Charlie Hunnam: performance from a bygone cinematic age

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller bring the old-school in James Gray's superior based-on-fact Amazonian adventure

Creeping dread: Olivia Bond and Diana Agostini in The Eyes of My Mother. Photograph: Borderline Film

The debut feature from director Nicolas Pesce is a visceral, horrible and beautiful reviention of arthouse

A scene from The Olive Tree: Spain, before the financial crisis, was ‘not unlike Ireland, building more houses. There was a madness about it, and a radical change in society’

Screenwriter Paul Laverty’s latest film – a tale of prosperity, austerity and olive trees – is set in a Spain that could be Irelan(...)

 A sense of shame: Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti)  in The Salesman

Farhadi film entered history when Trump’s travel ban helped it towards an Oscar. It deserves to be known for more than that

Come haunting with me: Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper

A remarkable Kristen Stewart powers Olivier Assayas teasingly cryptic modern supernatural tale

Uncertain resident Henry: “If I want to stay out all night that’s my business, ain’t it man?

Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands’ warm, witty film about life in a Texas- Louisiana border town has rightly won every award possib(...)

Why so glum? Dan Stevens as the Beast

Disney's flat-pack rebuild of its own 1991 animation works as a straight-up musical, but beyond that it's pretty charmless

 US film producer Jason Blum, recipient of the Producer of the Year Award, attends last year’s CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Jason Blum, the man behind Split, Get Out, The Purge, Paranormal Activity and a host of other blockbuster hits, has a simple, stra(...)

Kong Skull Island, a rip-roaring retro monster-movie romp

Logan astill has his claws out, but surely he's no match for the mighty Kong

Samantha Robinson in The Love Witch

Anna Biller, the creative powerhouse behind the unashamedly retro The Love Witch, talks technicolour, feminism and multitasking (...)

Physicality: Sergei Polunin

Steven Cantor’s winning documentary tells the amazing story of Sergei Polunin’s shock retirement and return to ballet

Brand of evil: Petr Skvortsov in The Student

An unhinged adolescent and his theological rants cause havoc at a state school in this chilling Cannes prize-winner from Kirill Se(...)

Ouch: Anne Heche and Sandra Oh in Catfight

Catfight plays like a movie Larry David might make after a sex-change and years of fight training, and that’s a good thing

You and me at six: Ice Cube in Fist Fight

Ice Cube and the rest of the teaching faculty take centre stage in this painfully floundering high-school comedy

Gillian Anderson: achieved fame with the X-Files but is better known in Britain  for her stage work.

Recreating Lady Mountbatten’s cut-glass accent in Viceroy’s House is something Gillian Anderson is happy to talk about but unfortu(...)

Empire state of mind:  Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville in Viceroy’s House

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson learn the truth of the ancient adage “the sun never sets on the British Empire because God do(...)

Eleven-year-old Ted Lyons, who has severe dyslexia. For his parents, “that year in Headfort was about Ted getting back his confidence”

Neasa Ní Chianáin unquestioning, affectionate documentary about Headfort School in Co Meath could do with some old-school discipli(...)

Only the lonely: Michelle Williams in Certain Women

Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern lead a formidable ensemble in a quiet, precise triptych of tales about longing(...)

Xavier Dolan: “I’m half-Irish, half-Egyptian.  So I guess I’m a combination of diametrically opposed sets of codes.” Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The young Canadian auteur has torn up the cinema rulebook, but his lack of formal film education gives his brilliance free rein on(...)

Driving Swiss crazy: Dane DeHaan in A Cure For Wellness

Dane DeHaan is marvellous in Gore Verbinski gothic horror, but as the mysteries pile up, it all gets a bit silly

George Best, a  football celebrity on an unprecedented scale. Photograph: PA

Daniel Gordon’s documentary about George Best keeps its eye on the football, not the trainwreck, and prints the legend, mostly (...)

