The Commitments (1991): Alan Parker's euphoric adaptation of the 1987 Roddy Doyle novel

Donald Clarke on the best portrayals of the city on film, from ‘The Informer’ to ‘Once’

This time it’s personal: Diane Kruger in In the Fade

New this week: In the Fade, The Happy Prince, Ocean’s 8, Kissing Candice

Bend It Like Beckham

Also: Alfred Hitchcock’s last, Oscar winners’ dads, and a helluva long weekend

Review: Gut-wrenching moments of tragedy in Fatih Akin’s gritty crime drama

Toni Collette in Hereditary: its Grid of Shame confirms there is no drug use and sex/nudity is only Mild

Donald Clarke: What we object to at the cinema has changed. Movie ratings should too

New this week: Kissing Candice

The Irish Times what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

Review: Rupert Everett the writer-director isn’t as impressive as Rupert Everett the actor

Review: ‘Things were better during the Troubles. Now the mad ones have the run of the place’

Sandra Bullock suggested that only those in any film’s target audience should review that film

The idea that only kids should review children’s films is even sillier, writes Donald Clarke

Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Brad Bird and Samuel L Jackson at the world premiere of Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

Also: What was the last non-sequel to top the box office for its year of release?

Twisted nerves: Toni Collette in Hereditary

New this week: Hereditary, A Ciambra, Studio 54, The Sound of Music

Uruguay’s forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies with Egypt’s midfielder Sam Morsy (L) during the Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay. Photograph: Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

I don’t like soccer, I only like the World Cup. Have you got that?

Rupert Everett: “I don’t think there is any point in regretting.” Photograph: Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images

The ‘Happy Prince’ star on being gay, playing Oscar Wilde, and surviving the film world

Studio 54: celebrity-strewn

Review: Gripping tale of the 1970s New York disco that foretold of the world we now live in

New this week: Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol on the scene to be seen, as depicted in Studio 54

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Gabriel Byrne and Tony Collettte in  ‘Hereditary’, ‘a devastating portrait of an American family in sudden, inexplicable decline’

Cinema-goers are flocking to the art-horror film ... then giving out about it afterwards

Review: Super Troopers belong to 2001, when Linkin Park were big and Clinton was president

One to watch: Spinder-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated ‘Spiderman’ looks promising. But ‘Suspiria’, and new films from Steve McQueen and Lenny Abrahamson look breathtaking

Too close for comfort: Ann Skelly in Kissing Candice

Aoife McArdle has made her name with videos for Bryan Ferry and U2. Her debut feature, ‘Kissing Candice’, was made for a much lowe(...)

Also: The youngest ever best Oscar actress, going dame-less, and Adam Sandler – not!

Things that go Stomp! in the night: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

New this week: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, McQueen, All the Wild Horses, The Boy Downstairs

Beyoncé: high priestess of woke

It did not take long for the word to get twisted and turned back on the socially responsible

Riders line up at the start of the 2017 Mongol Derby  in Mongolia. Photograph: Julian Herbert.

Review: No one in this documentary seems easy company, but it could become cult viewing

New this week: Zosia Mamet and Diana Irvine in The Boy Downstairs

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ... The first Jurassic Park is the only one in the sequence to receive unqualified love

‘Episode Five Syndrome’ has blighted film franchises from Star Trek to Rocky

Just give me five more minutes

Review: Playful and mildly risky, it’s the second best film in the ‘Jurassic’ sequence

Fatheads on the internet are already beginning to grumble about the imminent Oceans 8

Donald Clarke: And then The Shawshank Redemption, The Sting and 12 Angry Women

And which came first: Solo, A New Hope, Phantom Menace or Rogue One?

Future tense: Ross Lynch in My Friend Dahmer

New this week: My Friend Dahmer, Pandora's Box and That Summer

The “endlessly grand” Ayn Rand circa 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

Reviled director to film reviled libertarian hero’s novel. This is a bad idea

New this week: Marine Vacth and Jérémie Renier in 'L’Amante Double'

The Irish Times what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

Ross Lynch and Sydney Meyer in My Friend Dahmer

Review: This biopic reminds us what a terrifying place American high school can be

Marion Cotillard in Ismael’s Ghosts

Review: The wife who went missing 20 years ago reappears and introduces herself to her husband’s new squeeze

Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen in ‘Book Club’. For some reason.

Review: It has the stupidest premise you’ll encounter outside a Schwarzenegger comedy

Jane Fonda in a promotional portrait for ‘Barbarella’, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Fonda may be the greatest actor of her age. What’s she doing in the awful ‘Book Club’?

 The Breadwinner from Kilkenny animation house Cartoon Saloon, an Academy Award nominee for best animated feature

New releases: The Breadwinner, Zama, Edie, Jeune Femme, Citizen Lane, Deadpool 2

New this week: Even When I Fall, exclusively at the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

The Irish Times what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

This week's film quiz is rated on the Streisand scale. Which Barbra are you?

