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

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

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

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 ...

The cast of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s no Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter.

The upcoming ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ is so bad it's good

Claire Denis with Juliette Binoche, who stars in her latest film Let The Sunshine In

The distinguished film-maker continues her experiments in the unpredictable with her latest work – just don’t go asking what it’s (...)

New this week: Nick Robinson in Love, Simon

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This boy’s life: Thomas Gioria and Denis Ménochet in Custody

New this week: A searing family drama from France, a gentle coming-out comedy from the US, and a heartwarming documentary from Ire(...)

Also: The film that was never No 1, welcome to the K Club, and Lean nites in Dublin

The Wailing Mooncalf’s role as friend to the alt-right fanatic guarantees its place in the contemporary linguistic bestiary

The Sobbing Cretin is popular with right-wing bullies and those with no imagination

Cannes film festival director Thierry Frémaux (left) and festival president Pierre Lescure at the presentation of the official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Programme flush with exciting talent but only three of 18 films competing for Palme d’Or have female directors

Though a super actor with many fans, Emily Blunt doesn’t open films the way old-school stars used to. She’s not the Rock.

Donald Clarke: In a freak occurence, a movie has topped the box office based only on good reviews

Rampage: barely a third as much fun as it ought to be

A flying wolf can’t make up for awful dialogue, absent humour and ropy CGI

Review: The actors give it their all. There are super squirmy moments. The plot is illogical

Custody: Thomas Gioria as Julien in Xavier Legrand’s film

Xavier Legrand’s portayal of domestic violence is a singular debut

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Photogrpag: Disney/LucasFilm

Smug dialogue, dystopian cityscapes and Chewbacca feature in clip for latest spin-off

Cast member Dan Gordon in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”, running at the Gate Theatre from April 12th to June 7th. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

With Steven Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ opening at the Gate, what drives the perpetrators. from Booth to Oswald to Hinckley?

Also: the oldest man win an Oscar and spot the fake Aussie from the usual suspects

Hush little baby: Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place

New this week: A thriller so tense you can hear a pin drop, a hard-hitting Irish prison drama, and an epic about the French Aids c(...)

New this week: Martin Freeman in 'Ghost Stories'

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Two bored, haughty shrews plot a murder – it’s ‘Heathers’ meets ‘Double Indemnity’

Polarised sisters: Roseanne Barr and Laurie Metcalfe in ‘Roseanne’

Reaction to the sitcom’s 10th series highlights the yawning chasm of US politics

Robin Campillo’s film is at its best when at its most intimate

“I asked Mrs McGinley if she would give me a piece that would be exciting – because grade pieces can be very boring.” Young pianist Rosa O’Reilly

The documentary maker’s film about people taking piano exams may be his warmest yet

Actor Dafhyd Flynn in a scene from ‘Michael Inside’ Astonishing lead performance: Dafhyd Flynn in ‘Michael Inside’

Review: Frank Berry’s heart-breaking tale is shot through with generous humanism

As acclaimed Irish movie Michael Inside is released, we look at prison movies from Birdman of Alcatraz to The Shawshank Redemption

Steve Bochco: created Hill Street Blues, LA Law and  NYPD Blue. Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Bochco, who has died in New York at 74, also created LA Law and NYPD Blue

Director Todd Haynes on the set of Wonderstruck. Photograph: Mary Cybulski, Amazon Studios & Roadside Attraction

The director has flipped the script once again with his latest project ‘Wonderstruck’, a proper grown-up film about and for childr(...)

New this week: Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

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Canus animatus: Wes Anderson’s 'Isle of Dogs'

New this week: An animated masterpiece that manages to out-fantastic Mr Fox

Photograph: Camera Press/JBA

Also: The 3rd rule of Fight Club, the Golden Girls’ Elvis, and Neta-Lee Hershlag before she was . . . ?

