New this week: Matías Oviedo and Demian Hernández in Too Late to Die Young

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John Belushi, Aretha Franklin and Dan Aykroyd in The Blues Brothers (1980)

Also: Marvel superheroes and their parents, Hitchock in colour, 007 by the numbers

 Beanie Feldstein as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Booksmart. Photograph: Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures

Review: Delightful film follows two friends as they party their way into oblivion during last week of high school

Director Quentin Tarantino and actor Brad Pitt pose during a photocall for the film Once Upon a Time in . . . Hollywood, at the  Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Fewer instant classics on show, but Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, dark drama The Lighthous(...)

Brain boxed: Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in Booksmart

New this weekend: Teen drama-comedy Booksmart, and Elton John biopic Rocketman

Mena Massoud and Will Smith in Aladdin. Photograph: Daniel Smith/Disney

Review: Disney’s bid to make flesh of their animations has hit a speed-bump

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman. Photograph: Paramount

Review: It doesn’t always make sense, but the choreography distracts from the musical non sequiturs

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino’s new film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a vast improvement on the exhausting The Hateful Eight

Cannes 2019: Quentin Tarantino reviewed, early Oscar buzz, plus Isabelle Huppert in Frankie

Brad Pitt,   Leonardo DiCaprio,  film director Quentin Tarantino and   Margot Robbie  arrive for the screening of  Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood at the 72nd  Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood shows off a fascination with period detail and gift for cinematic texture

Cannes 2019: Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodóvar kiss Penélope Cruz at a Pain and Glory photocall. Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty

Cannes diary: Polanski’s latest film screens in secret; plus reviews of Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Young Ahmed

Cannes catch: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in Robert Eggers’s extraordinary film The Lighthouse

Cannes diary: Robert Pattinson stars in The Lighthouse; and a crowded market for mutts

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn poses during a photocall for the film Too Old To Die Young - North of Hollywood, West of Hell at the 72nd in Cannes. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Cannes diary: New fund for film-makers; Nicholas Winding Refn says the future is in streaming? Maybe we should just go home and wa(...)

Taron Egerton and Richard Madden attend the Rocketman press conference during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17th, 2019 in Cannes, France. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Cannes diary: Change comes slow for gender equality and Rocketman Taron tears up

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in Vivarium, the Irish film that premiered at Cannes on Saturday

Vivarium, an Irish science-fiction horror, has world premiere as part of International Critics Week at the film festival

Louise Bourgoin at the opening ceremony and screening of The Dead Don’t Die in Cannes, France. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Donald Clarke: The #sordidtruth about covering Cannes in the age of Twitter

Cannes do spirit: the main competition jury at the opening ceremony of the French film festival, which is also a marketplace for film-makers from all over the world, including Ireland. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty

Cinema is an increasingly puzzling market. So what counts as success for an Irish release?

Cannes 2019: Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher

Cannes diary: Jim Jarmusch, plus Sorry We Missed You, Bacurau and Les Misérables

New this week: Jordan Stephens and Derren Nesbitt in Tucked, showing exclusively at Cineworld in Dublin

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Two mutts: Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

New this weekend: John Wick 3, Birds of Passage, Beats, Tucked

Carmiña Martínez in Birds of Passage

Review: An epic work of folk, gangster and other-worldly cinema about a tribal family

Also: From the Riviera to the Oscars, Elton John beached, the woman’s angle

Les Misérables

Flying saucers turn out to be recurrent motif, as zombie comedy gets mixed reception

A thousand people get shot, but nobody is ever hurt

Review: He kills everyone whose name you don’t know. It’s a masterpiece of martial choreography

Cannes 2019: this year’s souvenir bag is the best ever

Cannes diary: Gender parity, populist politics, freebies and zombies. It’s all go already

Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and  director Jim Jarmusch arrive for the screening of The Dead Don’t Die, the opening film of this year’s Cannes festival. Photograph:  Julien Warnand/EPA

Star-studded cast of Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and Chloë Sevigny light up red carpet

Doris Day: the late star as Calamity Jane, in the 1953 film

Doris Day, star of Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, dies aged 97

The Great Gatsby at the Gate invited punters to dress as flappers when attending. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donald Clarke: Some of us are quite happy being bad sports. Now get away from me

New this week: Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline, exclusively at Queen's University in Belfast and Triskel Christchurh in Cork

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Gospel power: Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace

New this weekend: Amazing Grace, Float Like a Butterfly, Madeline’s Madeline, Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Quentin Tarantino: his drama of hippy Hollywood will turn heads. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

Time will tell about the quality of the films – but the programme does not disappoint

Another Star Wars trilogy is on the way, and Avatar 2 has been kicked back a year

Disney shares its eight-year film schedule: Artemis Fowl lands next year, Avatar 2 in 2021

Daniel Craig: One of his films made $1.1 billion

Also: How many people died on Judgment Day, according to the first line of Terminator 2?