On Chesil Beach: at one point Saoirse Ronan’s character holds her knife like a pen

Donald Clarke: Few noticed her ‘Chesil Beach’ faux pas. Which is good. Isn’t it?

Sheila Hancock: The soaps have done a lot for that. There are wonderful parts for older women. Photograph: Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesWireImage

Still feisty and busy at 85, Sheila Hancock remains connected to the zeitgeist

Review: The animation is gorgeous in this Oscar-nominated feature about a young woman supporting her family under the Taliban in K(...)

Workers carry a FIFA World Cup trophy replica at a small factory in the outskirts of Shanghai, China in May 2018. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Movie scheduling is a voodoo science - nobody knows why certain releases work in certain slots

On Chesil Beach: a solid exercise in applied sadness

Review: Ian McEwan’s own script cannot find a cinematic substitute for his sharp prose

Asia Argento delivers a speech next to jury member Ava DuVernay at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Asia Argento stuns audience with Weinstein allegation: ‘festival was his hunting ground’


Cannes daily: on the last day of the festival, some inaccurate predictions and Terry Gilliam’s long-cherished project disappoints

Lars von Trier at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15th, 2018. Photograph: Julien Mignot/The New York Times

Cannes diary: our film correspondent meets the controversial director and rounds up the rest of the news

New this week: Vanessa Schaeffer in Dive

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Emotional freefall: Laetitia Dosch in Jeune Femme

Jeune Femme, Citizen Lane, Deadpool 2, Dive, Redoubtable, Sherlock Gnomes

Going d’Orless, the Nexflix question, and the year the festival shut down early

Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda is about a young girl taken in by a family and trained to shoplift.

There was plenty of Hollywood bling – and anger – at this year’s festival but new movies from Hirokazu Kore-eda and Ryusuke Hamagu(...)

The term gammon has  been directed towards the sort of blazer-wearing knuckle-brain who disapproves of women in the golf club bar and feels that no Brexit can be hard enough. Photograph: iStock

Donald Clarke: Why I'm founding Gammon Pride Day

Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick in ‘Filmworker’

Former actor Leon Vitali comes across as a genuine evangelist for the Kubrickian faith

Ryan Reynolds and Brianna Hildebrand in Deadpool 2: piling on the pop-cultural switchbacks

Review: Ryan Reynolds’s relish for the role is, mostly, passed on to the audience

Vanessa Schaeffer seizes her opportunity and makes a fully fleshed human of the title character.

Review: The film's rough charm and performances distract from its underlying polemic

The House That Jack Built: There are shreds here of Lars von Trier at his best. But they are shreds that we’ve seen before.     

Cannes diary: Spike Lee’s black Klan comedy, Wim Wenders’s Papal pic and Lars von Trier’s latest outrage

 Kristen Stewart  looks at   Cate Blanchett   ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Photograph: Getty Images

Protests, Directors’ Fortnight and the race for the Palme d’Or

 ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ speaks to the people of the Italian countryside with a sincerity that still allows flourishes of romanticism.

Everyone loves Jim Jarmusch’s ‘80s playlist but our correspondent remains unexcited by the PR for ‘Climax’

A total of 82 female film professionals linked arms on the steps of the Palais at Cannes while Cate Blanchett, this year’s jury president, read out an impassioned statement. “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” she said. Photograph: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Cannes Diary: Godard phones it in and Christopher Nolan declares his undying love for film

US director Ryan Coogler: These actresses could easily carry their own movie. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Cannes daily: Netflix splashes the cash and Godard keeps on puzzling

Jessica Chastain (centre) with  Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard,  Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o at the announcement of spy drama ‘355’ at the 2018 Cannes film festival. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Cannes daily: Penélope Cruz praises Chastain; strange shouts at the screenings – and Guy Ritchie is back. No, really

Godard mon amour: Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin in Redoutable

New this week: Godard at the barricades in ’68, and the plot’s afoot in gnomastic Holmes

Also: Harvey Weinstein’s unlovely crew, yowl of a stuck cat, and describing Sean Thornton

New this week: Nicole Kidman in How to Talk to Girls at Parties

The Irish Times what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

Cannes 2018: there is no more exhilarating place to watch films, soak up gossip and affect superiority. Photograph: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty

Simply being at the film festival constitutes a step up in the hierarchy

Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin inRedoubtable. Photograph: Cannes Film Festival/Handout/REX/Shutterstock

Review: Utterly trivial, occasionally disrespectful and hugely amusing

Review: Steer clear of John Cameron Mitchell’s aggressively appalling musical fantasia

