It goes without saying that all this poking at mobile phones is a relatively new phenomenon

Texting in cinemas is relatively new, but talking has been there since the dawn of film

László Nemes: it has always been there. It hasn’t been rising. It is just that it’s become more visible. The question is whether it’s now trendy for 17-year-olds to be neo-Nazis. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Son of Saul director László Nemes raises some uncomfortable truths in his remarkable Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, and in convers(...)

Sad white privilege: Jake Gyllenhaal  in Demolition. Photograph: Anne Marie Fox/Twentieth Century Fox

Jake Gyllenhaal once again great as the damaged all-American, but almost everything else falls flat in Jean-Marc Vallée’s bizarre (...)

So long, and thanks for all the fish: Risteard O’Domhnaill’s Atlantic

Risteard O’Domhnaill follows up The Pipe with a beautifully shot, warmly narrated (take a bow Brendan Gleeson) and concisely deli(...)

Two tribes: Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War. Photograph: Film Frame/Marvel

Marvel has made the rules of the superhero franchise, and Captain America is not the man to start breaking them

Hat trick: The cultural distinctions between Catholic and Protestants in Northern Ireland are played out on a grand and depressing scale every marching season. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

It’s surely not asking too much for people who don’t believe in God to admit as much

Don Cheadle’s portrait of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis has hints of the experimental and some lovely moments that point towards half(...)

Given recent tragedies in France, you would struggle to argue that the central premise is in good taste

“Hollywood stardom isn’t about great acting. It’s about being a brand.” Gabriel Byrne pictured at the photocall for the film Louder than Bombs at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Christine Poujoulat/Getty

Gabriel Byrne on the "repressive and unexciting" Ireland of his youth, on resisting the Hollywood hierarchy and on retaining his I(...)

Post haste: Alycia Debnam-Carey and William Moseley in Friend Request

This militantly appalling horror offers so much to complain about that it is hard to know where to start

Final film: Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky

Moral ambiguity and Hitchcockian tension are to the fore in Gavin Hood’s admirable drone-strike thriller

Bear essentials: Neel Sethi as Mowgli  with Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray) in The Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau sticks close to Disney’s original and delivers a gorgeous film that combines the epic with the intimate

Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure (right) and director Thierry Frémaux at a news conference to announce  competing films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, April 14th, 2016. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Three female directors out of 20 will compete for this year's Palme d’Or - in 2012 there were none on the list for the top prize (...)

  Hirokazu Koreeda: “My mother always said that I should have become  a civil servant and she was  very disappointed when I went into film.” (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

Renowned director Hirokazu Koreeda latest film Our Little Sister is a family drama without any major crises - and film festivals a(...)

Undifferentiated female alongside Piotr Stramowski in Pitbull

Some of the set pieces are genuinely impressive, but the tide of casual sadism and misogyny eventually becomes exhausting

Liam Neeson with fans Soibhan Dower and Paul Dodd at the Iftas. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Bob Geldof and Liam Neeson among stars in Dublin for Irish film industry awards

Liam Neeson receives the award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema from President Michael D Higgins at the 2016 IFTA Irish Film and Drama awards in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/PA.

Michael D Higgins delivers amusing tribute to Liam Neeson for outstanding contribution

Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Room’, ‘Sing Street’ and ‘My Name is Emily’ lead nominations in excellent year for Irish film

Deserving of sympathy: Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, have a child with autism, so his doubts about vaccination might be tied up with traumatic personal experience.  Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty for Tribeca

The star’s Tribeca Film Festival accepted, then dropped, Andrew Wakefield’s film about what he still believes to be links between (...)

Director Mark Cousins with Helena Bereen

With luscious photography and an insidious electronic score from David Holmes, Cousins’ film finds intriguing oddness in the appar(...)

Henry Carvill as a clothed Clark Kent and Amy Adams as a naked Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Female nudity is about three times more common than male nudity in film. It’s hardly surprising when guys usually run the show

Light fantastic: Jaeden Lieberher in Midnight Special

Father and superpowered son go on the run in Jeff Nichols’s sci-fi adventure full of enigma and gothic disorder

Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity

This tale of a seminal moment in the history of mathematics studiously avoids the highbrow, but proves itself worthy in the proc(...)

