Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue

Review: Choice is an illusion here, and the rule of law doesn’t care who knows

Rosamund Pike in Radioactive

Women filmmakers are the thematic plank of this year’s DIFF programme

Abel Ferrara: “Here I am; the guy that made Driller Killer. But that’s the life I got, and I’m going to enjoy it.”

The Bronx filmmaker talks spirituality, creative bonds and his Italian-Irish roots

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

Terry Gilliam with Adam Driver on the set of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Photograph: Diego Lopez Calvin/Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver, has finally made it to the screen

The wronged man: Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy

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

Just Mercy: commendably restrained in its courtroom scenes

Review: Jamie Foxx does his best work in a decade. Charismatic Michael B Jordan puts in a tone-setting performance

Waves: a dramatic diptych from director Trey Edward Shults

Trey Edward Shults’s third film crashes on to the cinema screen with sound and fury

Trey Edward Shults: ‘A lot of people have said to me: ‘oh, it’s about toxic masculinity’. But we didn’t approach it like that.’ Photograph: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD

Trey Edward Shults discusses his upcoming film Waves and the personal side of his work

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

Stewart, who normally has screen presence to burn, has little to do beyond sitting under a pixie cut

The cast work hard, but the film grants Jean Seberg no agency in her own story

Plenty of contemporaneous artefacts have aged badly, yet El Topo has lost none of its power to shock and seduce

Review: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s movie has a strange, magical aura for cineastes

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

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

Henry Golding as the character Dry Eye in Guy Ritchie’s latest film, The Gentlemen.

The former TV presenter has gone from fronting travel shows to a key role in Guy Ritchie’s new film

Isaure Multrier in Amanda. Photograph: Pyramide Distribution

Review: French drama offers a very measured response to a specific 2015 news story

A scene from Aquarela. Photograph: Victor Kossakovsky and Ben Bernhard/Sony Pictures Classics

Review: Viktor Kossakovsky’s ode to water is more war zone than nature documentary

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)

Jue Huang and Tang Wei in Long Day’s Journey into Night

Review: This hallucinogenic detective story broke Chinese box-office records in 2018

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

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

Saoirse Ronan at the Little Women premiere in Paris last week. Foreground photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty

The 24-year-old Irish actor on Little Women, awards season and her sense of home

Dream on: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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

Little Women: Its unremitting gorgeousness robs the material of all its grit, of its satire, of the sense of precariousness

The glossiest, prettiest movie of 2019 is overstyled and primed for the Oscar red carpet

Geoff Edholm and David Schachter in Buddies

Review: 1985’s Buddies was the first, and arguably still the best film to tackle the Aids crisis

Cats: What kind of monstrous, purring, licking chimera are these? 

Why do they have breasts but no nipples? Why do some have furry feet and others shoes?

André Rieu is a box office sensation

Dutch violinist’s brand of ‘schmaltz’ divides classical critics but entertains the masses

Pascal’s latest bid for Oscar glory is with Greta Gerwig’s almost indecently luxurious adaptation of Little Women

Hollywood producer says studios are realising that making films starring women is good business

Mikhail Khodorkovsky  behind a glass wall at a courtroom in Moscow in December 2010 on embezzlement  charges relating to his oil company  Yukos. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

Alex Gibney’s new film, Citizen K, profiles fallen Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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

Beanpole: Directed by Kantemir Balagov. Starring Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov

Review: Each sequence of the film set in postwar Russia brings fresh horror and new intrigue

Imelda Marcos in The Kingmaker. Photograph: Lauren Greenfield

Review: Documentary is a terrifying reminder that those with absolute power never make good retirees 

Imprisoned former head of Yukos oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the defendant’s box during his trial in the court in Moscow, September 9th, 2004. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/AFP/Getty Images

Review: Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Mikhail Khodork is a compelling if disconcerting experience

Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster, takes third place

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

Irish film producer Ed Guiney receives the award for Best European Comedy and Best European film, for  The Favourite, at the 32nd European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday night. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Dublin director of photography Robbie Ryan wins for Best Cinematography

