Vincent Browne at the TV3 studio on Thursday night for his final show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TV Review: Better then Seinfeld’s finale, but Jedward should have given him a Humvee

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This week’s quiz includes Star Trek, Rory O’Shea and Howard Hughes. See how you rate on our Bond baddie scale

Maudie: Ethan Hawke in Aisling Walsh’s new film

Hawke was a posterboy for generation X actors. But after seeing first hand where his precocious talent could lead, he's become a t(...)

Return of the romcom: Zoe Kazan and Kumail Najiani in The Big Sick

The romcom is back in the shape of the BIg Sick to dare to muscle in on the Dunkirk action

Unlikely lad and lass: Kumail Nanjiani and  Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick

Film follows traditional rhythms while entertaining a most unusual plot turn

“The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “We wanted to speak to a general audience, not just super science geeks like myself.”   “The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “We wanted to speak to a general audience, not just super science geeks like myself.”

Irish director Emer Reynolds knits together a documentary that informs and moves

Did someone say product placement?

Review: The film’s strong cast are wasted in this huge bloated mess

Time for some pi – but not American pi, thank you

Why should March 14th – or 3/14 as the US would have it – be designated International Pi Day? It’s patently clear that July 22nd –(...)

Director Christoper Nolan on the set of Dunkirk  with Kenneth Brannagh

The auteur’s war film is stunning, but its heroic approach reflects an industry still uncomfortable with the bloody reality of the(...)

Soundtrack to sex, or is it the other way round?

We mark you out of 10 on our Pixar scale

Fionn Whitehead in a scene from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead in a scene from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

It’s hard to look past Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk – but there are a few other gems

Matthew Heineman’s ‘City of Ghosts’: has the makings of a gripping story, but never quite comes together.

Matthew Heineman follows up ‘Cartel Land’ with a documentary on Islamic State’s atrocities in Syria

The great saxophonist died 50 years ago this week. Here are 10 of his finest moments

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

Michael Inside, Maze and Song of Granite are among the strong field of new Irish film

Director George  Romero  before the screening of the film “Survival of the Dead” at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

An American original, he was best known for Night of the Living Dead

 Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan Lawlor at the World Premiere of Irish thriller ‘Maze’ at Galway Film Fleadh. Photograph: Xposure

Galway event focuses on new Irish talent and trying to increase women in production roles

Love Island: More viewers now worry about cigs than actual sex between sexy people. Photograph: ITV

Astonishingly, cigarettes are Love Island’s biggest turn-off

Colin Farrell in The Beguiled. Photograph: Ben Rothstein/Focus Features

Tensions rise in a subtle fashion in Sofia Coppola’s strange but worthwhile drama

Caesar (Andy Serkis) in War for the Planet of the Apes

This week, take your pick between inter-species war and holy-relic adventures

Welease Wodewick - question five

This week’s quiz features Life of Brians, Bond theme tunes and one ugly gunslinger

Steve Zahn. Photograph:Maarten de Boer/Getty Images.

Steve Zahn on ‘the most painful six months of my life’ making War for the Planet of the Apes

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for ‘Stranger Things,’ during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images

Reagan, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Thriller’ all star in this geekcentric version of the 1980s

Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland in ‘Pilgrimage’

Pilgrimage review: Zealots, tyrants and opportunists drag themselves across our damp interior.

Lynchian: filmmaker David Lynch in ‘David Lynch: The Art Life’

Focusing on Lynch’s early life and work, Jon Nguyen’s documentary is utterly essential viewing for fans of the director

“He understood where the endgame should be in Northern Ireland.” John Hume in 1971. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty

Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary lines up luminaries eager to set the record straight

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (in Fleabag): the next Doctor Who?

That it will annoy the ‘Men’s Rights Movement’ is not the reason why – just a bonus

It's a jungle out there: Woody Harrelson (right) in War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

From Kong: Skull Island and The Jungle Book to The Planet of the Apes – the influence of Kurtz is everywhere

“I am serious . . .  and don’t call me Shirley” - see question seven

This week’s quiz features double acts, a film equation and one too many exclamation marks!!!

Blue Teapot and Sanctuary actors Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Until recently, it was illegal for people with intellectual disabilities to have sex. ‘Sanctuary’ cleverly and playfully manages t(...)

