Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas on how French cinema has better roles for women, playing Churchill's wife – and Brexit

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

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

A Woman’s Life

Stéphane Brizé has made a masterfully subtle and inventive melodrama

Manifesto: discombobulating

Let’s never speak again of her turns as a tattooed English punk and a bearded hobo

Jack Black and Jason Schwartzman in The Polka King. Photograph: Netflix

New Netflix original sees Jack Black star in the real-life story of a Polish-American polka band leader jailed in 2004 for running(...)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)

This portrait explains the roots of a pain that Clapton’s successful career did little to extinguish

Playwright Martin McDonagh: ‘New York audiences always respond especially well to Irish plays, so let’s see how they are with an English one’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Playwright and film maker on his new ‘feminist’ movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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(...)

Human Flow has no easy answers

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s film emphasises common humanity over suffering

If you’re not a fan of Stiller’s neurotic, self-absorbed turns in While We’re Young  then this squirm-making social satire from Mike White  is not the movie for you.

Ben Stiller is gratingly effective as a self absorbed executive who envies his son

Director Mike White attends the premiere party for his latest film Brad’s Status in Toronto. Photograph: Leonard Adam/WireImage

Brad’s Status director Mike White on the blurred lines between comedy and drama

Thich Nhát Hanh: credited with introducing the concept of mindfulness to the West

For those uninterested in mindfulness, this meandering portrait is a test of faith

On dangerous ground: Christian Bale in Hostiles

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


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

Loosely inspired by a remarkable true story, this warm, likeable film adds a romantic-comedy subplot to an already irresistible underdog tale.

Film tells real-live story of Nadir Dendoune who went from Parisian banlieue to Everest summit

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman

They sing and dance like in ‘La La Land’, but there’s little behind the razzle-dazzle

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

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

Aaron Sorkin: 'I love the sound of dialogue. I love language.' Photograph: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images

The screenwriter of ‘The Social Network’ makes his directorial debut with Molly's Game

But Joel Edgerton’s turn as Smith’s partner is the best thing about this clever critique of race

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Follow-up to 1995 kids’ flick has a ‘big idea’ – but sadly succumbs to crass objectification

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

Salim Shaheen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Nicolas Pratviel/AFP/Getty Images

With 110 movies under his belt, Afghan filmmaker Salim Shaheen finally made it to the red carpet in Cannes as the star of a charmi(...)

Mountain: head for heights

Jennifer Peedom’s film is high on spectacle - viewers without a head for heights might not make it past the opening sequence

Carlos Saldanha embellishes ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ with tried-and-tested subplots

Peter Sarsgaard plays Frank Olson in  Wormwood’s play within the play

Errol Morris’s pioneering documentary goes from intrigue to psychological consumption

It is impossible not to marvel at the scale and scope of Jia Zhangke’s eighth feature film.

An Oedipal drama, national allegory and futuristic science fiction form a stunning triptych

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

Takashi Miike: ‘Do not trust people who are willing to be called auteurs.’ Photograph:  by Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Between his 103 directorial credits, Takashi Miike has staged a Kabuki play, created dozens of music videos and documentaries, and(...)

Menashe Lustig as Menashe, with Ruben Niborski. 'I was just blown away by this portly, funny comedian,' says the director. Photograph: Federica Valabrega

‘Menashe’ director Joshua Z Weinstein on making his warm-hearted drama about a Hasidic Jewish community in New York, shot in Yiddi(...)

Manga maverick Takashi Miike’s 100th feature is imaginative, chaotic and lots of fun

Olivia DeJonge in Better Watch Out

This delightfully nasty and entertaining take on Home Alone is a seasonal gift

Wild at heart: Lu Over the Wall

Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa is on a roll in 2017

The specials today are hatred and resentment

Steve Coogan has seldom been better as the irascible Paul

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

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder

Don’t fight the chemistry of Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts or the cuteness of Jacob Tremblay

Dan Stevens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

The story of how Charles Dickens created A Christmas Carol lacks seasonal cheer

James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist

James Franco is excellent in the real-life story of the worst film in cinema

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “I have a much bigger waistline.”

