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

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 (...)

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

Doug Aitken’s ’kinetic light sculpture’, fixed to the train which traveled from New York to San Francisco

Doug Aitken’s rolling meditation on creativity features 62 one-minute films featuring the likes of Beck, Cat Power and Gary Indian(...)

The endless HBO series is inexplicably given a big-screen resurrection that’s lazy and largely laugh-free

Rufus Norris’s new film - based on a horrifyingly violent true story - has important and chilling things to say about the media, p(...)

Minion invasion: Kevin, Bob and Stuart visit Dublin to promote the new film. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell

The babbling yellow army of banana eaters now have a film of their own. Creator Pierre Coffin explains the lingo and their inspira(...)

Horse-whipped: Clarke Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits

John Huston’s drama-and-booze soaked western features career-best performances from Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable

Liam Cunningham in Let Us Prey: ‘I’m the devil, or the Grim Reaper, or whatever you want to call him. But for the harbinger of death he’s a pretty nice guy’

Game of Thrones has brought the Dublin actor global exposure, but he’s happier playing a wicked role in Irish horror film Let Us P(...)

US documentary maker Joshua Oppenheimer on The Look of Silence, his second incendiary film about genocide in Indonesia

Everyone’s a serious nutcase in this violently gripping Grand Guignol

Here’s an effective Asian spin on hardboiled noir tropes, with a gumshoe every bit as tough as Bogart

A widow gets out from behind the Iron Curtain, only to find the West isn’t everything its cracked up to be in this German return t(...)

Documentary about lion-tamer Bill Stephens won award at Dublin International Film Festival

Schlock movie buffs of a certain age will enjoy this clips-rich look at the heyday of Cannon Films, though it’s go-go masterminds (...)

Paul Feig has recalled half of his ‘Bridesmaids’ cast including Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne

Allison Janney: ‘People talk about mom roles. But mom roles can be pretty interesting.’ Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Janney, who didn’t find success as an actor until she was in her late 30s, thinks things are looking up for women – even very tall(...)

The scourge of these streets is a debilitating case of Scorsesisms

Beautifully shot, brightly performed actioner that serves Maori martial-art well

Welcome back, discredited genre

Jason Schwartzman: “My mom loves movies and music and art. But she detests Hollywood. She detests ass-kissing. To the point where I say, ‘You got to not be so hard on this’”

Jason Schwartzman is best known for quirky comic roles, but he really enjoyed playing an ‘asshole’ in Alex Ross Perry’s new indie (...)

Despite a promising director and decent actors, this horror reboot fails to deliver a single scare

Her name is manna for copy writers but cool New York actor Lake Bell turns out to be cheerfully straightforward

Director Samantha Fuller’s warm salute to her legendary father takes a direct route to its subject

Simple Moomin and his clan take on wealthy phonies in this gentle Scandi animation

What’s happening? George Clooney and Pierce Gagnon in Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland”

It is hard to escape the fact that this convoluted blockbuster started life as a Disney ride

A contender in the main competition, ‘Dheepan’ nevertheless feels like a doodle compared to Audiard’s recent output

François Ozon uses all his subtlety as a director in this Ruth Rendell adaptation

Make it so: Patrick Stewart leads a gang of neo-Nazi thugs in Green Room

Featuring fine performances and even finer brutality, Jeremy Saulnier’s gruesome battle of American sub-cultures is one of the bes(...)

Grandiloquent: Rachel Weisz in Youth

Paolo Sorrentino’s latest star-studded affair is ravishingly beautiful but a little short on coherence

‘There’s bravado to admire about this loose triptych.  But this strange film with strange textures falls apart during the  feeble final act’

Jia Zhangke is one of the world’s top filmmakers and this is his most audacious work yet, but this mountain is not as solid as it(...)

French new wave: François Ozon shooting his film Young & Beautiful

Satirical wit, freewheeling sexuality and a new wave cinematic sensibility? François Ozon, director of ‘Sitcom’, ‘Swimming Pool’ a(...)

This fascinating feature debut from Simon Blake spends much of its duration working out what it wants to be: domestic drama, Londo(...)

We won’t see a more impressive film this year than this Ukranian drama set in a school for the deaf

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