While unkind caricatures of “cat ladies” focus on loneliness and social awkwardness, the man who lives alone with a cat is more often portrayed as an out-and-out psychopath

One individual actually titled her blog: ‘I Don’t Like Men Who Own Cats’

Ed Skrein, who takes over from hardman Jason Statham in the Transporter franchise, explains his unusual career path

A film is dealing in faint praise when its location manager is singled for commendation

Comparisons with the late lamented ‘Deadwood’ are unavoidable in Dathaí Keane’s new feature

We Are Your Friends resembles nothing so much as one of Hollywood’s efforts to address surf culture 40 years ago

Ice Cube has produced a celebratory account of his influential 1980s rap group NWA. The result is pulsating if somewhat airbrushed(...)

‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

Aaron Sorkin’s series is implausible, corny and irony-free . . . and yet I’m still watching

This documentary shows how the seven Angulo siblings, contained for years in a New York apartment, developed their own strange mic(...)

Max Joseph’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ stars Zac Efron as a young DJ perfecting his art in the contemporary San Fernando Valley

The director of ‘We Are Your Friends’ tells how a small story about dance music became a big film

The family are terrific in this ‘remake, sequel and reboot’ of a classic comedy

Irish director Ciarán Foy does his best with the atmospherics, but can do little with Sinister 2’s cluttered, tonally deranged mes(...)

A very effective teen entertainment that feels more honest and less contrived than Fault in Our Stars

“Earlier this month Donald Trump, comedy caricature made inexplicably popular flesh, single-handedly rendered the major general redundant.” Photograph: Reuters

Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock no longer to play colleges as students just too sensitive

When not saving the universe, the British actor likes a quiet pint down his local pub

Greta Gerwig as Brooke and Lola Kirke as Tracy in Mistress America

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach reteam for another New York-set dramedy, a compact marvel that will repay repeated viewings

The proto-femi-satirist teams up with monogamy-mad Judd Apatow for an amusing if overlong and weirdly reactionary romcom

‘Peter Mandelson would never have let that happen’

On the wire: A boy tests the defences in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco. Photograph: Santi Palacios.

'There was Calais. Then there was also what’s happening to democracy in Greece. There were a few days when I thought the film migh(...)

The most brutally violent family film put before audiences since The Ten Commandments

Marielle Heller’s 1970s drama, based on a popular graphic novel, is a gutsy film that engages with its period and tells a few trut(...)

This edgy, atmospheric Spanish detective drama has much in common with Hollywood noir but can stand entirely on its own

Not so gentle, Ben: The Thing (Jamie Bell) in Fantastic Four (2015)

The first half of Josh Trank's reboot is perfectly serviceable as a summer seat-filler. Then it descends into a bendy, transparen(...)

Protesters gather outside Dr Walter James Palmer’s dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, after Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill Cecil, a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Photograph: Reuters

Furore over killing of Cecil the lion a sharp reminder of hypocrisy on animal cruelty

The film directed by Gary Lennon traces the story of the doctor during his time with the British air force in Europe, Singapore (...)

Hirschbiegel’s film captures the period well but we are left asking the wrong questions

This buddy comedy is useless but its loud, brash heart is in roughly the right place

Concentrated Tomoxon: Tom Cruise struts his stuff in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Simon Pegg quips; Ving Rhames rumbles; Jeremy Renner snoozes and Tom Cruise continues to leap, bound and defy the ageing process -(...)

The Sun front page which reported a  still of footage from 1933 that shows a young Queen performing a Nazi salute with her family at Balmoral.

The words 'Queen filmed doing Hitler salute' are so indecently delicious no tabloid could fail to run it

Amy Poehler: ‘Oh, we were real Irish-American. This was Boston. That meant Jesus, JFK, illustrated pamphlets on St Patrick. Lots of beer and lots of potatoes. That’s the Irish-American version of it all. Ha ha!’ Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

She’s got an acerbic wit, frequently speaks her mind, and has burned almost everyone at the Golden Globes: so how did Amy Poehler (...)

Aidan Gillen: In his latest film, Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, he plays a troubled man, recently released from prison, who is forced to care for his alert, back-talking niece. Photograph: Reuters

The ‘Game of Thrones’ star has had an extraordinary career but still likes to do low-budget Irish films

Julian Temple’s documentary on the influential and dying Dr Feelgood guitarist is affectionate and eccentric in all the right ways(...)

Political pugilists: William F Buckey and Gore Vidal during one of the 1968 TV debates.

The animosity between a pair of US political pundits makes for a diverting documentary

Pixar’s comedy, set in the wildly seesawing brain of a child, is funny, moving and clever enough to overcome way too much extraneo(...)

