The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

Half our favourite movies have vanished. But there’s still plenty of great stuff to search for

Billie Eilish at the 2019 Electric Picnic. Yes, the Californian performer probably isn’t in the great Bondian tradition. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Donald Clarke: A 19-year-old electropop sensation is to write and sing the next Bond theme and Twitter is not amused

The wronged man: Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy

New this weekend: Just Mercy, Waves, A Hidden Life, Bombshell

Bad Boys for Life: The performances are mere delivery systems for the violence

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in a noisy, inconsequential violent romp

Olivia Colman at the official Golden Globes after-party on January 5th after winning a gong for her portrayal of  Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Photograph: Nina Westervelt/The New York Times

Plus: ‘Don’t answer the phone. Don’t open the door. Don’t try to escape’

Valerie Pachner and August Diehl in A Hidden Life. Photograph courtesy of  Fox Searchlight Pictures

Review: Sheer cinematic sweep of director’s latest impresses even as viewers’ patience is tested

Dev Patel as David Copperfield

David Copperfield, Normal People and Dune are all on the way, some more reverent than others

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Despite its three Oscar nominations, Bombshell isn’t as smart as the women it depicts

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from Joker. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

How did film about a comic book idiot get more nominations than The Irishman?

Oscars 2020: Saoirse Ronan has been nominated as best actress for Little Women

Irish star’s turn in Little Women pits her against Renée Zellweger in best-actress race

Valerie Pachner and August Diehl in the film A Hidden Life

German actor on preparing for A Hidden Life with the unconventional director

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman: Still a contender in Best Picture.

Saoirse Ronan should get a nod for Little Women. There are few other options for the Irish

Uncut gems: the Safdie brothers' film, starring Adam Sandler, had a 10-year journey to the srceen

Directors Joshua and Benjamin Safdie and their 10-year journey to making Uncut Gems

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court with his lead attorney Donna Rotunno  on the first day of jury selection for his sexual assault trial in New York. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Donald Clarke: Harvey Weinstein's lawyer took us on a trip back to the Sexist Seventies this week

Plus: Whose first ever line in movies was ‘Gimme a whiskey . . . and don’t be stingy’?

Under pressure: Kevin Garnett, LaKeith Stanfield and Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems

New this weekend: Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, Sam Mendes’s 1917, and El Topo

George MacKay in 1917, directed by Sam Mendes.

This slice of prestige British film-making nimbly avoids accusations of heritage cosiness

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems. Photograph: A24

Adam Sandler plays his stock comic weirdo, but Idina Menzel owns the screen

Bafta-nominated actress Jessie Buckley at the premiere of Wild Rose  at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival last year. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Nods for Saoirse Ronan and Jessie Buckley, but little for women and none for black actors

Funtime for Hitler: Roman Griffin Davis and Taika Waititi in Jojo Rabbit

New films released this weekend include Jojo Rabbit, Amanda, and Aquarela

David Heyman (left), Shannon McIntosh, Margaret Qualley, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Julia Butters, and Leonardo DiCaprio pose in the press room during the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, January 5th 2020. Photograph: Christian Monterrosa/EPA

Saoirse Ronan, nominated for Little Women performance, loses out to Renée Zellweger

Ricky Gervais in his Netflix series After Life: the show was popular with viewers but received mixed reviews

Donald Clarke: Provocateur returns to host Golden Globes for a fifth time

Sam Mendes (centre) on the set of 1917.

The director of first World War movie 1917 on portraying the conflict in a contemporary light

Roman Griffin Davis (left) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf and mother in  the second World War satire Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French

Review: While the film argues against hate, it does little to educate about the specific enormities of Nazi Germany

Plus: A Marvel movie of their own, an animated Oscar, Carry On to the end of the line

Blue Is the Warmest Colour/La Vie d’Adele was left out of lists for best films of the last decade

Donald Clarke: Blue is the Warmest Colour, 12 Years a Slave both overlooked in the polls

Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly (left) in a study of sexual harassment at Fox News, with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

The best biopics, documentaries, cartoons, features and award favourites of the year

Postcard pretty: Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women

And we have one to avoid at just about all costs (hint: it’s not The Rise of Skywalker)

Ian McKellen  on the set of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

On the first Frozen, the last Hobbit, the 7th Star Wars, and all the Harry Potters

The worst film of the 2010s was so reactionary, materialistic and lazy it selected itself

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

The decade in culture: Arrival, Lady Bird, Get Out... But which movie is at number one?

