Friends: the series was the defining fiction of the Generation X ascendency, a show that revelled in narcissism

Take a position, old bores. How do you feel about people between 18 and 35?

Kristen Stewart “I have brought the same energy to everything I’ve done from the get.”

After getting ‘exceedingly famous at 17’, Kristen Stewart had her work cut out clawing back her life from the Twilight series

Copyright infringement lawyers might have a field day at this diverting pop music spoof

Julieta confirms that the motor is still ticking over very smoothly for Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar’s interpretation of three Alice Munro stories is almost a masterpiece

In this US presidential election, a megalomaniac battles his female opponent with violence in the air

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Give me Jeremy Corbyn, who can’t tell Ant from Dec, over air-guitaring Enda Kenny or rock-star-greeting Tony Blair

Ricky Gervais as David Brent: “People will complain about a joke to me and get the joke wrong. I’ll say, ‘Well, that joke really is offensive, but that’s not what I said’ ”

Caitlyn Jenner, David Brent and why life is only getting worse

Dark matters: Diana flicks the switch in Lights Out

David Sandberg's box-office hit delivers the scares with style and economy

Tally ho! The Swallows ship out in Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome was an interesting guy and a good writer. But nobody still capable of walking upright will be interested in these c(...)

Jorge Perugorria and Hector Medina in Viva

Less boy-meets-boy than boy-meets-himself, Paddy Breathnach’s drama - the first Irish film to be shortlisted for best foreign-lang(...)

Misspent youth: Tom Sweet in The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet’s ambitious directorial debut features great performances, arresting visuals and a fantastic score by Scott Walker

A scene from Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

‘Whether you believe in the apparition or not, the story itself is fascinating,’ says film-maker Aoife Kelleher, who has a keen ey(...)

“A striking study of a hidden hell”: a scene from Zhao Liang’s Behemoth

Despite some unnecessary poetic flourishes, Zhao Liang film is a striking study of a country caught between tradidion and indust(...)

Michael Phelps: Some folk who hadn’t been paying enough attention to Gwyneth Paltrow’s arms in 2004 were taken aback when the swimmer emerged from the pool decorated in blackened spots. Photograph: Reuters

When Michael Phelps, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham took up the practice our intellectual centre of gravity shifted a few c(...)

 Here be magic Oona Laurence and Oakes Fegley in Pete’s Dragon

Clever, heartwarming, sincere and pumped full of comforting weirdness, this is the most welcome surprise of the cinematic year so (...)

Truth or consequences: Dave Franco and Emma Roberts in Nerve

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco spiral downwards into ther mobile screens in a movie that just about keeps its fingernails lodged in (...)

Hot and cold: Isabel Huppert in Valley of Love

Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert are brilliant, but can’t save a movie intent on serving up hokum

Keaton Nigel Cooke and dachshund in Wiener-Dog

Master of misanthropy Todd Solondz is in typical ruthless form in his latest tale about a dachshund and its oddball owners

Double take: Zac Efron and Adam DeVine are cast in a plot that is constantly within a hairsbreadth of becoming funny

Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron leave no cliché unexplored in a futile search for laughs

Donald Trump: his approach thrives on novelty and, by definition, novelty eventually outstays its welcome.  Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

His rudeness, dishonesty and inconsistency would have ended other politicians’ careers

Solondz is back with another grimly original funny drama. ‘Lassie Come Home’ it’s not

Structured around Sands’s decline, 66 Days powers us through a socio-political maelstrom

Suicide Squad: Each hyper-being possesses a special talent, a globule of humanising back-story and a name more suited to a Mexican wrestler

Even Margot Robbie’s charming psychopath cannot rescue this poor team effort from the DC universe

Michelle Obama’s comments about raising two black children “in a house that was built by slaves” caused  outrage in the Barry Goldwater Home for the Permanently Annoyed. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Every time news arises concerning the antebellum African-American experience, the same halfwits emerge to argue the Irish had it a(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

While some movies have vanished from the streaming service, many have arrived and there are plenty to fill the summer evenings, fr(...)

Bobby Sands, pictured in Long Kesh prison.

Brendan J Byrne’s documentary ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ attempts to balance republican voices with nuanced historical analysis 35(...)

