Welcome newcomer Valkyrie is given a boozed-up, kicking-out-time vigour by Tessa Thompson

Review: A smashing film of inter-galactic significance and of no importance at all

Colin Farrell in Tigerland

This five-course feast takes us from his debut in Tigerland to the darkly comic The Lobster

 Colin Farrell at the UK premiere of Killing of a Sacred Deer:  “I’ve been lucky from the start.” Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The Dubliner wants a break from acting but he's not about to do a Daniel Day-Lewis

Banged up in the Big House: Vince Vaughn  in Brawl in Cell Block 99

Vince Vaughn's bone-crushing return while Armando Iannucci takes on Stalin are among this week's best movies

Name some famous brothers and spot a Mayo memorial to a star are on this week's cards

Armando Iannucci: “We demand politicians be word-perfect every time they do an interview.” Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Armando Iannucci, one of the most feared satirist's in the business, takes on Stalin in a comedy of terrors

James Corden: his jokes were crass, ill-timed and delivered with little sense of respect. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TBS

Rather than channelling anger at Harvey Weinstein, he giggled like a schoolboy

In Geostorm, most of the good, dumb action seems to have taken place before the opening credits roll

Dr Gerard Butler. Let that one sit with you for a while

Chadwick Boseman in Marshall

This clunky Thursgood Marshall biopic still (annoyingly) works a crude magic on the viewer

Is the voiceover a case of panda-ing to the American market?

Robert Redford has been drafted in for the big-screen voiceover. It’s all sorts of wrong

Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor in The Death of Stalin

Given the mortal terror, Armando Iannucci’s latest political satire is weirdly light on its feet

The whole kerfuffle started when a new episode of Rick and Morty made reference to a Szechuan sauce promotion by McDonald’s in 1998 to promote the Disney film Mulan. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

A ‘PR disaster’ involving McDonald’s and Szechuan sauce will actually benefit the restaurant

Rebecca Ferguson: born and raised in Stockholm, she counts as Swedish but has an English mother of Northern Irish descent. Photograph: Vera Anderson/WireImage/Getty

Rebecca Ferguson on learning stunts on-set, and Michael Fassbender's incessant singing

Cold comfort folk horror: The Ritual, on general release

New this week: Two thrillers from Scandi land, another Lego go, and a tough Irishman who wouldn’t stand down

The only tie for an Oscar, Jack Nicholson’s signature line and other gems

Tomas Alfredson’s slice of Scandi noir is the kind of thriller that now belongs on TV

Loving Vincent: Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) wears the yellow jacket immortalised by Van Gogh

The ‘world’s first fully painted film’ animates Van Gogh’s paintings. Why?

Despite the Night: an experience few will want to share with their maiden aunt

Despite the Night review: Philippe Grandrieux’s film takes us to pretentious parties and horrible porn shoots

Simon and Ruth Fitzmaurice in It’s Not Yet Dark

This well-made documentary about Simon Fitzmaurice, who has motor neurone disease, never dips into melodrama

Rey (Daisy Ridley) being irresponsible on Star Wars Island in the first full trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Rey is waving her sword dangerously close to the Kerry rocks. She’ll frighten the cormorants

Producer Harvey Weinstein. An investigation by The New York Times has found previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

The film business isn’t as bad as it once was for sexual misconduct. But it’s still pretty awful

Ryan Gosling in a scene from Blade Runner 2049. The  film was expected to take $45 million. It looks as if it will end up with around $31 million. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

The hyped sequel has had a disastrous opening: is it all the studio's fault?

Morrissey: a bit of an arse. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty Images

How did we Smiths obsessives miss the signs in the 1980s. Because they were there

Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049

New this week: The return of the skinjobs, the real Arab women of Israel, and zany anime

This week: A dedication from The Stranglers, Oscar on Oscar, and when Elvis met Ronan

Nina Hoss in Return to Montauk

Sadly this Colm Tóibín-assisted effort has none of the warmth of his best work

Blade Runner sequel: Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049

Can Denis Villeneuve’s 163-minute sequel to Blade Runner rescue a ‘broken’ box office?

Idris Elba and  Kate Winslet in The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us review: The two stars and a dog go for a long walk in the mountains. Who thought this was a good idea?

Ryan Gosling’s deadened quality suits a character who (we assume, anyway) is not a paid-up member of the human race. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

Review: Blade Runner 2049 is not without flaws, but it’s a marvel it works as well as it does

There are some of us who strive fanatically to stay within the 140 rule and who regard the leaking of an argument into a second tweet as a sign of intellectual decline. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Don't double their length, Twitter. It’s like telling Shakespeare to ditch the sonnet structure

Once upon a time in Jon Snow’s west: Kit Harington in Brimstone

New this week: Winnie the Pooh – the origin story, the devil’s own spaghetti western, and a Bridget Jones for the fleabag generati(...)

I’ll get you my pretty . . . and your little quiz too!

