Bradley Cooper’s performance papers over some of the film’s narrative cracks

Review: Guillermo del Toro’s film misses the post-war cynicism of the 1947 version

Courteney Cox in Scream

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

Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in the new Scream

Review: Courteney Cox returns to replay the hits to no great effect

Tilda Swinton in Memoria

Tilda Swinton hears a strange sound in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s hypnotic film

Stephen Graham in Boiling Point

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

Peter Dinklage stars in a musical adaptation of Cyrano, opening on January 14th

The Game of Thrones actor on choosing roles, avoiding social media and his new film, Cyrano

Amir Jadidi plays troubled dad Rahim in A Hero

Moral quandaries abound in Asghar Farhadi’s bustling Iranian drama

Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain and George MacKay as Hugh Legat

Jeremy Irons is a nuanced Neville Chamberlain in this worthwhile historical drama

Choreographer Alvin Ailey: ‘the pied piper of modern dance’

For all the sensual plié and arabesque, Ailey remains a profoundly sad documentary

Rouselle, who is catching a big break at 33, gives the kind of furiously committed performance one might expect from a talented actor who has waited far too long in the wings
Titane: A wild and crazy trip

Palme d’Or winner is a transgressive, delirious romp

The Humans: adapted for screen

Review: Family tensions and financial pressures in a claustrophobic New York apartment

Titane was greeted as the ’most shocking film of 2021’ and provoked gasps and walk-outs from several Cannes screenings

The French director’s new film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes

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

Lola is played with spitting fury by the wonderful young transgender performer  Mya Bollaers

Mya Bollaers is wonderful as a high-spirited young trans woman

Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos

Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes take on a classic sitcom offers little insight

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

Oscar Isaac in The Card Counter

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

Irish writer-director Benjamin Cleary has taken his time crafting his debut feature, a cerebral science-fiction

Irish director Benjamin Cleary makes a fascinating feature debut

For all of cinematographer Hélène Louvart’s sun-drenched visuals and the wildly starry cast, this is not an easy sell

Maggie Gyllenhaal maintains a constant air of dread in her first film as a writer-director

Benjamin Cleary: ‘Honestly, when I was editing Stutterer, I was ... working in a burger shop, and sleeping on friends’ couches, because I had no money at the time.’

Oscar-winning Irish director Benjamin Cleary on his thought-provoking metaphysical sci-fi debut

Danish director Susanne Bier poses with her award at the 34th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday. Photograph: Christian Mang/AFP via Getty Images

Quo Vadis, Aida? scoops best film, director and actress prizes at ceremony in Berlin

Ariana DeBose (centre) in West Side Story

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

Noomi Rapace is wonderful in Lamb, conveying both tenderness and desperate maternal instinct

Icelandic art-horror is smart, clever and consistently surprising

Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall in Clifford the Big Red Dog. Photograph: Paramount Pictures

Latest instalment of classic series will charm younger viewers – and a few adults too

Jane Campion on the set of The Power of the Dog: Photograph: Cross City Films Limited/Netflix

The director’s new film is a powerful study of masculinity set on a ranch in the 1920s

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

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

Review: Joaquin Phoenix is as understated as his Joker was large

Recollections play over images of earnest gatherings of Hitler Youth

Review: Luke Holland’s documentary chronicles the mechanics of Nazism

Lady Gaga in House of Gucci

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

Halle Berry in Bruised

The actor on not getting parts she loves, and her directorial debut with MMA film Bruised

The story for Encanto is credited to six writers, but alas, there is no trace of adventure or hint of jeopardy

Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda pens lyrics for Disney’s latest magical sing-song

A still from To the Moon, directed by Tadhg O’Sullivan

Tadhg O’Sullivan’s essay film takes the scenic route to everyone’s favourite satellite

Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci  in film House of Gucci. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

It’s difficult to count the ways in which this film is undeserving of your time

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

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

House of Gucci: Adam Driver stars in Ridley Scott’s true-life murder drama

The House of Gucci actor plans on ‘taking a break’ after starring in 17 roles since 2016

Drive My Car: The extensive running time unexpectedly flies by at its own stately pace

