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

There is an old joke that people from outside Northern Ireland often tell. We are asked to imagine that a gormless tourist has wondered into one of Be(...)

“If you’re going to tell a story, then come at it with some attitude. Don’t be coy with that shit.” This is Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) talking to a (...)

Idris Elba is an agent who plays by the rules. He always shows due respect to superiors – even if they’re in the wrong – and is scrupulous about comp(...)

“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 is discussing the business of being an Irish actor abroad during the 1980s. He’s got plenty to say. “There was a notion in British ca(...)

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

This militantly appalling horror film offers so much to complain about that it hardly seems worth taking offence at its interpersonal politics, but w(...)

Final film: Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky

What was it Samuel Goldwyn said about Western Union and messages? A few years ago, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, set among the US officers who pilot r(...)

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

Though much admired now (and with cause), Disney’s The Jungle Book was, on its release in 1967, criticised for the relative crudity of its animation.(...)

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

“We hope to show the state of cinema in Spring 2016,” Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, told an expectant audience in Paris this(...)

  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)

Our Little Sister, the latest film from Hirokazu Koreeda, could not be confused with any sort of avant garde experiment, but it remains a defiantly od(...)

Undifferentiated female alongside Piotr Stramowski in Pitbull

This extravagantly horrid crime thriller has already been a significant hit in its home country of Poland. One can just about see why. Patryk Vega di(...)