Celebrating the 12th .... ‘In recent years, some Orange revellers have taken to burning effigies of their enemies along with the pallets and apple crates”. Photograph:   Justin Kernoghan

‘Culture’ seems to be defined as an atavistic force that compels uncivilised behaviour

Wes Orshoski’s new film about the Damned is a consistently funny take on the music industry

Wim Wenders’s Oscar-nominated study of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado makes for riveting viewing, though larger issues o(...)

Jonah Hill and James Franco in a scene from True Story

As a study of journalistic ethics, ‘True Story’ is laughably overheated, though it works well enough as a pretty good thriller

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphrey:  “The Irish audio-visual sector has been going from strength to strength in recent years  and I believe there is huge capacity for growth.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Decision recognises Bord Scannán na hÉireann’s increasing interests beyond world of cinema

Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Egyptian screen legend was as much a vision of romantic possibilities as he was an actor

Failing  – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka leaves the court after losing to France’s Richard Gasquet in the Wumbledon men’s quarter-final – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

‘Fail better’ another blood-boiling example of need to extract life lessons from literature

An Klondike

Irish road movies, documentaries and even a Western ensured that this year’s rainy but characterful Galway Film Fleadh was as full(...)


Old-fashioned artistry sets Tomm Moore’s second feature apart from the digital mob

Kathy Bates as the deranged Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner’s ‘Misery’

Donald Clarke talks to the actor about sexism, ageism, cancer and the joy of ‘Misery’

Director and star Anna Odell does a brilliant job of layering mysteries between enigmas and dosing them in concentrated uncertaint(...)

Though imaginative, this Beach Boys movie cannot shake itself free from the overworked 1960s mythology

Channing Tatum attends the Amsterdam premiere of Magic Mike XXL on July 1st. Photograh: Michel Porro/Getty Images

Are female strippers only okay if – by attaching frills and bows – they redefine themselves as ‘burlesque’

‘He wasn’t really difficult,’ says Chuck Workman, director of a compelling new documentary about one of cinema’s giants

Asif Kapadia’s definitive examination of Amy Winehouse charts a sickening drift towards fatal catastrophe

Naomi Kawase’s film comes with a ‘spirituality’ warning, but it’s worth it

Genisys crams every key trope into the mix; Schwarzenegger’s older, cuddlier Terminator adds the corn

What’s up, Pete? The quintessential movie brat is still directing ’em, but that old Hollywood magic is long gone: ‘Things have go(...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

‘If this isn’t terrorism, then nothing is’ tweeted Glenn Greenwald

American husband and wife pop singers Sonny  and Cher in  August 1966: they worked with the Wrecking Crew. Photograph: Powell/Express/Getty Images

The documentary about the legendary session musicians will be a hit with music fans

Its ‘breathtakingly unreconstructed’ attitude to women mars this tribute to the screwball comedy

Westward ho!: Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender in Slow West

John Maclean’s elegant, original western takes its time and is a treat to look at

Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, featuring Aidan Gillen (right) as a man caring for his niece following his recent release from prison, is among the Irish premieres at this year’s bash.

Film notables such as John C Reilly, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera set to attend

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in Slow West

Interview: John Maclean, once of the Beta Band, set out to demythologise the western in his first film, Slow West. He’s succeeded

‘The Donald (as he is dispiritingly known to other holders of that excellent name) let nobody down when he appeared at the Trump Tower on Tuesday.’ Above, Trump gestures after speaking and taking questions at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Absurd, eccentric, right-wing carnival huckster has no chance of becoming president

French romantic comedy looks and sounds like very few films in its debased genre

It would not be fair to suggest that Nicholas Sparks has only one plot. He has as many as three

In the current multiverse of Sherlock Holmses, Ian McKellen's spot-on version of the great detective is older, wiser and dottier .(...)

The New York Times building in New York.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Comment: article weaved story of inappropriate behaviour into tragedy in Berkeley

Olga Baclanova in Tod Browning's Freaks (MGM 1932)

More than 80 years on, Browning’s tale of carnival ’freaks’ taking hideous revenge has failed to become even the tiniest bit res(...)

‘Any criticism of the family business – an international joke 24 hours earlier – came to seem like intolerance of transsexual righ(...)

Jurassic World hits all the right beats, but in the end, it's just another Spielbergian safari to an island of genetically modifie(...)

Revered but not widely known for his stage acting, Ian McKellen’s role as Gandalf in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films made him a s(...)

Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to ‘The Art of Killing’ is another stunning, hugely unsettling documentary about Indonesia’s dark p(...)