Robert Pattinson in High Life

Review: From a ‘Sex Box’ to a brief shot of Six Nations rugby, this sci-fi film makes for interesting viewing

Birds of Passage: ‘We discovered the Wayuu was a matriarchal society. The woman has big power in terms of spirituality and commerce.’

To research their new film Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra visited the Wayuu people of northern Colombia to hea(...)

Hazel Doupe is funny, awkward and inspirational   in Float Like a Butterfly

Review: The story, vaguely inspired by Katie Taylor, is about a Traveller girl who trains herself to boxing excellence

Aretha herself remains stubbornly, resistantly unknowable

Review: Franklin’s 1972 recording was tied up in technical and legal problems for decades

Tom Holland warns us there are ‘serious spoilers’ ahead

Spidey orders you not to watch unless you’ve seen Endgame. Don’t tell us what to do, Parker

Harvey Keitel was originally cast in the lead role but, deemed unacceptable, was replaced by Martin Sheen (above)

Francis Ford Coppola premiered his disaster-struck Vietnam epic at Cannes 40 years ago

Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston in Line of Duty. Photograph: Aiden Monaghan

Game of Thrones and Line of Duty prove that the collective TV event is far from dead

Float like a Butterfly: Hazel Doupe stars as a Traveller who takes Muhammad Ali as her model

Float like a Butterfly has been worth every tough moment for director Carmel Winters

Natalie in Vox Lux: Lady Gaga without the alleged charity

Review: Portman is the pop star from hell in this unrestrained fun ride

New this week: A Dog’s Journey

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Battle ready: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in Woman at War

New this weekend: Woman at War, Vox Lux and Tolkien

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Knock Down the House. Photograph courtesy of Sundance Institute

Review: She wasn’t supposed to be the star of this Netflix political documentary. But she so is

Also: Never a sequel, an Oscar contender without a gong, going Who-less

Leonardo Di Caprio plays a TV star – based on Burt Reynolds – struggling to make a career in movies. Brad Pitt plays his stunt double

The film, set in 1960s LA, stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, will compete for Palme d’Or

The write stuff: Nicholas Hoult in Tolkien

Review: It’s a bit mean of the Tolkien estate to disavow this harmless, touching film

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

Review: The new Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron feels like high-end telly

Avengers: Endgame: ‘You’d think they would, by now, have learnt the message and left behind the useless Hawkeye’

‘Nice job on spoilers in your Endgame review. Dick,’ read the first tweet

Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival o in Indio, California. Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Donald Clarke: The act of appreciation is just a refined version of what audiences do every day

New this week: Pierre Deladonchamps and Vincent Lacoste in Sorry Angel, exclusively at the Triskel in Cork

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Higher learning: Emily Robinson and Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade

New: Eighth Grade, The Dig, Styxx, Ash Is Purest White, Avengers: Endgame, Donbass

Also: Big back in the ’60s, not based on Nicholas Sparks, Quiet Man Barry Fitzgerald

Donbass: There has rarely been a better example of universal truths being revealed through particular histories.

Review: The film comprises 13 equally cynical, comparably despairing vignettes

The Dig: An Ulster western, starring Moe Dunford and a lot of piles of earth, which does less to argue for the joys of the countryside than did Cold Comfort Farm

Review: An impressive oddity with Moe Dunford and Lorcan Cranitch that deserves renown

Eighth Grade excelsas a character study of singular sensitivity.

Review: The film excels as a character study of singular sensitivity

Travis Knight’s upcoming take on The Six Million Dollar Man has been  inflated to The Six Billion Dollar Man

When is a reboot not a reboot? When it’s a new version of Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer

Avengers: Endgame: ‘You’d think they would, by now, have learnt the message and left behind the useless Hawkeye’

Review: The best superhero films nod at their silliness. This one’s short on fun

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Lorcan Finnegan’s science fiction film Vivarium was supported by Screen Ireland.

Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, will be shown during Cannes 2019 International Critics’ Wee(...)

Golden but oldies: Dylan, Bowie, Madonna, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson

How much harder it is for a star to deliver records that matter when, like Madonna, they have passed their 60th birthday?

Bird Box: a fitful, meme-friendly thriller that generated 45 million views

We already know not to ‘watch what others are watching’. That way lies Mrs Brown’s Boys

Some think she’s ‘a bit frightening’, including in Neil Jordan’s Greta, but the star couldn’t be nicer

The Avengers in action

Avengers: Endgame set to become the fifth Marvel film in top 10 grossing of all time

Beware of the big bad wolf: Chloë Grace Moretz in Greta

New this weekend: Neil Jordan's Greta and Mel Gibson in Dragged Across Concrete

New this week: Elena Sofia Ricci as Veronica Lario in Loro, on limited release

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Also: A first for Marvel, Friends’ Phoebe and her parents, not directed by Ridley Scott

Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi in Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, Loro. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

Review: Paolo Sorrentino looks a bit like a bad copy of himself in this ugly collage

Cannes 2019: Penélope Cruz and Raúl Arévalo in Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria), directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Big-name auteurs in Croisette line-up, but only four films by women in competition

Judi Dench   tries her absolute best in ‘Red Joan’

Review: To make something so boring of the fascinating true-life story of Soviet spy Melita Norwood takes a certain quality

Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. Photograph:  Universal Pictures

The sudden interest in Meet Joe Black brings back an overlooked oddity from 1998

Big box office: Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat. Photograph: AMMA/Getty

Pornography – even hard-core – was once big box office. The internet changed everything

Red, white and blue: Not every sane contributor needs to be complemented by a lunatic. Captain America can avoid that trap.

