‘There is something about the SNP leader’s manner that sets her apart from the identikit blue-suited Oxbrigians on either side’. Above, Nicola Sturgeon unveils the SNP’s final poster of the general election 2015 campaign in Edinburgh. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is an old-fashioned politician, in tune with town-hall politics

Ivan Kavanagh went bananas over Ingmar Bergman at a young age. His eerie new Irish horror film The Canal, which knocked ’em dead a(...)

Imaginative, unsettling dissection of online discontents is a minor horror classic

There are worse ways of spending a modest budget than having your characters walk and talk their way around a major city as some c(...)

This lightweight but gorgeous looking version of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 classic is certainly a film of its time

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

‘Frank’ with Michael Fassbender and ‘Patrick’s Day’ with Moe Dunford top nominations

At the time, the sitcom seemed to reflect a happy confidence in our eccentricities

This is the sort of achingly worthy film that, when shown to schoolchildren in civics class, causes the poor tykes to yearn for do(...)

‘Russell Brand is there throughout, like a more annoying Big Brother. Look at him taking up the entire screen. Listen to him telling you not to do what people tell you to do’

Russell Brand is merely preaching to the converted in Michael Winterbottom’s new film

The latest big-bang Avengers romp may have the cast and the quips, but superhero mania is surely on the wane

In an interview on US television, Kit Harington coined a few disobliging phrases about Northern Ireland – where ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed – and caused weeping and renting of flesh all the way from Enniskillen to Larne. Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

‘Good sleggin’. We love this sort of thing. Surely, murals of Kit Harington were set to appear on gable walls throughout the occup(...)

Charismatic: Bryan Santamaria in Gente de Bien

This socially aware film from Colombia can’t settle on a story

Toni Collette: “I didn’t know Jack [Reynor] until I got to Dublin and he took me out to the Guinness Brewery. That was very sweet: a young actor who wants to bond. He’s an incredible person. That opened the door and it became effortless.”

Her Tallaght accent is rapid, she’s been on the tear around Dublin with Jack Reynor, and she took little convincing to make Glassl(...)

Complicated mess of a screenplay ruins potentially one of the year’s best thrillers

Jack Reynor: “an ever more striking screen presence”.

Thoughtful study of a family struggling with alcoholism is harrowing but ultimately uplifting

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in The Lobster.

Film starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz selected for main competition

British prime minister David Cameron eats a hot dog (and a salad, it must be said) with a knife and fork.  Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images

Why does being ordinary have to be a virtue when it comes to British elections?

This film adds to the looming sense that mainstream US cinema comedy is deep in a Dark Age

Not content with one town, the Japanese Film Festival is touring its work to seven Irish venues

Viggo Mortensen stars in and scores this well-crafted Patagonian nightmare

This Keanu Reeves film captures the relentless excitement of ‘shoot ‘em up’ video games

Important questions about murderous US drone strikes but the film is a botched operation

Jordanne Jones in I Used to Live Here. Her remarkable presence helps hold the piece together

Frank Berry has moved into the first rank of Irish film-makers with his naturalistic first dramatic feature

‘The censorious, pernickety, self-righteous, haughty nature of such warnings – far removed from the original intentions – insinuates social liberals into a vast collective whinge that threatens to extract the energy from western academia.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Warning: this piece contains facetious jokes about precious bloody students and tedious middle-aged snorting on the ‘state of the (...)

Frank Berry, director of the super documentary Ballymun Lullaby, tackles an incendiary issue in his first dramatic feature.

Film buffs will want to see this fairly interesting, but also fairly pedestrian, documentary on the legendary director of M*A*S*H (...)

Noah Baumbach’s new comedy sees him laugh at his peers but positively howl at the generation coming up

For his directorial debut, Russell Crowe has delivered exactly what you probably expected

Self-effacing he isn’t: Australian national treasure Russell Crowe tells Donald Clarke why he is the acting equivalent of a Ferrar(...)

The  24th James Bond film ‘Spectre’ will feature  Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig, pictured here on location in Italy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

‘Spectre’, starring Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci, is set to be released in October

‘The fact that a host of former Americanisms are now deemed respectable makes this situation no less horrible.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Do the math on cookies, popsicles and garbage – it all adds up to a US verbal assault

An awfully French version of Yorkshire: Hippolyte Girardot and Sandrine Kiberlain in Life of Riley

Alain Resnais’ final film displays a joie de vivre that remained with the director to the end

And Dior himself comes across like a suburban golfer taking a weekend jaunt to the hardware store

Julianne Moore could learn a thing or two from her co-star Jeff Bridges

With ‘Wild Tales’ Argentinian director Damián Szifron has singlehandedly revived the often ignored art of the portmanteau film. Th(...)

Unironic simplicity. Gentle familiarity. No 3D. Kenneth Branagh’s step back in time to Disney’s heyday may just be the great leap(...)

