Kids’ stuff: Jaeden Lieberher and Jacob Tremblay in  The Book of Henry

Director Colin Trevorrow made the jump from micro-budget films to blockbusters. But for his latest, he’s gone back to his indie ro(...)

Ansel Elgort in ‘Baby Driver’

‘Closest thing to a British Quentin Tarantino’ on his movie about a getaway driver who loves tunes

  Iseult Casey and Shane Murray Corcoran in Twice Shy

Two excellent Irish dramas, Twice Shy and Cardboard Gangsters, among top of current crop

Jaeden Lieberher in ‘The Book of Henry’: themes of child sexual abuse should not be used as  mawkish plot points in whimsical tales of wunderkinds

A dying boy genius leaves instructions to catch a sexual predator – then it gets silly

Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and Fabrice Luchini in Ma Loute

Juliette Binoche heads a bizarre cast of characters in this deeply odd lampoon

Iseult Casey and Shane Murray-Corcoran in ‘Twice Shy’: does not  normalise the procedure of abortion –   merely normalises the idea that one can travel to the UK

This tale of a young Irish couple travelling to England for an abortion avoids rhetoric

“Twice Shy” director Tom Ryan on set with Iseult Casey and Shane Murray-Corcoran

Young Irish film-maker Tom Ryan knew he was opening a can of worms with ‘Twice Shy’, which features a couple put to the test by an(...)

 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

Ross Noble and Shauna Macdonald

The monster in this hospital-set horror film needs to be discharged

John Slattery and Brian Cox in Churchill

Brian Cox does excellent work in the title role – unfortunately, often against the script

Whitney Houston in 1988. Photograph: RDA/Getty Images

Whitney: Can I Be Me? Nick Broomfield’s devastating portrait of a fatally conflicted existence

By the Time it Gets Dark

A dark Thai event that claimed many lives is given a shape-shifting treatment

In her prime: a youthful Whitney Houston on stage  in June 1988. Photograph: RDA/Getty Images

From a secret lesbian relationship to a decades-long struggle with drugs, five years after singer’s death, a new film ‘Whitney: Ca(...)

Wonder Woman

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

Jesus (Aviv Alush), Mack (Sam Worthington) Papa (Octavia Spencer) and Sarayu (Sumire Matsubara)

Not even Octavia Spencer as God can save this Oprahfied version of paradise

Bernhard Goetzke in Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1921)

The film that inspired may of cinema’s greatest auteurs returns to the big screen

Teresa Palmer:  Since February, she has appeared in Terence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’; alongside Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor in ‘Triple 9’; and in Mel Gibson's Oscar-nominated‘Hacksaw Ridge’. Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait

The actor has a thing about going method, whether fooling Christian Bale as a stripper, playing a kidnap victim in a tiny basement(...)

John Connors in Cardboard Gangsters

‘Cardboard Gangsters’ is a ’hood film, not a gangster film, says director Mark O’Connor

Wonder Woman is played by former Israeli defence forces veteran Gal Gadot

Like Princess Leia or Miss Piggy, Wonder Woman is the token girl on a boy’s adventure

My Life as a Courgette

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

Daughters of the Dust: an  extraordinary film which augurs contemporary voguish debates within feminism and Afrocentrism

Julie Dash’s lavish, poetic film gets a welcome restoration and re-release

Sosuke Ikematsu and Hiroshi Abe in After the Storm

A typically nuanced film from Hirokazu Koreeda about a deadbeat dad doing his best

Hunker down: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Baywatch

This reboot of the 1990s TV show is so poor, it even messes up the David Hasselhoff cameo

Brittany Snow’s incredibly sudden transformation from blonde damsel to revolutionary leader is clumsy

Bushwick envisages a second American Civil War in a New York borough

Zhovner and Zhukov have such terrific onscreen chemistry, one can’t help but yearn for more Romeo and Juliet and of the less of the suffocating family drama that comes to dominate the film

An ethically questionable scene had Cannes viewers shouting as they left the premiere

Street cast: Robert Pattinson in Good Time

Pattinson robs a bank for all the right reasons, but things go horribly wrong in his completely whacko new film

Kidman arrives for the screening of Sofia Coppola’s dreamy remake of  The Beguiled at Cannes. Photograph: Getty Images