High hat: Marisa Berenson in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975)

Described by many critics as “glacial”, Barry Lyndon is among Kubrick’s more emotionally engaged films

Laura Albert once again is the unreliable narrator in this extraordinary documentary about the unmasking of a literary sensation

In the most spectacular manner possible: Matt Damon in Jason Bourne. Photograph: Universal Pictures

The plot is as ridiculous as ever, but returning champions Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass deliver a mini-masterpiece of o(...)

 Milo Yiannopoulos: banned by Twitter  over abuse of Leslie Jones,  comedian and co-star of the recently released Ghostbusters movie.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Twitter’s former top creeperati makes it clear he’s not for gagging

 Mark Rylance at The BFG   photocall during the Cannes Film Festival  in May. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Mark Rylance reckons the Oscars are ‘like a horse fair’, he uses the I Ching to make life decisions and he’s always dreamt of a un(...)

High times: Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant  (Mark Rylance) in Steven Speilberg’s The BFG

There is much to love in Spielberg’s well-crafted adaptation of Dahl's classic kids' book, but grown-ups expecting a guilty tear w(...)

John Crowley  and Saoirse Ronan attend the official Oscars screening of Brooklyn  in New York City. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was one of the most sought-after projects in Hollywood

High beam: Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella and Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond

The rebooted Enterprise gang are on a tricky peace mission in a fast-paced, utterly empty-headed slice of summer fun

William Burroughs in a still from the film Burroughs

Aaron Brookner’s film Uncle Howard is about his late film-maker uncle – but it is also about Aids, a disappeared New York and the (...)

Pokémon Go: the game arrived faster than Theresa May’s propulsion into Downing Street. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nintendo’s new app is already due a revival, so let’s get nostalgic for last week

Mom & Me review: Ken Wardrop sets himself out as the laureate of motherhood in this touching follow-up to his acclaimed His & He(...)

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters. Photograph: Sony Pictures

With nods to the original (and fanboy outrage) this fun-filled reboot wastes none of the actors’ gifts

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

The two films are the pick of a crop that reveals the breadth of talent in Irish film

A still from Paul O’Brien’s ‘Staid’ which was among the Irish titles screened this weekend   at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh.

‘Siege of Jadotville’, ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ and ‘Staid’ among Film Fleadh screenings

Simmering suspicions boiled over last week when Tom Hiddleston was photographed wearing an “I heart TS” T-shirt

The image of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston entwined on a photogenic rock had all the earthy veracity of an Andre Rieu album co(...)

Hip hipster hooray: Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig in Maggie’s Plan

With a sly nod to Woody Allen, Rebecca Miller’s hipster-love-triangle tale is a treat

Writer-director Rebecca Miller sits for a portrait Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

She’s lived with husband Daniel Day-Lewis in Wicklow for the past two decades but filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s heart still belongs t(...)

Flower girl: Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon

The message of is simple, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s method offers many revolting delights

An installation shot of the David Bowie Is exhibition at Loondoon’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Photograph: David Bowie Archive/Victoria and Albert Museum

A new film looks into the late star’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition that drew in 312,000 visitors

Michael Cimino at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. “I don’t believe in defeat. Everybody has bumps.” Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The director of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate was an unrepentant risk-taker

Copycats: nobody asked for a Heterosexual Pride Day until Gay Pride took off. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty

Why do some people feel the need to celebrate being part of an overpowering majority?

Game of Thrones: behind the scenes at Castle Black. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

‘Game of Thrones’ is safe, says HBO, but some question whether another ‘Brooklyn’ could get made once the UK leaves the European U(...)

Fashion victim: Elle Fanning Nicolas Winding Refn in a  promotional shot for Refn’s  upcoming film The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s feud with fellow Danish director Lars Von Trier shows no sign of letting up. “It is natural for youth to de(...)

Incandescently brilliant: Elisabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

Director Alex Ross Perry’s weaves in sly references to Polanski, but this is a psychological drama like no other

Look sweetie: Joanna Lumley, June Whitfield and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The plotting is lazy, but this big-screen reboot of the much-loved sitcom gets by thanks to its stars and to the endless goodwill (...)

