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

Terry Wogan: we were quite capable of laughing at Finns in romper suits without any prompting from the BBC’s late (and genuinely lamented) Eurovision host

Eurovision allows endless self-satirising digs. Refreshingly, Cannes takes itself seriously

Thierry Frémaux, Vittorio Storaro, Antonia LaFolla, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively, Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Pierre Lescure attend the ‘Cafe Society’ premiere and the opening night gala at the Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Streaming service presents five films at event potentially offering hope to independent sector

Seasideways:  Juliette Binoche in Ma Loute

Juliette Binoche throws herself at the camera with admirable abandon, but Bruno Dumont’s brave step into comedy frustrates as ofte(...)

Northern exposure: Hayley Squires and Dave Johns in I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach and Paul Laverty continue their longtime collaboration with a skull-shaking study of the Kafkaesque lunacy of Britain’s (...)

Beloved for his Jean-Luc Picard in ‘ST:TNG’, the Shakespearean star now plays a scarifying neo-Nazi skinhead in the hit thriller ‘(...)

Julia Roberts and George Clooney at the launch of Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ in Cannes.  Photograph: Ian Gavan/EPA

Controversy stoked by MC’s bizarre joke about director and rape at opening ceremony

This wonderful, Oscar-nominated debut suggests one of those playful novels that employ a first-person plural narrator

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris can’t spice up the latest Le Carré adaptation

The right-on director has made something closer to ‘Animal House’ than anything in his own admirable oeuvre

Jodie Foster delivers her best directorial effort yet in this starry financial thriller

A fine visual style, with strange and beautiful sights, but absurd shifts make this Alain Guiraudie film too jarring

‘Passive witness to everyday psychoses’ - Cristi Puiu’s ’Sieranevada’. Photograph:  Wild Bunch Distribution

Despite some inevitable longeurs during its defiant three-hour running time, Cristi Puiu follow-up to The Death of Mister Lazares(...)

Woody Allen’s new film for Amazon welds together his typical party pieces, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart playing with (...)

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey

Woody Allen in line to set record while Pedro Almodóvar and Cristi Puiu eye Palme d’Or

The Festival Palace at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which opens tomorrow. Photograph: EPA/Carsten Riedel

Every now and then, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize anticipates a movement

Gerry Adams: tweeted that he was a “Ballymurphy n***er”

We need vigilance, but all of us, including the Sinn Féin leader, are probably somewhere on the scale

The director greets questions with a sigh, suffers no fools - and is entirely fascinating

Dull plod: Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light

If they were to give out awards for the most by-the-numbers release of the year (doesn’t the Academy already do that?), then this (...)

Come drift with me:  Max Brebant seeks his origins in Evolution

Human biology goes into meltdown in Lucile Hadzihalilovic fantastic, other-worldly fable from a weird world

Soprano mystique: Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

The true(ish) story of the world’s worst opera singer makes for comedy gold, thanks to its star double act of Meryl Streep and Hug(...)

The Angry Birds Movie

You might not have heard of him, but Fergal Reilly, director of the video-game crossover, is one of our most successful cinematic (...)

Don’t get shirty! Zac Efron  and Seth Rogen in Bad Neighbours 2. Photograph: Universal

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron reprise the adulthood-on-hold set-up of the original, this time with a mild undercurrent of e(...)

It goes without saying that all this poking at mobile phones is a relatively new phenomenon

Texting in cinemas is relatively new, but talking has been there since the dawn of film

László Nemes: it has always been there. It hasn’t been rising. It is just that it’s become more visible. The question is whether it’s now trendy for 17-year-olds to be neo-Nazis. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Son of Saul director László Nemes raises some uncomfortable truths in his remarkable Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, and in convers(...)

Sad white privilege: Jake Gyllenhaal  in Demolition. Photograph: Anne Marie Fox/Twentieth Century Fox

Jake Gyllenhaal once again great as the damaged all-American, but almost everything else falls flat in Jean-Marc Vallée’s bizarre (...)

So long, and thanks for all the fish: Risteard O’Domhnaill’s Atlantic

Risteard O’Domhnaill follows up The Pipe with a beautifully shot, warmly narrated (take a bow Brendan Gleeson) and concisely deli(...)

Two tribes: Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War. Photograph: Film Frame/Marvel

Marvel has made the rules of the superhero franchise, and Captain America is not the man to start breaking them

Hat trick: The cultural distinctions between Catholic and Protestants in Northern Ireland are played out on a grand and depressing scale every marching season. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

It’s surely not asking too much for people who don’t believe in God to admit as much

Don Cheadle’s portrait of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis has hints of the experimental and some lovely moments that point towards half(...)

