Also: best picture biopics, Kristen vs Kirsten, and the first movie to rake in $100m

Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Maze

New this week: The 1983 breakout from The Maze and Shi LaBeouf remarkably channels tennis brat John McEnroe

Actors Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason play  John McEnroe and Björn Borg in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’

‘There was a quest for perfection and meaning in both of them – I think they were both haunted by a deeper existential pain’

 Canadian director Denis Villeneuve loves his rotten fruit. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve is one of few film-makers to praise the site

The core relationship is that between Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a thoughtful republican prisoner, and Gordon Close (Barry Ward), a stressed guard

The 1983 prison break gets a responsible treatment but it's most effective as a prison break yarn

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Pedro Pascal, in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Was the first one not bad enough? This sequel seems to think not

Barry Keoghan at the premiere for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Several films with Irish involvement impressed critics at the Toronto Film Festival

Director Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ has received strong reviews since its premiere. File   photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

The prize for London-Irish author’s film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises hopes for Oscar success

'Any visitor to this country could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to satire.'

George Hook, the spluttering mouthpiece of powerful but paranoid older men, falls silent

Also this week: comedy triplets, a Lady and the Tramp song and Oscar by the numbers

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!, ‘a disgusting, disturbing feast for the senses’.

New this week: J-Law in the mother of all weird-outs and an unhinged Asian Extreme

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

The actor knows all about standing up for his principles. Can he take that to Westminster?

Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench in passable middle-brow entertainment

Left to right: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!

Review: A ragged Jennifer Lawrence keeps this wild Gothic ride aloft

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Furore over health services map saw the State broadcaster likened to the Taliban

Withnail & I (1987)

Also this week: Daniel Day’s Oscar directors, John Ford's legendary Debbie, and a Clint Eastwood name

Elizabeth Olsen: “I am lucky in that I get good story arcs in The Avengers. If I was just standing around using my powers, that would get tiring.” Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

As a sister of the Olsen Twins and a star in her own right, the actor is wary of fame

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'It' efficiently delivers the jolts, while mystery 'Wind River' provides more thoughtful fare

Moth to a flame: Dermot Murphy iin The Drummer and the Keeper

Nick Kelly’s deft film details the friendship between a bipolar rock musician and a teenager with Asperger syndrome

Dennis Skinner – the UK Labour MP who has done for grey tweed sports jackets what Churchill did for cigars

Daniel Draper’s feature-length documentary on the ‘Beast of Bolsover’ focuses on the man, but misses out on current political conc(...)

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – spot the Illuminati symbology

Both the easily offended and the responsibly annoyed communities have lost their vim

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise: big shoes to fill

This version of the Stephen King bullet stopper works on its own degraded terms

A scene from ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’

Nick Kelly: from plectrum to spectrum, between rock and a hard place

Get stuck in: the not-so-ancient delicacy known as a doner kebab. Photograph: Rob Lawson

Doughnuts and burritos are fads that come and go but late-night kebabs are here forever

God’s Own Country: Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor in Francis Lee’s film

Francis Lee’s ‘God’s Own Country’ feels like a career-launching film

Also this week: Wes Craven, conceived Down Under, a real Oscar stumper, and who nixed Nixon?

Moon Dogs review: This Irish-Scottish-Welsh film with a strong cast and plenty of silly costumes

There are reasons to frown at the choice of a white protagonist for this movie – even if she puts in a charismatic performance

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn in Una

The two leads just about make this stagey duologue about a past crime work

Big and boring: ‘Gone With the Wind’

A Memphis cinema has decided the classic film is offensive to African-Americans. They’re right

‘I never sit shotgun in a taxi. It’s  like choosing to sit next to the only other person in an empty cinema.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Freedom from torture of having to “make conversation” is not too much to expect when paying by the mile

Director Kathryn Bigelow attending the European premiere of Detroit in London. Photograph: Ian West/ PA Wire

Katherine Bigelow’s furious new film, ‘Detroit’, tackles historic racism and strikes some shocking notes. But the ‘Zero Dark Thirt(...)

Cruise flies high, Soderbergh & co get lucky, and the big man’s back in a retooled T2

Also: Donald Clarke tallies Taken, Garfield, Colin Farrell and a terrifyingly toothy predator

Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Cruise

Another Doug Liman collaboration lets Cruise have fun with who he used to be

Steven Soderbergh  with Daniel Craig on the set of Logan Lucky. Photograph: Claudette Barius/Fingerprint

And what is the mystery behind “Rebecca Blunt”, the unknown talent who has written his latest film?

Some Like It Hot: the greatest comedy of all time?

The hot list throws up all sorts of funny food for thought

Redneck robber: Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, and his brother Clyde (Adam Driver)

It doesn’t all work, but the unique film-maker’s return is a qualified triumph

Jerry Lewis posing during a photocall for the film Max Rose at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.  Lewis died on August 20, 2017, aged 91. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Lewis followed his partnership with Dean Martin with a string of critical hits and, of course, ‘The King of Comedy’

Waiter, there’s a Taoiseach in my scoop

From Varadkar’s Chicago caper to the Walnut Whip, non-stories are now the real news

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

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

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(...)

 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

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