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins outside one of his childhood homes in the Liberty Square housing projects of Miami. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

From the Miami Projects and care homes to college jock and an almost-stalled film career, Barry Jenkins’s route to eight Oscar nod(...)

Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. Photograph: Hopper Stone

It’s tricky to distil hard fact from light fiction, but the extraordinary story shines throughout this serious Oscar contender

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum in 1984. Photograph: PA

As Daniel Gordon's new film about George Best comes to ADIFF, the director talks about the rise and fall of a footballing legend (...)

Mark Wahlberg’s fictional cop hunts the Boston Marathon bombers in Patriots Day.

As a white-knuckle ride, Peter Berg’s thrilling chase film is flawless - just don't expect any insight or inclusiveness

Awesome-face Keanu: They’re gunning for him in John Wick: Chapter 2.

Less a sequel than an escalation, the hitman of few words is back for more relentless action and stunning stuntwork

Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Lucas Jade Zumann in “20th Century Women”.

A spectacular ensemble cast on top form helps rescue Mike Mills’s meandering, contrived love-letter to the late 1970s

Batman refuses to take an interest in the orphan he accidently adopts, Michael Cera’s Robin

Director Chris McKay and star Will Arnett relentlessly prod at Batman with a welcome helping of BoJack Horseman-brand misery and n(...)

Ang Lee: "When I first saw  the test footage I felt I was damned. Why me? I’ll be crucified. I have to pursue this, but I know were working probably 15 to 20 years ahead of the technology." Photograph: Emily Andrews/The New York Times

Why has Ang Lee made a film with technology that only a handful of people will be able to appreciate via a few US cinemas? He expl(...)

Look who’s talking: Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver

“Some day a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets,” seethes Robert De Niro, with what could be an election-w(...)

Matthew McConaughey: "A bowling alley at 10pm on a school night? Let’s do it. Pizza for breakfast? Great idea. Milkshakes with the pizza? Even better." (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

The languid actor discusses putting rom-coms behind him and putting on 20kg for ‘Gold’

Working up a good sweat: Matthew McConaughey and Édgar Ramírez in Gold

McConaughey’s indestructible charisma shines through this uneven mix of boys’ action and capitalist satire

Life with father: Sandra Hüller in Toni Erdmann.

Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated film displays an acute, moving and mortifying understanding of the generation gap

Mathieu Amalric and Maria de Medeiros in The Son of Joseph

US-born French filmmaker Eugène Green wears his Baroque-theatre origins on his sleeve in this ultra-droll comedy about sulky teens(...)

Christine Chubbuck: “Her story is just very emblematic of so many things that we are grappling with  right now. The notion of living your life in front of a camera. The notion that it didn’t happen unless it happened on camera. Fake news.”

Actor Rebecca Hall had serious reservations about tackling the macabre story around why Chubbuck killed herself in 1974. So what c(...)

“These are the images that marked me”: Kirsten Johnson behind the camera

The remarkable cinematographer behind such films as Fahrenheit 9/11, Citizenfour, Darfur Now and This Film Is Not Yet Rated looks (...)

Irvine Welsh: “The people I knew were getting wasted on all sorts of drugs, whether that was heroin or Ecstay . . . And Scottish literature was: ‘Two pints of heavy, please barman’.”

The Scottish writer is disappointed on both counts, but he reckons it means some great books are just around the corner

“Sing”  breezes through jokes and tunes and cuteness like those things were going out of style

An all-star cast, including Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, belt out the hits and turn on the cutesy charm in this tho(...)

Career-best performance: Rebecca Hall  as Christine Chubbuck in Christine

Based on the true story of an US TV news anchor’s on-air suicide, Antonio Campos’ compelling film teases out all the contradictio(...)

Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Photograph: Paramount

Vin Diesel returns to punch people with a motorbike, go skiing in the jungle and go surfing on a motorbike

Nicole Kidman: “I’ve always done things a bit differently. My mum always says I was left in the garden. That I’m a changeling.”