Donald Clarke: Chris Evans’ endeavour into US politics may prove to be just a hero’s folly

New this week: Issa Rae and Marsai Martin in Little

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A little bit country: Jessie Buckley in Wild Rose

New this weekend: Wild Rose, mid90s, Little

Also: Who was not in the Wild Bunch and who has yet to remake a Disney classic?

Don’t Go: A lot goes on, but the film never attains the spooky resonance of Nicolas Roeg’s indestructible classic.

Review: After their child dies, a couple have visions suggesting the infant may still be nearby

Actor, writer and director Jonah Hill in December 2018. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ

‘This isn’t a goof’: Actor and director talks Mid90s and the power of writing

(from left) Devon (Tucker Meek), Isaac (JD McCrary), little Jordan Sanders (Marsai Martin) and Raina (Thalia Tran) in Little, co-written and directed by Tina Gordon.

Review: The old jokes can still raise laughs if enjoyed in the right company

Wild Rose: To strain a musical analogy, the verse and choruses are strong, but the middle eight hits too many of the wrong notes.

Review: She has all the talent she needs – a great voice, acting presence and comic timing

My Left Foot: Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan’s 1989 film

Released in April 1989, it changed everything for Daniel Day-Lewis and Jim Sheridan

The Dead Don’t Die: the online pretrailer for Jim Jarmusch’s film is attention-span deficit in action

Two decades after the Phantom Menace teaser, they are our age’s internet art form

New this week: Adriano Tardiolo in Happy as Lazzaro, screening through AccessCinema around the country, including the Pavillion Threatre, Dún Laoghaire on April 15th; Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray on April 22nd; and Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on May 13th (

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Pet Sematary: it has cats. Scary cats

New this weekend: Pet Sematary, Missing Link, Shazam!, The Sisters Brothers

Also: The Mafia and The Godfather, directing for Netflix and songs not on Trainspotting soundtrack

Bert Trautmann is played with humble charm by David Kross

Review: You’d have to work very hard to kill the story of Bert Trautmann

The main gag is Billy’s unease in not just the body of a man, but also that of a being who can shoot lightning from his fingers and leap buildings

Review: Too many asides and extended punch-ups drag this past the two-hour mark

Laurence O’Fuarain in The Limit Of

Review: There are ideas worth pursuing here, but they needed a lot more refinement

Last Breath

Review: The story of a North Sea drilling crew facing catastrophe is told effectively

Manchester City’s goalkeeper Bert Trautmann dives at the feet of Birmingham’s Peter Murphy during the 1956 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Trautmann broke his neck making the save, but played on. Photograph:  Allsport Hulton/Archive

Former Hitler Youth member overcame animosity to become a star goalkeeper at Manchester City

Sarah Connor, mother to future revolutionary John Connor, surely scores as the most impressively ‘badass’ mom of the modern era

The fanatical mother of Carrie, the self-sacrificing Mildred Pierce, the baddass Sarah Connor

A Clockwork Orange: Ronnie Barker’s Porridge offered more biting satire

Donald Clarke: A new print of A Clockwork Orange is on the way – get your boots on

Agnes Varda: “I was curious, curiosity is a good thing. And I was curious about different people.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Agnès Varda’s death is a loss to French cinema, but her legacy lives on

New this week: Patricia Clarkson in Out of Blue

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Also: John Wayne’s real name, the fat suit fracas and spot the fake Robert De Niro's movie

The pain of the painter: Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate

New this weekend: At Eternity’s Gate, Dumbo, The Man Who Wanted to Fly, Being Frank

Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom: Friends say that, when wearing the head, Sievey never talked in his own voice

Review: His comic creation – Sievey in a papier-mâché head – inspired Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh: the actor so owns At Eternity’s Gate that it’s difficult to imagine it without him. Photograph: Lily Gavin

Review: The film makes a genuine effort to engage with the artist’s mental torments

Directed by Tim Burton, Disney’s big-screen adventure Dumbo flies into theatres this week. Photograph: Disney

Review: Tim Burton makes canny use of a delightful cast including Colin Farrell and Eva Green

Daniel Craig: One of his films made $1.1 billion

At 51, Craig needs to work hard to convince as the UK’s greatest killing machine

Young people standing in the mud and water and talking, during Woodstock in August, 1969. Photograph: John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Donald Clarke: Woodstock 50 line-up criticism has left you sounding like your parents

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