James McAvoy in Split: chews the scenery with gusto

M Night Shyamalan’s bonkers return-to-form thriller starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy is enjoyably over the top

Rooney Mara and Dev Patel in Lion.

If you don’t blub at the end of Garth Davis’s feature debut, you may wish to secede from the human species

John Butler’s Handsome Devil (above) will close the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Festival guests this year include Vanessa Redgrave, Kerry Fox, Anna Friel, Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy and Aiden Gillen

Camelot no more: Natalie Portman in Jackie

Natalie Portman shines as the grieving first lady struggling to maintain control

More than one of this year’s film remakes stars the man who used to be known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson

We can’t trust ourselves to responsibly assess the popular culture we imbibed as children

Casey Affleck: “When I did ‘To Die For’ [with Nicole Kidman], I knew nobody who was famous. I was just interested in the work.”

An Oscar for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ would bring Ben’s younger brother the fame he’s been avoiding

Patt Shortt: “I think the film board are brilliant. I did two films with them last year and I hope to do three this year.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

2017 production slate includes films starring Pat Shortt, Cillian Murphy and Elle Fanning

Look of love: Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in “Live By Night”

Ben Affleck’s take on Denis Lehane’s gritty novel aims for Roman Polanski’s classic, but ends up closer to Warren Beatty’s Dick T(...)

All that jazz: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’

In Damien Chazelle’s dazzling musical, Emma Stone sings and dances like a pro, Ryan Gosling a little less so, but the lack of sure(...)

The favourite: for escapism in tough times, it’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

Something will have gone terribly wrong if the Oscars fail to honour a film that fits comfortably into the Trump conversation

Cast and crew of ‘La La Land’, which took seven awards at this year’s Golden Globes. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Following some Irish triumph at major awards, Bafta delivers disappointing news

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz hold their awards at the annual Golden Globes awards ceremony. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Irish nominees come up short, Meryl Streep gives searing critique of Donald Trump

Liam Neeson in Silence by Martin Scorsese, based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.

For large sections of the population, Christianity is of no more interest than astrology, flat-Earthism or water dousing. It is no(...)

Brendan Gleeson: “You do feel that you’re all the time being watched. I am uncomfortable with that. But I love this business. And that’s the price.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Thousands once admired him as a stage actor, now millions revere him as the Irish bloke out of ‘Harry Potter’. Yet the affable for(...)

An achingly dull amalgam of science fiction and conspiracy hokum: Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed

Videogame adaptations have an atrocious track record - this strange, boring movie is better than most such projects, but is still (...)

Killer clowns: “The story reached the heights of absurdity when newspapers began pointing out that the lurking individuals in big shoes weren’t ‘real clowns’.”

It wasn’t all tragedy and Trump – 2016 had its fair share of silly stories. And here they are

Marion Cotillard: “Neither of my parents held me back. They knew [acting] was a hard life, but they respected my choice. It was meant to be.” Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The French Oscar winner reteams with the director and star of ‘Macbeth’ for this megabuck fantasy

File photograph from March 6th, 1959 shows Debbie Reynolds boarding a plane in New York en route to Spain. Photograph: John Rooney/AP

Singin’ in the Rain regularly voted among the greatest of all American films

Cos I gotta have faith:  Liam Neeson in Silence

Liam Neeson is a Jesuit gone native with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver on his trail

Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16th, 2015. File photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

‘Star Wars’ franchise turned actor into reluctant star who struggled with success

The Gabors, from left: Magda, Eva, mother Jolie  and Zsa Zsa smile at the Last Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, US,  December 28th, 1953.  Photograph: EPA/Las Vegas News Bureau

There is nothing new about being famous for being famous

Ben Cleary with the Oscar for best live-action short he won  for Stutterer. Photograph: Eric Luke

How does life change for a film-maker who now has that gold man on the shelf?

Will Smith and Keira Knightley in “Collateral Beauty”: A dishonest, morally corrupt exploitation of the grieving process

Just in time for Christmas, Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and others serve up one of the biggest turkey(...)

The 88th Oscars in Hollywood: Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Culture review 2016: The surge in Irish cinema continued with cracking diverse domestic films, and getting to see the Oscars in th(...)

Dude, where’s my script? Bryan Cranston and James Franco in Why Him?

James Franco and Bryan Cranston improvise gamely in this good-natured but ho-hum farce

Star bores: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt contemplate a close encounter in “Passengers”.

