Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings

Endings Beginning, Howard, Giraffe, Spaceship Earth

Olivia de Havilland with US president George W Bush at the White House in November 2008. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Plus: talking pictures’ first words spoken and the first animated best picture contender

Daphne  (Shailene Woodley)and Jack (Jamie Dornan) in Endings, Beginnings.

Review: Drake Doremus’s romantic drama throws off any serious effort at structure

Giraffe: How refreshing to find a film that admits so many facets of human opinion

Review: Picture has quality of high-brow essay in austerely presented literary magazine

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Stephenie Meyer has retold Twilight from the vampire’s point of view. It’s a popular ploy

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nigel ‘Nidge’ Delaney in Love/Hate

From Nidge and Connell Waldron to Gretta Conroy, Rashers Tierney and Pegeen Mike

Director Alan Parker is pictured in Moscow in 2004. File photograph: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze

The director, who has died aged 76, created a diverse range of hits during his career

Plus: movies with Love/Hate stars, home of the highest-grossing film, between Bonds

Graham Earley and Tristan Heanue in Broken Law

Broken Law, Proxima and The Vigil in selected cinemas, Make Up on demand

Make Up

Review: Claire Oakley’s debut navigates the worrying spaces Lynne Ramsay favours

Broken Law gets by on strongly rendered atmosphere and performances that mesh together with admirable smoothness

Review: Digestible slice of Dublin life will open doors for debut director Paddy Slattery

Hollywood stars: Olivia de Havilland, Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep

Women over 40 are no longer relegated to tweed twinsets. It’s progress, of a sort

Moments in Between: H&M’s cinema ad from Christmas last year

Joker, Spider-Man, Aquaman and the horror film Midsommar feature in complaints to Ifco

Olivia de Havilland and  Leslie Howard on the set of Gone with the Wind. Photograph:  MGM Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty Images)

She began as an avatar of soft-focus integrity, then began to deal in more nuanced attitude

Studio portrait of Olivia de Havilland in 1935. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

With de Havilland’s death, all sorts of connections with earlier Hollywood eras have finally been severed

 Olivia de Havilland who died in Paris. She was 104. Photograph: John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

The last remaining superstar from Hollywood’s Golden Age won two Oscars

Oliver Stone. Phototograph: Michael Campanella/WireImage)

American director has written a cracking memoir charting his entire career

Q magazine folding after 34 years is sad business

The music press has not gone away – a handful of websites still hold substantial influence

Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien  (1892-1973) at Oxford in 1968.

Plus: Foxx’s flicks, order of Star Wars, the riddle of the oater, voicing with the fishes

Kelly O’Sullivan and Ramona Edith Williams in Saint Frances

Saint Frances, Stage Mother on release, Last and First Men, The Traitor streaming

Film review: This true-life mafioso-turned-snitch tale thinks it’s a documentary

Film review: Taboo-busting comedy with a generous spirit and a concealed polemic edge

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man

Covid-19 failure has reignited hostilities towards stereotypically loud US tourists

A graffiti mural of the late Ennio Morricone in the Trastevere district of Rome, which appeared soon after the Italian composer and conductor died in hospital on July 6th. Photograph: Fabio Frustai/EPA

Plus: keeping up with the Skywalkers and a line never once spoken in Casablanca

Alfre Woodard in Clemency

Clemency, The Night Eats the World, Landless, Come as You Are

Alfre Woodard as Bernadine in Clemency

Review: For all its virtues, the film becomes taken up with procedures. But it’s worth the effort

Gabourey Sidibe, Hayden Szeto, Grant Rosenmeyer and Ravi Patel bounce off each other like members of a long-established troupe. Photograph: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Despite its controversial aspects, this movie works well and that’s largely down to the actors

Actor Jessie Buckley has been nominated for the recent film Wild Rose and the series The Woman in White and Chernobyl.

Jessie Buckley and Niamh Algar among nominees for Irish Film and TV Awards

Aaron Monaghan in Redemption of a Rogue which pulled off the rare feat of winning best Irish film and best first Irish feature

Dark comedy from Cavan wins best Irish film as many highlights found in documentary section

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

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

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

Charlize Theron in The Old Guard

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

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

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

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

Foreground photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty

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

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

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

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


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

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