Given recent tragedies in France, you would struggle to argue that the central premise is in good taste

“Hollywood stardom isn’t about great acting. It’s about being a brand.” Gabriel Byrne pictured at the photocall for the film Louder than Bombs at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Christine Poujoulat/Getty

Gabriel Byrne on the "repressive and unexciting" Ireland of his youth, on resisting the Hollywood hierarchy and on retaining his I(...)

Post haste: Alycia Debnam-Carey and William Moseley in Friend Request

This militantly appalling horror offers so much to complain about that it is hard to know where to start

Final film: Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky

Moral ambiguity and Hitchcockian tension are to the fore in Gavin Hood’s admirable drone-strike thriller

Bear essentials: Neel Sethi as Mowgli  with Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray) in The Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau sticks close to Disney’s original and delivers a gorgeous film that combines the epic with the intimate

Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure (right) and director Thierry Frémaux at a news conference to announce  competing films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, April 14th, 2016. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Three female directors out of 20 will compete for this year's Palme d’Or - in 2012 there was none on the list for the top prize

  Hirokazu Koreeda: “My mother always said that I should have become  a civil servant and she was  very disappointed when I went into film.” (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

Renowned director Hirokazu Koreeda latest film Our Little Sister is a family drama without any major crises - and film festivals a(...)

Undifferentiated female alongside Piotr Stramowski in Pitbull

Some of the set pieces are genuinely impressive, but the tide of casual sadism and misogyny eventually becomes exhausting

Liam Neeson with fans Soibhan Dower and Paul Dodd at the Iftas. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Bob Geldof and Liam Neeson among stars in Dublin for Irish film industry awards

Liam Neeson receives the award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema from President Michael D Higgins at the 2016 IFTA Irish Film and Drama awards in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/PA.

Michael D Higgins delivers amusing tribute to Liam Neeson for outstanding contribution

Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Room’, ‘Sing Street’ and ‘My Name is Emily’ lead nominations in excellent year for Irish film

Deserving of sympathy: Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, have a child with autism, so his doubts about vaccination might be tied up with traumatic personal experience.  Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty for Tribeca

The star’s Tribeca Film Festival accepted, then dropped, Andrew Wakefield’s film about what he still believes to be links between (...)

Director Mark Cousins with Helena Bereen

With luscious photography and an insidious electronic score from David Holmes, Cousins’ film finds intriguing oddness in the appar(...)

Henry Carvill as a clothed Clark Kent and Amy Adams as a naked Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Female nudity is about three times more common than male nudity in film. It’s hardly surprising when guys usually run the show

Light fantastic: Jaeden Lieberher in Midnight Special

Father and superpowered son go on the run in Jeff Nichols’s sci-fi adventure full of enigma and gothic disorder

Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity

This tale of a seminal moment in the history of mathematics studiously avoids the highbrow, but proves itself worthy in the proc(...)

Jacques Audiard: “I had the idea to do Dheepan four years ago and history has caught up with it” Photograph:  Michael Buckner/Getty Images for AFI

The director of A Prophet returns with a shockingly prophetic drama about clashes between immigrants and Parisians

Coming close: Evanna Lynch and George Webster in My Name is Emily

Simon Fitzmaurice’s film unfurls in impressive, nested sub-narratives, along with the mildest hints of psychological autobiograp(...)

‘The Dublin commemorations of the Easter Rising (not the ‘April Rising’) offered a considerably more cheering celebration of nationhood than the boozed-up, big-green-hat debauchery on March 17th, which also falls on a Christian holiday.’

Sure, the Rising was undemocratic and religious. As an atheist, I have no problem with that

Dwight Frye (as Bindie) and Elsie Lanchester in JJ Abrams’ Ewok of Ages: A Star Wars Story

Ever the master of marketing, JJ Abrams' unheralded release - set between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII - has astonished Sta(...)

Michael Shannon’s heavy brow and stern face bring a sense of menace to his roles. Photograoh: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Strong roles in ‘8 Mile’ and ‘Bad Boys II’ ensured he had a face that kept getting recognised

Girl, uninterrupted: Laia Costa, Fred Lau and Franz Rogowski in Victoria

Far more than just a gimmick, Sebastian Schipper’s one-take thriller argues brilliantly for the single-shot as a viable medium

Emotional highs: Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman in Eddie the Eagle

Dexter Fletcher’s biopic of the fated British ski jumper Eddie Edwards shamelessly and faultlessly hits every cheap chord - you(...)

X-Ray Spex: Your mum may not let you dress like Poly Styrene, but you could brandish a copy of her Germfree Adolescents with relative impunity

Some young people are buying vinyl, but they’re the wrong young people

Jeremy Irons: “I thought: let’s bring something new. Let’s forget about the butler”

Jeremy Irons has always been Hollywood’s go-to guy when a bit of upper-crust sophistication is needed, but when he got the part of(...)