Both the construction of the Creme Egg and the manner of its sale are, for slightly different reasons, ideally suited to the UK and Irish psyche. Photograph:  Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

If Egg season has taught us anything, it is that recreational denial makes everything tastier

Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena in Blockers. Photograph: Universal Pictures

Review: Three friends set out to lose their virginity on prom night. Then mom finds out

Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger star in “Midnight Sun”. Photograph: Open Road Films / TNS

Review: ‘The young man could not be less animated if he were fashioned from Bakelite’

Patrick Schwarzenegger fails to out-act trees

Scott Eastwood is no Clint, but Maya Hawke might be as good as Ethan and Uma

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) seeks escape from life with his harassed aunt

Review: It’s an undeniably entertaining film, but also retro-addicted and madly overlong

Hollywood great: Olivia de Havilland in 1938. Photograph: George Hurrell/Donaldson/Ochs/Getty

The Hollywood great’s failed lawsuit has got fact-based TV and cinema off the hook

Fame and online haters don’t affect him but the Force remains strong with the Star Wars star

Photograph: Frank Miller

And which of these actors is Irish-born: Negga, Ronan, Gambon, Fassbender?

New this week: John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising

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Goddess of Empowerment: Oprah Winfrey in 'A Wrinkle in Time'

New this week: Oprah in A Wrinkle in Time, and a Steven Soderbergh iPhone movie

Blandine Lenoir’s lovely, intricate film tackles a subject that rarely gets addressed in art

For a backdrop, ‘Newsnight’ superimposed Corbyn on to an image of the Kremlin washed by a sinister red sunrise.

‘Newsnight’ graphic shows how quickly people jump on potential bias

Gaslight phantom: Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini in  'Unsane'

Review: Shot on an iPhone, Steven Soderbergh's movie starts well but ends badly

The likable  John Boyega briefly gets to chew through one of those bargain basement  roles often found in ho-hum action sequels

Review: The likable, energetic John Boyega aside, nothing about this film is very good

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen

Did de Niro play Frankenstein? How many women won 2018 Oscars?

Ingmar does Amadeus: The Magic Flute (1975), on special limited rerelease

Mary Magdalene demythifies Christ’s 13th apostle, and Peter Rabbit bounds into cinemas

New this week: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

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Rooney Mara plays an intelligent Mary Magdalene

Review: Rooney Mara is as focused as ever in Garth Davis’s mildly revisionist biblical drama

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage: his suggestion that June 23rd, when Britain voted to leave the EU, should be declared “independence day” has received surprisingly scant support.  File photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Donald Clarke: You’d think there’d be a British St Patrick’s Day, with Union Jack beer

Producer-director Danny Boyle: ‘We are working on a script right now.’ Photograph:  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Daniel Craig will play the shaken-not-stirred imperial thug for perhaps the last time

The Filmbase building in Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Investigation of Temple Bar-based centre follows failure to release funds for documentary

Damo  and Ivor discover that a third brother, raised as a Traveller, lives somewhere beyond the Pale

Review: It’s a painful Irish ‘Prince and the Pauper’ with endless masturbation jokes

On the set of ‘Peter Rabbit’

Behind the scenes at the making of the film version of the Beatrix Potter’s book – and keeping lookout for an appearance by Julian(...)

Review: But anyone who can make a coherent whole of all these elements deserves a prize

Catherine Keener, as reliably humane an actor as you could hope to encounter

Review: Brief, heartfelt and well acted, the film never goes entirely off the rails

As ‘Mary Magdalene’ arrives in cinemas, our film correspondent selects 10 great sons of God

 Joaquin Phoenix:  “The suggestion is my parents weren’t responsible. That pisses me off. My parents are the most protective people you could meet in your fucking life.” Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

He plays Jesus Christ in ‘Mary Magdalene’, in an echo of his own childhood as part of a cult religion. But the eccentric actor say(...)

New this week: Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here

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Vengeance is his: Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here

This week brings us a riveting revenger, a forbidding Outback western, and Nicolas Cage at his unhinged loopiest

Donald Trump: Dressed up like a million-dollar trouper, is he the last of the megastars? Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

President Trump tweeted that the declining audience for the Oscars is due to the fact that we don't have stars. Except for himself

Wonder Wheel stars an iffy Kate Winslet as a disappointed woman seeking reinvention

Most of this just-about-okay film exists in nostalgic twilight. How appropriate

Hedy Lamarr: the glamorous movie star who also devised a way of remotely controlling torpedoes

Review: Treat of a documentary about the actor and inventor who died broke

Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner)

Review: Terrific story of a haunted big house has a baffling denouement

Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe in You Were Never Really Here. Photograph: StudioCanal

Review: Not a second is wasted in Lynne Ramsay’s revenge nightmare for the ages

Donald Clarke predicts 2019’s Best Picture nominees. He was nearly half right this year

