Thandie Newton. Photograph: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Many are women tidied away by an industry that prefers its boats to remain unrocked

Alfre Woodard at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Amanda Edwards/Getty

The actor on capital punishment, ‘mentally compromised’ Trump and US race relations

Plus: brothers & sisters of Oscar winners, playing The Exorcist, directing Stephen King

Charlize Theron in The Old Guard

The Old Guard, Finding the Way Back, Scoob!, Black Water: Abyss

Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlize Theron and Luca Marinelli

Silly adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic about ancient immortals tees up new franchise

 The  film is the second killer Crocodilia picture we’ve experienced in the last 12 months.

Review: The characters are dull, the tensions intermittent, the violent scenes confusing

Ennio Morricone: one can no more imagine The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without his score than one can imagine Swan Lake without Tchaikovsky. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty

Late composer was among tiny handful of film scorers whose work is instantly recognisable

Simon Pegg in Inheritance

Ten minutes in, the plot has already tested the allowances we make for pulp hokum

Niall Horan will know a tongue-lashing on State TV from the The Abuser in Chief counts as the greatest imaginable tribute. Photograph:    Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images

The Irish experts at expressing themselves through ironic aggression rather than sincere affection

Saoirse Ronan as Jo March in the latest version of Little Women

Plus: great escape goddesses, Hitchcock's first silent/last sound film, the show still went on

Lin-Manuel Miranda leads the cast of Hamilton

Hamilton, Lynn + Lucy, The Booksellers, Inheritance

Adam Weinberger in The Booksellers

Film Review: This study of independent and antiquarian booksellers speaks volumes

Milo O’Shea (left) as Leopold Bloom in Ulysses, directed by Joseph Strick. Photograph: Silver Screen/Getty

The new indie comedy Saint Frances features period sex – cinema has travelled a long way

Lady Gaga performs at the 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2019. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The activity of ‘stans’ online is not entirely harmless - dissenters get abused

Emma Mackey. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

The Sex Education actor talks about her Irish roots and her Anglo-French upbringing

Jean Harlow with Clark Gable in Saratoga (1936)

Plus: Spot the fake Michael Bay film, performing for Bond, the month for Oscar

Rose Byrne and Steve Carell in Irresistible. Photograph: Daniel McFadden/Focus Features

Review: Jon Stewart directs a witty and neatly drawn look at politics and big money

One of the film clips featured in Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

Review: Frank Beauvais meditates on movie addiction through a collage of film clips

Chris Cooper and Steve Carell in Irresistible

Irresistible, Eurovision Song Contest, Fanny Lye Deliver’d, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

The Winter Lake

The festival, long the prime spot for new Irish features, is moving online for just one year

‘We can put up all the signs we like, but if the public don’t embrace it this doesn’t work.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘I just want to get trading. I have been sitting on my butt since March,’ says one manager

Joel Schumacher: “I caused a lot of trouble with my movies on purpose.” Photograph: Benjamin Norman/The New York Times

The late film-maker defined an age, made movies whole generations hugged to their bosoms

Let us not bother with the notion that the rearrangements will ruin the experience

Decent folk have been complaining about bad behaviour in cinemas for many years

Unsubscribe: the no-budget horror movie was filmed on Zoom. Photograph: Vimeo/Christian Nilsson

Unsubscribe, a no-budget flick, broke a record after two film-makers’ clever thinking

Jesse Eisenberg and Clémence Poésy in Resistance

Review: Director leans too heavily towards sentimental and sensational

Plus: How many best picture Oscar nominees in 2022? Whose grandson is in Artemis Fowl?

The battle to disentangle Roni’s inner tortures brings out the best in some and the worst in others

Review: Excellent Israeli film attacks a serious subject with rigour and ingenuity

Lise Leplat Prudhomme in Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, 7500, The Day After I’m Gone/Hayom Sheachrey Lechti, Resistance

Cinemas have hardly been open, but there have still been plenty of top-notch releases

Foreground photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty

Is Jamie Dornan better than Donal McCann? Ruth Negga superior to Brenda Fricker?

Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in a publicity still for Gone with the Wind. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Caricatures of black people fuel a culture of abuse from boardrooms to classrooms

Plus: ‘Foreign language’ Oscar women, Jane Campion's films and Hunger Games stars

Pete Davidson and Steve Buscemi in The King of Staten Island

Review: Pete Davidson’s autobiographical script is loosely packed but has undoubted zest

Delroy Lindo and Clarke Peters in Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods, The King of Staten Island, Virus Tropical, Artemis Fowl

Nonso Anozie, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad and Ferdia Shaw in Disney’s Artemis Fowl. Photograph:  Nicola Dove

Much diddly-eye ballyhoo apparently adapted from a tea towel makes it through the fug

The Wretched’s distributor commissioned delightfully retro ads referencing their movies’ most lurid qualities.