The versatile, talented actor is blessed with impressive range and unafraid of taking risks

The Irish director's determination has paid off, with accolades and a big-screen release for her feature debut

Anggun Priambodo and Yoga Pratama in Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Cannes 2017: If you only see one feminist Indonesian Spaghetti Western this year, this should be it

Jason Drucker in  Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul

The film series started out just as charming as Jeff Kinney’s books, but this fourth instalment is running on empty

Score to settle: Fan Bingbing in I Am Not Madame Bovary

Director Feng Xiaogang is a master of observational comedy in his native land, and his humour travels with some success

Simon Al-Bazoon and Sherwan Haji in The Other Side of Hope

Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki’s film is filled with curious oddballs, but there are also many ethical connundrums to contend with

Johnny Depp, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Kevin McNally and Kaya Scodelario in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

The billion-dollar franchise plumbs new depths of awfulness with Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Monkey, nuts: Spark (voiced by Jace Norman) In Spark: A Space Tail

The animation is ugly and basic, the plot is lazy, and the voice talents of Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart and others are completel(...)

Charlie Hunnam: “In any life, there are always big decisions to make”

The King Arthur actor discusses why he won't be making a claim to be king of the Geordies any time soon, and how his bromance with(...)

Stultified: Sahar Dowlatshahi in Inversion

For the the heroine of Behnam Behzadi’s latest, the predicament is clear - no husband, no agency

Monster session: Anne Hathaway  in Colossal

Hathaway plays an alcoholic loser with a strange connection to a monster levelling Seoul

 Giulietta Masina in Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954)

The Italian director’s Oscar-winning tale remains as moving and tragic as on its first release

Jessica Chastain: ‘She’s the nicest woman in Hollywood’ said the late Joan Rivers. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

The star of ‘The Help’ and now ‘Miss Sloane’ is taking on inequality in Hollywood and beyond

Paula Beer plays Anna who lives with her finance’s parents after his death.

A remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 anti-war classic ‘Broken Lullaby’

Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan. This fitfully amusing comedy is now majorly compromised by its May-December romancing

Four decades on, Woody Allen’s classic movie 'Manhattan' is majorly compromised

Johnny Harris and Michael Smiley in Jawbone: the film exists on the same mean streets as Nil By Mouth, I, Daniel Blake or the hardcore kitchen-sink milieu of the late Alan Clarke.

Johnny Harris writes and stars as an alcoholic fighter going back in the ring, with great support from Ray Winstone, Michael Smile(...)

 Dennis Quaid: “But TV is telling different stories with different heroes. It’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood responds.” Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

When allegations surfaced of ill-treatment of dogs on Dennis Quaid's latest movie, the actor and campaigner had to snap back

Alan McKenna in “Without Name”.

Jagged edits and bad trip cliches mean Lorcan Finnegan’s latest fails to strike fear

Bright bark Britt Robertson and KJ Apa in A Dog’s Purpose

A dog ponders the nature of his (and her) existence in Lasse Hallström’s wonderful family-friendly film

Julian Barratt on his role in Mindhorn: “He’s a vain, pompous chap. But you can’t dwell on that too much, because it’s not funny”

Barratt plays a ridiculous 1980s TV star in his new comedy film, Mindhorn

The softness and straightness of the performances obscure the monstrous melodrama underneath

Koji Fukada’s tale of bad-ass bad karma toys with us – and then toys with us some more

Jane Jacobs: the architectural critic and writer who would come to play David to Robert Moses’ Goliath

Documentarian Matt Tyrnauer recounts how Jane Jacobs fought architectural giant Robert Moses and won

The Promise: Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in Terry George's film about the Armenian genocide during the first World War

At the core of The Promise is the first World War genocide of the Kardashians’ fellow Armenians, a cause close to the family's hea(...)

A lonely middle-aged doctor is an unwelcome beach guest in a film that has to be watched through splayed fingers

Christian Bale in The Promise

Oscar-winning Irish director Terry George's latest sees Oscar Issac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale adrift in the Armenian ge(...)