Custody, by Xavier Legrand, which was named Dublin Film Critics Circle best film at the 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

ADIFF ends run with film critics’ awards, but rescheduled screenings will continue

Frances McDormand accepts Best Actress for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. Photograph: by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Analysis: Frances McDormand cares a lot, but doesn’t give a damn who she offends

Frances McDormand accepts the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Frances McDormand beats Saoirse Ronan to best actress for her ‘Three Billboards’ role

Writer and actress Sharon Horgan: “London gets in your blood in a way that Ireland does.” Photograph:  Michael Rowe/Contour by Getty Images

The writer and actor raised on a farm in Co Meath is now a vital chronicler of London life

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”

Who is in the running to win the Oscars in every category?

Colin Farrell and JJ Abrams attend the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Photograph: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance

The sort-of-Irish Oscar Wilde bash is now a key pre-Academy Awards event

A scene from 'Game Night'

New this week: Deadly games are played to hilarious effect in Game Night

All the cast are funny in this mad murder mystery, but Sharon Horgan is funniest

Tom Cruise in “The Mummy”: This year’s Razzies nominations for worst picture are as predictable as ever.

Donald Clarke: Playing to ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ film aesthetic became boring 40 years ago

Review: It’s the favourite to win best foreign language picture at the 2018 Oscars

Monster Family: Based, somewhat incredibly, on an actual book

Review: Why is an animated film set in Brooklyn voiced entirely by British actors?

Actress Daniela Vega of ‘Fantastic Woman’ is photographed at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival on September 13, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Photograph: Jennifer Roberts/Getty Images

Daniela Vega, a Chilean trans actor, is sensational in ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and is helping nudge trans issues into the mainstream

Netflix, now a film-maker, has released a series of weak science-fiction movies

Ellen Page stars in David Freyne’s horror The Cured, which will get a domestic premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Photograph: Bac Films, Tilted Pictures

The likes of ‘Custody’, ‘Sweet Country’ and ‘The Third Murder’ are worth seeking out

Review: Duncan Jones’s latest film is a nod his late father, David Bowie, but it feels weirdly threadbare. It’s not disastrous – j(...)

Also: Black Panther’s home town, an Ifta winner, and will the early Oscar nominee catch the worm?

The girl can’t help it: Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

New this week: Saoirse Ronan shines in the hilarious and touching Lady Bird, while I, Tonya is an edgy, only-in-America blast

This time it’s Generation Z’s  fault we are all in thrall to our handheld devices.Photograph:  Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

You young know nothing as my generation has the monopoly on wisdom

The Ice King: before Eric Radford there was John Curry. Photograph: Christie Jenkins/courtesy Dogwoof

John Curry is brought to life in James Erskine’s excellent documentary

Harvey Weinstein (centre) and his brother, Bob Weinstein, at Miramax offices in New York in 1989. A new Channel 4 documentary, Working With Weinstein, focused on backroom staff. Photograph: Barbara Alper/Getty

Alleged misbehaviour after ‘Into the West’ filming probed by Channel 4 documentary

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Review: The film’s genius is its ability to root us in Lady Bird’s perspective. But it does more

‘Black 47’, Lance Daly’s film that addresses one of the most traumatic periods in Irish history, is a story that has barely regist(...)

Producer Peter Czernin, British-Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh  and British producer Graham Broadbent (right) pose with their awards for Outstanding British Film for the film  at the Baftas at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar-favourite Frances McDormand named best actress ahead of Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, the US. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The three-time Oscar nominee on fame, Hollywood scandals, and the abortion referendum

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in ‘Black 47’

Film premieres tonight at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival

Step back: Will Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story move the action from the now-prized real estate of west Manhattan? Photograph: Ernst Haas/Hulton Archive

The news that Spielberg is remaking ‘West Side Story’ drew some fire, but some of our best-loved films are remakes or ‘fresh’ adap(...)

You take by breath away: Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

New this week: The Shape of Water is a fish-meets-female fantasy that dives deep into romance

Baldur Einarsson as Thor and Blær Hinriksson as Kristján in ‘Heartstone’

Despite a surfeit of gay coming-of-age cliches, this Icelandic drama is surging with potential

John Connors, who received the Ifta for the best lead actor in a film for 'Cardboard Gangsters' at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2018 at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

John Connors’ best actor acceptance speech got a noisy standing ovation at the Iftas

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