Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (as Kay Graham) star in 'The Post'. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox

Tom Hanks is stubborn, Meryl Streep is vulnerable, the whole film is elegant

Christoph Waltz: “I rarely think of Ordinary Decent Criminal. I don’t think I’ve seen it. I know that I did it,” he says with a furrow. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

Precise, odd and a little bit untrustworthy, the Oscar-winner is the best thing in ‘Downsizing’

Photograph: ABC Photo Archives/via Getty Images

Also: The actor who never appeared in a Potter, living with Oscar nominations, and Thunderbirds are who?

Protest signs: Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

New this week: Golden Globe-winning 'Three Billboards' and what makes Eric Clapton tick

Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Golden Globes. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via Reuters

Donald Clarke: Oprah is extraordinary but being elevated purely on celebrity is wrong. Is this Trump’s legacy?

Frances McDormand: what sets her performance apart is her ability to let vulnerability and compassion seep through the cracks. Photograph: Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox

Martin McDonagh’s unromantic comedy doesn’t fall apart, but its many threads fray

Saoirse Ronan, winner of  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images

Maudie, Handsome Devil, Cardboard Gangsters, Three Billboards, The Farthest dominate

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

The latest film about Churchill is like something the BBC might show on a Sunday night

Saoirse Ronan  with the award for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for ‘Lady Bird’ at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Analysis: The Golden Globes over, thoughts turn to the most open Oscar race in decades

Saoirse Ronan wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for ‘Lady Bird’. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Retuers

Martin McDonagh wins best screenplay; attendees dress in black

Saoirse Ronan: Golden Globe and Oscar contender, at the American Film Institute annual  Awards at Four Seasons Hotel in  Beverly Hills on Saturday. Photograph:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

It’s shaping up to be a big night for Saoirse Ronan and the #MeToo movement

Accept this substitute: Christopher Plummer as J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World

New this week: Casting rather than cash is king in Getty kidnapping saga, while Ben Stiller wrestles with his big ego in Brad’s St(...)

Also: Jim Sheridan characters, Casablanca’s most quotable line and Stand by Me’s starting point

Jupiter’s Moon

This Hungarian art-house oddity is a technical marvel in search of a moral purpose

The three highest grossing movies in the US have women in leading roles – about time

Christopher Plummer as J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World

Among the most satisfyingly propulsive films Ridley Scott has delivered this century

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson in ‘Ocean’s 8’

A Famine drama, another ‘Jurassic World’ and any number of Marvel blockbusters are on the way

Also: Bypassing Ireland, animated box-office, Hollywood RIP and Brian O’Driscoll’s film debut

On dangerous ground: Christian Bale in Hostiles

Jessica Chastain lays her cards on the table. Ferdinand the bull is released

Christian Bale: almost as gruff as Batman

There is something of ‘The Searchers’ in director Scott Cooper’s elegiac tale

Chinatown

Netflix’s main rival has come on in leaps and bounds since its threadbare debut

The Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner that sought to capitalise on Black Lives Matter set new standards for tone deafness

From ill-judged advertising to Saoirse Ronan’s accent, here are the most annoying stories of the year

Eric Clapton’s mental and physical decline in the mid-1970s is hard to watch

Lili Zanuck’s documentary doesn’t shy away from the musician’s darkest days

Jessica Chastain wears clothes like weapons as she powers her way towards the capitalist dream

Aaron Sorkin’s debut film isn’t going to get as many Oscar nominations as predicted

Light the fire, make the popcorn, and settle down for a binge-watch of some of these greats

Who narrates The Muppet Christmas Carol? Who won’t be pulling Santa’s sled?

Aye capella! The Divas are back in another entertaining sequel.

New this week: Pitch Perfect 3 hits a whole host of high notes, while Jumanji just gets by

The Pogues: no more authentic than Showadaíwadaí or Na Buachaillí Siopa Peataí. Photograph: GAB Archives/Redferns

So Pet Shop Boys kept The Pogues off the Christmas number one in 1987. Get over it

A reunion gig by rivals brings the Bellas mistakenly together. Then they end up on a tour with DJ Khaled.

Forget about plot: this is the most uncomplicated fun you will have this Christmas

Rustling through this year’s ballot papers, there is something puzzling going on...

Mark Hamill takes centre stage as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Also: Selina Kyle’s scratchy aka, the first billion-dollar movie, and a classic Caine job

Junior Jedis: John Boyega as Finn and Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everyone talking but there are better movies to see

‘Mr Geldof, Mr Geldof: Was it Mr Bono, in the recording booth with the mic stand?’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bob Geldof solves a murder in the midst of Band Aid in James Ward Byrkit’s proposed film

Pierce Brosnan and Michael  McElhatton in   The Foreigner. Photograph: Daniel Smith, STX Entertainment

Forget ‘Star Wars’. Stay in tonight and watch the straight-to-Netflix film, ‘The Foreigner’

Who doesn’t like a good war film?