Colm Meaney: ‘So much of Britain was destroyed in the ’80s.’ Photograph: Walter McBride/WireImage

The actor on working with female directors, hating social media, and Thatcher’s legacy

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love. Photographs: Bleecker Street/Focus Features

Review: Lesley Manville excels and Neeson reminds us that he is still an amazing actor

Dr Amani Ballor in The Cave

Review: This uneven documentary set in an underground Syrian hospital lacks real soul

A scene from So Long, My Son

Review: Wang Xiaoshuai’s expansive drama contains phenomenal central performances

Ordinary Love: A delicate, deeply-felt  love story between a long-married couple, the film concerns retired and middle-aged Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Leslie Manville).

Ordinary Love has garnered the best reviews of Barros D’Sa and Leyburn’s already distinguished career

Daniel Craig in Knives Out

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

Emma the pig and a ragged rooster in The Biggest Little Farm

Review: Emma the pig and a ragged rooster that moves in with her head the animal cast

Review: This is an extraordinary film, powered by political and historical fury

What’s not to like? I Lost My Body has a gorgeous photorealistic hand-drawn animation, Dan Levy’s mesmerising score and  a stellar voice cast

Review: This exquisite tale has Paris, melancholic flashbacks and swashbuckling adventures

Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn

Good noir always has political commentary, says Motherless Brooklyn’s star and director

Postcode of honour: Micheal Ward and Stephen Odubola in Blue Story

Review: Rapman directs a streetwise young cast in this London take on Boyz n the Hood

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

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

Cynthia Erivo in Harriet: A performance as spirited as it is moving.

Review: This is a fine and essential primer to the life of Harriet Tubman

Snakes alive! A scene from Them That Follow

Review: This compelling religious drama set in Appalachia features real live serpents

Blue Story is about a friendship  threatened by gang  rivalries in  London

Filmmaker and rapper Andrew Onwubolu, who made waves with Shiro’s Story, has just finished his first feature film called Blue Stor(...)

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

Director Paul Feig attends the UK premiere of Last Christmas at the BFI Southbank in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The director Paul Feig on bad reviews of Last Christmas, making an ad with Trump, and Freaks and Geeks

A convincingly mousy Vikander – no, really – seeps hints of ice and fire beneath a reserved exterior. Keough is blissfully oblivious

Review: Westmoreland finds plenty of additional intrigue in this late 1980s Japanese setting

Lupita Nyong’o in Little Monsters

Review: Lupita Nyong’o is lumbered with a shallow character in this standard zombie apocalypse

At least half of the dialogue sounds like someone held the relevant actor’s family at gunpoint and ordered them to speak random words

Review: Not a single joke works in this confusing tribute to fandom of Love Actually

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

Luce (Kelvin Harrison jnr, centre) is an athletic and popular star student in director Julius Onah’s film, based on JC Lee’s play

Review: Kelvin Harrison jnr superb performance is worth mulling over

Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren in The Good Liar

Review: Star cast can’t save a film that is a preposterous, uneven mess

The wild bunch: Monos

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

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen who star in The Good Liar. Photograph: Lorenzo Agius

The Good Liar brings two veteran actors together on screen for the first time

New this week: Rebecca Ferguson in Doctor Sleep

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

Stephen King and Mike Flanagan: 'The first time I met him in person was when I brought the finished film of Doctor Sleep to Maine to watch with him'

For Mike Flanagan, the most important reviews were from Stephen King and the Kubrick estate

Review: Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams excel in white privilege and first-world problems drama

Alejandro Landes’s Monos is surreal and wildly beautiful

Review: Alejandro Landes’s thrilling tale of child guerilla soldiers is a must-see

Jillian Bell plays the lead character in the new film, Brittany Runs a Marathon. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/New York Times

Brittany Runs a Marathon negotiates a very careful path around women and weight

Jillian Bell: a runaway hit in Brittany Runs a Marathon

Jillian Bell has a reputation for scene-stealing and her promotion to heroine is long overdue

Back in the old neighbourhood: Jimmie Fails in The Last Black Man in San Francisco

New this weekend: The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Terminator: Dark Fate, By the Grace of God