Boorman’s new film is an agreeable follow-up to Hope and Glory, but it lacks the mild derangement of his best work

British actor Christopher Lee and his wife, former model Birgit “Gitte” Krøncke, whom he married in 1962. Lee had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems. Photograph: Jean Blondin/Reuters

Actor associated with Hammer productions of Dracula enjoyed rich and varied career

Ghost of a chance: Stefanie Scott in Insidious Chapter 3

The horror franchise just keeps on rolling, but at this point, you may as well pay somebody to slap you in the face with a damp r(...)

“At no stage in the last century have young people been quite so engaged with constructing quite so much everyday prose.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Should we explain the best way of poisoning reputation in fewer than 140 characters

Chris Pratt made his name playing an ordinary guy in ‘Parks and Recreation’. Now, as the star of ‘Jurassic World’, he’s got a new (...)

Sergio Leone’s 1984 gangster epic is offensively sexist and a bit of a narrative mess. But the lush imagery still boggles the eye,(...)

New York’s ghastly nattering nabobs of narcissism are dissected in an enjoyable seriocomedy that ultimately lacks true wit or sava(...)

Pope Francis salutes the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. Speaking to an Argentinean newspaper, he said he has not watched television since 1990. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis shut himself off from the cultural oxygen of his parishioners by shutting himself off from TV

Shake, rattle and roll: Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino fail to patch things up in San Andreas

The Rock’s latest apocalyptic adventure is chock full of CGI bombast and empty characterisation – then Kylie Minogue turns up... (...)

A new documentary tells the tale of Cannon Films and firebrand producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Andrew Bujalski’s latest features Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as two superior but oblivious gym bunnies

Tuaregs of Timbuktu: Toulou Kiki, Ibrahim Ahmed and Layla Walet Mohamed

This award-winning film starts out like an absurdist travelogue before morphing into an angry tragedy of a Tuareg family grapplin(...)

Less frenzied energies: Al Pacino in 'Danny Collins'

We’re used to seeing Pacino waving his arms and bellowing like a drowning drunk; instead, this might be the veteran actor's best p(...)

Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or to gasps in the auditorium

Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

It looks like a three-horse race led by Todd Haynes’s ‘Carol’, starring Cate Blanchett, and László Nemes’s ‘Son of Saul’. Could Ho(...)

Heavily symbolic: Pince Charles holds a cup of tea as he shakes hands with Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Reuters

‘Imagine if the two men were French. They might have had to kiss one another’

Three’s company: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin in Love

Whereas 50 Shades of Grey didn’t offer much you could properly call sex, arch provocateur Gaspar Noé’s latest is very much the r(...)

Iranian-American actress Sheila Vand, star of stunning vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, tells Donald Clarke about br(...)

Blood dimple: Sheila Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Drifty easy plotting and the grainy monochrome

Inner torment: Shu Qi in The Assassin

Hou Hsiao-hsien latest is the best-looking film in Cannes this year, but its beauty is both a strength and occasional weakness

You can’t talk about Orson Welles without using superlatives. Let us continue the tradition by naming Chimes at Midnight as the b(...)

Supernatural blandness: Jeremie Elkaim and Anais Demoustier in Marguerite & Julien

Quite how this ludicrous French incest romp found itself in the main competition at this year's festival is anyone’s guess

Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro battle it out, while Denis Villeneuve shows his action chops ahead of his Blade Runner sequel

‘Every bit as sleepily seductive as Weerasethakul’s best work’

Although odder than squirrels in sombreros, this film is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s most conventional yet and among his best work(...)

‘Amy Poehler voices a fairy-like Joy. Phyllis Smith speaks hilariously for Sadness, an emo kid in a comfy blue jumper. Lewis Black’s Anger has a head that is too often on fire’

This animated trip inside the mind is funny, sweet and wise enough to suggest that Pixar has got its groove back

‘Brize and his co-writer Olivier Gorce present a picture of a stable family coping patiently with mounting catastrophe’

Long takes and a matter-of-fact treatment add up to a quietly savage treatment of the capitalist machine

Muffled: Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan in Louder Than Bombs

Norwegian Joachim Trier’s latest features Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and very little else

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

The race for the 2015 Palme d’Or looks at this stage to be between ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘Carol’, two extraordinary pictures from two(...)

Son of Saul is potentially the last ever Palme d’Or winner to be shot and projected with film: it would be quite the way to go (...)

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in ‘The Lobster’

‘We should savour our centres of cultural cinema: IFI, Light House, Triskel and Queens’

Colin Farrell talks during a press conference for the film The Lobster at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP

‘It’s the kind of film that being in it doesn’t mean I know any more about it’

Hirokazu Kore-eda has made a quiet and lovely thing; a bit more plot and structure would not go amiss though

Yorgos Lanthimos’s poisonously effective film may be about the tyranny of coupledom, or it may not...

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