The Decade in Culture: As we move into the roaring twenties many things remain the same about the seventh art

Leo Varadkar gets Scrooged: ‘Tiny Tim should get a job.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Yet another adaptation of A Christmas Carol proves that Dickens was right on the money

The Decade in Culture: The most impactful books, series and performers of 2010-19

Dream on: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

New this weekend: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Little Women, Buddies, Spies in Disguise

And for the season that's in it, there's a Star Wars question in here too

Lance Sterling, the film’s hero, is explicitly modelled on Will Smith, and Walter Beckett, chief sidekick, is delivered in the form of Tom Holland

Review: It’s funny enough, but when our hero is turned into a pigeon, it really takes off

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

This isn’t a proper film – just a nondescript, boring component in the Star Wars machine

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ranks down the list in the Star Wars roll call. Photographs: LucasFilm

As Episode IX arrives, how does it stack up against the other 10 films in the saga?

It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s dramatic, and this won’t be its last movie award this season

Could Rey be the child of ordinary fellows like you or me?

Like: Who are Rey’s parents? Who are Finn’s? Is it okay to include a digitised Carrie Fisher?

Sam Smith tweeted they identify as non-binary, and would like to be referred to as ‘they/them’. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Donald Clarke: The non-binary pronoun ‘they’ is the dictionary’s word of the year

The womanly faces of war: Beanpole, on limited release

New this weekend: Beanpole, Citizen K, The Kingmaker, Jumanji: The Next Level, Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

One of Miracle of Miracle’s themes is Fiddler on the Roof’s  connection with the Jewish diaspora in the United States

Review: Inside track on how Fiddler on the Roof became an unlikely cultural phenomenon

Fans dressed as Star Wars characters march during the 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade  on December 1st. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

Plus: Naming the non-Polanski and soundtracking Guardians of the Galaxy

Saoirse Ronan: the Irish star still has a decent chance of an Oscar nomination, but her chances of a win now seem slight. Photograph: Jon Kopaloff/Getty

No nomination for Irish star of Little Women but Andrew Scott gets nod for Fleabag

Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson Awkwafina  and Kevin Hart star in Jumanji: The Next Level

Review: There’s killer apes and rogue Vikings, the Dannies DeVito and Glover and there’s The Rock

Golden Globes 2020: Saoirse Ronan’s nomination puts her on track for a fourth Oscar nod in January. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty

Irish actor picks up fifth nod, for Little Women. Andrew Scott named for Fleabag

Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster, takes third place

We start with Monos, Marriage Story and Midsommar. Find out what else makes the cut

All the Van Halens: Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Donald Clarke: Who cares that Billie Eilish had never heard of Van Halen?

Film director Martin Scorsese. Photograph: EPA

Plus: The number of the new Star Wars, never been with Bond, suggestive of Joni Mitchell

Storied marriage: Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love

New this weekend: Ordinary Love, So Long My Son

Samuel Bottomley and Niamh Algar in The Last Right

Review: A likeable salute to a Magic Ireland we don’t see much anymore

Director Roman Polanski speaks on stage after the preview of his last movie J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy) in Paris. Photograph: Thomas SAMSON / AFP

Europe has always tolerated the sex offender, up for four major awards this weekend

Noah Jupe is excellent in Honey Boy as the young Otis, a child actor struggling to stay sane with a dad on constant hair trigger

Review: This is a harrowing, often effective film, with Lucas Hedges as a former child actor now in rehab

Daniel Craig and Lashana Lynch: the trailer hints that she may be the new 007. Photographs: MGM

We rummage through the first trailer for clues to the 25th Bond movie

Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn

Review: There is a fine noir here somewhere, busting to escape the Friends of Ed Norton Cabaret

A scene from Disney’s notorious Song of the South

Donald Clarke: Move to attach warnings to films on Disney+ is honest and responsible

Aisling Franciosi. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Playing a rape victim in The Nightingale was an emotional wrench for the Irish-Italian actor

Daniel Craig in Knives Out

New this weekend: Knives Out, The Two Popes, The Nightingale, The Biggest Little Farm

Plus: Netflix releases, who played 007's Q and John Ford adaptations and

Anthony Hopkins and and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes

Review: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce go full throttle in a sanitised version of the truth

A digital de-aging technique has its issues, but the filmmakers just about get away with it

Al Pacino gives his most enjoyable performance in decades in Martin Scorsese’s sprawling film

Clive James in Dublin promoting his autobiography Clive James – Always Unreliable in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James was sharp in his literary criticism and largely invented modern television criticism

Charlie's Angels: who thought this was a good idea?

