Sheldon D Brown and Matthew Fifer in Cicada

Review: This impressive drama has the compact shape of an elegant short story

Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill and Judi Dench in Belfast. Photograph: Rob Youngson/Focus Features

The film is aggresively apolitical but as romanticised reverie it could hardly be bettered

Courteney Cox in Scream

Scream, Memoria and Cow in cinemas, Killing Field on demand

‘I think I’ve been living out of a suitcase since I was about 18,’ says Irish actor Caitriona Balfe

The Monaghan star on modelling, motherhood – and becoming Kenneth Branagh’s ma

There, there pet. Pope Francis blesses a child. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty

The Pope has launched a crusade against Squeaky the canary and Bowie the goldfish

Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field (1963). His performance earned him the 1964 best actor Oscar

Plus: Which ski resort is about to not-quite-host one of the year’s big film festivals?

Bruce Willis in Killing Field. Photograph: Kenneth Rexach

Review: The Pulp Fiction star fails to add any value to this sub-Tarantino stinker

Cow is sad. But it is not sad in the way Charlotte’s Web is sad

Andrea Arnold’s film shows how we have stripped the character away from animal lives

Kate Winslet, nominated for  Mare of Easttown

Some of Hollywood’s biggest names are among the nominees for the 28th SAG awards

Irish actor Ruth Negga consolidated her position with a best supporting actress nod for the film Passing. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Negga and Caitríona Balfe have consolidated their positions in the run-up to the Oscars

The Power of the Dog, West Side Story and Succession each scored three awards

Statuettes at the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 09 January 2022. Photograph: EPA/Emma McIntyre

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog wins best drama, in a low-scoring night for the Irish

Stephen Graham in Boiling Point

Boiling Point, A Hero, Munich: The Edge of War, The 355

The 1970s returns: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman

Decade of brown carpets and complicated hair lives on in a long line of retro movies

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Not even the Marvel Cinematic Universe attracts this degree of debate

Sidney Poitier: the groundbreaking actor has died aged 94. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

Donald Clarke: The mellifluous Poitier didn’t just break down barriers, he was also of the great movie stars

Director Peter Bogdanovich with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston on the set of She’s Funny That Way (2014)

Plus: If Rachel was once Natalie and Ansel was once Richard, then who was Rita?

More than anything else, Boiling Point is about the wretchedness of the public. If Hell is other people, customers occupy the inner circle of that Hell

One-shot drama pants grim picture of restaurant life

Jessica Chastain heads the all-star female cast of The 355.

Diane Kruger is the one bright light in a movie that’s weighed down by clichés

The Battle at Lake Changjin, the story of a Chinese victory over the Americans in the Korean War,  was the highest-grossing film of 2021

People’s Republic released two highest-grossing films of 2021 after decade of growth

After the pandemic nudged back blockbusters, this year should see a wide range of releases

Had we seen none of Cumberbatch’s earlier troubled intellectuals, we might embrace his performance with enthusiasm

Benedict Cumberbatch plays yet another eccentric in this portrait of a Victorian artist

Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film is enjoyable, chaotic and evocative

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die: Where will 007 go from here?

The future for the 007 brand is uncertain, but a full reboot is looking increasingly likely

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth, Lola and the Sea, The King’s Man, Being the Ricardos

In the Matrix Resurrections, every stretch of decent writing is undermined by lines so clunky you find yourself doubting reality

Lana Wachowski fails to dream up any new moves for this tired and dated sequel

Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Actor for his role in Netflix’s neo-western The Power of the Dog. Photograph:  Kirsty Griffin/Courtesy of Netflix

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog dominated, scooping several awards

The essential Yuletide movie? Alistair Sim in Scrooge aka A Christmas Carol (1951)

From a certain gabby partridge to a four hens on the batter to one genuine piper

Denzel Washington could hardly be classier casting for the vaulting Macbeth.

Joel Coen delivers an expressionist version of the often-filmed drama

Ralph Fiennes as Oxford in The King’s Man

Push the barmy politics to one side and wallow in the imaginative absurdity

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home, Swan Song, The Lost Daughter, The Story of Film: A New Generation

It’s a Wonderful Life, produced and directed by Frank Capra with  Henry Travers as Clarence and James Stewart as George Bailey. Photograph: CBS/Getty Images

Alternative reality is so wretched it’s a wonder anyone hangs around for the happy ending

Oscar Isaac in The Card Counter

Amid sequels and superhero flicks, there were films worth going back into theatres for

Who is the last Oscar winner from the ould sod? Was it...Saoirse Ronan...

Plus: What was the supposed inspiration for Bazmark ‘Baz’ Luhrmann’s forename?