The Luke Skywalker actor on fame, Carrie Fisher and making Star Wars in Ireland

Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’: “At the time when Dickens was writing, Christmas was a minor religious holiday. It wasn’t at all like it is today. He introduced a couple of things.”
The man who ruined Christmas

Four years after his much-lamented death in a Downton Abbey Christmas special, actor Dan Stevens is restoring some festive cheer w(...)

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

Emma Stone as “Billie Jean King” and Steve Carell as “Bobby Riggs” in Battle of the Sexes. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon

‘Male Chauvinist Pig versus Hairy Legged Feminist! You’re still a feminist, right?’

Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park, 1965: her findings on the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees would challenge the scientific orthodoxy of her time

Jane review: The scientist's work with chimpanzees in Tanzania makes for ravishing viewing

Harris Dickinson as Frankie (middle) in Beach Rats. The British actor plays a conflicted teen who hangs out with his girlfriend and the lads at the beach during the day and, by night, cruises around gay hook-up websites. Photograph: Neon

Harris Dickinson, the rising British actor, has been praised for his performance in the Sundance prizewinner Beach Rats

Michael Fanning’s Irish-language documentary about boxer Sean Mannion packs a punch

Good Time: Robert Pattinson. Photograph: Julien Mignot/New York Times

Post ‘Twilight’ he has become one of the most interesting actors of his generation. Just don’t remind him he’s famous

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 (...)

Nothing can saves us from this terrible screenplay

Justice League review: The film is full of meaningless CG goop. And a whole lot of stuff that makes no sense

Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner

A high-class weepie about a real-life May-December romance between actors

Instagram influencer  Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen) and her unhinged stalker Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) in ‘Ingrid Goes West’:   social media misquotations and mistranslations  pepper the movie

‘Ingrid Goes West’ director says he is drawn to comedy that comes from a place of pain

Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund

Netflix looks to awards season with this robust historical drama from Dee Rees

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

Temporal loops and magic balls make for a strange, colourful combination

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 (...)

Paddington 2: Ben Whishaw is note-perfect as the well-mannered CG ursine

Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have a ball in this triumphant and lovely family adventure

Spinning into madness: Toby Jones as Carl in Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope review: Rupert Jones directs his brother Toby in this pleasingly discombobulating thriller

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project set in the shadows of Orlando’s Disney World, where the hotels that once catered to budget-minded tourists are filled with homeless welfare families

The Florida Project is Sean Baker's acclaimed new film, a comedy about children living in budget motels in the shadow of Disney Wo(...)

A reconstruction of the scene of the Loughinisland massacre in No Stone Unturned.

No Stone Unturned review: Film-maker Alex Gibney names names over RUC collusion but the results are patchy

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(...)

Tomi Reichental: “What is happening in Syria is because of civil war and what happened to the Jewish people was very specific. But the end product – people trying to escape – is the same thing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tomi Reichental, who has worked tirelessly to keep the memory of Jewish Holocaust victims alive, is saddened that lessons from his(...)

“No one likes a pop idol with a tarnished reputation”

The late Satoshi Kon’s psychodrama about celebrity is a screwy masterpiece

Is there something more to Thelma’s unexplained fits and strange animal magnetism? The film’s denouement provides satisfactory answers

Eponymous heroine is struggling to reconcile supernatural abilities – and the result is mesmerising

Colin Farrell, having previously channelled a cannier Fr Dougal on Valium for the purposes of The Lobster, finds unexpected new textures in flat to explore

Farrell does Buster Keaton via Beckett and Keoghan steals the show in Lanthimos’s new movie

The gore is never as groundbreaking as the drowning in pig entrails and reserve bear traps of old

Another mainstream monster is back in business, in a serviceable midtable offering

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

Patrick Gibson (The OA, What Richard Did) is unpredictable and terrifying   Brendan O’Donnell who murdered three people in  1994

Property of the State review: Grim chronicle examines systemic failures during disturbed killer Brendan O'Donnell's teenage years

This fun-loving instant teen classic shoots for John Hughesian romance and scores with a slam dunk

The sleeper slasher hit you’ve been waiting for

Fr Cataldo Migliazzo who required some initial coaxing to participate in the film.

