great performances, arresting visuals and a fantastic score by Scott Walker

A scene from Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

‘Whether you believe in the apparition or not, the story itself is fascinating,’ says film-maker Aoife Kelleher, who has a keen ey(...)

“A striking study of a hidden hell”: a scene from Zhao Liang’s Behemoth

Despite some unnecessary poetic flourishes, Zhao Liang film is a striking study of a country caught between tradidion and indust(...)

Michael Phelps: Some folk who hadn’t been paying enough attention to Gwyneth Paltrow’s arms in 2004 were taken aback when the swimmer emerged from the pool decorated in blackened spots. Photograph: Reuters

When Michael Phelps, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham took up the practice our intellectual centre of gravity shifted a few c(...)

 Here be magic Oona Laurence and Oakes Fegley in Pete’s Dragon

Clever, heartwarming, sincere and pumped full of comforting weirdness, this is the most welcome surprise of the cinematic year so (...)

Truth or consequences: Dave Franco and Emma Roberts in Nerve

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco spiral downwards into ther mobile screens in a movie that just about keeps its fingernails lodged in (...)

Hot and cold: Isabel Huppert in Valley of Love

Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert are brilliant, but can’t save a movie intent on serving up hokum

Keaton Nigel Cooke and dachshund in Wiener-Dog

Master of misanthropy Todd Solondz is in typical ruthless form in his latest tale about a dachshund and its oddball owners

Double take: Zac Efron and Adam DeVine are cast in a plot that is constantly within a hairsbreadth of becoming funny

Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron leave no cliché unexplored in a futile search for laughs

Donald Trump: his approach thrives on novelty and, by definition, novelty eventually outstays its welcome.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

His rudeness, dishonesty and inconsistency would have ended other politicians’ careers

Solondz is back with another grimly original funny drama. ‘Lassie Come Home’ it’s not

Structured around Sands’s decline, 66 Days powers us through a socio-political maelstrom

Suicide Squad: Each hyper-being possesses a special talent, a globule of humanising back-story and a name more suited to a Mexican wrestler

Even Margot Robbie’s charming psychopath cannot rescue this poor team effort from the DC universe

Michelle Obama’s comments about raising two black children “in a house that was built by slaves” caused  outrage in the Barry Goldwater Home for the Permanently Annoyed. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Every time news arises concerning the antebellum African-American experience, the same halfwits emerge to argue the Irish had it a(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

While some movies have vanished from the streaming service, many have arrived and there are plenty to fill the summer evenings, fr(...)

Bobby Sands, pictured in Long Kesh prison.

Brendan J Byrne’s documentary ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ attempts to balance republican voices with nuanced historical analysis 35(...)

High hat: Marisa Berenson in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975)

Described by many critics as “glacial”, Barry Lyndon is among Kubrick’s more emotionally engaged films

Laura Albert once again is the unreliable narrator in this extraordinary documentary about the unmasking of a literary sensation

In the most spectacular manner possible: Matt Damon in Jason Bourne. Photograph: Universal Pictures

The plot is as ridiculous as ever, but returning champions Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass deliver a mini-masterpiece of o(...)

 Milo Yiannopoulos: banned by Twitter  over abuse of Leslie Jones,  comedian and co-star of the recently released Ghostbusters movie.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Twitter’s former top creeperati makes it clear he’s not for gagging

 Mark Rylance at The BFG   photocall during the Cannes Film Festival  in May. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Mark Rylance reckons the Oscars are ‘like a horse fair’, he uses the I Ching to make life decisions and he’s always dreamt of a un(...)

High times: Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant  (Mark Rylance) in Steven Speilberg’s The BFG

There is much to love in Spielberg’s well-crafted adaptation of Dahl's classic kids' book, but grown-ups expecting a guilty tear w(...)

John Crowley  and Saoirse Ronan attend the official Oscars screening of Brooklyn  in New York City. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was one of the most sought-after projects in Hollywood

High beam: Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella and Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond

The rebooted Enterprise gang are on a tricky peace mission in a fast-paced, utterly empty-headed slice of summer fun

William Burroughs in a still from the film Burroughs

Aaron Brookner’s film Uncle Howard is about his late film-maker uncle – but it is also about Aids, a disappeared New York and the (...)