Beautiful: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence

The central pairing of tightly wound Kevin Hart and wide-open Dwyane Johnson raise this buddy-buddy spy comedy to happy heights

Viral story: Tom Bradbury’s account was picked up by respectable news sources such as the Times, the Huffington Post and the BBC. Then some terrible spoilsports began picking away at the facts. Photograph: iStock

Forget what Mulder said in ‘The X Files’. If a story sounds too good to be true . . .

Susan Sarandon: “Hollywood isn’t political. Hollywood is about profit. Photograph: Jake Chessum/New York Times

Since being kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in 1993, for her politics, the Hollywood star has becom(...)

More irresistible than annoying: Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne in The Meddler

Susan Sarandon is in top form as a recently widowed woman who can’t help meddling in her daughter’s life

Uncomfortable in the King’s clothes: Michael Shannon and entourage in Elvis & Nixon

This curious film – based on an iconic photograph – could do with a little less exposition and a little more Nixon

Where was I? Tom Sturridge in Omer Fast’s feature debut Remainder

Tom Sturridge gets hit in the head, loses his memory, receives millions in compensation – and then things get obtuse

Fire in the sky: Aliens make a second go of it in Independence Day: Resurgence

Roland Emmerich’s reliably cynical, psychotically CGI’d sequel to his own 20-year-old hit gives new meaning to the word ‘moronic’

This year’s Galway Film Fleadh will host the first screening of Richie Smyth’s ‘The Siege of Jadotville’, a much-anticipated historical drama starring Jamie Dornan (pictured).Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters.

28th festival, which begins on July 5th, to involve 90 films screened at three venues

Brexit gamble: David Cameron’s referendum strategy could fail catastrophically. Photograph: Kerry Davies/Getty

Despite the threat of mutiny from his own crew and the sight of Ukip pirates on the port side, nobody forced Capt Cameron to chart(...)

Strangeness is afoot: Salma Hayek and John C Reilly in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of Tales’

Dorector Matteo Garrone’s first English-language feature is a fabulous (in all senses of the word) and fantastic treatment of thre(...)

Wide awake: Jenjira Pongpas Widner in Cemetery of Splendour

Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns with an unconventional tale of a narcolepsy outbreak among Thai soldiers

Just serious enough: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring 2. Photograph: Warner Bros

Chairs fling themselves across rooms and nuns materialise in corridors in James Wan’s entertaining investigation of horrible happe(...)

US film-maker Michael Moore has spoken angrily about the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, during a visit to Dublin. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking in Dublin, director says America has become a more violent society

Maybe you are unable to sit in your seat. Maybe it is occupied by somebody who can’t read seating plans

Take a flight from any busy airport and watch fellow passengers turn into children

Golden Bear winner Gianfranco Rosi, with jury president of the Berlin film festival, Meryl Streep. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images

The Italian director’s new documentary Fire at Sea - winner of best film at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals - takes an unfli(...)

 Eugenio Derbez, Kylie Rogers and Jennifer Garner in Miracles From Heaven

Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star in this COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE film from the same studio that brought you Heaven Is For Real(...)

Last of the Amazonians: Nilbio Torres as Karamakate in Embrace of the Serpent

Shocking imagery abounds in this thoughtful, blackly funny anti-colonial epic

Flying the flag: Michael Moore looks at what policies could be taken home to the US.

Fans will enjoy his look at international cultures, but it does reek of cherry picking

Mattress Mick with two of the cutouts that dot his northside premises. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Irish are set to make a strong showing at this weekend Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the upcoming Edinburgh(...)

Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston in ‘Mother’s Day’

Garry Marshall's third "holiday" film - after the awful Valentine’s Day and worse New Year’s Eve - manages the considerable feat (...)

Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones.

Carlow actor makes magazine’s ‘Next Generation Leaders’ list

Harambe: a boy entered the 17-year-old gorilla’s enclosure. Photograph: Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo

Since Harambe was shot in the US, it’s crazy how many great-ape authorities have emerged

Warcraft star Paula Patton on breaking up with Robin Thicke, breaking down Hollywood’s colour barrier and the shadow being cast (...)