Dunkirk blows away the competition

The Prince of Nothingwood: Salim Shaheen with his collaborator Qurban Ali

Sonia Kronlund’s documentary on the Afghan film-maker Salim Shaheen is full of vibrant personal portraits

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ranks down the list in the Star Wars roll call. Photographs: LucasFilm

Is it better than Rogue One? Or close to Return of the Jedi?

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Photograph: LucasFilm

The latest instalment will fill a Star Wars-shaped hole but is punishingly long

BB-8 attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Photograph: by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

‘Best movie since Empire.’ At least, that’s what people who went to the premiere said

Test yourself on the opening scroll, the disco thump, Bobo’s debut and Darth’s descendants

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene from 'Star Wars'. Photograph: LucasFilm

With the release of The Last Jedi imminent, a look back at how the ‘Star Wars’ juggernaut started in a ‘galaxy far, far away’

Agnieszka Mandat in Agnieszka Holland’s 'Spoor'

This year's festival features Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Spoor’, Maria Sadowska’s ‘The Art of Loving’, and Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna K(...)

 Actor Saoirse Ronan attends IFP’s 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27th, 2017 in New York City. File photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP

Irish star may become only third female actor to score three Oscar nominations before age 23

Also: Tarantino’s joints, a star hits the big 01, trippin’ in ’68, and a new girl with a dragon tattoo

Triumph of the spirit: Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

New this week: Jake Gyllenhaal in a survivor’s story, an ageless assassin in ancient Japan, and clever Yuletide horror

Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern in 'Twin Peaks: The Return'. Photograph: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

The inclusion of 'Twin Peaks: The Return' on such lists is bizarre: it’s a TV series. Right?

Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill in Brigsby Bear

Committed performances cannot save this bizarre story of abduction and reconciliation

Menashe  offers outsiders a chance to puzzle over the fascinating mess of influences that form the Yiddish tongue

Menashe deserves our attention for its oddness and heart alone

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Stronger review: The true story of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing avoids the clichés of the genre

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

Saoirse Ronan – national treasure and a total pro – deserves better material than this

Here are our favourite film moments of the last year. Don't forget to vote for yours

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson wow in Wonder and James Franco hits gold in The Disaster Artist

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Nothing makes the blood surge more exhilaratingly than recreational outrage

Michael Haneke: “I don’t consider myself to be a pessimist, but a realist.” Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The film-maker abhors violence, but he can’t help putting it in his work

Pat Collin’s Irish-language feature is awkward, original and surprising throughout

Is it a comedy? Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in Happy End. Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Haneke’s latest movie never quite gets started

Jaha’s Promise: the anti-FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh

This portrait of Jaha Dukureh confirms that campaigning can make a difference

Toy Story: Its director John Lasseter has taken leave after admitting “missteps” in his behaviour towards staff

Whether or not you watch work by discredited film-makers is an emotional decision

It seems I’ve now passed from the worthy givers of seats to the deserving takers.

Sound Off: It wasn’t supposed to happen – I have surely not reached the age when I can expect pleasant twerps to surrender their s(...)

The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss: Margaret Atwood’s  Booker-winning The Blind Assassin from 2000 now demands to be shouldered on screen. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu

Catcher in the Rye, The Blind Assassin: great literary works that should be movies

Andrea Riseborough: “She leaned in and said: ‘You just look so totally different.’ That’s my f**king job, mate. I wonder if she would say that to a man.” Photograph: Cindy Ord/SCAD/Getty Images

Battle of the Sexes star Andrea Riseborough, who slips in and out of parts with ease, is agitated for real. She has a few points t(...)

This puzzlers week's include the first of Marvel, box-office remakes and 007’s top director

 Frank Hakaj, David Ivanov and Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats. photograph: neon

Harris Dickinson swells with potential in Eliza Hittman’s gripping release

 Cult leader Charles Manson: he preached a demented catechism of misogyny, racism and social paranoia. He was no more intelligent than a dozen other criminal psychopaths

The continuing adoration of the popular culture of the 1960s is exhausting and inhibiting

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes

New this week: Battle of the Sexes is the feminist v male chauvinist pig showdown we need right now

‘Slap her on the caboose’: the advice an 11-year-old boy is given on how to treat girls

The Star propagates its myths through some of the cheesiest God pop you have ever heard. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy will grow up to walk on water?” one warbles.