Pat Murphy’s documentary is fascinating

A day in the life of an Indian silk weaver

Wallace Shawn and Lisa Joyce

The grinding gears of the drama fairly shake the spirit

Run for it, shamelessly: Force Majeure

A sour, blackly comic Swedish drama on the nature of masculinity and the fragility of human relations

Danny Huston in chamber thriller ‘Pressure’, which is being screened as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

In Dublin to promote his latest film, the grandson of Walter, son of John and half-brother of Anjelica, admits that it was always (...)

Ashley Judd: supporters of a basketball team posted tweets calling Judd a ‘whore’ and threatening her with sexual violence. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Ashley Judd says she will press charges over threats made in the US, but imprisoning people for saying nasty things is a tricky b(...)

Don’t be surprised to see the likes of Julie Andrews roaming the streets of Dublin in the coming days

Shailene Woodley as Tris in ‘Insurgent’

As a distillation of all that’s most ordinary about contemporary Young Adult science fiction, it could hardly be bettered

ET phone Home – right now. This Dreamworks Animation is pleasingly voiced, satirically conceived but awfully familiar

Actor Orla Brady meets fans at the screening of “The Price of Desire” which opened the 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

13th festival is last to have Jameson, which has supported event since its inception in 2003, as title sponsor

Hip to be square: Antoine-Olivier-Pilon in Mommy

Xavier Dolan’s tale of a troubled teen and his mum establishes him as one of the era’s essential auteurs

Actor Colin Farrell attracts plenty of female attention at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Iftas) in Dublin  in April 2014. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Film and Drama Awards in May will not be screened live after technical issues last year

Eddie Marsan: ‘Nobody is saying Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are bad actors. The problem is, there are other people with that potential who are losing out’

The London actor, one of the best in the business, views acting as a trade and feels strongly about the lack of working-class repr(...)

‘So important is the need for tech companies to reinvent the market that they find themselves spending millions devising solutions for problems that don’t exist.’ Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Tim Cook’s presentation of Apple watch invited the assumption it might cure leprosy

Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman in revenge thriller Run All Night

The amazing reversal here is that, for once, Liam is the avenged rather than the avenger

The loopy French iconoclast is as nouvelle vague as ever, but it must be said that his latest shouty diatribe is also bracingly ci(...)

This documentary on Irish aide worker Christina Noble is among the year’s most moving – and hard-hitting – films

‘For all Vienna’s grand architecture and delightful bicycle lanes, it seems an unlikely spot to top any chart of most exciting cities.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘There was some moaning about Dublin’s relatively unimpressive position’

Appropriate Behaviour is not particularly good-looking or innovative, but warm laughter abounds throughout

Michael Cuesta’s film lacks conviction in telling Gary Webb’s cover-up story

Dianah Bailey (left) and Brenda Myers-Powell  in Dreamcatcher

Documentarian Kim Longinotto turns her lens to the sex workers of Chicago and discovers that too many have the same story to tell (...)

As well as being derivative and casually rascist, Neil Blomkamp’s latest also manages to be chaotic, discordant, sentimental and(...)

Julianne Moore is the army brat who became a soap opera star and the doyenne of independent film. Now she’s won a best actress Osc(...)

“Those who believe in astrology tend to make vague puffing noises when asked how the relative position of Gemini could reveal one’s future gambling addiction or taste for sexual role play.” Photograph: Getty Images

Conservative MP David Tredinnick complains about BBC promoting ‘the science perspective’

The dogs of Budapest rebel against their human oppressors in Mundruczó prize-winning feature

David Robert Mitchell’s low-budget horror nods to the genre’s greats while being entirely original

Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench and other nice people amble through a plot culled from a 1970s sitcom

The big con: Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus

Will Smith keeps it on auto-pilot; Margot Robbie looks like she wants to flee

Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did) at the launch of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festrival. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kenneth Branagh, Julie Andrews and Russell Crowe lined up as part of festival bill

Breathtakingly abysmal: Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door

Jennifer Lopez makes an ill-judged return as an English teacher who makes friends with hunk-next-door/total psychopath Ryan Guzman

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won the Best Picture award for ‘Birdman’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ each take four awards at 87th ceremony

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s satire and Grand Budapest Hotel both receive four awards

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22nd, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Neil Patrick Harris expected to bring technological savvy and old-school showbiz oomph

And the Oscar goes to: winners envelopes ready for awards night. Photograph: Jerod Harris/Getty

Birdman for best picture, Julianne Moore for best actress. Let’s see if we get them all right again

Brett Anderson of Suede collects the Godlike Genius Award during the NME  awards ceremony in London. Last week, as the paper prepared for the awards, the ‘Guardian’ announced that discussions were being held about turning it into a freesheet. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The once-influential ‘indie’ music magazine could now end up as a freesheet

Loopy: Sam Lerner, Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista and Ginny Gardner in Project Almanac

Teens find time machine in the attic, and the rest is found-footage history

Bill Nighy: ‘Old friends? I have been married to Penelope Wilton at least twice before. I have had letter sex with her on the radio. I’ve been Judi’s love interest four or five times. So, yes’

Until ‘Love Actually’, you might have seen Bill Nighy on the street and thought he was your dentist – not any more. “Look, there a(...)

