Elliott Gould and Bibi Andersson in The Touch

Review: A complex, grown-up relationship drama is dusted off for the auteur’s centenary

Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in ‘I, Tonya’

Review: Margot Robbie chews up the role for all it’s worth and spits out the sequins

The Shape of Water

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

Review: Owen Wilson phones in yet another riff on his character from ‘Zoolander’

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

Allison Janney accepts the award for best supporting actress for I, Tonya at the  Golden Globes last month. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Allison Janney relished the role that ‘has a particular resonance at this moment’

Review: Ivan Sen’s fifth feature is a contemporary western that targets racism

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Abbie and Michiel Huisman as Sam in ‘Irreplaceable You’

Review: Gritty it is not, but it won't have you reaching for the sick bucket either

First Reformed is Paul Schrader’s  latest film: “it harks back  to the first script I wrote. It feels like the end of a 50-year cycle”

He will always be introduced as the screenwriter behind ‘Taxi Driver’, but there are many more points of interest to Paul Schrader

Richard Jenkins: Oacar-nominated for The Shape of Water. Photograph: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Veteran character actor Richard Jenkins (70), who shared the screen with Newman and Pacino, is finally ready for the limelight

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson can do nothing with material that has become worse with each installment.

Review: Cinema’s dullest couple adjust to married life in this tedious instalment

New this week: Loveless offers a grimly brilliant portrayal of Russia today, Black Panther is an enjoyable Marvel of a different h(...)

Tad is an accidental Indiana Jones, who, as the sequel opens, is studying archaeology during breaks at his construction job.

Review: This animation owes a large debt to Indiana Jones but cuts too many corners

Review: Clint Eastwood’s train attack re-enactment squeezes in too much reality

Colin Firth as Crowhurst and Rachel Weisz as his wife, Clare, in The Mercy

Review: A woeful, all-at-sea movie about a racing yachtsman who disappears

Helen Mirren, even in first gear, is better than no Mirren at all

‘Winchester’ has a haunted greenhouse, a haunted roller-skate and haunted chill airs

‘Toxic masculinity’: Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Phantom Thread’

Daniel Day-Lewis goes out in haute style, and Gerard Butler channels his inner Blackbeard

Suspend your disbelief: Maurice Compte and Gerard Butler  in Den of Thieves. Photograph: STXfilms

Review: You’ll need a high tolerance of meat-heads to enjoy this film

Sisyphean toil: 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo

This Cannes-winner follows a Congolese man’s efforts to make and sell charcoal

 Daniel Day-Lewis  and Paul Thomas Anderson  discussing a scene on the set of  Phantom Thread. Photograph:  Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

Paul Thomas Anderson on directing Daniel Day-Lewis in his final film, Phantom Thread

Chris Hemsworth in '12 Strong'

Review: It makes the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan look like ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Back to the stoned age: Early Man

New this week: Early Man is a primitive hoot, Last Flag Flying sombrely channels The Last Detail, and Downsizing proves the law of(...)

Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson in ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’. Photograph: John P Fleenor/Netflix

Domhnall Gleeson stars in David Wain’s wacky film which is all about the zingers

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne in Last Flag Flying

Bryan Cranston channels Jack Nicholson in a spiritual sequel to Hal Ashby’s Last Flag Flying

Bulgarian directors Grozeva and Valchanova create a timely, topical film about a watch

Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

Films you should see at the tri-located 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Photograph: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

The ‘Game of Thrones’ star on her love of Ireland, the problem with stereotypes and her first feminist icon

Steven Spielberg: 'I probably watch five old movies a week and five new movies a week. And it’s the old films more that make me want to keep directing.' Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

His new film ‘The Post’ neatly captures the Trumpian zeitgeist. But the director worries that ‘four-quadrant superhero franchises’(...)

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in 'The Post', directed by Steven Spielberg. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox

Spielberg, Hanks and Streep’s The Post is heavy with shadows of Trumpocracy while Liam Neeson just about stays on track in The Com(...)

