Top Christmas viewing: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, starring Cher, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried

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Director Armando Iannucci poses with the Best European Comedy award for ‘The Death of Stalin’. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

The big winner, Cold War, will barely scrape an Academy Award nomination

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski  and his team members pose with all their awards for their film ‘Cold War’ during the 2018 European Film Awards ceremony in Seville. Photograph:  Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

Nora Twomey’s ‘The Breadwinner’ misses out on animated feature gong in Seville

The agile arthropod: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

New this week: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Free Solo, Keepers of the Flame, Dead Souls

Also: Which character has appeared in all of the Star Wars movies

Patrick Wilson: I am conscious of my good fortune.

The actor on moving from musicals to movies, #MeToo and the perils of being a good looking guy

With tricky commemorations ahead, Nuala O’Connor’s documentary is nicely measured

Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon: an attack on misogyny or a celebration of it? With Von Trier, you never get a chance to find out

Review: The director embraces all his worst instincts in this horrible film

Shane MacGowan and the Popes at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 2003. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

A recent statement from MacGowan addressed the annual controversy concerning that gay slur in that Christmas song with great reaso(...)

New this week: Amber Heard in Aquaman

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You will rub your eyes often

Review: Aquaman begins with a carefree abandon, but then it goes a bit watery

Shameik Moore voices Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Review: Soul, sincerity and invention join to pack a punch in this candy-charged cartoon

Firm favourites: Toni Collette in Hereditary (centre) and from left, Cold War, Climax, Lady Bird, Sorry to Bother You and Loveless

Year in Culture Review: From Lady Bird to A Star is Born, here are our films of the year

A typically skilled performance from Andy Serkis

Nice Gollum argues for a People’s Vote. Cruel Gollum rants about “blue passportses”

Hot on the trail: Casey Affleck in The Old Man & the Gun

New this week: The Old Man & the Gun, Sorry to Bother You, Roma

Uma Thurman doesn’t know what’s ahead of her in The House that Jack Built

The arch provocateur on his divisive film The House that Jack Built, misogyny and Björk

Also: Marvel movie without a sequel, songs at the Oscars and Jane Austen adaptations


Review: Social observations, humour and some of recent cinema’s most emotioanl scenes

Rami Malek  brings depth and darkness to what could have been a superficial enterprise

Success of ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has studios trawling the vinyl vaults

New this week: Richie Merrit and Matthew McConaughey in White Boy Rick

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Golden Globe nominee: Caitriona Balfe in Outlander

Irish-produced film ranks second only to ‘Vice’. Monaghan actor gets a fourth nod

Pat Shortt

Review: The actors do their jobs. The camerawork is suitably grimy. It’s not enough

Spacek and Redford: The dialogue is witty, but sparse. The editing is leisurely. This is why we need movie stars

Review: David Lowery’s film works its magic by treating its elder characters with respect

  ESB archive power station image

Footage released to celebrate the 90th anniversary of ESB

This time it’s personal: Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan in Creed II

New this week: Creed II, Disobedience, Three Identical Strangers, The Wild Pear Tree

Also: Nicolas Roeg's locations, a tricky Harry Potter question and bands inspired by movies

Margaret Thatcher, ice cream pioneer: the new face on the £50 note?

The former British PM may be a woman of note, but putting her face on one is asking for trouble

The Wild Pear Tree

Review: The director’s latest lengthy musing generates fascinating conversations

New this week: The Wild Pear Tree

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Animals: Alia Shawkat (left) and Holliday Grainger in the comedy about women’s friendships

Irish film-makers bring comedy, horror and documentary to Utah festival

Ralph Breaks the Internet: More logos than during the pre-film advertisements

Review: A persistent kowtowing to corporate interests flattens this family film

Corey Calliet and Sylvester Stallone, who spills with the sort of ancient wisdom you get only from grizzled trainers in boxing movies

Review: The Rocky films have moved on, and the acting has never been better in the series

Detailing Chinese Communist Party atrocities in the 1950s, Dead Souls clocks in at around eight hours

‘Dead Souls’ will be screened over two days. Can something that long be called a ‘movie’?