Chiara D’Anna and Fatma Mohamed in The Duke of Burgundy. Photograph: IFC Films

This paean to erotic Italian cinema arrives with cheeky timing and boasts pleasures that don’t bypass the brain, writes Donald Cla(...)

Tolerable: Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer

Yet another useless movie in which an uptight nerd has his inner funk loosed by an African-American firecracker

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in the eponymous movie.  Photograph: Kobal

Iconic actress who played Mary Poppins to attend gala screening of The Sound Of Music

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in Love Is Strange

The actor plays one half of an ageing gay couple in his new film. It’s great if it contributes to the Irish referendum debate, he (...)

‘Look there! A rogue snowdrop takes a stand. Look here! Some sort of rabbit is eating some sort of stick. Hark! I hear the pussywillow caw.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As a metaphor for the pointlessness of existence, ‘going for a walk’ can scarcely be bettered

As ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ hits cinemas Hepburn and Grant offer a Valentine’s classic

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan: ‘This may still be a picture about a man who likes to beat up women, but the film-makers have worked so hard at detoxifying the relationship it seems scarcely more inappropriate than that between Squidward and SpongeBob SquarePants.’

Part of the problem with Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film is that it’s not quite bad enough

Eddie Redmayne, viewed as being in a close battle with Michael Keaton, star of Birdman, took the best actor prize for his performance as Prof Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The awards season enters its final lap as ‘Boyhood’ edges ahead of ‘Birdman’

Actress Julianne Moore after receiving the award for best leading actress for Still Alice at the British Academy of Film and Arts awards ceremony tonight. Photograph: Reuters

Eddie Redmayne scoops best actor award while Julianne Moore duly wins best actress

Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry: It was Byrne’s apparent horror at Fry’s words that really energised the story on social media. Photograph: RTÉ

‘Asked by Gay to imagine what he might say if a Christian God existed, Stephen made it clear that, were such an impossible situati(...)

Peter Strickland: “I thought there was mileage in those 1970s erotic films. The dominant partner was always in character. Let’s show a dominant miss her cue. Let’s show her in her pyjamas.” (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

Peter Strickland's latest, ‘The Duke of Burgundy’, is a tale of sado-masochism and romance featuring no men and plenty of humour.(...)

Chamber piece: Birte Schnöink in Amour Fou

Justin Hausner’s austere follow-up to ‘Lourdes’ is so contained it feels a little like an overextended short film

Moe Dunford in Patrick’s Day: a subtle portrayal of schizophrenia

Grim sincerity and singularity of voice set this psychiatric drama apart

On the right side of history: Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, André Holland and Stephan James in Selma

Director Ava DuVernay admirable film focuses on a key moment in the US civil rights struggle, and in the process brings to light(...)

Jack Reynor winner of the Best Actor Award at the Sundance Film Festival for the film Grassland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Reynor first attracted attention as the star of Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did

Irish actor Jack Reynor has won the special jury prize for acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his role in Glasslands.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Actor awarded special jury prize for acting for role in film set in Tallaght

‘Not enough has, this week, been said about Winston Churchill’s status as one of his era’s great boozers. Wither the festive politicians of the past? Whither their gimlets? What of their sidecars?’ Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘On balance, though politics is more boring when carried out by sober people, it is likely to be more efficient, less abusive and (...)

A skilfully staged Aussie crime drama where men growl at other men and women stay largely out of the way

Paul Thomas Anderson: “You mellow out as you get older . . . There is less fighting than there used to be. I used to think that I had to plant a flag and talk louder than anybody else.”

The director of ‘Inherent Vice’ sits down with Donald Clarke to discuss the pressure of being called ‘America’s greatest film-make(...)

Spy spoof: Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Though well acted and lushly upholstered, this childish ‘caper’ is let down by bold-type irony

Malle’s semi-autobiographical film reminds us that tragedy often has as much to do with mishap as it has with malignity

Saoirse Ronan stars as the young protagonist in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn”, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel about a woman torn between rural Ireland and a New York borough.

Saoirse Ronan says she ‘gets very emotional’ talking about Tóibín adaptation

Darkmouth concerns Finn, a 12-year-old desperate to defend his town from attack by monsters named Legends.

Alcon Entertainment involved in ‘six-figure’ deal to put Shane Hegarty’s series on to the big screen

Heart-sinkingly effete: Johnny Depp as Lord Charlie Mortdecai

Depp, along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, offer the sort of gross caricature of Englishness you would expect to enc(...)

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