Riley Keough, Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr  in It Comes at Night

Trey Shults dark, brilliant film about the suspicion of strangers gets us right inside the mind of the suspicious

 Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir

Isabelle Huppert struggles gamely with the role and the songs in this perplexing French dramedy

Tingling sensation: Tom Holland in Spider-Man Homecoming. Photograph: Marvel

Review: Tom Holland swings winningly through a flashy, punchy and heartwarming film

 The film critic Barry Norman, who was  capable of caustic wit when tearing apart one of the  more dismal films. Photograph: PA

His fame saw him feature in ‘Spitting Image’ and he won over audiences with gentle style

Donald Trump: introduced a new word when his mysterious tweet read “despite the negative press covfefe” Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

What's really of interest in the list of new words in the Oxford English Dictionary are the voguish buzz-terms

Spider-Man: Homecoming:  July 5th

From blockbusters to indie flicks, here are the best releases from now until autumn

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in The House

This mirthless comedy feels like the result of terminal creative panic

Pondering Madonna: question two

This week’s quiz features pop-fan hoodlums, determined robots and colourful characters

 Best foot forward: Rolf Lassgard in A Man Called Ove

A recently widowed man hovers between despair and grumpy outrage in Hannes Holm’s Oscar-nominated drama

Ruth Negga on the carpet at Cannes in 2016. She is now a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photograph:  Julien Warnand/EPA

The Irish stars are among a raft of Academy inductees, which could diversify the Oscar nominations

Art Malik:  ‘While we can still banter, I can take hope.’ Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images for BFI

Halal Daddy star Art Malik’s views about what is proper in cinema’s engagement with race have changed over the years

Eccentric performance: Natalie Portman in Jackie

We’re halfway through the year – it’s time to take cinematic stock

Sarah Bolger,  Colm Meaney and Nikesh Patel in Halal Daddy

Halal Daddy review: This Sligo-set comedy sometimes displays a fearful contrivance

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

The 29th festival will close with a rare original feature project from Colm Toíbín

Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has made his best film in more than a decade

Neil Jordan: Last September, Variety described him a showrunner on Riviera.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: It’s not the writer or director, but the ‘showrunner’, who controls TV drama now

The DUP’s  Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds arrive at 10 Downing Street. Not quite the same as Prince fans arriving at Paisley Park. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

You’ll be seeing a lot more of that little-known species, the lesser-spotted Ulster unionist

Tyler Durden, question six

This week’s quiz features Fight Clubbers, Toy Stories and high grossers

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in Hampstead

This ‘true’ story of Hamstead Heath squatter Harry Hallowes has nice leads, but everything around them is a disaster

Marion Cotillard and Alex Brendemühl in From the Land of the Moon:  check the gauges on your melodrama detector before watching

Marion Cotillard is smashing as a lovestruck heroine, but this is ‘cinéma de papa’ territory

Megatron and Josh Duhamel Transformers: The Last Knight. Photograph:  Paramount Pictures

The best thing about Michael Bay’s latest affront to cinema is Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Top Gear’ mullet

File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Donald Clarke: Oscar-winner will likely honour commitment to silence on the matter

The surprise popularity of ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ suggests mainstream cinema is overlooking a key audience

We still love the cinema. Last year Ireland had the joint highest attendance in Europe

Youngest Taoiseach: our leaders are meant to look like grizzled ancients in Jack B Yeats paintings.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As a medical man Dr Varadkar will know that he is technically of an age to be my son

Diane Keaton arrives for the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Gala   in Hollywood where she received a lifetime achievement award earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck

An Oscar-winning performance in Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’ changed everything for Diane Keaton

Jaws: bit off more than he could chew

This week’s quiz features Jaws, Jason Bourne, Hitchcock and Hamlet

 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

The son of teachers, Ross Noble turned to performance at about the same time that he was diagnosed with dyslexia

Ross Noble on Brexit, his house burning down, and why he is in so many Irish horror films

Neneh Cherry: powerfully voiced

Film review: It’s oppressive but this is a Swedish captor I came to love just a little

Cardboard Gangsters: Noisy, loud, violent and sad

Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters is so enjoyable, you forgive its flaws

Chris Evans: his annoying good looks somehow fail to inhibit his rugged humanity

A classy package that gets by on warmth and sincere performances

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the 1939 blockbuster ‘Gone with the Wind’. Not raised on broadcast TV, most online voters have never  sat through the movie on rainy bank holidays

Empire’s 100 greatest films list has no pre-1940 movies. Yet ‘Hot Fuzz’ makes it

Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: ushered in an era when faithfulness to the text was seen as a virtue in itself

It is the second-biggest movie franchise of all time, but the films are slaves to the text

Magnificent seven plus one: (clockwise from top left) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonny Wright, JK Rowling, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis

Potter gave some young actors a leg-up, but it created few genuine stars. Where did the broomsticks take the ones JK Rowling calle(...)

In the long run, nobody is judged by their ability to memorise the lakes of Patagonia.

Semi-celebs love to reveal their poor results – and brag about their achievements since

An exit poll predicting that the Conservatives  would not win a majority is projected on to  BBC Broadcasting House in London on Thursday night.  The news that everybody (bar YouGov) had been madly wrong suited broadcasters very nicely. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

TV view: Osborne’s election night delight underlined the factional nature of British politics

Spot the villain....

