Yawn: Diane Keaton and John Goodman in Christmas with the Coopers

Make way for a blitzkreig of Christmasiness – and a terrible waste of a talented ensemble

In a stellar career, Tony McCoy never relinquished his grip on the jockeys’ championship. So how will he cope with being out of th(...)

The premise – What if dinosaurs were dirt-farmers? – doesn’t have quite the appealing ring as Toy Story’s what if toys were alive?(...)

The dog's body: Francesco Clerici's Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani)

There are layers of craft in evidence in Francesco Clerici’s detailed study of an historic Italian bronze foundry

Being AP has more in common with a rehab movie than it does with the average sports doc

French cinema’s baddest bad boy makes really explicit movies about sex and sexuality. ‘Why is male nudity a problem when female nu(...)

Having heard that Garner had beaten him to making a film about car racing McQueen apparently pulled out little Steve and urinated (...)

The high road: Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in Tony Scott's True Romance (1993)

Two decades after it flopped at the box-office, Tony Scott take on Quentin Tarantino’s trope-filled screenplay plays like a clas(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Surely nobody deserves Christmas more than Rory O’Neill, the man behind Panti Bliss, this country’s undisputed Woman of the Year

Bitchy banter: Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor in Tangerine.

Director Sean Baker on his zingy new movie about transgender sex workers in LA

There’s something too old-fashioned and wilfully anachronistic about the entire enterprise

A creature feature can’t survive on creatures alone: one can’t execute a jump scare when the jumps just keep on coming

Super seasonally themed superpowers: Erin Galway-Kendrick in A Christmas Star

A few twinkling stars – including Kylie, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson – ramp up the seasonal spirit of this above-average yarn (...)

While filming ‘He Named Me Malala’, director Davis Guggenheim had an audience in mind: his own teenage daughters

Small, intimate moments: Malala Yousafzai in He Named Me Malala

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who took on the Taliban, is given a poignantly intimate portrayal in Davis Guggenheim’s affecting docum(...)

Tye Sheridan, David Koechner and Sarah Dumont in Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Risky Business meets Evil Dead 2 in this low-grade teen horror comedy

Sacha Jenkins documentary expertly traces the fashion line from from classic B-Boys and B-Girls to P Diddy and beyond

The presence, and bravery, of female musicians Khaira Arby and Fadimata Walet Oumar, aka Disco, lend extra substance to Joha(...)

The Lavender Menace

Witches in Washington, illegal abortion networks and reproductive rights: the history of late 20th-century feminism is filled with(...)

Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Stevan Riley’s documentary uses private recordings featuring Marlon Brando's fascinating and occasionally disturbing musings

Where are the rosary beads? Ivy George in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

The horror franchise that started with such a bang goes out with a disappointing whimper

At the age of 9 she made her screen debut in RTÉ’s ‘The Clinic’. At 13 she was Oscar-nominated for ‘Atonement’. The Bronx-born, Ca(...)

This CGI-crazed fantasy is like Harry Potter for Emo kids, but broody Vin Diesel and a good cast give it some oomph

Boo-hiss pantomime villains, gothic apparitions, and mystic codology make this film far too cluttered with blarney and competing (...)

Panti (Rory O’Neill) in the court yard at Dublin Castle following the Yes vote in  for the Referendums on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Conor Horgan’s triumphant documentary deftly weaves through monumental moment of social history without losing sight of protagoni(...)

Talent pool: Colin Farrell in Yorgos Lanthimos’s brilliant, surreal satire ‘The Lobster’

Ask the actor to pile on the pounds, then lose them? No bother. Need a cracking interview in jig time? Here you go. But beneath th(...)

Group of Syrian soldiers captured by the Israeli army in the Six Day War. Syria, June 1967. Photograph: Mario De Biasi Sergio Del Grande/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Regret and sadness are to the fore in stark documentary featuring controversial testimonies made shortly after the conflict

Dennis shows no aptitude for the family business of monstering

The set is spectacular, the cast is stellar, but Guillermo del Toro’s haunted costume drama is short on drama - and scares

Ben Foster excels as blood-doping cyclist Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ biographical drama

Guillermo’s ghosts announce themselves as they come into the world and seem scary. But he’s very adamant that the ghosts in his films are not what you should be afraid of. It’s people that do the real harm. The ghosts just provide the warnings.

The star of Guillermo Del Toro’s new period horror film tells Tara Brady about ghosts, scary sets and why she prefers to act outdo(...)

Emily Blunt: “I always said I would never do an action film because I didn’t want to end up playing a damsel in distress. But with ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, I got to be a full metal bitch. It was very satisfying.”