Also: Spielberg’s early ouevre, roll call of female directors, and Andy Warhol on film

Jannik Schümann and Louis Hofmann in Die Mitte der Welt (2016)

This German drama is full of pretty people doing things that were once quirky

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston in Goodbye Christopher Robin

Simon Curtis’s take on the creation of Winnie the Pooh gleams brightly at every point, despite sitting on a bed of genuine tragedy(...)

At its best, Martin Koolhoven’s western is like being caught up in one of God’s more entertaining divine rages

Shailene Woodley: “I’m a reader.” Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Young actor Shailene Woodley committed a cardinal celebrity sin at the recent Emmys

Also: best picture biopics, Kristen vs Kirsten, and the first movie to rake in $100m

Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Maze

New this week: The 1983 breakout from The Maze and Shi LaBeouf remarkably channels tennis brat John McEnroe

Actors Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason play  John McEnroe and Björn Borg in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’

‘There was a quest for perfection and meaning in both of them – I think they were both haunted by a deeper existential pain’

 Canadian director Denis Villeneuve loves his rotten fruit. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve is one of few film-makers to praise the site

The core relationship is that between Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a thoughtful republican prisoner, and Gordon Close (Barry Ward), a stressed guard

The 1983 prison break gets a responsible treatment but it's most effective as a prison break yarn

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Pedro Pascal, in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Was the first one not bad enough? This sequel seems to think not

Barry Keoghan at the premiere for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Several films with Irish involvement impressed critics at the Toronto Film Festival

Director Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ has received strong reviews since its premiere. File   photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

The prize for London-Irish author’s film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises hopes for Oscar success

'Any visitor to this country could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to satire.'

George Hook, the spluttering mouthpiece of powerful but paranoid older men, falls silent

Also this week: comedy triplets, a Lady and the Tramp song and Oscar by the numbers

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!, ‘a disgusting, disturbing feast for the senses’.

New this week: J-Law in the mother of all weird-outs and an unhinged Asian Extreme

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

The actor knows all about standing up for his principles. Can he take that to Westminster?

Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench in passable middle-brow entertainment

Left to right: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in mother!

Review: A ragged Jennifer Lawrence keeps this wild Gothic ride aloft

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Furore over health services map saw the State broadcaster likened to the Taliban

Withnail & I (1987)

Also this week: Daniel Day’s Oscar directors, John Ford's legendary Debbie, and a Clint Eastwood name

Elizabeth Olsen: “I am lucky in that I get good story arcs in The Avengers. If I was just standing around using my powers, that would get tiring.” Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

As a sister of the Olsen Twins and a star in her own right, the actor is wary of fame


'It' efficiently delivers the jolts, while mystery 'Wind River' provides more thoughtful fare

Moth to a flame: Dermot Murphy iin The Drummer and the Keeper

Nick Kelly’s deft film details the friendship between a bipolar rock musician and a teenager with Asperger syndrome

Dennis Skinner – the UK Labour MP who has done for grey tweed sports jackets what Churchill did for cigars

Daniel Draper’s feature-length documentary on the ‘Beast of Bolsover’ focuses on the man, but misses out on current political conc(...)

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – spot the Illuminati symbology

Both the easily offended and the responsibly annoyed communities have lost their vim

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise: big shoes to fill

This version of the Stephen King bullet stopper works on its own degraded terms

A scene from ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’

Nick Kelly: from plectrum to spectrum, between rock and a hard place

Get stuck in: the not-so-ancient delicacy known as a doner kebab. Photograph: Rob Lawson

Doughnuts and burritos are fads that come and go but late-night kebabs are here forever

God’s Own Country: Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor in Francis Lee’s film

Francis Lee’s ‘God’s Own Country’ feels like a career-launching film

Also this week: Wes Craven, conceived Down Under, a real Oscar stumper, and who nixed Nixon?

Moon Dogs review: This Irish-Scottish-Welsh film with a strong cast and plenty of silly costumes

There are reasons to frown at the choice of a white protagonist for this movie – even if she puts in a charismatic performance

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn in Una

The two leads just about make this stagey duologue about a past crime work

Big and boring: ‘Gone With the Wind’

A Memphis cinema has decided the classic film is offensive to African-Americans. They’re right

‘I never sit shotgun in a taxi. It’s  like choosing to sit next to the only other person in an empty cinema.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Freedom from torture of having to “make conversation” is not too much to expect when paying by the mile

Director Kathryn Bigelow attending the European premiere of Detroit in London. Photograph: Ian West/ PA Wire

Katherine Bigelow’s furious new film, ‘Detroit’, tackles historic racism and strikes some shocking notes. But the ‘Zero Dark Thirt(...)