Sarah Silverman: ‘The hypocrisy blows my mind.  What is the difference between saying ‘crap’ and ‘shit’? Yet you have to bleep ‘shit’.” Photograph: Brinson+Banks/New York Times

The actor and comedian tells unpleasant truths in profane language – and gets huge respect

Creed II: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Michael B Jordan as Adonis Creed

‘Creed II’ is No 8 in the Stallone franchise. We salute its refusal to throw in the towel

Actors Anouk Aimee and Robert De Niro present Bernardo Bertolucci with a special award for his film The Last Emperor during the 1987 Cannes International Film Festival. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Oscar winner Bernardo Bertolucci was one of Italy's great post-war directors

Nicolas Roeg: formulated a singular film language – contorted narrative, awry angles, jarring edits – which  influenced many. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Few directors have made so many films that touch on the status of masterpiece

Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley in The Camino Voyage

Review: This documentary follows an unlikely journey across treacherous seas

Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef and Abra in Assassination Nation

New this week: Assassination Nation, Shoplifters, The Girl in the Spider’s Web and The Camino Voyage

Action: nice work if you can get it. Photograph: iStock

Also: a horror classic director, Keanu Reeves’s birthplace and a question about time

John Lewis Christmas ad: Various versions of Elton John playing crisper versions of ‘Your Song’

Donald Clarke: There’s a reason advertising executives have second homes in Tuscany

Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka and Mehdi Taleghani in Shoplifters

Review: A family of petty thieves take a cold and hungry girl into their care

Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, and Abra in Assassination Nation

Review: Plenty of films try to deconstruct the online life but few have dug as deeply as this

Taron Egerton as Robin Hood. The outlaw from the English midlands talks pure Estuary. Photograph: Larry Horricks/Lionsgate

Review: The clothes are bizarre, the accents are all over the place, and the hero’s a bit odd

Taron Egerton as the altruistic thief

There are up to nine projects on the boil about the outlaw nobody cares about any more

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: terrible, but features an eight-year-old Pia Zadora as a Martian child

There has been a stunning variety of screen Santas. But one outshines them all

‘Something in The Princess Bride affects people,” said Goldman

Oscar-winning writer of ‘All the Presidents’ Men’ coined the phrase ‘Follow the money’

What a way to make a livin’: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5 (1980)

New this week: 9 to 5 rereleased and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from the Coen brothers airs on Netflix

Also: Keeping company with Marlon and Marilyn, directing Meryl and Brendan

Four men in a boat: Danny Sheehy, Brendan Begley, Glen Hansard and Liam Holden. “Danny told me, ‘If you can play a gig for three hours then you can row for six’”

The Frames frontman is in danger of becoming an elder statesman

Excelsior! Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics maestro and co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Black Panther, in 1980. Lee died on Monday aged 95. Photograph: William E. Sauro/The New York Times

Being a disciple of Marvel comics in their golden years was like belonging to a cult

New this week: Ingrid Caven, Dakota Johnson, Fabrizia Sacchi and Renée Soutendijk in Suspiria

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Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Review: JK Rowling’s yarn plays like a fragmented fan fiction assembled through Twitter

Stan Lee: as chief writer and editor at Marvel Comics, he  helped create the 20th century’s superheroes. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Donald Clarke: Writer gave superheroes like Spider-Man and Captain America complex interior life

Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton on the set of “Where Eagles Dare”: “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” manages to stay lively while talking us through the entire plot of the film. Photograph: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

Shape-shifting Geoff Dyer offers lively cross-cultural dissection of beloved 1968 war film

The Girl In The Spider’s Web: Claire Foy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

‘I have an aversion to be being told I have to look a certain way to be an actress’

Stella at the Devlin: the boutique hotel has just opened a neat 42-seat cinema on its lower ground floor

Donald Clarke: Hand over €19 and a supercomfy, well-oiled cinema experience is yours

Netflix’s Roma:  the Oscar-tipped film directed by  Alfonso Cuaron.   Photograph: Netflix

Independent cinemas criticise ‘exclusive’ deal with Curzon chain, which has no screens in Ireland

Travolta and thurman

Also: the last Oscar best picture winner to be based on a novel and know your Hustons

Brokeback marriage: Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in Wildlife

New this week: Wildlife, Good Favour, The Grinch, They Shall Not Grow Old

Trump supporters: Star Wars miniatures line out for Donald Trump. Photograph: David Gilliver/Barcroft via Getty

Donald Clarke: All the Friends voted Democrat, right? No wonder the party is in trouble

Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Olivia Ancona in Suspiria (2018)

Review: Remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic does nothing with its many good ideas

Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

Hot tips: Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun

New this week: Benedict Cumberbatch voicing The Grinch

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Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nora Twomey, Oscar nominee for ‘The Breadwinner’, will direct ‘My Father’s Dragon’