For new action movie ‘Sicario’, Emily Blunt got FBI training - maybe that’s why she survived the Fox storm after her citizenship (...)

This documentary about the Soviet Union’s Olympic medal-winning ice-hockey team is both nuanced and brilliantly entertaining

Robert Zemeckis latest piece of cinematic wizardry is not a good film – but it may be the greatest Imax film ever made

Gender politics masquerading as a fish-out-of- water comedy

Tobi Baumann’s film may appeal to kids who enjoy shoving crayons up their own noses

Alice is a sailor with a nice land-lubbing chap at home and a boy in every port

Robert Pattinson: “I would love to know what the reason was for that. I always like to think its contempt masquerading as admiration.” (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Once best known as the undead teen Edward in the Twilight series, Robert Pattinson is slowly but surely reinventing himself – from(...)

Death and other inconveniences: Nanni Moretti and Margherita Buy in Mia Madre

Nanni Moretti’s meta-drama is warm and poignant, but often finds itself stranded between competing narrative threads

Kim Sae-ron and Bae Doona in A Girl at My Door

This impressive South Korean drama sees Wachowskis’ favourite Bae Doona flex all of her acting muscles with considerable skill

Unlikely meth head: Kate Mara in Captive

This combo true crime/faith film is never remotely believable, despite a credibly menacing performance from David Oyelowo

Racing driver Betty Saadeh, part of the Speed Sisters, an all-female Palestinian racing team who compete on the West Bank’s professional car-racing circuit. (Photo: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

Amber Fares went to the West Bank to work with the UN and ended up making a film about an all-female racing team

This Portugese oddity represents arthouse film-making taken to insanely inscrutable heights

Robert Redford stars as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in ‘A Walk in the Woods’. Photograph: Frank Masi, SMPSP / Broad Green Pictures

So what happens when Bryson's work gets the Hollywood treatment? Whatever the outcome, it’s got nothing to do with him, he says –(...)

Estonia received its first-ever Oscar nominations for this superb and moving antiwar drama, set in Abkhazia in 1992

This Brazilian comic drama is a superior take on the plight of mothers who must look after other people’s children

Buster Keaton in  Steamboat Bill, Jr: “I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing.”

Keaton’s final film for United Artists features one of cinema’s finest acts of lunacy, and so much more besides

M Night Shyamalan: ‘I always tell my kids: you’re not failing enough’. Photograph: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Fresh from watching his first GAA game, the director talks about The Visit, a fiendishly clever reworking of the Grimm fairy tale

Wretched , nihilistic, damaged: Robert Blake in Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood

Stunning cinematography and chilling performances mark out Brooks’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s chronicle of greed murder and r(...)

Thomas Mann

As the star of ‘Project X’, Thomas Mann knows his teen zeitgeist, but when he first read ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’, he knew it (...)

All the muddled exposition from The Maze Runner allows for The Scorch Trials to be far more entertaining

Brian Helgeland’s far-too-glamorous Kray Twins biopic starts well, then grinds into inertia, while Tom Hardy manages to give both (...)

 Thomas Mann. “You have one big movie, get ready, it’s going to be crazy.” (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images for Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The star of such teen flicks as Project X and Beautiful Creatures knows his teen zeitgeist, and when he read it, Thomas Mann k(...)

A failed rock’n’roller is given a second chance with her family in this enjoyable but uneven dramedy written by Diablo Cody

Rick Famuyiwa directs this excellent teen caper which never slips into laddish farce

For this chilling documentary, director Matthew Heineman was given unprecedented access to ruthless anti-cartel vigilantes on both(...)

A bafflingly fragmented, if beautifully rendered series of shots of parties and random images

Playing his own father in the smash NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’, 24-year-old O’Shea Jackson Jr offers far more than just a(...)

The film based on August Strindberg’s play tells of a romance between the classes

Andrew Haigh’s beautifully acted drama examines the slow unstitching of a relationship with thrilling intensity, writes Tara Brady(...)

Monica Vitt and Alain Delon in Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film is so rooted in 1960s post-war malaise that it cannot truly exist outside of it

The Angulo brothers in The Wolfpack: ‘They seemed or felt foreign. Almost like a tribe. Their presence was so strong’

Crystal Moselle’s documentary The Wolfpack tells the extraordinary story of a family raised in complete isolation in Manhattan

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay in ‘45 Years’, a quietly devastating drama that lingers long after the final credits have rolled

In new film ‘45 Years’, Andrew Haigh focuses on the daily struggles of ordinary people

This film adaptation of a Mo Hayder thriller pulls no punches about incest, paedophilia and abduction

A fine coming-of-age tale set in 1916 in the Ottoman Empire is no ‘Lawrence of Arabia’

Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini in ‘Gemma Bovery’: “It won’t inspire anyone to reread the book, but it might earn Benny Hill a few extra hits on YouTube”

Modern take on Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’ looks pretty but lacks substance

O’Sullivan’s camera takes us from the borders of Bulgaria to the City of London and on to the disturbances in Greece

Mumblecore maven Greta Gerwig has moved on and up. In her third gig with director/main squeeze Noah Baumbach, she channels her inn(...)

