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(...)

Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals

Amy Adams wows in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson spar brilliantly in The Edge of Seventeen

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

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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

 Hired guns: Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee in The Magnificent Seven

This time a more racially diverse seven ride out, and the film does hint at contemporary political concerns, but in the end, it (...)

Bristling sincerity: Oisín McKenna in Gays against the Free State!

The anarchic clatter of agit-prop has many things to say about the position of LGBT people in Irish society...

Mel Gibson in Dublin where he is scouting locations for his upcoming movie with Sean Penn in which the Irish capital will double for Oxford. Photograph: Cathal Burke/Vipireland.com

Eight-week shoot in capital for film about dictionary editor and eccentric contributor

A copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt. Photograph: Piya Sinha Roy/Reuters

Jolie has reportedly requested custody of their six children

Meticulously composed cabaret: RIOT, at the Spiegeltent until September 25th

RIOT - Can a great night out also count as a political act?

Jamie Dornan in The Siege of Jadotville

New film tells the story of an Irish batallion that defended a Congo town from rebel attacks in 1961

The Great British Bake Off: all this year’s bakers with Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins

‘The Great British Bake Off’ is a terrible idea for a series. But it’s already an institution. Now it’s off to Channel 4 is the cr(...)

Adam Wingard: “When The Blair Witch Project emerged in 1999, the press was alive with tales of how this was going to change Hollywood ...that never quite happened”

At 16, Adam Wingard watched The Blair Witch Project six times when it came out. Now, at 33, he is the ideal person to steer the se(...)

When in Rome: Aoife Leonard as Dido in Collapsing Horse’s production of Virgil’s Aeneid

The festival continues with an ebullient take on an epic and unsettling dance theatre

Strength of will: Jamie Dornan as Comdt Pat Quinlan in The Siege of Jadotville

Jamie Dornan is in hero mode, while Mark Strong plays Conor Cruise O'Brien in Richie Smyth's gripping war film set in 1961 Congo

Another fine mess: Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in The Young Offenders

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy create a magnificent comic partnership as two idiots on the hunt for a missing suitcase of cocaine (...)

Dadaist pep rally: Release the Baboons creator Paul Currie

The latest Dublin Fringe festival reviews, featuring Release the Baboons, The Humours of Bandon and To Hell in a Handbag

President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers  as he visits New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland in 1963. Footage of his Irish visit features on the Irish Film Institute’s  new IFI Player. Photograph:  PA Wire

The Irish Film Institute has just made 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary and public information films available online

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

“It’s not culture. It’s just a good laugh”: The Beatles in the early days

Ron Howard delivers a straight-up rockumentary that finds new dimensions to the well-told story of the Fab Four

What’s another year: Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby

After a decade in the emotional wilderness, everyone's favourite neurotic singleton is back

 Jamie Dornan stars in Richie Smyth’s new film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. File photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Richie Smyth’s film depicts the Irish soldiers who fought in UN’s 1961 Congo intervention

Don’t have sex: All that chatter about carnal ecstasy is just a cover. Photograph: Getty

Starting college? Then don’t drink too much and don’t touch prohibited drugs. Really

Jamie Dornan: with Cillian Murphy in Anthropoid

The Irish actor has taken ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, his bonkbuster breakthrough, in his stride. The fundamentals of your life don’t (...)

Unwelcome spotlight: Nate Parker with the media at The Birth of a Nation’s Sundance premiere this year. Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty

Nate Parker’s film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was a hot tip for a 2017 Oscar until the story of his trial – and acquittal – on rape c(...)

Forgive them their trespasses: Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette in Don’t Breathe

A blind homeowner vs home invaders in a superbly made thriller that turns the genre on its head

Planets apart: David Bowie and Candy Clark in The Man Who Fell To Earth

In Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi singularity, David Bowie is perfectly cast as a distant alien, unable to properly connect, who sinks into(...)

Darn tootin’: Chris Pine in Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie evokes the spirit of Peckinpah in a thriller about hard men from the old school

Considerable charm, ferret-like untrustworthiness: actor and director Mathieu Amalric in The Blue Room

The pounding paranoia is well maintained in actor /director Mathieu Amalric fourth feature, but the film feels more like a sketch (...)

Dan Bacon: a future post should be entitled “How to cope if, as a poor excuse for a higher primate, you get the beating you sorely deserve”

Dan Bacon has advice if you want to chat up a woman who’s wearing headphones – but nothing on what to do if she kicks you in your (...)

Jeremy Irons, Samuel Irons and Cyril Cusack in the 1989 movie of ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’

Though well-liked, Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ struggled at the box office – just the latest in the chequered history of Roald D(...)

Nobody is better than Huppert at directing disdainful humour towards deserving targets

Love me tender: Charleigh Bailey and Seána Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary

Seána Kerslake brings more to the top table than a cute speech in Darren Thornton’s triumphant first feature

Woody’s nostalgia-bathed romdram is set in Tinseltown before all the nasty tinsel

Sarah Megan Thomas and Anna Gunn in Equity

Wall Street not given a run for its money in this is uneven and woefully cliched film

Superbad: Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara in Morgan

Luke Scott, son of Ridley, has assembled a stellar cast for his taut sci-fi directorial debut about the perils of genetically e(...)

In Things to Come, above, Huppert gets to deliver a damning assessment of society’s attitude to women and the ageing process

In Things to Come, she again presses her case for being the best actress alive

Gene Wilder secured his place in Irish cinema history as the star of Waris Hussein’s 1970 comedy ’Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx’. Photograph: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images

Solid political liberal who worked hard for charities dies after Alzheimer’s complication

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