Review: Kristen Stewart, the classiest star of this disaster, is the most disappointing

The action revolves around the southern-fried vowels of Daniel Craig

Review: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this energetic whodunnit

The Favourite, for which Olivia Colman, above, won an Oscar in February, is now on DVD. Photograph: Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight Films via AP

It’s no fun passing on a link to the latest Netflix box set at Christmas

Each of the female characters has two mammary glands, but, unlike cats, none has any more than that.

Donald Clarke: The online kerfuffle should do Tom Hooper’s project no harm

Plus: Woody Allen by the numbers, spelling the best Scrooge’s name, one Oscar at a time

Chadwick Boseman in 21 Bridges

Review: Is this the best we can hope for now from cop thrillers?

Judy and Punch: the jokes are consistently underscored by a sense of ancient menace

Review: Mia Wasikowska has never been better in a raging, uncontained performance

Divide, conquer: Stephen Odubala and Micheal Ward in Blue Story

New this weekend: Blue Story, La Belle Epoque, Judy & Punch, Frozen 2, Harriet

“Treat it with respect. Don’t drink too much of it.” Glaswegian Dave Broom on whisky

Spirits writer Dave Broom presents The Amber Light, a film about the drink and its cultural significance

In Frozen  2   Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven journey far beyond the gates of Arendelle in search of answers. Photograph: Disney

Making a follow-up to the highest grossing animation ever was always going to be tough. ‘We realised there was more story to tell’

Frozen 2: gets by on slick professionalism

Review: The follow-up works a little too hard to be respectful to the original charmer

The cold never bothered her anyway

Sly feminism, a jerk of a prince, and a tune adored by girls, boys and karaoke drunks

Mia Wasikowska in Judy & Punch

Alice in Wonderland made her a star but she prefers to stay out of the limelight

 Pointless Celebrities: Richard Osman. Photograph: Drew Gardner

Confirms a stubborn English belief that the right way is the way things are done in the southeast of UK

New this week: Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke in Last Christmas

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

Just somebody that I used to know: Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story

New this weekend: Marriage Story, Le Mans ’66, The Report

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown attends a photocall for the Netflix series on October 9th in Hollywood. Photograph: JC Olivera/Getty

Plus: Back to the Future years, Mria’s favourite things, filmed in Ireland, the odd book out

Adam Driver in The Report

Review: Adam Driver intense as investigator who uncovered CIA’s torture methods

Boris Johnson: even the faux-familiar Tony Blair would have baulked at the British PM’s 12 Questions video

It’s hard not to think of Geri Halliwell in a Union Jack miniskirt as you watch the PM

Review: Titled Ford v Ferrari in the US, this is a sweaty, oily macho throwback

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story

Review: Scarlett Johansson has never been better and Adam Driver is equally good in Noah Baumbach’s breakup tale

Christian Bale, James Mangold, and Matt Damon attend the Premiere of Le Mans ’66 in Hollywood. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Le Mans ’66 director James Mangold on Scorsese, the Marvel controversy and the state of film

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Donald Clarke: BBC’s ‘novels that shaped our world’ list is terrible in a very particular way

Scott Z Burns at The Report Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 16th, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Vera Anderson/WireImage

Director Scott Z Burns talks about US torture practices, democracy and why he had to make The Report

New this week: Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Naomi Watts in Luce

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

Gangster squad: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano in The Irishman

New this weekend: The Irishman, Luce, Meeting Gorbachev

Old but good fellas: Martin Scorsese (76) with costars Joe Pesci (76), Al Pacino (79), Robert De Niro (76) and Harvey Keitel (80) at the premiere of The Irishman  in New York on September 27th. Photograph: Nina Westervelt/The New York Times

Queries on cameos, Oscars, marriages, De Niro, Gimme Shelter and much more

Werner Herzon meets his hero Mikhail Gorbachev to whom he explains most Germans have “overwhelming approval for you personally”.

Review: Ceaseless adulation grates – but it is still a fascinating study of a remarkable life

Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino and Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran in The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s gangster film will play well on Netflix, but it’s even better in the cinema

Jojo Rabbit: in this opinion-dividing dark comedy, a young boy in Nazi Germany takes Hitler as an imaginary friend

Frozen 2, The Painted Bird and Adolf Hitler all feature at Ireland’s oldest film festival

The wild bunch: Monos

New this week: Monos, The Aeronauts, Sorry We Missed You, Doctor Sleep, Brittany Runs a Marathon

House of Dragon, one of the planned Game of Thrones sequels, should fill the gap of the now binned Bloodmoon.

The best TV spin-off shows are built around characters ripe for continued exploitation

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