The Last Black Man in San Francisco doesn’t look or feel like any other film this year. Photograph: David Moir / A24

The film has an emotional resonance that is being felt everywhere the film has premiered

François Ozon, winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for By the Grace of God, during the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin earlier this year. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

By the Grace Of God, about sexual abuse by a priest in Lyon, focuses on the perspective of the survivors

New this week: Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis and Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate

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

Alexandre Guérin is played beautifully with palpable vulnerability by Melvil Poupaud

Review: The film tells of a sexual predator priest and the cardinal who protected him

Gabriel Luna and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate. Photograph: Paramount Pictures

Review: All the diversity window dressing can’t hide Dark Fate’s inconsequentiality

Even the unintentionally hilarious trailer for Bombshell contains far more family comedy than this latest dusting down of the titular ghouls

Review: Theron is as miscast as Morticia as Chloë Grace Moretz is as Wednesday

Zack Gottsagen: ‘I would say to people with Down syndrome to follow their heart.’ Photograph:  Seth Johnson/Armory Films

Zack Gottsagen has followed his dreams and plays the starring role alongside Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon

New this week: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

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

Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen in The Peanut Butter Falcon

New this weekend: The Peanut Butter Falcon, Land Without God, Shaun the Sheep, Official Secrets

Farmageddon never gets too big for Mossy Bottom Farm nor strays from the sense of being trapped with an unrepentant and woolly anarcho-primitivist

Review: Woolly hero’s latest adventure is his most satisfying one yet

Aged 10 the callow Mannix was sentenced to 18 months in the subsequently notorious St Joseph’s Industrial School in Letterfrack.

Mannix Flynn meets with generations of his family who recount harrowing childhoods

Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen in The Peanut Butter Falcon. Photograph:  Seth Johnson/Armory Films

Review: With a nod to Huckleberry Finn, this is an auspicious first feature from Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz

Mystify: Michael Hutchence. Image: Steve Pyke/Dogwoof

The film-maker ‘asked all the girlfriends if he liked being strangled. Everyone says no’

Marchánt Davis: the young actor plays a charismatic self-styled preacher in The Day Shall Come

Fresh out of drama school, Marchánt Davis found his breakout role in Chris Morris’s latest film, The Day Shall Come

New this week: Clive Owen and Will Smith in Gemini Man

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

I’m SO embarrassed: Lola Pettigrew in A Bump Along the Way

New this weekend: A Bump Along the Way, Lost Lives, The King, Abominable

The adorable monster in Abominable

Review: The third Yeti-themed animation in 12 months includes some screen magic

 Belfast Journalist Lyra McKee  was killed during riots in Derry on  April 18th 2019. Police Service of Northern Ireland said that McKee was allegedly shot while reporting on clashes with dissident republican rioters. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

Review: This chronicle of the 3,700 killed in the Troubles is a sobering, triggering reminder

Will Smith in Gemini Man

Review: There’s a nostalgic fuzz around this high concept sci-fi action

Gemini Man: Will Smith as his younger self, created by Peter’s Jackson’s Weta Digital visual-effects company

Ang Lee’s sci-fi action thriller pits the star against a Fresh Prince-era version of himself

New this week: Tai Golding in The Last Tree

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

Funny or die: Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

New this weekend: Joker, The Last Tree, Best Before Death, Good Posture

Sam Adewunmi as a teenage Femi in The Last Tree

Review: Shola Amoo’s dramatic triptych has parallels with Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight

Grace Van Patten as Lillian in Good Posture

Review: Grace Van Patten shines in Dolly Wells’s heartful debut film

Renée Zellweger in Judy

She's practised and polished but you can’t forget that you are watching a performance

Judy Garland in a promotional still for the 1943 MGM star vehicle Presenting Lily Mars.

New biopic Judy latest manifestation of gay, quasi-religious worship of Wizard of Oz icon

New this week: Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in The Laundromat

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

A death in the family: Samara Weaving in Ready or Not

New this weekend: Ready or Not, The Laundromat, Inna de Yard

Inna De Yard brings together reggae veterans for reminiscing and recording

Review: Peter Webber’s documentary is as moving as it is toe-tapping

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