Review: Friendship and unhurried catharsis form spine of compelling drama

Magical moments to be expected in this new adventure from French film-maker Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma’s latest film is a delicately constructed miniature

 Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a serviceable post-Stranger Things Spielbergian yarn

Film review: It passes the time. That’s the best we can say about Afterlife

The Hand of God premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize and earned breakthrough actor Filippo Scotti the Marcello Mastroianni Award. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

The soccer star was the film-maker’s first contact with spectacle, with ‘a high form of entertainment’

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho

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

Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘I’ve never had such a long run into a film and I’ve never had such collaboration with the director for such a long period of time before shooting.’ Photograph: Harry Eelman/New York Times

The actor on masculinity, Jane Campion and his new western, The Power of the Dog

Desolate portrait of Hungarian soldiers ends up having deadening effect

Mike Leigh: ‘Because of the sort of films I made, which are kind of personal and very involving, you don’t really forget.’ Photograph: Samuel de Roman/Getty Images

The acclaimed British director’s first feature film, Bleak Moments, is 50 years old

Kristen Stewart in Spencer

Spencer, The Card Counter, Love Yourself Today, Eternals

Oscar Isaac in The Card Counter

Paul Schrader’s stylish film revisits his twin preoccupations with despair and salvation

Arriving with celebrity endorsements from Brian Eno and Christy Moore, Love Yourself Today finds focus in the cathartic power of song

Review: Damien Dempsey’s work is meaningful and this heartfelt documentary can attest

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in Passing

Passing, Last Night in Soho, Azor, Antlers

Kristen Stewart stars as Princess Diana in the film Spencer, which opens on November 5th

The actor on capturing the voice, walk and every tiny mannerism of Princess Diana in film Spencer

Azor: a chilling expedition into the capitalist jungle

Review: Knotty conspiracies and obfuscations abound in unsettling drama

Jeremy T Thomas and Keri Russell

Film review: Despite good intentions, this American horror story fails to ignite

Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet in Dune: Part One

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

Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune

First instalment of sci-fi trilogy has more than a few longueurs

Boss Baby 2: Abysmal

Lazily scripted sequel is a chore to watch and tests one’s faith in the three-act structure

Jodie Comer in The Last Duel

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

Dave Bautista in James Herbert’s Dune: ‘I never signed up to be a movie star. The spotlight means nothing to me.’

Dune actor gets to grip with the dramatics that facilitated leap from fight ring to screen

Tom Hardy in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Film: Marvel sequel might have been a blast if the exchanges were not so dull

‘I discovered what it means to be a woman alone in this world,’ writes Guida (Julia Stockler) in an undelivered letter to her sister. Photograph: Bruno Machado

Review: This old-school melodrama about unhappy sisters is anything but miserablism

Jim Cummings in The Beta Test: ‘This is the third movie that I’ve played a toxically masculine guy having a meltdown in the parking lot’

Cummings’s breakthrough style he calls ‘backyard Pixar’ is shaking up the film industry

Tabitha Byron, Sophia Di Martino, Jo Hartley, Nell Barlow and Samuel Anderson in Sweetheart

Sweetheart, Deadly Cuts, My Little Sister, The Addams Family 2

Arracht is Tom Sullivan's thrilling new drama starring Dónall Ó Héalai

The film-maker on new drama Arracht, love of Gaeilge and move from acting to directing

Gomez  bundles his family into a steampunk RV for a tour of America’s ’darkest secrets’

Film review: Can the much-loved family survive this appalling desecration?

Nina Hoss as Lisa and Lars Eidinger as Sven

Film review: Finely crafted family drama charts relationship between twins

Victoria Smurfit: ‘On Deadly Cuts there was a lot of female energy, which made it an extremely comfortable place to be.’ Photograph: Gregg DeGuire/Getty

In Deadly Cuts, the actor has an over-the-top evil role to match her turn as Cruella de Vil

Daniel Craig in No Time to Die

No Time to Die, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Anne at 13,000 Ft, Gagarine

Deragh Campbell plays Anne, and you’re unlikely to see many better performances this year

Film review: Toronto prize-winner follows life of a socially awkward daycare assistant

Teenager Alséni Bathily plays Youri, in a star-making turn, in Gagarine

Film review: In a Parisian banlieue a teenager seeks to recreate a vanished dream

Filmmaker Vivian Kleinman sits among stacks of comics and other reference materials for her work in her office in Berkeley, California.