Heal the Living: The director worked with medical professionals and horror effects specialists to replicate the moment when the heart leaves the chest

The French director’s ‘Heal the Living’ follows the journey of a heart from donor to transplant recipient

Callous, scheming madam: Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth

Florence Pugh is stunning as the carnal, ruthless, suffering, pitiable, monstrous anti-heroine of William Oldroyd’s bold film

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

Warren Beatty, a true Hollywood maverick, sets the record straight on his six-decade-long career and the state of cinema today

Tony Goldwyn and John C. McGinley in The Belko Experiment

The staff have 30 minutes to kill two of their office co-workers in this latest gorefest from the Blumhouse stable

Andrew Scott: ‘I’m not someone who completely avoids reviews. But I don’t read them obsessively either.’ Photograph: Hugh O'Conor

The actor plays an inspirational teacher in the film about a gay loner and a jock

Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine in ‘The Transfiguration’

Debut director Michael O’Shea's acclaimed film tells the tale of an outsider teen from the Projects with a chilling vampire obsess(...)

Locked up: all possible political persuasions are represented in Mohamed Diab’s Clash

Paddywagon-detained suspects bake in heat, uncertainly and fear in Mohamed Diab’s high-concept political thriller

Punch drunk love: Jarkko Lahti as Finnish sporting hero Olli Mäki

Juho Kuosmanen’s Cannes-winning debut feature tells the tale of a boxing underdog with warmth and humour

 Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy  in Their Finest

A great ensemble cast, featuring Gemma Arterton, Richard E Grant and Bill Nighy, put in a sterling effort in this second World War(...)

Egging each other on: Edison and Molly  in “Molly Monster”

Wholesome tale of dragon-like creature’s adventures will keep the little ones amused

Ha Jung-woo and Kim Min-hee in The Handmaiden. Photograph: Mongrel Media.

Park Chan-wook’s film provoked controversy for its sexual content but is not the bloody spectacle most were expecting

Acting crazy: Jack Nicholson as Randle  McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

The sexual politics have dated but the themes of Miloš Forman’s classic remain potent and urgent

Scott Eastwood: ‘The film business is not a business where, just because your dad is an actor, you get to be an actor. It’s like any other line of work.’ Photograph: Getty

Scott Eastwood on staying out out of his mega-famous dad’s shadow and stepping into the Fast and Furious franchise following the d(...)

Behind the scenes: Casting JonBenét,  a new documentary series, explores the murder of the child beauty queen.  Photograph: Netflix

A new Netflix documentary ‘Casting JonBenét’ explores the mystery surrounding the death of the six-year-old in Colorado 20 years a(...)

Garance Marillier joins her classmates for some lunch in Raw

This week, you can expand your political consciousness, shred your nerves or turn your stomach. Your choice

Impassioned Oscars speech a sharp reminder of actor's political commitment

It’s not a movie; it’s a perfect toddler-friendly outing - but be warned, there will be oinking

This anti-integration rally in Little Rock, Arkansas,  is  featured in I am not your Negro.

I Am Not Your Negro is already attracting the attention of bigots for its brilliance

What could go wrong?

Ambiguity soon segues into full-blown weirdness in Liam Gavin’s impressive debut feature

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson and Jennifer Ehle as her sister Vinnie in Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion

The poet and proto-emo barely deems to step outside her own head in this portrayal

Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem in Fear Eats the Soul: Rainer  Fassbinder’s most tender and accessible drama

Fassbinder’s 1974 drama is a bleak dissection of race, age, gender, bigotry and hate

Classic cat-and-mouse game: Gong Yoo (left) in The Age of Shadows

Kim Jee-woon lays on the thrills from the start in this old-fashioned spy drama

Julia Ducournau: “When I was growing up I heard [my doctor parents] talking about diseases and I would picture them and fantasise about them.” Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

Director Julia Ducournau’s feminist-cannibal horror-comedy ‘Raw’ made audience members faint in Toronto, but it's more than a horr(...)

Scarlett Johansson as The Major in Ghost in the Shell. Photograph: Paramount Pictures

Rupert Sanders’ remake is exactly what you’d expect from a project that spent a decade getting kicked around Hollywood

Cristian Mungiu at the Graduation  photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival last year. Photograph:  Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

Cristian Mungui: 'It is not a very coherent movement to the extent that there was never any formal aesthetic criteria or manifesto(...)

The unbearable blueness of being: Smurfette ponders the purpose of her existence, and 12 minutes later, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy must rescue her

The live-action films have been smurfed from history, along with the snark and zingers - this reboot is strictly for the younger k(...)

