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

It’s cloudy with a chance of pretension in this meta-puzzler, but Stewart’s award-winning performance is perfectly ambiguous

Jim Sheridan: “I did an ad lib asking kids about getting slapped at school. And within two hours we were off the air. Because the archbishop had called.” Photograph: Barry McCall

The film director will receive a lifetime-achievement award at this month’s Ifta ceremony. But he’s still shouting, arguing and ma(...)

Straight face: “How can we be the elder statesmen?” says Chris Rock. “I’m not an elder anything. I’m not ready for that. It’s a little scary.” Photograph: Vivien Killilea/PSIFF/Getty

In ‘Top Five’, his new film, the comedian plays a stand-up comic trying to cut it as a ‘serious’ actor – but he’s not giving up on(...)

American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith (1969 – 2003), Oxford Street, London, June 1998. (Photo by Andy Willsher/Redferns/Getty Images)

This crowdfunded biopic of the late Elliott Smith veers a bit to much into hagiography

Rupert Evans and Calum Heath in The Canal

Have you ever wondered: why has no cinematographer ever sought to capture the thousands of glorious greys that define Irish skies?

A worthy enough drama about journalist arrested in Iran after cracking a few jokes on The Daily Show

It’s Hammy time: Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson   in Top Five

Birdman meets 8 1/2 in Chris Rock’s spot-on satire of the Hollywood spin machine – with a nice romance to boot

Pink Ladies: Frenchy (Didi Conn), Rizzo (Stockard Channing) and Marty (Dinah Manoff) from Grease

Ahead of the release of the much anticipated coming-of-age drama Girlhood, we take a look at some of cinema's greatest girl gangs

Karidja Touré in Girlhood: ‘I hope other directors will see our film and will be more open to casting black actors’

Girlhood, set in the Paris suburbs, will make a star of Karidja Touré and is a milestone for French cinema

Face of Louis Vuitton: Matthias Schoenaerts. Photograph: Valerie Macon/Getty

He hates being told what to do, but Carey Mulligan’s costar in ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ joined the film world nevertheless – a(...)

The daughter of Martha Argerich has fashioned a fond documentary portrait of her piano prodigy parent

When the evenings qualify as a grand stretch, you can be sure the season for opportunistic, cheap-as-chips animations is upon us

Half a century on, Fellini’s hallucinogenic masterpiece is the moviest of all movies

With only five features in 45 years, this iconoclastic Swede director of ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ is wil(...)

A Pigeon Sat in a Branch Reflecting on Existence is the final instalment of a trilogy that began in 2000 with Songs From the Secon(...)

Maisie Williams stars as a schoolgirl in a tragic, quasi-Sapphic relationship

Director Carol Morley’s new film, ‘The Falling’, chronicles a fainting epidemic at an all-girls school

“A mask of angst”: Mads Mikkelsen in The Salvation

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona is the law enforcer in a good old-fashioned western

Dresden-born director’s lesser-known story is well worth rediscovering

Crowd-pleasing documentary about a classic under-horse story

A film that can’t decide if it’s a love story, a portrait of grief, a comedy of manners, or if it’s just happy doing chocolate-box(...)

Bewildered audience members were seen to visibly age during Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The franchise that never should produces a film that just can’t

What can be said that hasn’t already been explored by earlier documentaries? Plenty, apparently

As Keanu returns to action-hero duty in ‘John Wick’, Tara Brady finds him as fantastically unassuming as ever

Ethan Hawke on ‘Good Kill’: “It’s a character I’ve never seen before. One hundred miles away he’s doing 9 to 5. Fight the Taliban. Take the kids to school. It forces a level of compartmentalisation that borders on the schizophrenic.”

From ‘Boyhood’ to turning down Batman, the actor’s is not a typical career

Force Majeure displays the kind of bitter disputes that can only happen in close families

Even in its relative infancy, the trans spectrum LGBTQ sub-genre already seems to have congealed into a familiar series of tropes (...)

The ‘designated ugly fat friend’ just looks two per cent less like Keira Knightley than the rest of the cast

Two strikingly sunny new films confirm the New York writer-director’s gift for reinvention

The tragic and sudden death of actor Paul Walker is the least of this bombastic, mutton-headed sequel’s many problems

How on Earth did Kenneth Branagh, Shakespearean protectorate, suddenly become a director of Hollywood blockbusters?

Arthouse cinema doesn’t get more accessible than this zany anthology film

Latest effort from Etan Cohen takes a while to warm up

Absorbent and yellow and porous is he still, our hero returns to battle scurvy fast-food pirate Burger Beard

Gene Cernan, who walked on the moon in December 1972

This documentary does a splendid job of recalling the celebrity and hullabaloo around the space programme

Negar Javaherian as Sara

Nima Javidi’s debut feature is already being talked about as this year’s ‘A Separation’

Jakob Cedergren

Director Nils Malmros dramatises the darkest episode of his life

In a world where the term “black comedy” is promiscuously overused, The Voices is the real deal

Quality emoting and solid direction is drowned out by baffling melodramatic twists

The Gunman wants to be Taken with a brain and without Liam Neeson

Isao Takahata’s gorgeous film uses dusty stories to reveal timeless prejudices and foolishness

When Mark Rylance shows up on screen he tends to steal more than the scene, whether in ‘Wolf Hall’ or his few feature films. The c(...)