Jennifer Lawrence's gravity holds, but Chris Pratt is about 20 million light years out of his comfort zone in this morally indefe(...)

Jenna Coleman as the eponymous queen in ITV’s ‘Victoria’, a series from the old school

Whether it’s music, movies or television, we’re here to save the day

 #presidentgubu:  Richard Nixon eyes up  Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1970. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Or imagine a Trump-like Nixon tweeting away in the small hours – #notacrook, #expletivedeleted

Clockwise from top left: Seána Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary; Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Neel Sethi and  King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken) in The Jungle Book;  Amy Adams in Arrival

Mad Mary drove you wild, Fantastic Beasts lived up to its name, and competition was fierce in all categories. Here are the film wi(...)

 William S Burroughs and Howard Brookner during the shoot of Burroughs: The Movie

Aaron Brookner's documentary explores the life of his uncle Howard Brookner in a wonderful ode to 1980s New York

Alastair Sim, probably the best Scrooge in a multitude of film adaptations of A Christmas Carol

Alastair Sim and a superb supporting cast make this 1951 retelling of Dickens' classic the best ever committed to film

Riz Ahmed and Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wras Story. Photograph: Lucasfilm Entertainment

As Rogue One lands in cinemas worldwide, star Felicity Jones and director Gareth Edwards talk about hype, expectation and the sac(...)

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photograph: Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm

The Star Wars spin-off is filled with enough canon lore and spectacle to thrill hardcore fans, but the film’s greatest selling poi(...)

Golden Globes 2017: The ceremony, “always a boozier, more raucous event than the Oscars”, will take place on January 8th.

Colin Farrell, Ruth Negga, Caitriona Balfe and ‘Sing Street’ all in the running

 George Takei’s tweet hit the spot: “Watching people meltdown over a Black Santa in the Mall of America. ‘Santa is white!’ Well, in our internment camp he was Asian. So there.” Photograph: Dan Steinberg/Ap Photo

The festive meatheads are circling after a mall in Minnesota employs a black Santa Claus

Man of the century: Kirk Douglas

A survivor of the Great Depression, two World Wars, McCarthyism and a stroke, it looks as if they haven’t built the condition tha(...)

The kid did it: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden

Oliver Stone nails his political colours to the mast early on, and delivers his most entertaining film in years

What would Quentin do? Ciaran Bermingham and Niall Murphy in “Dead Along the Way”.

Irish director Maurice O’Carroll's thriller wears its influences on its sleeve, and proves to be a reasonably effective exercise (...)

Christopher Lloyd: “People think the fans are kooks. They’re not” (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

From ‘Taxi’ to Irish horror ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’, Doc Brown’s maxim is: ‘I like to work’

Warmth and steely ruthlessness: Jennifer Aniston in Office Christmas Party

Aniston is sublime, but the rest of the film is as much fun as a family row at Christmas

Kate Bush: Opined that the Brexit prime minister is “the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time”.

Bush, the cool face of prog rock, has always gone her own way. But the Tories? C’mon

Welcome to our world:  Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

The Ticket Awards 2016: Our film writers select their favourite movies of 2016

Irish film puts in another quality shift of work; women are way out in front in the acting stakes; and animation is getting beyond(...)

Helmet heir apparent: Tommy Byrne in “Crash and Burn”.

Rubber meets the road in this sterling Irish documentary about one-time Irish Formula One driver Tommy Byrne

No Polynesian pushover: Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho).

The songs are great but the girl power a bit confused in this enjoyable animated adventure

She’s gotta have it – peace, that is: Teyonah Parris (2nd from left) in “Chi-Raq”.

A gorgeous, fall-blast take on ancient Greek classic ‘Lysistrata’ updates the action to violence-plagued Chicago

Hard man with bad hair: Nicolas Cage in “Dog Eat Dog”.

Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe are truly unhinged in this defiantly barmy thriller

Don’t worry, be yappy: Gwyneth Paltrow is unsurprisingly sanguine about the Event. Photograph:  Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for East Hampton Library

‘We shall henceforth refer to the shock election feat as the Orange Toxic Event’

Directors Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne: “In some films, the technical team can take over. Not on our films.” Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images

The Palme d’Or-winning directors explain why they decided to re-cut new film The Unknown Girl after its Cannes showing

Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall in Mum’s List

A mother with breast cancer draws up inspiring lists for her husband to follow after her passing

Mo’Nique and DC Young Fly in Almost Christmas.