Tolerable charm: Nia Vardalos and John Corbett  in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This long-awaited sequel to one of the biggest rom-coms of all time surges with humanity, goodwill and fellow feeling - and is a(...)

Jaw-jaw: Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill  square off in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Tasked with rebooting the franchise, Zack Snyder delivers a superabundance of mopey superhero tropes, tons of computer-generated p(...)

Xena: that she’s a lesbian won’t come as a huge surprise to fans who watched her bond with Gabrielle in fetish gear

A reboot of the fantasy series would no longer hide the Warrior Princess’s sexuality. It’s part of a social shift unthinkable a ge(...)

Upper crust: Tom Hiddleston as Robert Laing in ‘High Rise’

Director Ben Wheatley knows how to unsettle, and the cast are immaculate, but it’s not enough to sustain this monolith of a film (...)

School’s out The cast of Sing Street

From his early films to Bachelor’s Walk and Once, there have always been flashes of autobiography in John Carney’s work. His lates(...)

Better nature: Judy and Nick in Zootropolis

With a plot that unfurls with all the sinuousness of a PG-cert Chinatown, Disney’s latest box-office smash is one of their best

Kevin Reynolds’ tolerable Easter entertainment sees Joseph Fiennes’ Roman warrior tasked with finding the missing body of Christ (...)

Big in Afghanistan: Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah

How could a movie directed by Barry Levinson and starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis turn out to be so atrocious? I(...)

 Three’s a crowd:  Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn in Michael Collins

Twenty years on, Neil Jordan’s drama looks like a clear attempt to sweeten history with the palatable goo of modern mythology

Health experts from the UK and US wrote to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer and the Children’s Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby. Photograph: Eric Luke

There isn’t much in the modern curriculum that is designed as torture: except sport

Kate Dickie: “This is an era when women were burned and drowned for being witches”

You may know Dickie from Game of Thrones. The Scottish actor’s new film, The Witch, is a folk horror to savour

Charlie Kaufman (L) and Duke Johnson (R) the writer and directors of stopmotion drama ‘Anomalisa’

The scriptwriter on his new stop-motion film that took six months to shoot just one sex scene

Uncertain times: Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch

Every beast and plant takes on threatening form in a slippery, intelligent menace-filled film by first-time director Robert E(...)

PIck a side: Zoe Kravitz in The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Featuring the drippiest couple in popular culture since the Care Bears, the latest Divergent movie could hardly be worse if it tri(...)

Charming,  suave, vulnerable: Killian Scott  in Traders

Killian Scott and John Bradley stand out in this Irish thriller about two down-on-their-luck share dealers who decide to go for br(...)

John Bradley at a Game of Thrones exhibition in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Manchester-Irish actor is best known as the nicest man in Westeros, Samwell Tarly. So how will he get on as a nasty piece of w(...)

Boyzone: where the musical journey began. Photograph: Mike Prior/Redferns/Getty

Boyzone and Westlife are merging into a supergroup. Pipe down, rock snobs

Joel and Ethan go full Hollywood screwball in a beautifully shot all-star farce that never quite adds up to more than the sum of i(...)

You, monsieur, are a genius:  Alfred Hitchcock and  François Truffaut

Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Richard Linklater are among the talking heads that pop up in Kent Jones’s exemplary film abo(...)

Host Chris Rock with winners as the ceremony draws to a close. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/New York Times

Cultural differences transpire when I say that I intend to walk to the ceremony, and when I sigh at the uptight security arrangeme(...)

Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars Emma Donoghue accepts the best first screenplay award for the film ’Room’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Wins for one of the Irish films vying for best picture at tonight’s Academy Awards

Green and gold: an Oscar statue outside the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood, before this weekend’s Academy Awards. Digitally manipulated photograph by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Saoirse Ronan, Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue talk academy fantasies

Planet of the Trumps: lots of his supporters believe that if the Donald is elected president we foreigners will think more highly of the US. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty

Having him in the White House would be like having an orang-utan piloting your plane

‘The Revenant’ or ‘Room’? Leonardo DiCaprio or Michael Fassbender? Brie Larson or Saoirse Ronan? It’s the most unpredictable best-(...)

 Chris O’Dowd, Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey and Colin Farrell at the IDA reception in Los Angeles aheaf of the Academy Awards. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Ahead of 88th Academy Awards, the Irish film industry decamps to Hollywood

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts ably deliver in a detective film with a dark twist, but the whiff of compromise (and Nicole Ki(...)

Japaneasy does it: Natalie Dormer in The Forest

Every cliché of contemporary or vintage horror is ready to leap out and not scare Natalie Dormer in this by-the-numbers ghost flic(...)

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