Jacques Audiard: “I had the idea to do Dheepan four years ago and history has caught up with it” Photograph:  Michael Buckner/Getty Images for AFI

The director of A Prophet returns with a shockingly prophetic drama about clashes between immigrants and Parisians

Coming close: Evanna Lynch and George Webster in My Name is Emily

Simon Fitzmaurice’s film unfurls in impressive, nested sub-narratives, along with the mildest hints of psychological autobiograp(...)

‘The Dublin commemorations of the Easter Rising (not the ‘April Rising’) offered a considerably more cheering celebration of nationhood than the boozed-up, big-green-hat debauchery on March 17th, which also falls on a Christian holiday.’

Sure, the Rising was undemocratic and religious. As an atheist, I have no problem with that

Dwight Frye (as Bindie) and Elsie Lanchester in JJ Abrams’ Ewok of Ages: A Star Wars Story

Ever the master of marketing, JJ Abrams' unheralded release - set between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII - has astonished Sta(...)

Michael Shannon’s heavy brow and stern face bring a sense of menace to his roles. Photograoh: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Strong roles in ‘8 Mile’ and ‘Bad Boys II’ ensured he had a face that kept getting recognised

Girl, uninterrupted: Laia Costa, Fred Lau and Franz Rogowski in Victoria

Far more than just a gimmick, Sebastian Schipper’s one-take thriller argues brilliantly for the single-shot as a viable medium

Emotional highs: Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman in Eddie the Eagle

Dexter Fletcher’s biopic of the fated British ski jumper Eddie Edwards shamelessly and faultlessly hits every cheap chord - you(...)

X-Ray Spex: Your mum may not let you dress like Poly Styrene, but you could brandish a copy of her Germfree Adolescents with relative impunity

Some young people are buying vinyl, but they’re the wrong young people

Jeremy Irons: “I thought: let’s bring something new. Let’s forget about the butler”

Jeremy Irons has always been Hollywood’s go-to guy when a bit of upper-crust sophistication is needed, but when he got the part of(...)

Tolerable charm: Nia Vardalos and John Corbett  in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This long-awaited sequel to one of the biggest rom-coms of all time surges with humanity, goodwill and fellow feeling - and is a(...)

Jaw-jaw: Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill  square off in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Tasked with rebooting the franchise, Zack Snyder delivers a superabundance of mopey superhero tropes, tons of computer-generated p(...)

Xena: that she’s a lesbian won’t come as a huge surprise to fans who watched her bond with Gabrielle in fetish gear

A reboot of the fantasy series would no longer hide the Warrior Princess’s sexuality. It’s part of a social shift unthinkable a ge(...)

Upper crust: Tom Hiddleston as Robert Laing in ‘High Rise’

Director Ben Wheatley knows how to unsettle, and the cast are immaculate, but it’s not enough to sustain this monolith of a film (...)

School’s out The cast of Sing Street

From his early films to Bachelor’s Walk and Once, there have always been flashes of autobiography in John Carney’s work. His lates(...)

Better nature: Judy and Nick in Zootropolis

With a plot that unfurls with all the sinuousness of a PG-cert Chinatown, Disney’s latest box-office smash is one of their best

Kevin Reynolds’ tolerable Easter entertainment sees Joseph Fiennes’ Roman warrior tasked with finding the missing body of Christ (...)

Big in Afghanistan: Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah

How could a movie directed by Barry Levinson and starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis turn out to be so atrocious? I(...)

 Three’s a crowd:  Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn in Michael Collins

Twenty years on, Neil Jordan’s drama looks like a clear attempt to sweeten history with the palatable goo of modern mythology

Health experts from the UK and US wrote to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer and the Children’s Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby. Photograph: Eric Luke

There isn’t much in the modern curriculum that is designed as torture: except sport

Kate Dickie: “This is an era when women were burned and drowned for being witches”

You may know Dickie from Game of Thrones. The Scottish actor’s new film, The Witch, is a folk horror to savour

Charlie Kaufman (L) and Duke Johnson (R) the writer and directors of stopmotion drama ‘Anomalisa’

The scriptwriter on his new stop-motion film that took six months to shoot just one sex scene

Uncertain times: Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch

Every beast and plant takes on threatening form in a slippery, intelligent menace-filled film by first-time director Robert E(...)

