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

Review: Hard to knock account of paralysis in post-war England despite stereotypes

Deliver Us review: This documentary is a sobering, serious watch about exorcism and those who claim to be possessed

Rob Pinnington, a member of the British Spartathlon team in The Road to Sparta

A new documentary follows the annual Spartathlon, the original race from Athens to Sparta

The King’s Speech

Streaming services are eyeing the disgraced Weinstein Company’s valuable back catalogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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