‘He wasn’t really difficult,’ says Chuck Workman, director of a compelling new documentary about one of cinema’s giants

Asif Kapadia’s definitive examination of Amy Winehouse charts a sickening drift towards fatal catastrophe

Naomi Kawase’s film comes with a ‘spirituality’ warning, but it’s worth it

Genisys crams every key trope into the mix; Schwarzenegger’s older, cuddlier Terminator adds the corn

What’s up, Pete? The quintessential movie brat is still directing ’em, but that old Hollywood magic is long gone: ‘Things have go(...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

‘If this isn’t terrorism, then nothing is’ tweeted Glenn Greenwald

American husband and wife pop singers Sonny  and Cher in  August 1966: they worked with the Wrecking Crew. Photograph: Powell/Express/Getty Images

The documentary about the legendary session musicians will be a hit with music fans

Its ‘breathtakingly unreconstructed’ attitude to women mars this tribute to the screwball comedy

Westward ho!: Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender in Slow West

John Maclean’s elegant, original western takes its time and is a treat to look at

Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, featuring Aidan Gillen (right) as a man caring for his niece following his recent release from prison, is among the Irish premieres at this year’s bash.

Film notables such as John C Reilly, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera set to attend

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in Slow West

Interview: John Maclean, once of the Beta Band, set out to demythologise the western in his first film, Slow West. He’s succeeded

‘The Donald (as he is dispiritingly known to other holders of that excellent name) let nobody down when he appeared at the Trump Tower on Tuesday.’ Above, Trump gestures after speaking and taking questions at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Absurd, eccentric, right-wing carnival huckster has no chance of becoming president

French romantic comedy looks and sounds like very few films in its debased genre

It would not be fair to suggest that Nicholas Sparks has only one plot. He has as many as three

In the current multiverse of Sherlock Holmses, Ian McKellen's spot-on version of the great detective is older, wiser and dottier .(...)

The New York Times building in New York.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Comment: article weaved story of inappropriate behaviour into tragedy in Berkeley

Olga Baclanova in Tod Browning's Freaks (MGM 1932)

More than 80 years on, Browning’s tale of carnival ’freaks’ taking hideous revenge has failed to become even the tiniest bit res(...)

‘Any criticism of the family business – an international joke 24 hours earlier – came to seem like intolerance of transsexual righ(...)

Jurassic World hits all the right beats, but in the end, it's just another Spielbergian safari to an island of genetically modifie(...)

Revered but not widely known for his stage acting, Ian McKellen’s role as Gandalf in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films made him a s(...)

Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to ‘The Art of Killing’ is another stunning, hugely unsettling documentary about Indonesia’s dark p(...)

Boorman’s new film is an agreeable follow-up to Hope and Glory, but it lacks the mild derangement of his best work

British actor Christopher Lee and his wife, former model Birgit “Gitte” Krøncke, whom he married in 1962. Lee had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems. Photograph: Jean Blondin/Reuters

Actor associated with Hammer productions of Dracula enjoyed rich and varied career

Ghost of a chance: Stefanie Scott in Insidious Chapter 3

The horror franchise just keeps on rolling, but at this point, you may as well pay somebody to slap you in the face with a damp r(...)

“At no stage in the last century have young people been quite so engaged with constructing quite so much everyday prose.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Should we explain the best way of poisoning reputation in fewer than 140 characters

Chris Pratt made his name playing an ordinary guy in ‘Parks and Recreation’. Now, as the star of ‘Jurassic World’, he’s got a new (...)

Sergio Leone’s 1984 gangster epic is offensively sexist and a bit of a narrative mess. But the lush imagery still boggles the eye,(...)

New York’s ghastly nattering nabobs of narcissism are dissected in an enjoyable seriocomedy that ultimately lacks true wit or sava(...)

Pope Francis salutes the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. Speaking to an Argentinean newspaper, he said he has not watched television since 1990. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis shut himself off from the cultural oxygen of his parishioners by shutting himself off from TV

Shake, rattle and roll: Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino fail to patch things up in San Andreas

The Rock’s latest apocalyptic adventure is chock full of CGI bombast and empty characterisation – then Kylie Minogue turns up... (...)

A new documentary tells the tale of Cannon Films and firebrand producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Andrew Bujalski’s latest features Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as two superior but oblivious gym bunnies

Tuaregs of Timbuktu: Toulou Kiki, Ibrahim Ahmed and Layla Walet Mohamed

This award-winning film starts out like an absurdist travelogue before morphing into an angry tragedy of a Tuareg family grapplin(...)

Less frenzied energies: Al Pacino in 'Danny Collins'

We’re used to seeing Pacino waving his arms and bellowing like a drowning drunk; instead, this might be the veteran actor's best p(...)

Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or to gasps in the auditorium

Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

It looks like a three-horse race led by Todd Haynes’s ‘Carol’, starring Cate Blanchett, and László Nemes’s ‘Son of Saul’. Could Ho(...)