A family finds itself rudderless after granny passes in this comic soap opera. Grandpa, unfortunately, plays it straight

Lost for words: a young eccentric walking across the United States under a self-imposed vow of silence

Patrick Shen crowd-funded film wonders what silence and asks whether we can find it in the modern world

Is this real? Brad Pitt  and Marion Cotillard   in Allied. Photograph: Paramount Pictures

More than a few old-school war-movie cliches get a pummelling, but Robert Zemeckis doesn’t quite recover his old movie-making mojo(...)

The odds of Marine Le Pen, of the French National Front, becoming the next president of France are at 2/1. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Trump, Marine Le Pen, Syria: nothing makes sense as Utopian ambition crumbles into atavistic nationalism

Iggy Pop and The Stooges in Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger

Pop steals the limelight (as usual) in Jim Jarmusch’s witty, warm tribute to proto-punk rockers The Stooges

Dan Fogler and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The beasts are here, the Potter lore is here, but what sets this apart is its fantastic visuals, well-drawn characters and brill(...)

Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fogler was plucked from relative obscurity for JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - but is he ready for the fran(...)

Toblerone: now looks like the sort of knock-off mean aunts give at Christmas. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

From Oatfield Emeralds and Club Milks to Milk Duds and ‘Luxury Mountain Bars’, our taste for sweets says a great deal about who we(...)

Amy Adams: “Maybe there’s a common thread of naivety, but if you are looking to see typecasting, you can find that in anyone’s career”

Amy Adams chooses her roles with a studious eye - she currently stars in two of this year’s best films, Tom Ford’s extraordinary (...)

Alien expectations: Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in “Arrival”.

Denis Villeneuve’s stunning follow-up to Sicario sees Amy Adams' damaged linguist trying to reach understanding with visiting alie(...)

Evgenia Brik and Oleg Dolin in Moscow Never Sleeps: “Familial and temporal connections bind the [various] stories together into a busy whirl.”

Irish director Johnny O’Reilly’s drama takes place on a single day in his adopted home

Samantha Robinson plays a woman who uses spells to lure men in The Love Witch

This year's fest features many treats for cinephiles include I Am Not A Serial Killer and The Love Witch

Bono: “There is just something in particular about this spec-wearing, doggerel-spouting rock dinosaur that aggravates the masses.” Photograph: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Bono has been made a woman of the year. It’s not enough to make Irish people like him

Once more, with feline:  Luke Treadaway, and Bob in A Street Cat Named Bob

Luke Treadaway is convincingly fidgety as the drug addict in need of help, but Bob the cat is the real hero of the piece

Do the math: Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in The Accountant

Affleck, doing his constipated act again, stars as an accountant with a diagnosis in this crass, idiotic thriller

“I have seen things”: Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender struggle to keep it real in this fanciful adaptation of ML Stedman’s high-end airport novel

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel  as mother and daughter Lorelai and Rory Gilmore: “swimming in white privilege”.

‘Gilmore Girls’ exemplifies taste-makers’ neglect of shows aimed at young women

Michael Fassbender: ‘Generally actors are stubborn in their own minds.’ Photograph: GP Images/WireImage

The Kerry actor’s professionalism and discerning eye have kept him on the big screen

The Babadook

Lock the doors and windows, check under the bed and check out the 10 best scares on Netflix right now

Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius in Doctor Strange

Does anyone do a stone-cold psychopath better than Mads Mikkelsen? He discusses Danish film, gymnastics and beating up Benedict Cu(...)

Herzog watches some Buddhist monks stare into their phones.

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is full interesting turns and provocative questions, but not nearly enough Werner Herzog

Beware the Ribbonmen: Wild Goose Lodge

This tale of an arson attack in Co Louth in 1816 is a commendable exercise in community co-operation

A passion for trash nomads and wasteland grotesques: Rob Zombie’s 31

Circus freaks, animal masks, dissection... Zombie sticks to his gruesome aesthetic – but where are the brains?

The girl just wants to rap: Sonita Alizadeh

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami’s delightful documentary also has plenty to say about the trials of being a woman in the most aggressively (...)

Is bald better? Exhibit A . . .

‘The comb-over is a testament to man’s inexhaustible capacity for self-delusion’

In search of Ambrose: a scene from Desperate Optimists' documentary Further Beyond

Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor of Desperate Optimists have made a thoroughly engaging film about Ambrose O’Higgins - or have the(...)