For many LGBTQ people, underground comics provided their first glimpse of representation

Michael Gandolfini and Jon Bernthal in The Many Saints of Newark

The Many Saints of Newark, The Alpinist, The Green Knight and The Starling

Dev Patel is Gawain, a whoring, hardly noble knight with a claim to the throne

Visually impressive but narratively suspect take on the Arthurian legend

Sopranos prequel – or pilot for a prequel series, perhaps – will have fans swooning

Terence Davies: ‘I look at someone else’s film and immediately feel that mine are inferior’. Photograph: David Azia/The New York Times

Terence Davies on his films, his aversion to pop culture, and being gay as a residual Catholic

Ann Skelly in Rose Plays Julie

Rose Plays Julie and The Story of Looking in cinemas, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie and The Mad Women’s Ball streaming

Ray Liotta stars in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos

The actor who was almost Tony Soprano stars in a new prequel to the television series

Lou de Laâge and Mélanie Laurent in The Mad Women's Ball

Review: Mélanie Laurent directs and stars in this portrait of 19th-century misogyny

Talented newcomer Max Harwood plays Jamie, a sweet teenager who dreams of a world of feathers and sparkle

Review: 1980s-set musical about teenage drag artist deserves a bigger audience

Laurent has been steeped in the arts and movies since her birth in Paris

Tarantino thrust her into the limelight and now she is making her own feminist thrillers

Jennifer Hudson in Respect

Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, Herself and Copilot in cinemas, Sweet Thing streaming

Copilot: Technically impressive and anchored by two terrific turns

Story of young love becomes tale of the humanity underlying extremism

Sweet Thing: Alexandre Rockwell’s memorable new flick

Alexandre Rockwell has made a lively coming-of-age fable

Marion Cotillard in Annette

Annette, Wildfire, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Here Today

Adam Driver, playing a shocking stand-up comedian, brings all of his sexual and screen charisma to bear in Annette

Adam Driver is monstrously good in Leos Carax’s gorgeous musical

Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal star in non-romantic rom-com Here Today

Review: Billy Crystal plays a veteran comedy writer in ths non-romantic rom-com

Cathy Brady: ‘This isn’t a film about men and their guns. This is about damage and trauma within a family – within a community.’ Photograph: Aidan Monaghan/Samson Films

Newry-born film-maker depicts a Border family drama starring Nora-Jane Noone and the late Nika McGuigan

Carrie Coon and Jude Law in The Nest

The Nest, Candyman and Redemption of a Rogue in cinemas, Demonic streaming

Simon Helberg attends a special screening of Annette  in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The actor on starring in Leos Carax’s raucous rock opera with Adam Driver and Sparks

Demonic, a film secretly shot in far-flung British Columbia during the Covid-19 lockdown, is something of a return to form

Review: Intriguing camera technology adds to sense of eeriness

The Nest: Carrie Coon and Jude Law

A superficially happy family is transformed in Sean Durkin’s impressive psychological drama

Nia DaCosta: ‘I think Candyman is definitely a monster for sure’

Filmmaker Nia DaCosta looks at modern issues affecting the black community in the US

Sweet Girl: Isabela Merced and Jason Momoa

Review: This new revenge thriller depends too heavily on its unexpected plot twist

Nicolas Cage as Robin Feld in Pig

Review: This is the actor's most contemplative performance in years

Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin in Coda

Coda, Free Guy, Wendy, New Order

The Irish actor leaves the comfort zone behind in Smother, Judy and The Bright Side

The high-society wedding at the start of New Order has a misleading Bunuelian feel to it

Controversial Mexican drama about elites versus the mob

Devin France in Wendy. Photograph:  Fox Searchlight Pictures

Beasts of the Southern Wild director defies odds with successful reimagining

Dan Stevens in I’m Your Man

Downton Abbey star and Booker Prize judge on his love of Newgrange and becoming a German android

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