Heavily symbolic: Pince Charles holds a cup of tea as he shakes hands with Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Reuters

‘Imagine if the two men were French. They might have had to kiss one another’

Three’s company: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin in Love

Whereas 50 Shades of Grey didn’t offer much you could properly call sex, arch provocateur Gaspar Noé’s latest is very much the r(...)

Iranian-American actress Sheila Vand, star of stunning vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, tells Donald Clarke about br(...)

Blood dimple: Sheila Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Drifty easy plotting and the grainy monochrome

Inner torment: Shu Qi in The Assassin

Hou Hsiao-hsien latest is the best-looking film in Cannes this year, but its beauty is both a strength and occasional weakness

You can’t talk about Orson Welles without using superlatives. Let us continue the tradition by naming Chimes at Midnight as the b(...)

Supernatural blandness: Jeremie Elkaim and Anais Demoustier in Marguerite & Julien

Quite how this ludicrous French incest romp found itself in the main competition at this year's festival is anyone’s guess

Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro battle it out, while Denis Villeneuve shows his action chops ahead of his Blade Runner sequel

‘Every bit as sleepily seductive as Weerasethakul’s best work’

Although odder than squirrels in sombreros, this film is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s most conventional yet and among his best work(...)

‘Amy Poehler voices a fairy-like Joy. Phyllis Smith speaks hilariously for Sadness, an emo kid in a comfy blue jumper. Lewis Black’s Anger has a head that is too often on fire’

This animated trip inside the mind is funny, sweet and wise enough to suggest that Pixar has got its groove back

‘Brize and his co-writer Olivier Gorce present a picture of a stable family coping patiently with mounting catastrophe’

Long takes and a matter-of-fact treatment add up to a quietly savage treatment of the capitalist machine

Muffled: Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan in Louder Than Bombs

Norwegian Joachim Trier’s latest features Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and very little else

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

The race for the 2015 Palme d’Or looks at this stage to be between ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘Carol’, two extraordinary pictures from two(...)

Son of Saul is potentially the last ever Palme d’Or winner to be shot and projected with film: it would be quite the way to go (...)

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in ‘The Lobster’

‘We should savour our centres of cultural cinema: IFI, Light House, Triskel and Queens’

Colin Farrell talks during a press conference for the film The Lobster at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP

‘It’s the kind of film that being in it doesn’t mean I know any more about it’

Hirokazu Kore-eda has made a quiet and lovely thing; a bit more plot and structure would not go amiss though

Yorgos Lanthimos’s poisonously effective film may be about the tyranny of coupledom, or it may not...

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy talks to Donald Clarke about a compelling critical sensation

Strong fringe performances drowned out by broad characterisation of the princesses

Fine exploration of the cultural earthquakes of the decade, if slightly overlong

Bean there: Nagase Masatoshi in An

Naomi Kawase’s latest hammers home the metaphors, but its conviction and intelligence also shine through

Salma Hayek in Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales

Salma Hayek and John C Reilly play a king and queen who, desperate for an heir, engage in a bizarre magical scheme involving a sea(...)

Actors Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot at a photocall for  La Tête Haute (Standing Tall), the opening film of this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Opening film obscure, but the 68th festival has much to offer, writes Donald Clarke in Cannes

It’s a chaotic mess but this sequel is also one of the funniest films so far this year

Out damn spot: Michael Fassbender ascends the throne in the “Scottish character” in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

The Irish Times will be keeping a close eye on all the happenings up and down the Croisette at this year's Cannes Film Festival. M(...)

Road runners: Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

You wait 30 years for a new Mad Max to come along, then Charlize Theron turns up and steals the show

Tom Hardy fits the monosyllabic bill in Mad Max: Fury Road

Interview: The French were the first to see Mad Max as a western on wheels, says director George Miller. Forty years later, he’s b(...)

‘Pete Townshend notes they all felt The Who would be lucky to last more than a few months. “I didn’t expect to be in the band until I was 61,” he laughs. Pete will be 70 next week.’ Photograph Rick Diamond/Getty Images

‘We’ve bought houses, given birth and developed an interest in gardening. Stop trying to suck us back into the uncertain foolishne(...)

David Mitchell and a “woefully miscast” Jeremy Paxman, presenters of Channel 4’s “Alternative Election Night”. Photograph: Channel 4/PA Wire

The most unpredictable election in a generation, they said. TV coverage proved that, for sure

Work has been non-stop for London-born Kit, with a ‘Spooks’ spin-off just the latest of several movies. And then there’s a certain(...)

A black teenager finds true friendship when she falls in with the ‘wrong’ crowd in this energising French drama set amid the Paris(...)

Competent cinema sequel to BBC spy series struggles to break out of its comfort zone

A scheming husband comes face to face with his supposedly dead wife in this high-end Germany melodrama

Slick action and ripe dialogue put zip in this Lapland adventure - though it’s not entirely clear how much of Big Game is funny on(...)

‘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(...)

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