O president! My president! Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Cannes daily: A shot of Kristen Stewart glancing admiringly at Cate Blanchett is causing a stir

Penelope Cruz attends the screening of ‘Everybody Knows’, the opening film of this year’s Cannes film festival. Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Cannes Daily: a very French opening ceremony, while our man on the Croisette reviews this year’s bag

Amanda Seyfried in the same black wig she wore for the terrible ‘In Time’

Review: Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried cannot save ‘Gattaca’ director’s sketchy sci-fi

Spike Lee will be back at Cannes with his inelegantly titled dark comedy ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Despite a dispute with Netflix and films not being ready in time, the competition is one of the funkiest, least creaky in years

Despite being caught up in the events of 1968, the Cannes film festival has announced no official acknowledgement of this year’s 50th anniversary

It is 50 years since the 1968 Cannes film festival was called to a halt in solidarity with protesting students – but don’t expect (...)

Mega-grossing Avengers movie shows the nerds – or maybe the superfans – have won

New this week: 'The Young Karl Marx' at the Irish Film Institute

'The Irish Times' what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

Also: Spot the fake Bond villain, and who carried on more than anyone else?

The help: Mackenzie Davis and Charlize Theron in 'Tully'

New this week: Tough-minded Tully is not what you expect when you’re expecting

'A Cambodian Spring', against the odds, justifies its place on the big screen

Review: There’s no easy way to summarise this documentary. But it’s well worth seeing

Film director Roman Polanski (left) and comic Bill Cosby have been expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences. File photographs: EPA

Academy say pair removed ‘in accordance with the organisation’s standards of conduct’

Mackenzie Davis as Tully and Charlize Theron as Marlo

Review: Diablo Cody has mashed up ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

How to Talk to Girls at Parties: John Cameron Mitchell, the film’s director

John Cameron Mitchell, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ creator, on ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ and its star

Amy Schumer remains handy with a punchline and quick with a quip

Review: It lacks the hypocrisy of ‘Shallow Hal’ but the makers struggle with the central message

Actor Charlie Plummer: Next week you can see him shine in Andrew Haigh’s wonderful ‘Lean on Pete’.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Too much fame, too young, that has been a problem for young actors too – but the articulate, polite Charlie Plummer is unlikely to(...)

The granddaddy of them all might be ‘National Velvet’ with Elizabeth Taylor as the English girl who yearns to ride in the Grand National

Movie cats are malicious. Dogs can be savage. But horses are always brave, handsome and stoic

New this week: Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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They’re creepy and they're kookie: Gloria Stuart and Boris Karloff’s menacing hand in 'The Old Dark House' (1932)

Superhero chaos in Avengers, the jolting thiller Beast, and a James Whale classic

Gloria Stuart in 'The Old Dark House'

Review: First released in 1932, this Boris Karloff picture was thought lost for years

'Another porker': The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new son. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Donald Clarke: Why do so many people insist on telling you they’re uninterested?

Coming-of-age ritual laid bare in this debut, shortlisted for best foreign language Oscar

Cinemagoers experience 4DX. What will it do to those who’ve straightened their hair before watching 'Finding Dory'? Photograph: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

Donald Clarke tests the new multisensory movie gimmick, 4DX, at Cineworld in Dublin

Review: It’s not a good film, but it is clogged with star actors and good jokes

Almost everyone was too old for high school. Olivia Newton-John was nearly 30, Stockard Channing four years older

Donald Clarke: Resistance is futile to the singalong tunes and the unstoppable Travolta

 Lily James: if ‘momentum’ really is the thing you need then Lily James has exactly what’s needed. Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait

James is back on the big screen with ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

The living dead goes cold turkey: Sam Keely in The Cured

New this week: An Irish zombie pic, a feminist western and a Canadian drama

This week, it also helps if you know your Shakespeare and your Rocks

New this week: Lily James in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Snooker loopy: nice, upside-down-spectacled Dennis Taylor, defeating sly, soulless Steve Davis in 1985. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Allsport/Getty

Donald Clarke: The greatest sporting event of the calendar is about to begin

Sam Keeley in The Cured carries impressive weight of trauma through every scene.

Review: The film develops new flavours of creepiness amid the socio-political metaphor

Potato appeal: Lily James and Michiel Huisman in The Guernsey Blah Blah Blah Blahdy Blah

Review: It’s polite, tweedy and so anaemic you feel the urge to feed it a pint of Guinness

The picture would be close to unbearable without the presence of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren.

Review: The film is a long, slow Winnebago ride to a cold, cold grave

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

‘The Leisure Seeker’ is the latest undemanding, patronising film aimed at oldies

Filming Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1970, John Cleese and Mike Palin pose with five women. Photograph: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

Some Monty Python is sexist, classist and unfunny. But, on the bright side of life ...

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