Federica Di Giacomo followed a famous exorcising priest for three years for her strange, unsettling documentary

Grace Jones’ occasional rants are not the flighty acts of a diva, they are necessary for her survival

Grace Jones Bloodlight and Bami review: Although this biopic is unfocused in parts, the live performances make for spectacular vie(...)

The Housemaid

The quality on offer at this weekend’s Horrorthon festival shows why the genre is far from undead

This wonderful, warm film centres on the ‘lost’ singer who made her most recent album at 82

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

Luca Guadagnino shows off his Jamie Reid/Valentino top at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Italian director Luca Guadagnino's new film, ‘Call Me by Your Name’, is surprisingly coy despite its notorious peach-masturbation (...)

Rungano Nyoni’s knockout debut tackles the treatment of ‘witches’ in Zambia

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Feature-length update of now snub-nosed equine will appeal to kids and Bronies alike

Vince Vaughn: brooding brilliance

Brawl in Cell Block 99 review: Vaughn has never brooded bigger and badder than he does here

Kevin Roche: ‘I still don’t think architecture pays enough attention to the user, to the person who has to live in the building’

His father built up Galtee cheese, and his first job was designing a piggery: now 95, the unassuming Irish ‘starchitect’ focuses o(...)

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

‘When I was a kid walking into a newsagents, there was a naked woman on half the magazines. That’s got to come out in the wash somehow,” says Rafe Spall. Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Portrait

Rafe Spall grew up during the lad culture of the 1990s, and there’s little doubt in his mind how the likes of Harvey Weinstein wer(...)

Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect is filmed by Kate McCullough, one of our finest cinematographers

The Quiet Architect review: an elegant documentary examines Kevin Roche, one of the greatest architects of the modern era

Review: Three directors, eight writers and some great voices can't save this film

Four former college friends set out on an isolated hiking trail – what could go wrong?

This talented ensemble  gamely force this year’s most atrocious dialogue through their respective gobs

The Party review: The film is barely over an hour long, but shortness is the least if its problems

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

The Glass Castle: An uneven adaptation

Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and the talented child stars make it soapishly watchable

“It’s just like a regular village but it’s a village of older women.” Above, still from I Am Not a Witch

For her new film, Rungano Nyoni spent more than a month in a real-life witch camp, that works as a tourist attraction, labour camp(...)

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl: a riot of colours and abstractions

By the final act in this film, the randomness coalesces into something philosophical

In Between

In Between review: Tel Aviv gets the Broad City treatment in this terrific female-centered feature

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson on Goodbye Christopher Robin: “I suspect the reviews will go many different ways. But I’ve seen people weeping in a cinema watching it. That’s hard to do.” Photograph:   Vera Anderson/WireImage

He’s writing a bawdy comedy with his brother and Michael McElhatton. Who wouldn’t? he asks

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(...)

Dakota Fanning: “If you’re not challenging yourself, that’s no fun.” Photograph:  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

At just 23, Dakota Fanning is a Hollywood veteran - just don't expect her to go all Lindsay Lohan anytime soon

Emily Beecham as a thoroughly modern Millie

Emily Beecham is an appealing mess of uncertainties in this strong debut feature

Reese Witherspoon, the creator and destroyer of the traditional romantic-comedy

The format has been on the wane for years. Home Again could be its nadir

Bruce Parry learns the practices of molong and tawai from the Penan people

Tribe’s Bruce Parry heads back to the Bornean jungle in Tawai: A Voice from the Forest

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  during a press previews for Maze at The Movie House cinema in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

From Love/Hate to the Avengers: Infinity War, he does a fine line in onscreen menace

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

Géza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbély in On Body and Soul

Writer-director Ildikó Enyedi mines female aloofness for both comedy and sadness in On Body and Soul

Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe

This dramatisation cleverly demonstrates that the two weren’t so different after all

Sareum Srey Moch in First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

This Cambodian tale shows Jolie is perfectly capable of tackling geopolitical complexities

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

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