Jack Reynor: “I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot when it comes to getting work. But I’m just not as interested in most of the films that are made in the States. The characters aren’t as compelling. The stories aren’t as substantial.” Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The Dublin actor on ‘Transformers’, ‘The Secret Scripture’ and why he’s wary of Hollywood

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s dazzling drama is a sensual and subtle - and brilliantly doubles as a political allegory

Space hunk: Ryan Reynolds in Life

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds are stuck between an extra-terrestrial and a hard place in this Alien knock-off

Charlie Hunnam: performance from a bygone cinematic age

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller bring the old-school in James Gray's superior based-on-fact Amazonian adventure

Creeping dread: Olivia Bond and Diana Agostini in The Eyes of My Mother. Photograph: Borderline Film

The debut feature from director Nicolas Pesce is a visceral, horrible and beautiful reviention of arthouse

A scene from The Olive Tree: Spain, before the financial crisis, was ‘not unlike Ireland, building more houses. There was a madness about it, and a radical change in society’

Screenwriter Paul Laverty’s latest film – a tale of prosperity, austerity and olive trees – is set in a Spain that could be Irelan(...)

 A sense of shame: Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti)  in The Salesman

Farhadi film entered history when Trump’s travel ban helped it towards an Oscar. It deserves to be known for more than that

Come haunting with me: Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper

A remarkable Kristen Stewart powers Olivier Assayas teasingly cryptic modern supernatural tale

Uncertain resident Henry: “If I want to stay out all night that’s my business, ain’t it man?

Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands’ warm, witty film about life in a Texas- Louisiana border town has rightly won every award possib(...)

Why so glum? Dan Stevens as the Beast

Disney's flat-pack rebuild of its own 1991 animation works as a straight-up musical, but beyond that it's pretty charmless

 US film producer Jason Blum, recipient of the Producer of the Year Award, attends last year’s CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Jason Blum, the man behind Split, Get Out, The Purge, Paranormal Activity and a host of other blockbuster hits, has a simple, stra(...)

Samantha Robinson in The Love Witch

Anna Biller, the creative powerhouse behind the unashamedly retro The Love Witch, talks technicolour, feminism and multitasking (...)

Physicality: Sergei Polunin

Steven Cantor’s winning documentary tells the amazing story of Sergei Polunin’s shock retirement and return to ballet

Brand of evil: Petr Skvortsov in The Student

An unhinged adolescent and his theological rants cause havoc at a state school in this chilling Cannes prize-winner from Kirill Se(...)

Ouch: Anne Heche and Sandra Oh in Catfight

Catfight plays like a movie Larry David might make after a sex-change and years of fight training, and that’s a good thing

You and me at six: Ice Cube in Fist Fight

Ice Cube and the rest of the teaching faculty take centre stage in this painfully floundering high-school comedy

Gillian Anderson: achieved fame with the X-Files but is better known in Britain  for her stage work.

Recreating Lady Mountbatten’s cut-glass accent in Viceroy’s House is something Gillian Anderson is happy to talk about but unfortu(...)

Empire state of mind:  Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville in Viceroy’s House

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson learn the truth of the ancient adage “the sun never sets on the British Empire because God do(...)

Eleven-year-old Ted Lyons, who has severe dyslexia. For his parents, “that year in Headfort was about Ted getting back his confidence”

Neasa Ní Chianáin unquestioning, affectionate documentary about Headfort School in Co Meath could do with some old-school discipli(...)

Only the lonely: Michelle Williams in Certain Women

Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern lead a formidable ensemble in a quiet, precise triptych of tales about longing(...)

Xavier Dolan: “I’m half-Irish, half-Egyptian.  So I guess I’m a combination of diametrically opposed sets of codes.” Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The young Canadian auteur has torn up the cinema rulebook, but his lack of formal film education gives his brilliance free rein on(...)

Driving Swiss crazy: Dane DeHaan in A Cure For Wellness

Dane DeHaan is marvellous in Gore Verbinski gothic horror, but as the mysteries pile up, it all gets a bit silly

George Best, a  football celebrity on an unprecedented scale. Photograph: PA

Daniel Gordon’s documentary about George Best keeps its eye on the football, not the trainwreck, and prints the legend, mostly (...)

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