Donald Clarke: A film you’ve probably never heard of has topped the US charts for five weeks

Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928). Photograph: Disney Enterprises Inc

Plus: A tip for Benjamin, Michael Mann and Burt Bacharach, Spider-Man vs who?

Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea

Review: Perfectly aligned performances from the young leads hold the film aloft

Jakob Dylan and Tom Petty

Review: Well-worn yarns of Laurel Canyon music in the groovy times get another airing

Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea in Dating Amber

Dating Amber, A Rainy Day in New York, Miss Slavic 7, Echo in the Canyon

David Freyne's film is set two years after being gay was decriminalised in Ireland

Christian Cooper displays a video recording of Amy Cooper (no relation) on his smartphone in New York’s Central Park. Her reaction to being asked to put a leash on her dog was true Karen behaviour. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

The only true victims of the meme are gentle souls whose name is being taken in vain

Monty Python’s Life of Brian: Banned on April 29th, 1980. Overturned on appeal seven years later.

Plus: Oceans of titles, new century Oscar winners, Stoned movie subjects

Mike Wallace: Probed harder and more flamboyantly than his contemporaries at evasive subjects

Review: Fast-paced documentary of a hard-edged US media showman

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Nadia Tereszkiewicz

Review: The slightly jolting coincidences do not derail Dominik Moll’s smooth machine

Sierra McCormick in The Vast of Night

The Vast of Night, Mike Wallace Is Here, Only the Animals, and The High Note

It seems unlikely we will soon get back to the globe-trotting that set in during the 1980s and 1990s

Even before Covid-19, there were signs the young faced greater challenges than their parents

Photograph: Dave Meehan

Plus: What blockbuster film is still due to be released in 2020?

In True Fiction, horror writer Caleb Conrad (Jason Cassini) wants librarian Avery Malone (Sara Garcia) to be the guinea pig in his investigations into terror.

Director Braden Croft combines double crosses with life-threatening degradation

Agnès Varda (1928-2019) is among the great filmmakers studied in  Women Wno Make Film

We rate Women Make Film, Take Me Somewhere Nice, True Fiction and The County

Isabelle Huppert in Mia Hansen-Løve’s 2016 film Things to Come.

Review: Mark Cousins’s epic documentary is a lengthy journey worth making more than once

Robert Pattinson stars opposite John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Photograph: Warner Bros

Donald Clarke: Streaming provides a lifeline but pressure builds on Tenet to kickstart recovery

Jessie, Woody and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3

Plus: The winningest musical decade, role-playing with Judi, famously misquoted lines

US president Jimmy Carter’s motorcade leaves Three Mile Island nuclear power station after the accident on April 1st, 1979. Photograph: Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park

Review: Vicki Lesley’s documentary worthily tries to cover all bases but lacks punch as a result

Sidney Flanigan in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

A searing but subtle US abortion drama, plus ‘exótico’ Mexican wrestling, Portuguese spirituality, and nuclear power at a low simm(...)

Eliza Hittmann’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always may be a simple tale, but it contains multitudes

Review: The film paints no sort of sunny picture of the termination procedure

Town Hall Theatre, Galway: Limiting ticket sales for digital events to the capacity of the Town Hall Theatre will help foster a festival mentality.

Festival’s 32nd edition to revolve around streamings ticket-limited to venue capacity

There has also been chatter about the stuff on your face. Photograph: RoBeDeRo/Getty Images

Just as Newton experimented with light during the Black Death, I could experiment with the grooming habits of the Iron Age

Plus: Odd Irishman out, cut from the Oscars, Hitchcock’s heroes, directing Harry Potter

Gilda (Catrinel Marlon) in action in The Whistlers. It is no accident the most dangerous female shares a name with Rita Hayworth’s most famous creation

Corneliu Porumboiu serves up a corrupt cop, a femme fatale and a globe-trotting plot

Catrinel Marlon in The Whistlers

Michelle Obama’s softly softly marketing movie, plus a documentary on romcoms and two very different films from a Romanian master

Michelle Obama speaks at Howard University in July, 2019. Photograph: Chuck Kennedy

There’s no grit, no Hillary Clinton, and little discussion of race relations or Donald Trump

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

Donald Clarke and Tara Brady's definitive list has more than a few surprises

The current emergency has been a godsend for those patriotically wedded to the sanctity of personal space

Donald Clarke: Nobody dares hug you now. The chances of a fraternal kiss are slimmer still. It’s great


Plus: See if you can spot the odd movie out – with the titles as Gaeilge

Diana Kennedy is still aloft and defiant in her late nineties.