The actor on ditching the A list, her Irish roots, and how her personal experience with adoption powered her latest role in Lion

Anja Plaschg and Laurence Rupp: hypnotic acting

This cerebral German drama charts the odd long-distance relationship between a Nazi’s daughter and a Holocaust survivor

Occasionally, the Pixar universe is connected in fiendishly concealed ways

A new video has lots of hiddren treasures to offer fans of movies from A Bug’s Life to Brave

AnyaTaylor-Joy: the past year has been a bit of a blur, beginning with The Witch for which she  scooped the Breakthrough Award at the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Split star Anya Taylor-Joy’s humour and energy is irrepressible and she looks all set to make the jump from horror films to the ma(...)

Ain’t no schnook: Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

The director’s 1990 masterpiece is restored and remastered for the big screen

Natalie Portman in Jackie: “She had a real understanding of history and the importance of image in cementing mythology”

Natalie Portman his played many iconic roles, but none more heavy with history than Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife and widow of JFK

Male man: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

This exquisitely mounted depiction of unbridled misery pivots around Casey Affleck's performance, but as a character study, its tr(...)

Your time is up: Kate Beckinsale takes aim in Underworld: Blood Wars

Kate Beckinsale is back (again) as sexy werewolves take on sexy vampires (again)

Psycho-magic: Adan Jodorowsky (centre) in Endless Poetry

With his trademark bursts of comic-book magic realism, Alejandro Jodorowsky follow-up to The Dance of Reality is a triumph

Clocvkwise from top left: Jackie, Wonder Woman, Loving and Dunkirk

This year’s releases include films from Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson, and new episodes of Trainspotti(...)

Lewis MacDougall with the monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) in A Monster Calls

A young bot comes to terms with the darkness of life via the tales of a giant creature in this masterful family movie

Adam Driver in Silence in which he plays a Jesuit priest who is starved and beaten in 17th-century Japan.

In the past five years, Driver has worked with Eastwood, Spielberg, the Coens and now Scorsese - not bad for a former US Marine wh(...)

Looking for “something with four wheels that will get me out of this place”: Lucas Till in Monster Trucks

Blessed with low expectations, Chris Wedge’s kids’ yarn turns out to be not as monstrous as feared

Rufus Sewell (left) is part of the fine  cast in this slow-burning, clever dystopian adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternative history novel in which the Axis powers won the second World War.

Make the most of the discounted first month as Prime video streaming arrives in Ireland

Rocky mountain high: Aisholpan in “The Eagle Huntress”.

A girl strives to be Mongolia’s first eagle huntress in this splendid documentary

School’s out, way out: Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore “Donnie Darko”.

The 2001 cult classic with star-to-be Jake Gyllenhaal is restored and rereleased

Sigourney Weaver: “Growing up, I was much, much too shy to ever think that I was going to be an actor."

The towering star of ‘Alien’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Avatar’ deals with death in ‘A Monster Calls’

Alejandro Jodorowsky with Jeremias Herskovits in “Endless Poetry”: “Movies are an industry, you know. They want Superman all the time. I just want to have my work and the pleasure of realising my art.”

The mysterious maestro behind ’70s head classic ‘El Topo’ is still making movies his way

Paris Opera Ballet stars helped create the superb choreography in this French-Canadian animation.

One for the kids, this part puppy love story, part knockabout farce features superb animated choreography and an excellent voice c(...)

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in Into the Forest:  impressively understated

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood impress in this pared-down feminist science fiction tale

Sukra Raj Rokaya and Khadka Raj Nepali as Kiran and Prakash, the two boys who are friends despite being from a different caste

Child actors are the stars of this impressive film set against the backdrop of civil war

Neil Diamond: “When I was a child, I must say I did feel a little left out, not celebrating Christmas. But I’ve taken up that banner. We celebrate it now with a vengeance.” Photograph: Micah Diamond

Another Yuletide album? ‘Christmas lends itself to exquisite expression,’ the songwriter explains

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

The reliably controversial American auteur spent 18 months talking to the CIA whistle-blower for his new film

Nate Parker as Nat Turner in “The Birth of a Nation”:   so-so riposte to DW Griffith’s unfortunately themed masterpiece

Nate Parker’s Nat Turner biopic was preceded by much controversy and hoopla; in the end what we get is a rather conventional histo(...)