PIck a side: Zoe Kravitz in The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Featuring the drippiest couple in popular culture since the Care Bears, the latest Divergent movie could hardly be worse if it tri(...)

Charming,  suave, vulnerable: Killian Scott  in Traders

Killian Scott and John Bradley stand out in this Irish thriller about two down-on-their-luck share dealers who decide to go for br(...)

John Bradley at a Game of Thrones exhibition in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Manchester-Irish actor is best known as the nicest man in Westeros, Samwell Tarly. So how will he get on as a nasty piece of w(...)

Boyzone: where the musical journey began. Photograph: Mike Prior/Redferns/Getty

Boyzone and Westlife are merging into a supergroup. Pipe down, rock snobs

Joel and Ethan go full Hollywood screwball in a beautifully shot all-star farce that never quite adds up to more than the sum of i(...)

You, monsieur, are a genius:  Alfred Hitchcock and  François Truffaut

Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Richard Linklater are among the talking heads that pop up in Kent Jones’s exemplary film abo(...)

Host Chris Rock with winners as the ceremony draws to a close. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/New York Times

Cultural differences transpire when I say that I intend to walk to the ceremony, and when I sigh at the uptight security arrangeme(...)

Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars Emma Donoghue accepts the best first screenplay award for the film ’Room’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Wins for one of the Irish films vying for best picture at tonight’s Academy Awards

Green and gold: an Oscar statue outside the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood, before this weekend’s Academy Awards. Digitally manipulated photograph by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Saoirse Ronan, Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue talk academy fantasies

Planet of the Trumps: lots of his supporters believe that if the Donald is elected president we foreigners will think more highly of the US. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty

Having him in the White House would be like having an orang-utan piloting your plane

‘The Revenant’ or ‘Room’? Leonardo DiCaprio or Michael Fassbender? Brie Larson or Saoirse Ronan? It’s the most unpredictable best-(...)

 Chris O’Dowd, Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey and Colin Farrell at the IDA reception in Los Angeles aheaf of the Academy Awards. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Ahead of 88th Academy Awards, the Irish film industry decamps to Hollywood

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts ably deliver in a detective film with a dark twist, but the whiff of compromise (and Nicole Ki(...)

Japaneasy does it: Natalie Dormer in The Forest

Every cliché of contemporary or vintage horror is ready to leap out and not scare Natalie Dormer in this by-the-numbers ghost flic(...)

North and south: Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby

The laughs are few and far between as once-unassailable Baron Cohen hits a new low in this mean-spirited and very unfunny spy cape(...)

Academt-Award nominee Benjamin Cleary: “It’s definitely been good for getting into interesting meetings.(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

In any other year, Oscar nominee Benjamin Cleary would be the name on everyone’s lips – but he’s delighted to be in the race with (...)

Natalie Dormer: "When Sean Bean had his head chopped off, I was as surprised as anyone." (Photo by Julien Lienard/Getty Images)

Between ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, Dormer has become the go-to star for cool, unflappable TV royalty

Race for the prize: Mad Max is  usual in that it’s a mainstream film in the best picture fight

Mainstream entertainments such as Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant jostle with independents including Brooklyn and Room

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn vie for the best picture Oscar this weekend. They are part of a grand tradit(...)

What was director Margarethe Von Trotta striving for?

A beautiful, funny drama filmed in Havana that surges with rough humanity

The ‘continuous shot’ gimmick fits seamlessly into a hurtling story

From left, Paddy Breathnach, director of Viva and I Went Down; Rebecca Daly, director of Mammal; James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board; and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. Photographs: Alan Betson, Getty Images

Global acclaim and a fistful of Oscar nominations: we ask four industry heavy hitters what is going on

Stephen Fry’s latest evacuation from Twitter followed a torrent of angry tweets directed at him

‘In 2016, a vast mob of the easily annoyed prowls the digital outlands in search of bile generators. You need a hobby, I suppose’ (...)

Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in 12 Years a Slave. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

The actor has done plenty of serious roles. Will anyone begrudge him a crime caper?

Michel Franco’s latest is problematic, but features the finest performance in many years from Tim Roth, an actor who's often tempt(...)