Rage against the machine: Hayley Squires and Dave Johns in I, Daniel Blake

Loach weaves many moments of quiet brilliance into his Palme D’Or-winning polemic about the UK’s Kafkaesque welfare system (...)

 Cobie Smulders plays Turner and Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Photograph: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Cruise, this time resembling a narcoleptic Simon Cowell, stumbles into an own-brand conspiracy plucked from the shelves of Hollywo(...)

Donald Tump in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with Macaulay Culkin.

The supposedly liberal entertainment industry has happily given a platform to this ‘bozo’, ‘punk’, ‘mutt’

Coulrophobia is defined as an “irrational fear of clowns”. Irrational m’arse.

Recent events confirm that the circus clown is among the most unsettling creations in popular culture

Bob Dylan: worthy of the Noble laureate

From the apocalyptic vision of A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall to the complex meditations of Ain’t Talkin’, Dylan delivers poetry in em(...)

Hustle and flow: Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey

Fish Tank director Arnold Arnold further refines her taste for the poetry of grime with a stunning, sprawling American road movie (...)

Carry on up the caricatures: Patt Shortt in “The Flag”.

This broad Irish comedy needs only a few leprechauns and beefeaters to be complete

Put through their paces: Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones run as if their careers depend on it in “Inferno”.

The third godawful Brown/Hanks/Howard team-up is, mercifully, the shortest of the series

Andrea Arnold: “I loved films, but no, I wasn’t a buff. We didn’t have a cinema in my town. So we’d have to get the 96 bus from Dartford up to Woolwich or Bexleyheath to see films.”

With ‘American Honey’, the versatile UK director has made her biggest swerve yet

Pat Shortt (right) in The Flag: “This goes back to the older class of emigrant. We want to give that feeling of the guy down on his luck.”

The Ex-D’Unbelieavable has gotten used to being treated as a natural treasure

South Park’s Cartman: following the George Hook playbook

The Newstalk host argues for link between Gardasil and side effects despite no evidence

There is much humanity, and a great many laughs in Colm Quinn’s charming film about the legendary Dublin divan flogger

Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins voyeuristic drunk murder-mystery gets an unevenly faithful big-screen makeover

Chancers? Oasis

Mat Whitecross's doc doesn’t look back in anger (or in any useful detail) at the rise of the Gallagher brothers - though Noel pro(...)

Irish emigrants took part in solidarity March for Choice events in more than 25 cities worldwide last Saturday, calling on Ireland to repeal the 8th amendment. Photograph: @RepealLondon

Wheeze to give high-rolling returnees a tax break was, indeed, ‘unfair and discriminatory’

Humorous energy: Samomé Richard  in Baden Baden

Director Rachel Lang's feature debut is an impressive character study of a quiet, odd heroine, played with great assurance by Samo(...)

Budget projection: Árni Vilhjálmsson, Friðgeir Einarsson, Ragnar Í Bragason in Crisis Meeting at Project Arts Centre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival  Photograph: Ragnheiður Pálsdóttir

Dublin Theatre Festival: experimental Icelandic company stick to the central conceit of a funding application

Matthew McConaughey in the overlong Free State of Jones: “a frustrating beast”.

The cast are admirable throughout, but Gary Ross’s dour tale of the US Civil War gets lost in a jumble of competing narratives

Familiar vulnerability: Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon

Peter Berg takes us lucidly through the dynamics of the notorious BP oil spill, but the film begins to falls apart when disaster s(...)

1001 uses for a corpse: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe Two’s company: Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe (mostly dead) and Paul Dano (marooned) are best bros in a sentimental comedy that’s not nearly as weird as it pre(...)

Sights set: Eva Green in Tom Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Penny Dreadful star takes a break from psychic meltdowns as the eponymous lead in Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home (...)

Louis Theroux, the mischievous British documentarian,  tweeted: ‘Looks like My Sc’tology Movie won’t get an Irish release due to blasphemy laws’

A speculative media story has suggested a new documentary ‘might’ be banned under Ireland’s blasphemy laws. It won’t

‘The Siege of Jadotville’: Mark Strong teeters between one accent and another as Conor Cruise O’Brien

Fake Irish accents can be atrocious, like Tom Cruise’s, or brilliant, like Kate Hudson’s. But why not just give Irish actors the r(...)

This aggressively ‘heart-warming’ Irish film wants to be ‘Calendar Girls’ in the garden

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