Lounge acts: Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer turn on the hunk, Guy Ritchie turns on the style in this mindless but diverting take on the vintage (...)

Chasing shadows: Pac-Man and Josh Gad in ‘Pixels’

It’s not a bad idea for a movie but underwritten characters and bad dialogue dominate

Michael Dowd tells all in this thrilling documentary about his own corruption

This fetid, oblique Russian epic took forever to make, and the result is a powerful argument for the vitality of civilisation

Al Pacino displays nuance (really) as a grizzled malcontent stranded in a Texan backwater, but there are hints of something else (...)

Gripping documentary about Corkman’s war experiences uses his own voice as narration

HBO’s cult series has much in common with the hit Spanish thriller ‘Marshland’. That’s no bother, says Alberto Rodríguez, director(...)

Meep meep: Michael Douglas takes man-hunting silliness to a whole new level in Beyond the Reach

Michael Douglas finds more than enough scenery to chew in the Mojave Desert in this ludicrous remake of The Road Runner Show

For all the frivolity of her business (fashion), Iris Apfel is smart and sassy enough for us to see past a life of privilege and w(...)

Dziga Vertov’s  breakneck tour of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa is made compelling by its unbridled optimism

Dziga Vertov’s 1929 documentary is rightly considered one of the best films ever made

Hellishly unhappy campers versus whatever it is that’s stalking them in this nifty, efficient horror film from Belgium

Oliver Hirschbiegel:“When I read the script, I kept thinking of Edward Snowden. He must have that same tyrant-killing impulse inside him as well.” Photograph: Getty Images

The ‘Downfall’ director is back with another incendiary look at Deutsches Reich, this time about one lone oddball who decided to s(...)

The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle, its director and star

The ‘Trainspotting’ star’s debut as a director is not a predictable low-key indie film but a riotous comedy starring Ray Winston(...)

Robert Carlyle’s pitch-black murder comedy is a triumph for a deglamourised Emma Thompson, as the ultimate parent from hell

Mark Noonan’s debut Irish drama is problematic but impressive, backed up by the stars’ winning two-step

Despite cameos from the likes of Daft Punk, this drama about French Touch music never loses sight of the genre’s garage origins (...)

Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story

The director’s first film explores the dynamic between a murderer and a journalist

This off-the-wall French comedy has charm but not much plot momentum

After the bombast of ‘Age of Ultron’, this lo-fi Marvel release is as enjoyably laid-back as its amiable star, Paul Rudd, though t(...)

The birth and eventual death of French Touch is explored in an absorbing French film, written by the promoter who was there from t(...)

‘Other animators always tell me I’m living the dream’, says the Cartoon Saloon co-founder, and who is he to disagree? Two Oscar no(...)

Dustin Hoffman puts in a masterly performance as Carvelle in ‘Boychoir’

Though rather predictable, François Girard’s film is still moving and has a fine soundtrack

Cattle mutilations in a provincial town, but this fabulously oddball French mini-series is like no other mystery imaginable

Once again, bongs are toked, bad taste is explored, but thrill and the novelty are gone from Seth McFarlane’s teddy-bear sequel (...)

Orson Welles as Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil

It has undergone a narrative restoration, but Orson Welles’ baroque masterpiece remains pitch-perfect

We’ll say. Stricken with MND and given four years to live, Simon Fitzmaurice has bounced back with a crowdfunded Film Fleadh world(...)

The original film showed a dark underbelly – all the sequel has is spray-tanned abs

Frame up: Welles on the set of ‘Verites et mensonges’ (‘F For Fake’ or ‘Truths and Lies’), 1973 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Documentary reveals what citizen Welles did after making his most famous movie

Director Asif Kapadia’s biopic of Amy Winehouse follows his award-winning ‘Senna’. But, he says, the singer’s life and death was(...)

Hipster hell: Adam  Scott and Taylor Schilling

The actors largely improvised dialogue is not enough to sustain even the meagre 79-minute running time

Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron’s cyborg blockbuster on a B-movie budget is still the one to beat, three decades on

Life before Gru: searching for a ‘big boss’

The much-loved yellow critters from ‘Despicable Me’ put in winning performance

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