Claire Dix’s study of Joan Denise Moriarty, founder of Irish Theatre Ballet, is a touching, lucid work

The lewd Wilson and the faltering Johnson form a gorgeous complementary partnership that causes one to long for them to be cast in(...)

Director John Hillcoat is a master of macho posture, and with the help of Kate Winslet, he lays it on thick in this indecently thr(...)

The director even manages to sell an absurdly romantic ending

A discursive meditation on the Sligo man who became captain general of Chile in the 18th century

This Norwegian documentary presents a tender portrayal of boyhood

Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan arrives at the British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Best film goes to The Revenant – tale of survival from 19th century US frontier

Ennio Morricone at the Abbey Road studios, in London, to record the score for ‘The Hateful Eight’.  Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music

Ennio Morricone revolutionised cinema music but has never won an Oscar for one of his scores. He’s up again, for ‘The Hateful Eigh(...)

Mrs T: every Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher’s fall has had to be tested for purity on the Thatchometer. David Cameron’s compromises with the EU would barely cause its needle to twitch. Photograph: ITV/Rex

The Iron Lady was the closest the UK will ever get to its own Lenin or Atatürk. The new Labour leader is similarly at home to ideo(...)

Written in crayon and edited in oven gloves: Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in Concussion

Brain-damage whistleblower Will Smith comes across as a naive, holy fool, while the overall vibe is less The Insider and more Quin(...)

Martin McCann: “When you haven’t got that much to lose, your body just doesn’t want to go anywhere. The energy drain is very challenging”

Martin McCann survived The Pacific, Ripper Street and ‘71 and Shadow Dancer, and has really been put through the ringer for his (...)

Matthias Schoenaerts,  Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash

DeriLuca Guadagnino’s four-hander is awash with cultural recycling - but unhinged enthusiasm from Ralph Fiennes outdoes almost eve(...)

Baloney: Jem and the Holograms. Photograph:  Universal

Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald (we feel your pain) turn up as the elder generation in this horrendous reboot of a 1980s cartoo(...)

Note to self - must do better: Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

The endless ironic nods and winks do little to soften the squalor and misogyny of this latest contribution to the sweary, 16-cer(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

Butch and Sundance, Spock and Kirk, Woodward and Bernstein . . . Movie bromance has been around for a lot longer than the word tha(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: has soiled a melodic Anglicised variation on a classic Celtic name.  Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Pushing Donald Trump as the deified avatar of Donaldishness is unfair on the rest

Few actors bring more character to a role than Toby Jones. It’s all in the subtlety and the everyday actions, he tells Donald Clar(...)

Here is a most unusual comic drama from Iceland that plays some very clever games with tone

Look out behind you Dalton! Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

Bryan Cranston has fun as the lead, but the silly fizz of mid-century Hollywood eventually steals the show - and not in a good w(...)

An almost painfully comprehensive exercise: Janis Joplin in Little Girl Blue

Amy Berg film on Janis Joplin tells the story of a raw, explosive talent that couldn’t escape her ultimately fatal addiction t(...)

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the ‘Dad’s Army’ world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square  London. Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

The British sitcom has such durability there is no wonder it has been made into a film

Fame came late for the actor, now up for an Oscar – and he’s happy it did

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight

The pen is ultimately mightier than the cardinal in this dramatisation of the Boston Globe’s investigation into sex abuse by Cath(...)

Actresses Kelly Thornton and Nika McGuigan at the Programme launch for The Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

‘February feels right. It’s gloomy and dark and that’s a good time to go to the cinema,’ says director

Down but not out: Antonio Banderas in The 33

Claustrophobic tension and unexpectrd anglo-saxon appearances abound in this film about the 2010 Chilean mining accident

Please Bob, no: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Bad Grandpa

The once-unassailable actor swears and bludgeons his way through a comedy that is indeed bad, but in a defiantly odd way

Irish actor’s Jack Reynor, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, English actress Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna arrive for the premiere of ‘Sing Street’. Photograph: EPA

Sing Street, Love & Friendship and Mammal earn rave reviews at independent festival

Ted Cruz: Moved from an impressive law career to become solicitor general of Texas and then senator for that state. Photograph: New York Times

In Ted Cruz, the Tea Party finally has a candidate with a chance of seizing power

The Chilean mining disaster is now a film, and the fact that 33 people came out alive is one of the great survival stories of our (...)

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