Kim Cattrall: “Shit is happening here and nobody is talking about it,’ the actor says. “Well, I want to talk about it.” Photograph: Tony Barson/FilmMagic/Getty

We’ll always have New York, but the actor has gone light years beyond ‘Sex and the City’ with her acclaimed new series, ‘Sensitive(...)

Far out: Julie Christie in Far From the Madding Crowd

Made in the late 1960, the many psychedelic touches make John Schesinger’s take on Thomas Hardy one of the best English literar(...)

To describe the central romance as Mills and Boon cheapens that imprint’s worth

Morgan Matthews’s film is life-affirming but never quite entices the viewer into mathematics

Robert Sheehan: “They are great roles but they’re so defining in your career. It’s the job that’s really beneficial, it’s the one that everybody loves – and suddenly you’re left with the challenge of putting it behind you”

Shaking off ‘Misfits’, the role that made him, was still necessary, Robert Sheehan tells Tara Brady

Dev Patel as a brainbox scientist in Chappie

The 24-year-old technophobe says his work in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film ‘is probably the best acting I’ve ever done’

This is the first Ethiopian film to get a theatrical release in Ireland. Do try to get along so that it won’t be the last

How is that a film by a director as significant as Gregg Araki ends up with such a tiny release? And an excellent film, at that?

Julianne Moore in Still Alice, the role for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress in February

Veteran Julianne Moore gets across the cruelly gradual nature of the illness and holds firm to a character that remains tangible t(...)

Unspeakably powerful: newcomer Sameena Jabeen Ahmed in Daniel and Matthew Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy

A landscape of monstrous beauty finds new voice in brothers Daniel and Matthew Wolfe’s tremendous tale of doomed romance

The fright stuff: Maika Monroe in It Follows

Monroe shines in new chiller It Follows, a psychological horror about a sexually transmitted murderous ghost

A swerve towards the apocalyptic: Zsófia Psotta in White God

Disney meets Hitchcock in Kornél Mundruczó's beautifully calibrated, immaculately acted Cannes winner

Back in action: Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson AJ McLean and Howie Dorough

McLean joins fellow Backstreet Boys Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian in new tell-all documentary Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

In the 1990s, the Backstreet Boys toured non-stop, burned out and developed various addictions. Now they’re older, wiser and rea(...)

Kevin Hart: ‘My brother made some mistakes and went to the military. My mom wasn’t going to let that happen to me.’ Photograph: Brad Barket/Getty Images

The world’s biggest-grossing comedian is everywhere at the moment. He talks about new film The Wedding Ringer, ‘the knack’ of succ(...)

Action boffin: Chris Hemsworth in Blackhat

The action is entertaining, crunchingly violent and handsomely done, but Mann’s usual pyrotechnics are demeaned by an idiotic pl(...)

Maelstrom: Rinko Kikuch in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Directors David and Nathan Zellner take an eccentric road trip into Coen country

Look! It’s Rachel from ‘Friends’ with scars and no make-up. Sadly for Aniston, however, she can’t have her cake and an Oscar too (...)

Shane F Kelly, from Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone, worked with Richard Linklater on Boyhood from the beginning – “I think only Rick [Li(...)

Jamie Dornan possesses many of the understated traits one associates with south Belfast and its satellites: dryly amusing, sound-as-a-pound, Ulster brand posh, a real Sport Billy

From male model to leading man: Dornan seems unfazed by all the shrieking attention as he attends to various Grey matters

Movies don’t get more sublimely subversive than this 1933 caper from the Marx Brothers

This colourful, vacuous ‘Flash Gordon’ wannabe from the makers of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’ is bizarrely, almost defiantly re(...)

Moe Dunford: “The script moved me beyond words. I never felt the need to get a role like I did with this one”

'I was that way myself growing up. I thought there was something wrong with me' – Moe Dunford on why the lead role in ‘Patrick’s D(...)

Aardman animation fans will be flocking to this delicious lamb chop

Diana Bang, Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)

Kim Jong-un needn’t have worried, North Korea has little to fear from this toothless comedy

Beyond Clueless director Charlie Lyne: “It has always been a genre that is acutely aware of itself and its rules.”

From Jimmy Dean to Molly Ringwald, teenagers have been skulking around cinema for many decades, but it was in the 1990s that thing(...)

David Oyelowo:   “When I first read the script, in 2007, my reaction was spiritual. I felt a call of God that I was going to do this.” Photograph:  Bon Duke/New York Times

David Oyelowo, a familiar face from film and TV, had to transform himself to play Martin Luther King jnr in ‘Selma’. Now, with bac(...)

Trash: sentimental rubbish or gritty drama?

Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Richard Curtis combine to create a pleasing diversion, but with no clear audience

Alejandro Jodorowsky returns after 25-year absence, and his magical-surrealist lens is as sharply focused as ever

Walt Disney Animation follows up Frozen with exactly the right sort of project – something completely different

The Doc is in: Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin do some magical ideological head-butting in Paul Thomas Anderson’s bravura attempt to stencilise P(...)

Stop Go Animator Grant Maisey works on a crowd scene for ‘Shaun the Sheep’

It takes four days to produce six seconds of film, dozens of directors to finish one movie, and the stars will only wash with baby(...)

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