Sound of silence on the autistic spectrum: one of the original animated insert from “Life, Animated”

Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams wonderful doc tells the story of an autistic boy who found his voice by immersing himse(...)

United States of Love: brilliant, but  seldom pleasant to behold

Four women search for love in post-Communist Poland in Tomasz Wasilewski’s bleak but beautiful drama

I Am Not a Serial Killer: a game-changer for fans of Christopher Lloyd.

Christopher Lloyd is the spooky suspect in Billy O’Brien’s thriller about a serial killer who hunts serial killers

Irish film puts in another quality shift of work; women are way out in front in the acting stakes; and animation is getting beyond(...)

Miles Teller all pumped-up for his next bout in Bleed for This

Miles Teller as 1990s fight star Vincent Pazienza who fights his way back into the ring

Who wants the fish? Aaron Eckhart and Tom Hanks  in Sully

Clint Eastwood brings white-knuckle action - and a tear to the eye - in his boipic of the Miracle on the Hudson pilot

Michalina Olszanska as the conflicted anti-heroine in I, Olga Hepnarová

Michalina Olszanska delivers a stunning central performance as the last woman to receive the death penalty in Czechoslovakia

Teyonah Parris, star of Spike Lee’s latest, is proudly part of a new wave of representations of the African-American experience. B(...)

Deirdre O’Kane: “I don’t care about presents. Anything over the €20 is overboard. But where have all the parties gone?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Back in Dublin after a decade away, the actor is hoping for a revival of the Christmas party

Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson star in this uproariously funny, heart-breaking, and keenly observed teen comedy

Kelly Freon Craig’s directorial debut, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, is the 21st-century ‘Clueless’ we’ve been wa(...)

Tommy Byrne in 1982: “I knew I was the best driver. Many times over the years I heard it was the car, not me, and I proved them wrong every time.” Photograph: John Townsend

The lively Louth driver who shoulda coulda been a superstar gets his own movie

Miles Teller: “Well, I’m from Florida, so fighting can happen accidentally.” Photograph: Rich Fury/Invision/AP

The rising star of Whiplash and Bleed For This on Irishness, boxing and clickbait - “You get scrutinised for a lot of things tha(...)

Adam Driver in Paterson. Who knew he could be so mesmerisingly motionless?

Adam Driver stars as a driver called Paterson from the town of Paterson in Jarmusch's latest slice of Zen

Rosamund Pike (Ruth) and David Oyelowo (Seretse) in A United Kingdom

The British Empire is the baddie in this breathless true tale of love between an African prince and a British office clerk

Minimalist magic: Darragh O’Toole and Emily Lamey in South

Elegant, musically themed feature proves that the best goods can come in small packages

Norwegian chess supremo Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen. As well as his genius at the board, the film shows glimpses of his “humanity and warmth”.  

He check-mated Bill Gates in nine moves, he turned down JJ Abrams offer of a part in Star Trek - and now Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (...)

Billy Bob Thornton  as Willie Soke and Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman in Bad Santa 2. Photograph: Jan Thijs/Broad Green Pictures

Thurman Merman is still following Billy Bob Thornton’s drunken lecher around like a puppy in this belated, ho-ho-ho-hum sequel

Rosamund Pike: “Gone Girl was a big shift . . . I got to play this sweet, vulnerable, flirtatious, cold, hot monster-lover”

With four leading roles this year alone, Rosamund Pike has come a long way since her casting aged 21 alongside Pierce Brosnan's Bo(...)

Lou de Laâge, centre, playing Mathilde Beaulieu in The Innocents

Handsome cinematography and restrained direction fail to stop this second World War drama from sliding into sentimentality

Unlike most body-swap comedies, the rules are not so apparent.