Cruise flies high, Soderbergh & co get lucky, and the big man’s back in a retooled T2

Also: Donald Clarke tallies Taken, Garfield, Colin Farrell and a terrifyingly toothy predator

Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Cruise

Another Doug Liman collaboration lets Cruise have fun with who he used to be

Steven Soderbergh  with Daniel Craig on the set of Logan Lucky. Photograph: Claudette Barius/Fingerprint

And what is the mystery behind “Rebecca Blunt”, the unknown talent who has written his latest film?

Some Like It Hot: the greatest comedy of all time?

The hot list throws up all sorts of funny food for thought

Redneck robber: Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, and his brother Clyde (Adam Driver)

It doesn’t all work, but the unique film-maker’s return is a qualified triumph

Jerry Lewis posing during a photocall for the film Max Rose at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.  Lewis died on August 20, 2017, aged 91. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Lewis followed his partnership with Dean Martin with a string of critical hits and, of course, ‘The King of Comedy’

Waiter, there’s a Taoiseach in my scoop

From Varadkar’s Chicago caper to the Walnut Whip, non-stories are now the real news

Sitting pretty: Armie Hammer as the American writer James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as the Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti

Stanley Tucci’s study of the Swiss artist is a rhapsody to bohemian Paris in the 1960s

Story of Christopher and Christine’a Rainey and their family struggles is gripping cinema

Dum-dum boys: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson in ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Elaborate action sequences fail to cover up the cliched characters and general idiocy

Idris Elba: almost enough charisma to enliven a half-written part

The Stephen King inspired film looks like a cluttered 95-minute trailer

 Daniel Craig on  the red carpet at the French premiere of tpectre in  2015. He’ll be getting his suit out again so.  Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

And when he's finished as 007? Clondalkin man Aidan Turner looks nicely positioned

Alf Garnett and his son-in-law Mike arguing over the Christmas dinner table in a 1966 scene from “Till Death Do Us Part”. From left:  actors Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols and Warren Mitchell. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

It’s time to reclaim the phrase that bigots use to criticise tolerant, open-minded discourse

Sissy Spacek in ‘Carrie’

His works have been adapted by Rob Reiner, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg. And we’re soon to see more adapta(...)

Manderley in Rebecca: A gloomy mansion in a sinister corner of Cornwall, the building was, according to the author’s editor, “as much an atmosphere as a tangible erection of stones and mortar”

Manderley in ‘Rebecca’, the floating home in ‘Up’ – fictional houses can envelop the viewer

 Roland Møller in Land of Mine

‘A Ghost Story’ is a heartbreaking haunting while an award-winning Godzilla returns to stomp Tokyo

Tom of Finland has been a significant hit at the domestic box office

New film about Nordic animator who was behind hugely influential post-war gay erotica

Rooney Mara: largely happy life shattered by death of partner Casey Affleck

Director David Lowery’s playful ‘post horror’ makes an emotional connection

Transformers: The Last Knight - the stench will remain for centuries

Blockbuster season is almost over, and while it wasn’t as bad as last year, there were still some real stinkers

Logan Lucky: a heist movie packed with stars.

Kathryn Bigelow gets controversial in ‘Detroit’. Domhnall Gleeson looks cool in ‘American Made’

Winston Churchill: You’ll still see his face on the fiver – if you’re lucky enough to have a fiver in your pocket. Photograph: PA Wire

Hmm . . . put my kids out of work or stay in the damned EU? Decisions, decisions

Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Maudie

Maudie finds humanity in unlikely places, Williams profiles an icon for whom racing is life

Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Maudie

Maudie review: Aisling Walsh delivers a sad film about poor people, but it could scarcely be more open to benevolence and quiet hu(...)

 Jack Lowden arriving at the ‘Dunkirk’ world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square earlier this month in London.  Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The rising Scottish actor Jack Lowden speaks about how he made Dunkirk and emoting Morrissey in ‘England is Mine’

The Emoji Movie: Unmediated rubbish

This is a hopeless effort to make a universe from product placement

Sam Shepard at rehearsals in 2016 for his play ‘Buried Child’, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. Shepard, the celebrated avant-garde playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died in his Kentucky home on July 27, 2017, of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

The playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and friend of Ireland has died aged 73

French actress Jeanne Moreau poses on the set of the film ‘Eva directed by Joseph Losey in Venice. French actress Jeanne Moreau died aged 89 on July 31, 2017. Photograph: AFP Photo

The throaty actor – a walking embodiment of French sophistication – has died aged 89

Commonwealth nations that have English as a first language, come next in the fight against “drugstore” and “icebox”. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to hating this hot mess, the Irish are nearly as British as the British themselves

Vincent Browne at the TV3 studio on Thursday night for his final show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TV Review: Better then Seinfeld’s finale, but Jedward should have given him a Humvee

Handle with care

This week’s quiz includes Star Trek, Rory O’Shea and Howard Hughes. See how you rate on our Bond baddie scale

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Najiani in The Big Sick

The romcom is back in the shape of the BIg Sick to dare to muscle in on the Dunkirk action

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