Mark Cousins in The Story of Film: A New Generation

Mark Cousins offers an optimistic view of the contemporary cinema landscape

Spider-Man: No Way Home winks so furiously at the audience that it risks rupturing a ligament. Photograph: Sony Pictures

The latest outing is still lighter on its feet than most of the Marvel Comic Universe

Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Ciarán Hinds

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast gets seven nods. Ruth Negga is also nominated for Passing

Ariana DeBose (centre) in West Side Story

West Side Story, Don’t Look Up, Lamb, Clifford the Big Red Dog

The current euro notes look as if they were devised by the same people who assign seating plans at EU dinners. Everything is calculated to avoid offence. Photograph: iStock

Think the current notes are bland? The new ones will be the work of an ‘advisory group’

Ariana DeBose ‘We’re just now getting to the place where I can be all the things that I am and still find opportunity. Photograph: Niko Tavernise

The performer and actor on playing the classic role of Anita in Steven Spielberg's remake

The Stella Theatre in Rathmines was recently named best cinema in Britain and Ireland by Time Out magazine. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

‘For all the joys of the virtual world ... there is still a special pleasure in opening up a big box full of goodies’

Which Bond theme song made us wait for the name? Was it...You Only Live Twice...

Plus: Whose eventful life did not generate an Oscar-winning performance?

Don’t Look Up: There are occasional whispers of a better, less heated film bursting to get out. Photograph:. Niko Tavernise/Netflix

There are decent jokes but Adam McKay’s comedy feels overstuffed

West Side Story: Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo

Review: Steven Spielberg revives Bernstein and Sondheim’s classic musical for the screen

If the bookies are right, Will Smith is set to walk away with this year’s best actor Oscar for his performance  King Richard. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Book review: Actor’s self-help memoir could make Napoleon feel unmotivated

Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman in C’mon C’mon

Joaquin Phoenix in C’mon C’mon, The Hand of God, Final Account, Blue Bayou

Don’t Look Up: Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr Randall Mindy,and Rob Morgan as Dr Clayton ‘Teddy’ Oglethorp. Photograph:  Niko Tavernise / Netflix

Oscar-winning filmaker Adam McKay has a new film about the end of the world

Singers in 1984 Do they know it’s Christmas. Photograph:  Steve Hurrell/Redferns

Donald Clarke: Another season of Fairytale argy-bargy would be too much to bear

Stephen Sondheim in New York in August 1990. Photograph: Fred R Conrad/The New York Times

Plus: What year comes next: 1999, 2002, 2005, 1977, 1980, 1983?

 Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo and Marlon Joubert in The Hand of God. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

Movie has tragedy at its heart but more than anything else it is one of the great ‘city films’

Justin Chon and Alicia Vikander in Blue Bayou

A worthwhile subject is undermined by everyone involved trying too hard

Lady Gaga in House of Gucci

House of Gucci, Encanto and JFK Revisited in cinemas, Bruised on Netflix

Aidan Gillen stars in Faith Healer upcoming at up the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The actor on filling Donal McCann's shoes in Faith Healer and staying off social media

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/ Warner Bros

Donald Clarke: Audiences have got out of the habit of seeing grown-up films in auditoriums

The original core superheroes in Avengers Assemble (2012)

Plus: Translate a popular movie that was not directed by the great François Truffaut

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

Oliver Stone’s documentary unsurprisingly holds tight to conspiracy orthodoxy

Halle Berry, director and star of new Netflix film Bruised. Photograph: John Baer/Netflix

The epic closing fight scene makes this Netflix film worth sticking with

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog, King Richard, Petite Maman, Drive My Car, Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Everything that’s good in Hamilton was inspired by seeing Rent by Jonathan Larson on my 17th birthday.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Hamilton creator reflects on his career and his debut film, Tick, Tick… Boom!

Young audiences watched Squid Game. They also turned out for Parasite. Many have grown up watching Asian animation

Donald Clarke: Four out of five young people say they regularly watch subtitled content

Jeffrey Hunter and John Wayne in John Ford’s classic western The Searchers (1956)

Plus: What was the notorious 2nd line in the ‘opening crawl’ of The Phantom Menace?

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as last cowboy and irredeemable thug Phil Burbank in Jane Campion’s best film in years.  Photograph: Courtesy of Netflix

Film review: Jane Campion teases an impressive cast towards their best work yet

King Richard: Father of Serena and Venus Williams, played by Will Smith, transforms his daughters into the world’s greatest tennis players

Film review: Will Smith works hard for the Oscar he will almost certainly win

Alan Cumming: ‘When I identified with LGBT in the late 1990s, I became a poster boy for queerness’

The actor’s second memoir is neither tell-all nor reckoning. But it contains multitudes nonetheless

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho, plus Tick, Tick...Boom! and Natural Light

Would it be ’government propaganda’ if Big Bird recommended wearing your seatbelt or not running with scissors? Photograph: Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

A larg yellow bird's vaccination has been caught up in the culture wars – it’s mad, Ted

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965)

Plus: Who might belong with Charlie Parker, J Edgar Hoover and Frankie Valli?

 Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick... Boom! Photograph: Macall Polay/Netflix

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first film as director requires certain leaps of faith

The cowboy and the prize fighter: Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho. Photograph: Claire Folger/Warner Bros

The 91-year-old's gift for expressing everything by doing almost nothing gets better with age

Sexiest Man Alive 2021: Paul Rudd. Photograph: Valerie Chiang/New York Times

People Magazine named him ‘Sexiest Man Alive’. An Irish connection was swiftly unearthed

Kristen Stewart in Spencer

Spencer, The Card Counter, Love Yourself Today, Eternals

  A view of digital work by artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, entitled Human One during an auction preview at Christie’s in New York: the work,   which comes with a non-fungible token,  is expected to sell for €13 million. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Researching this new cultural phenomenon causes only headaches

Damien Dempsey, ‘Ireland has changed – and in most ways for the better.’

The artist on stubbornness, living in a changed Ireland and his new Abbey show

Kingo, played by Kumail Nanjiani, in Eternals. Photograph: Marvel Studios

Review: The sluggishness and drabness of Marvel’s latest is unforgivable

Kristen Stewart, the current maestro of hooded introspection, gives a strong performance in Spencer.

She balances trepidation with determination in Pablo Larraín’s spaced-out fantasia

Richard Madden and Chloé Zhao on the set of Eternals. Zhao says,  as a fan of the MCU, she  wanted to satisfy the fans

The Nomadland director on becoming Marvel’s latest prodigy, with its superhero film Eternals

Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Photograph: Seachlight Pictures

Cork International Film Festival remains the best way of winding down the Irish cinematic year

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in Passing

Passing, Last Night in Soho, Azor, Antlers

Ruth Negga: ‘I feel very lucky that this was my dream – to work as an actor.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

The actor on her journey from Limerick to LA and her performance in Rebecca Hall’s Passing

Fawlty Towers: not Tripadvisor friendly

Paid critics may be pompous blowhards, but at least we’ve seen the bleeding film

What is the most successful Stephen King film? Is it...It...

Just in time for Halloween, a chilling inquisition on all manner of cinematic horror

Anya Taylor-Joy plays Sandie, an aspiring club singer, in Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho

Review: Edgar Wright’s time-travel diversion explores the seedier side of the 1960s

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in Passing

This delicately observed portrait of racial dynamics is worth seeing in the cinema

Paul Mescal. Photograph: Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images

The era’s buzziest young Irish actors have been confirmed as co-stars of Amazon’s sci-fi film

Matt Smith stars as Jack in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho. Photograph: Parisa Taghizadeh/Focus Features

Set in London in the 60s, Edgar Wright’s film captures the seediness and grim glamour

Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet in Dune: Part One

Dune, The French Dispatch, Dear Evan Hansen, Boss Baby 2

Brian Cox on Rogan Loy: ‘I don’t need a lot of lines. I need a few “aha”s and a few “f*** off”s. The character is really established.’ Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

His frank new memoir describes a difficult childhood and names Hollywood ‘a***holes’

Steven Spielberg’s imminent West Side Story should not be described as a remake

A complex formula involving several variables dictates whether the word is appropriate

Which of these epics lost out on a  Golden Rasberry for worst picture? Was it... Rambo: First Blood Part II...

Plus: What, in Ireland, does the same job as the MPAA in the United States?

Julianne Moore doing her best as Evan’s (Ben Platt) mother

Film review: Baffling emoto-musical becomes exhausting all too quickly

‘It requires something like genius – on Anderson’s part and those of his collaborators – to get such a complex machine whirring so smoothly.’ Photograph: Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

Wes Anderson’s Gallic portmanteau is gorgeous but insubstantial

Ben Platt’s age has come under scrutiny in reviews of Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen screen adaptation comes during a fraught period for the always imperilled genre

Jodie Comer in The Last Duel

The Last Duel, Arracht, The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Timothée Chalamet on the set of Wonka. ‘The merest mention of Netflix’s imminent Willy Wonka origin story causes me to slump into a coma.’ Photograph: Timothée Chalamet/Twitter

Timothée Chalamet’s Wonka is the latest example of trend that refuses to go away

Léa Seydoux: 'I always felt as a kid that I didn’t have the words to express my emotions'. Photograph: Jingyu Lin/New York Times

Bond actor on shyness, Bond, and Truffaut and Godard’s influence on The French Dispatch

PJ Soles in the original Halloween (1978)

Plus: Add up all the Batman films with ‘Batman’ in the title since the 1989 smash

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