Film suggests Diana Kennedy is culinary evangelist with gift for performative bossiness

Julia Garner in The Assistant

Weinstein in The Assistant, sex’n’death in Ema, Mexican food in Nothing Fancy

There are just 16 episodes of Dinnerladies.

Here’s some cosy TV to make confinement more bearable

Review: Ferdia Mac Anna’s flimsy, low-budget film has an ingenuous charm

 Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later was released in the aftermath of 9/11. Photograph: Peter Mountain

Stories will need to establish whether they are set before, during or after the pandemic

Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones (2009)

Also: Possibly Hitchcock, directing James Bond, Godzilla versus who this time?

Hermione Corfield plays Siobhán, a marine biologist spending time on an Irish trawler

Review: Neasa Hardiman’s maritime horror is a flawed but impressive ‘big screen’ debut

When All Is Ruin Once Again

Review: Keith Walsh’s documentary, shot in Gort, is beautiful but philosophically shaky

US writer, actor and film director Woody Allen. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

An unreconstructed attitude to women is evident and queasy questions go unanswered

Eric Roberts, Michael Flatley and Nicole Evans in the poster for Blackbird, in which Flatley stars as a Bond-style secret agent. Only a privileged few have seen the movie – perhaps they’re holding it back for Cannes?

Let the Riverdancer release his ‘vanity project’ Blackbird and silence the Twitter haters

Brian Dennehy in Dublin while he appeared in The Field, in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On screen, tireless actor ranged from Rambo to Romeo + Juliet, with plenty of trips to old country

Plus: Liam Neeson’s movies and films that didn’t begin life on TV

Review: This old-school chiller is a joyous – if nasty – celebration of the female rock fan

Ana de Armas and Wagner Moura in Sergio

Review: The screenplay works hard to cram a long career into a fresh, well-meaning whole

Timothée Chalamet: Dune is a blockbuster that won’t get delayed. Right? Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty

And, more importantly, will we be able to watch him star in Dune from a cinema seat?

German-American pride: US president Donald Trump and the Easter Bunny. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

I know it’s a time of crisis, but when did this mythical rabbit become part of Irish Easter?

Plus: Cate Blanchett’s odd one out and a big Disney movie goes online

Aisling Bea in Love Wedding Repeat. Photograph: Netflix

But you probably won’t, since it’s on Netflix and these days the audience is captive

Tigertail is on Netflix from April 10th

Slight but enchanting tale of the Taiwanese diaspora in the US just lacks a bit of oomph

Sean Connery and Honor Blackman filming a scene for Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire in 1964. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

‘I never considered myself a sex symbol’, James Bond, The Avengers actor once said

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It’s hard, in 100 minutes, to convey the slow terror of a virus that kills in low percentages

Belfast-born film expert Mark Cousins says he seldom watches a film twice, unless he is presenting it to an audience or if he wants to use a clip in a documentary. Photograph: Jamie Fry

There’s enough novelty to last a lifetime, but repeated viewing brings its own comforts

Oscar glory:  Brad Pitt. Photograph: Alberto pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Plus: who namechecked Marilyn Monroe, Tarantino’s ‘masterpiece’ and Hamlet-inspired titles

Review: Natalie Portman is hidebound as an astronaut heading for a nervous breakdown

Army of Shadows: Jean-Pierre Melville’s magnificent French Resistance classic is available on Mubi.

Fancy a rotating visual feast of 30 arthouse movies monthly and all neatly curated?

A scene from Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s film The Platform, a recent Netflix release – “a gloomy shocker set in a prison that operates like practical moral conundrum”.

The crisis has allowed people loudly signal rediscovered their commitment to highbrow classics

Pet lockdown

Plus: Gone with the Wind’s last line and private eyes who never got an Oscar nod

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg in Vivarium

Review: Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are excellent in this ultimate self-isolation movie

Clunky lines and obvious plot turns are aplenty in Uncorked

Film review: A competitive drama without any real villain

Mila Al Zahrani’s performance and the urgency of The Perfect Candidate’s issues elevate it from the ordinary.

Review: Haifaa al-Mansour returns to Saudi Arabia for a study of the pressures put upon women

‘We are delighted to offer an escape,’ say organisers of screenings in Dublin’s suburbs

Photograph: Getty

Coronavirus: Cinemas are closed, festivals cancelled, movie productions halted

John Wayne as  Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: AP Photo/Warner Bros

Apple and Google are excellent options for the greatest era of American cinema

Jaws and Bo-Jo: made for each other

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