This week’s quiz features Bond villains, Wham! pop songs and, er, Leo Varadkar

Wonder Woman

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

Sofia Boutella: 'All Americans think they are Irish. Right?' Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The live-wire Algerian actor on dancing with Madonna and channelling Boris Karloff

 Teresa Palmer in The Berlin Syndrome

Cate Shortland’s creepy, eerily beautiful third feature delivers a familiar story, but gets by on evil ambience

Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel

Rachel Weisz is suitably ambiguous in this worthwhile adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis

A terrible fug of desperation hangs over the first instalment of Universal’s Dark Universe sequence

Whitney: Can I Be Me. In cinemas June 16th

Blockbuster season is upon us, but there’s more going on this month than just crash, bang, wallop

Festival-goers,  possibly not Fine Gael voters.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Mr Varadkar wants to be a leader for goody-goody early risers. I’m going back to bed

This week’s quiz features angry men, tough droogs and famous last words

My Life as a Courgette

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

Social realism for kids: My Life as a Courgette

Oscar-nominated animation about children in care is full of decency and kindness

Rihanna and  Lupita Nyong’o in the photograph that sparked the tweet that  became the meme that inspired the Netflix movie that will star Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o.  Photograph:   Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The singer, along with the actor Lupita Nyong’o, is set to star in a Netflix movie inspired by a photograph of the pair that went (...)

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman

How do you do that? Limit the amount of time she wears the silly costume

Claes Bang in The Square

Ideas hang off the central story like poisonous fruit in Ruben Östlund’s surprise Cannes favourite

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s primal scream after The Square won the Palme d’Or as French actor Juliette Binoche and jury head Pedro Almodóvar look on at the Cannes Film Festival.  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Prize for the Irish-backed ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’, while ‘The Square’ wins Palme d’Or

‘The Roger Moore you saw in films and in interviews was something of a creation. He was from the last generation of actors who felt they had to talk proper to get along in the theatre.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Being born to the right family is still invaluable when trying to hold the levers of power

Bruno and Dustin Hoffmann’s knees from Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories

Bruno the poodle from Noah Baumbach’s film is top dog of Cannes 2017

It’s not rocket science: Russell Crowe at question 10

Watch out, this week’s quiz has a maths question

Real crunch: Niamh Hogan as Taryn in Demon Hunter

Director Zoe Kavanagh delivers an enjoyable, unashamedly genre-hugging horror flick

Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow in the Disney movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’

After a string of flops and a ton of bad press, Johnny Depp’s star power looks as wobbly as Jack Sparrow on a plank

Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

Colin Farrell squirms with delight under the female gaze in Sofia Coppola’s slice of feminist Southern Gothic

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project

Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine is destined to be remembered as one of the great films about childhood

Unearthly: Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in How to talk to Girls at Parties

Cannes 2017: There’s a lot of latex and little sense in this punks and aliens caper

The Red Turtle:  ‘damp washes and elegant story’

Dutchman Michaël Dudok de Wit’s magical film is both visually and emotionally rich

Roger Moore as James Bond, with his weapon of choice – the Walther PPK –  in a publicity still for “Live and Let Die”, in  1972. Photograph: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images

Policeman’s son went from being the UK’s biggest TV star to the country’s greatest spy

Members of the Cannes Film Festival’s staff  observe a minute’s silence to pay homage to the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack on Tuesday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

‘This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness,’ read a festival statement

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable pastiches the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is a Palme d’Or contender. ‘120 Beats per Minute’ is the favourite

Australian actress Nicole Kidman and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos attend a press conference for  The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the 70th  Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  AFP/Laurent Emmanuel/Getty Images

Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ from Element Pictures premieres at the French film festival to great acclaim

Awkward sex remains one of the continuing distractions of the Cannes Film Festival.  Photograph: Getty Images

Thank heavens for ‘120 Beats per Minute’ which communicates affection through sex

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Cannes 2017: Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan are exceptional in Yorgos Lanthimos latest

Photograph: Cannes Film Festival

120 Beats honours the dead and the survivors but it feels like a lost opportunity

Cannes 2017: Noah Baumbach's star-studded latest for Netflix is a welcome addition to his great comic oeuvre

Cannes Film Festival: like the rest of France, Cannes typifies  many of the contradictions that make French culture  confusing  in its sophistication. Photograph: François Durand/Getty Images

So much about French culture is simultaneously magnificent and baffling

Actors Tilda Swinton, Ahn Seo-Hyun, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Bong Joon-Ho at the Okja photocall. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

This time it was for a technical hiccup and not for Bong Joon-ho’s fine film ‘Okja’

Ahn Seo-hyun and Okja in Bong Joon Ho’s Okja

Cannes 2017: Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho’s latest is brasher, madder and more fun than anything he’s done before

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