Vincent Lindone who plays a  recently laid-off factory worker in The Measure of a Man

Stéphane Brizé gives us a quietly effective consideration of how surveillance culture degrades and debases

With a talking rhino from Cabra, this film is much more aware than Warcraft of its own ridiculousness

A detente with teeth: Toby Kebbell as Durotan, an orc looking to compromise

Duncan Jones tragically stultifying fantasy is hard to pin down - picture a film in which most of the antagonists wear buckets on (...)

Gillian Anderson: making her 007 wouldn’t  make sense. But I still hope it happens, just to annoy the braying idiots

If an all-women ‘Ghostbusters’ has misogynists spitting venom, imagine their reaction to Gillian Anderson as 007

No blame should be attached to Orla Brady, pictured alongside Vincent Perez, an excellent actress who plays Eileen Gray, the great modernist designer and architect

Too many soft-focus Cote d'Azure exteriors bring 'Absolutely Fabulous' to mind

Jack O’Connell on the set of Money Monster with director Jodie Foster: “When I am working with classically trained actors I am always listening to them. Maybe not asking them questions. But paying attention.”

Star worked hard to make it in Hollywood and is very proud of his Irish roots

“A well-balanced, impressively tense chamber piece”: George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Money Monster

There?s nothing wildly original about Jodie Foster's latest, but strong turns from the bankable leads make it worth a punt

 Cunning, unsentimental: Kate Beckinsale and Tom Bennett in Love & Friendship

Jane Austen's eternal good sense is beautifully married to Whit Stillman's sensibility in this sharp and funny Irish co-production

Ken Loach celebrates next to producer Rebecca O’Brien after he was awarded the Palme d’Or for the film “I, Daniel Blake” during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in southern France. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

British film-maker’s win for ‘I, Daniel Blake’ leads evening of surprises in southern France

Boris Johnson: “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

It’s crazy talk for the Brexit leader to compare an increasingly integrated EU to the Fuhrer’s plans for Europe

It’s hard to pick a favourite among the many ludicrous sequences in this criminally misconceived picture: Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron in The Last Face

Sean Penn delivers a film that suggests he may need to stick to his investigative reporting day job

 Director Sean Penn attends the press conference for  The Last Face at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in France. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

Director’s new film receives abysmal reviews, while Iggy Pop shows his lust for life

Lolabelle: Only a heel would fail to smile at the footage of her being coaxed with treats into playing along with the Anderson band.

Anderson’s late husband, Lou Reed, is an unmentioned presence in a sweetly sentimental tribute

Andrei Tarkovsky explores his relationships with family and country in a ’75 cult favourite that is the very definition of arthous(...)

At the grand age of 27, Xavier Dolan has finally made a poor film

In Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman the film-maker will direct his old pal Robert De Niro and – for the first time Al Pacino. Photographs: Getty Images

Film-maker to reprise relationship with De Niro and direct for first time . . . Al Pacino

Adèle Haenel: bizarrely deadened as a caring doctor

Jessica Fletcher had more angles to her personality than the protagonist of this passionless affair

Jaclyn Jose as Rosa Reyes

Director Brillante Mendoza is relentless in his pursuit of grubby verité, and his vision is worth enduring

Sônia Braga: robust, proud, witty performance as Clara

Sônia Braga is brilliant in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s wonderful second feature

Pedro Almodóvar quoted Philip Roth while promoting his latest work, made in his typical primary colours

Kristen Stewart works hard to make sense of this Rentaghost thriller

The Cannes crowd react to a ghost story with no scares and a psychological drama with no grip

Limerick-raised Ruth Negga poses during a photocall for the film Loving in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters.

Limerick actor who was cut out of ‘12 Years a Slave’ is having a dizzying career surge

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton

Jeff Nichols’s film about a couple who were arrested and expelled from Virginia for falling foul of anti-miscegenation laws refuse(...)

Paterson makes ‘a compelling tale of an apparently blissful life’

Jim Jarmusch latest film is deceptively rich with its elements in perfect balance

Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”, starring Mark Rylance, premiered at the weekend. “The film delivers plenty of laughs and has the sort of cosy look that will appeal greatly to younger children . . . but lacks emotiohnal oomph.”

Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a strong early contender for Palme d’Or

Steven Spielberg directs Roald Dahl’s classic tale which is playing out of competition in Cannes.

Steven Spielberg directs Roald Dahl’s classic tale which is playing out of competition in Cannes

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