Jackson ploughed through the Imperial War Museum’s archives, polished up the footage, and rendered it in 3-D

Review: The director exploits all his technical gifts to convey the everyday experience of war

Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould and Jake Gyllenhaal in Wildlife. Photograph: IFC Films

Review: Paul Dano channels his literary side in a directorial debut that abounds with aggressive metaphors

Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Wind remained his most discussed unfinished film. Photograph: Apic/Getty

‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is just part of the Orson Welles flotilla docked at Netflix Cove

Director Mike Leigh attends the ‘Mr Turner’ press conference during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15th, 2014 in Cannes, France. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/Getty Images

The director on why he's telling the story of a very British massacre, disagreeing with Jeremy Corbyn and avoiding 'thick actors'

Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo in Widows. Photograph: Merrick Morton//Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Review: Steve McQueen tries to cram in too much good stuff – but there's no crime in that when it's such good stuff

Bad wives club: Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki in Widows

New this week: Steve McQueen's Widows, Chris O'Dowd in Juliet Naked, Mike Leigh's Peterloo, and Mirai

Also: Toting up the Dalmations, IDing the Queen, and a Coen brother officially directs

Arrest mugshots of James “Whitey” Bulger, the late mobster who terrorised south Boston in the 1970s and 1980s.  “Black Mass” and “The Departed” drew glamourous versions of his character.

‘Whitey’ Bulger, like the Krays, Ned Kelly and the General, is idealised in film

Colin Farrell in Widows

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Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd in Juliet, Naked. Photograph: Alex Bailey

A frustrated Rose Byrne and menacing fan-boy Chris O’Dowd in seaside town so lovely we yearn to call it Richard-on-the-Curtis

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Only four out of the top 100 films directed by women in BBC poll of critics

Maxine Peake in Peterloo

Who thought we’d end up praising the facets of a Leigh film that feel most like the work of David Lean?


The silver screen’s spooky best from the last 100 years of cinema

Joe E Brown and Jack Lemmon in ‘Some Like It Hot’. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

Billy Wilder’s 1959 film is being reissued. But how did it attain untouchable status?

Also: Fada facts, the food is the film, a winning actor and actress, and album origins

Storm warning: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

New this week: Bohemian Rhapsody, Katie, The Hate U Give

Still beating: Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh in ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

The spy novelist is 87, but his star has never shone brighter, with a BBC adaptation of ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ about to start

Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan

Review: Gus Van Sant in better form in film about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan

New this week: Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.

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Katie: leaves enough hidden to keep the Taylor enigma alive

Fulcrum of this lucid documentary is the tricky era after the boxer fell out with her father

Intelligent display: Amandla Stenberg

A stunning performance by Amandla Stenberg makes a worthwhile film unmissable

Natalie Portman in Vox Lux: When she finally appears, she’s in every scene

Why is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ not a musical? Because it wants to be an Oscar contender

Resistance is not futile: Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in Fahrenheit 11/9. Montage: The Irish Times

The film-maker on Trump’s charm, new film Fahrenheit 11/9, and getting the vote out

Michael Moore in Fahreiheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9, Halloween, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Read, Dogman

Bob Dylan: news that Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, is to film Blood on the Tracks has filled wise people with fears we are returning to the Dark Aeons

Donald Clarke: The Who’s ‘Tommy’, ‘Quadrophenia’, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, Lloyd Webber. Enough

Also: Two-time Oscar nominees, the sequels gap and defying Irish classification

Touch Me Not

Review: Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Golden Bear-winning film is ‘not for everyone’

New this week: Touch Me Not, on limited release

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Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 11/9: feels as reassuring as it is enraging

Review: Moore takes aim at Trump with satire, stunts and sometimes unreliable reporting

Thomas Reid: Informal, defiant and properly odd

Review: The David-and-Goliath film pits a stubborn, brave rebel against official Ireland

Venom: ‘Dumber than a sack of dead fish’

The stinkily reviewed ‘Venom’ proves that the right film at the right time still can sell

Katie Taylor in Ross Whitaker’s documentary

Stories of 2018: The boxing champion on never getting used to fame, and keeping her mind ‘intact’

Written by Roddy Doyle, Rosie tackles the homelessness crisis with great economy

Paddy Breathnach on making a film about a homeless family with Roddy Doyle

The astronaut’s wife: Claire Foy in First Man

New this week: First Man, Rosie, Mandy, 1945

Also: Wuthering Heights’ Cathy, the Marvel Universe, and a gangster who loved loved the American Dream

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