With a constellation of plot twists amid poignant and funny observations, Makoto Shinka's star-crossed puppy love story is unlike (...)

Logan Lerman as the rebellious student Marcus in Indignation

Screenwriter James Schamus makes a brilliant directorial debut with this compelling drama

Tope Oshin Ogun: “Women were usually there to cause the downfall of the hero. That’s changing. For me, any project I develop has to have strong females or a female protagonist.”

Making it in Nigerian film isn’t easy - just ask Tope Oshin Ogun director, producer, actress, dialogue coach, casting director a(...)

Ewan McGregor (who also directs) as Seymour “Swede” Levov  in American Pastoral

For his directorial debut, McGregor takes on the daunting talk of transferring Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer prize-winner to the b(...)

The Land of the Enlightened: “The sections featuring the children feel distractingly staged. The sections featuring the military look like a different film altogether.”

Impressive cinematography and stunning locations can’t make up for the lack of narrative coherence in this docu-drama hybrid

Urban survivors: Cuba Gooding Jr and Morris Chestnut in “Boyz N the Hood”.

Filled with trash-talking and wise words, John Singleton’s provocative, funny, Oscar-nominated debut still dazzles

Director John Waters: Audiences liked to be challenged about what is funny and what isn’t.  Photograph:  Lester Cohen/WireImage)

‘I started Catholic and went backwards’ - cult film-maker John Waters unpacks his transgressive-laden career ahead of his appearan(...)

 James Bowen and Bob the Cat: “In the morning, I’d say: ‘Come on, mate, you got to go find your way home’, but I’d come back and he’d still be there”. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images

James Bowen was a recovering addict when he took in a stray cat named Bob. The ginger tom helped turn his life around, which led (...)

Donald Trump pictured at his Turnberry golf resort during last year’s Women’s British Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Anthony Baxter’s film about 92-year-old Molly Forbes treatment at the hands of Trump shows beyond doubt the contempt he holds fo(...)

Amy Adams as art gallery owner Susan in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”

A superb cast, including Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, weaves between fantasy and reality in Tom Ford’s edgy se(...)

Confronting demons: Narges Rashidi in Under the Shadow

Set in war-torn Tehran in the 1980s, this fantastic horror movie plays neat feminist games with familiar ghost-story tropes

Director Gavin O’Connor. Autistic people experience “a world we don’t understand. And it’s a world that’s fascinating and magical.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Gavin O’Connor, director of the hit thriller, takes a realist approach to an over-the-top plot

In Train to Busan, its mild-mannered, office-bound hero Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) has to get violent and resourceful, while learning that perhaps his daughter is more important than his job and that maybe, just maybe, people are more important than profit

Echoes of George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead ripple through Yeon Sang-ho's first-rate zombie apocalypse film

Bérénice Bejo, Jade Soentjens, Cédric Kahn and   Margaux  Soentjens in After Love

A family slowly and brutally tears itself apart in Joachim Lafosse’s unflinching look at a marriage coming to an end

Shazam: Benedict Cumberbatch unleashes the Eye of Agamotto in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Photograph: Film Frame/Marvel

Benedict Cumberbatch dons a cape and gets in touch with his chakras in a movie that stays true to Marvel’s tried-and-tested fo(...)

Lupita Nyong’o: “There’s a hope that inclusion will be the order of the day.” Photograph: John Phillips/Getty for BFI

‘Queen of Katwe’, the Oscar-winning actor’s new film, is an ‘anthem for dreaming out loud. I want to play a role in making opportu(...)

John Carpenter: “I’m not an out-front guy, and now all of a sudden I’m out front, and the audience is so much younger than I am. Here’s this old balding guy playing a synthesiser.” Photograph: Alessandro Bosio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Director John Carpenter has no regrets and little time for film whingers - he talks horror and electronica ahead of a Dublin perfo(...)

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