Pokémon Go: the game arrived faster than Theresa May’s propulsion into Downing Street. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nintendo’s new app is already due a revival, so let’s get nostalgic for last week

Mom & Me review: Ken Wardrop sets himself out as the laureate of motherhood in this touching follow-up to his acclaimed His & He(...)

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters. Photograph: Sony Pictures

With nods to the original (and fanboy outrage) this fun-filled reboot wastes none of the actors’ gifts

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

The two films are the pick of a crop that reveals the breadth of talent in Irish film

A still from Paul O’Brien’s ‘Staid’ which was among the Irish titles screened this weekend   at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh.

‘Siege of Jadotville’, ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ and ‘Staid’ among Film Fleadh screenings

Simmering suspicions boiled over last week when Tom Hiddleston was photographed wearing an “I heart TS” T-shirt

The image of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston entwined on a photogenic rock had all the earthy veracity of an Andre Rieu album co(...)

Hip hipster hooray: Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig in Maggie’s Plan

With a sly nod to Woody Allen, Rebecca Miller’s hipster-love-triangle tale is a treat

Writer-director Rebecca Miller sits for a portrait Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

She’s lived with husband Daniel Day-Lewis in Wicklow for the past two decades but filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s heart still belongs t(...)

Flower girl: Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon

The message of is simple, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s method offers many revolting delights

An installation shot of the David Bowie Is exhibition at Loondoon’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Photograph: David Bowie Archive/Victoria and Albert Museum

A new film looks into the late star’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition that drew in 312,000 visitors

Michael Cimino at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. “I don’t believe in defeat. Everybody has bumps.” Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The director of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate was an unrepentant risk-taker

Copycats: nobody asked for a Heterosexual Pride Day until Gay Pride took off. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty

Why do some people feel the need to celebrate being part of an overpowering majority?

Game of Thrones: behind the scenes at Castle Black. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

‘Game of Thrones’ is safe, says HBO, but some question whether another ‘Brooklyn’ could get made once the UK leaves the European U(...)

Fashion victim: Elle Fanning Nicolas Winding Refn in a  promotional shot for Refn’s  upcoming film The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s feud with fellow Danish director Lars Von Trier shows no sign of letting up. “It is natural for youth to de(...)

Incandescently brilliant: Elisabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

Director Alex Ross Perry’s weaves in sly references to Polanski, but this is a psychological drama like no other

Look sweetie: Joanna Lumley, June Whitfield and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The plotting is lazy, but this big-screen reboot of the much-loved sitcom gets by thanks to its stars and to the endless goodwill (...)

Beautiful: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence

The central pairing of tightly wound Kevin Hart and wide-open Dwyane Johnson raise this buddy-buddy spy comedy to happy heights

Viral story: Tom Bradbury’s account was picked up by respectable news sources such as the Times, the Huffington Post and the BBC. Then some terrible spoilsports began picking away at the facts. Photograph: iStock

Forget what Mulder said in ‘The X Files’. If a story sounds too good to be true . . .

Susan Sarandon: “Hollywood isn’t political. Hollywood is about profit. Photograph: Jake Chessum/New York Times

Since being kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in 1993, for her politics, the Hollywood star has becom(...)

More irresistible than annoying: Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne in The Meddler

Susan Sarandon is in top form as a recently widowed woman who can’t help meddling in her daughter’s life

Uncomfortable in the King’s clothes: Michael Shannon and entourage in Elvis & Nixon

This curious film – based on an iconic photograph – could do with a little less exposition and a little more Nixon

Where was I? Tom Sturridge in Omer Fast’s feature debut Remainder

Tom Sturridge gets hit in the head, loses his memory, receives millions in compensation – and then things get obtuse

Fire in the sky: Aliens make a second go of it in Independence Day: Resurgence

Roland Emmerich’s reliably cynical, psychotically CGI’d sequel to his own 20-year-old hit gives new meaning to the word ‘moronic’

This year’s Galway Film Fleadh will host the first screening of Richie Smyth’s ‘The Siege of Jadotville’, a much-anticipated historical drama starring Jamie Dornan (pictured).Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters.

28th festival, which begins on July 5th, to involve 90 films screened at three venues

Brexit gamble: David Cameron’s referendum strategy could fail catastrophically. Photograph: Kerry Davies/Getty

Despite the threat of mutiny from his own crew and the sight of Ukip pirates on the port side, nobody forced Capt Cameron to chart(...)

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