Film has an innocence that contrasts nicely with the snark of much contemporary animation

Matt Damon plays a straight-up guy living an ordinary life with his son (Noah Jupe), his disabled wife (brunette Julianne Moore) and her twin sister (blond Julianne Moore)

No wonder the Coen brothers turned down this sub-par script

Photogrpah: Embassy Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images

This week's puzzlers feature Ron Burgundy’s profession, Wall Street wolves, and brassy Bond and Bassey

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

New this week: Bening as an ageing film noir star, Robert Pattinson as a half-dead hood – and an American epic worth staying home (...)

Paper chase: Aubrey Plaza as the titular stalker in Ingrid Goes West

No need to condemn social media ‘influencers’ – this film will do the hating for you

Robert Pattinson in Good Time: his hair is yellowed to the colour of diseased liver, his eyes suspiciously unblinking

Nobody looks healthy – least of all Robert Pattinson – in the Safdie brothers’ latest movie

Bell and Annette Bening in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

The former ‘Billy Elliot’ star on Durham versus LA, acting pitfalls, and women in film

Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the set of “The Post” which portrays   the “Washington Post”’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Photograph: Niko Tavernis/Twentieth Century Fox

Hollywood has a habit of capturing the political mood before it has emerged

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

Time to recall pivotal role played by a patriot, and that rare breed – the virtuous politician

Bette Davis in  ‘All About Eve’

Karina Longworth’s podcast began as a calling card. It was an overnight success

All aboard the all-star express: Daisy Ridley in Murder on the Orient Express

Also: The first animated feature, counting Oscar numbers, and a visit to Sally Tomato

Marmalade dreamer: Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in Paddington 2

New this week: A bear’s essence, childhood dreams near Disney World, machismo ablaze, the birth of Wonder Woman, and naming names (...)

Plucky underdog - Mrs Brown’s Boys  Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC via AP

It's tricky for Mrs Brown's Boys staying salt of the earth when they're mentioned in the same breath as the Queen

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, is due for release next month

Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will create a new set of films while TV series also planned

The Florida Project:  remains stubbornly humanistic and openhearted throughout

A vibrant, bold and bright portrayal of American childhood which just has to be seen

 Alex Gibney. Photograph:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The documentary maker has a habit of taking on big subjects. Now he’s investigating the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre – and(...)

Josh Brolin and Miles Teller in Only the Brave. The film gets by well enough as a latter-day Hawksian tale of men at work and the women who love them.

Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges smoulder in a sweaty, macho arm-wrestle of a story

Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne, a student who helped create Wonder Woman

'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women' review: just enough odd class to keep indulgent audiences intrigued

Barry Keoghan and Nicole Kidman at the screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Photograph: Getty Images

He first came to prominence in TV crime drama Love/Hate. Now he’s making movies with Christopher Nolan, Nicole Kidman and Colin Fa(...)

Also: Bogie’s great last line, Liz Taylor’s men and the toughest Oscar question yet

Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Colin Farrell reunites with his Lobster director for the Killing of a Sacred Deer, a moving Holocaust documentary and a lesbian pu(...)

Kenneth Branagh as Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

This starry Kenneth Branagh remake of the Agatha Christie classic is missing vital clues

Ms Nomer?: Paul Hollywood Prue Leith and Noel Fielding. Photo: Channel 4

Donald Clarke: No hiding place for ‘Bake Off’s’ poor Prue Leith even in Bhutan

Tomi Reichental: Holocaust survivor at his home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tomi Reichental weeps, expresses disappointment but never seems to lose hope

 Conor McGregor  on stage  on July 13, 2017 in Brooklyn. Photograph: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

There probably are people who will enjoy hearing McGregor refer to three of his cars as ‘a Merc, a BM and a Range’

Anthony Rapp (L) has accused  Kevin Spacey  of making a sexual advance on him at a 1986 party when he was only 14 years old. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Suspicions raised that actor timed his coming out as gay to deflect attention from claims

Tom Hanks at his office in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Jake Michaels/The New York Times

The actor has written a book of short stories. Do they contain any clues to the real man?

Ruth and Simon Fitzmaurice and their children Jack, Raife, Arden and twins Hunter and Sadie in their home in Greystones, Co Wicklow

A crippling disease did not stop him making films or having children. He has died aged 43

New this week: Thor hammers at the funny bone, Andrew Garfield catches his breath, a gay romance and exorcisms

Featuring Citizen Kane, a flop from a heart-throb and the oldest living actor Oscar winner

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Swearing is one of life’s most joyous and creative releases – we must teach it early

Andrew Garfield: “I still am a very emotional child.” Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

The actor, who could pick up an Oscar nomination for his role in Andy Serkis’s ‘Breathe’, on working with Mel Gibson, feeling Jewi(...)

Luca Guadagnino’s hotly-tipped film just about deserves the extravagant praise it is attracting

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