This metaphysical odyssey could easily have resulted in accusations of cultural appropriation. Instead, it’s the biggest box office hit in Mexican history

Pixar says it’s dealing with the issues raised by John Lasseter’s inappropriate conduct

Pixar veteran Adrian Molina, who is of Mexican descent, co-wrote Coco’s songs with 'Frozen' duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Photograph: Disney/Pixar

Review: What might have been complicated is accessible for even the youngest eyes

Barack Obama and Samantha Power in 'The Final Year'

Obama gave the filmmakers ‘unprecedented’ access. They made a weak documentary

Liam Neeson in 'The Commuter'. Photograph: Lionsgate

Ballymena’s finest takes another highly-stressed journey – this time on a train

Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas on how French cinema has better roles for women, playing Churchill's wife – and Brexit

Protest signs: Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

New this week: Golden Globe-winning 'Three Billboards' and what makes Eric Clapton tick

A Woman’s Life

Stéphane Brizé has made a masterfully subtle and inventive melodrama

Manifesto: discombobulating

Let’s never speak again of her turns as a tattooed English punk and a bearded hobo

Jack Black and Jason Schwartzman in The Polka King. Photograph: Netflix

New Netflix original sees Jack Black star in the real-life story of a Polish-American polka band leader jailed in 2004 for running(...)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)

This portrait explains the roots of a pain that Clapton’s successful career did little to extinguish

Playwright Martin McDonagh: ‘New York audiences always respond especially well to Irish plays, so let’s see how they are with an English one’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Playwright and film maker on his new ‘feminist’ movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Accept this substitute: Christopher Plummer as J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World

New this week: Casting rather than cash is king in Getty kidnapping saga, while Ben Stiller wrestles with his big ego in Brad’s St(...)

Human Flow has no easy answers

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s film emphasises common humanity over suffering

If you’re not a fan of Stiller’s neurotic, self-absorbed turns in While We’re Young  then this squirm-making social satire from Mike White  is not the movie for you.

Ben Stiller is gratingly effective as a self absorbed executive who envies his son

Director Mike White attends the premiere party for his latest film Brad’s Status in Toronto. Photograph: Leonard Adam/WireImage

Brad’s Status director Mike White on the blurred lines between comedy and drama

Thich Nhát Hanh: credited with introducing the concept of mindfulness to the West

For those uninterested in mindfulness, this meandering portrait is a test of faith

On dangerous ground: Christian Bale in Hostiles

Jessica Chastain lays her cards on the table. Ferdinand the bull is released


Netflix’s main rival has come on in leaps and bounds since its threadbare debut

Loosely inspired by a remarkable true story, this warm, likeable film adds a romantic-comedy subplot to an already irresistible underdog tale.

Film tells real-live story of Nadir Dendoune who went from Parisian banlieue to Everest summit

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman

They sing and dance like in ‘La La Land’, but there’s little behind the razzle-dazzle

Light the fire, make the popcorn, and settle down for a binge-watch of some of these greats

Aye capella! The Divas are back in another entertaining sequel.

New this week: Pitch Perfect 3 hits a whole host of high notes, while Jumanji just gets by

Aaron Sorkin: 'I love the sound of dialogue. I love language.' Photograph: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images

The screenwriter of ‘The Social Network’ makes his directorial debut with Molly's Game

But Joel Edgerton’s turn as Smith’s partner is the best thing about this clever critique of race

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Follow-up to 1995 kids’ flick has a ‘big idea’ – but sadly succumbs to crass objectification

Junior Jedis: John Boyega as Finn and Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everyone talking but there are better movies to see

Salim Shaheen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Nicolas Pratviel/AFP/Getty Images

With 110 movies under his belt, Afghan filmmaker Salim Shaheen finally made it to the red carpet in Cannes as the star of a charmi(...)

Mountain: head for heights

Jennifer Peedom’s film is high on spectacle - viewers without a head for heights might not make it past the opening sequence

Carlos Saldanha embellishes ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ with tried-and-tested subplots

Peter Sarsgaard plays Frank Olson in  Wormwood’s play within the play

Errol Morris’s pioneering documentary goes from intrigue to psychological consumption

It is impossible not to marvel at the scale and scope of Jia Zhangke’s eighth feature film.

An Oedipal drama, national allegory and futuristic science fiction form a stunning triptych

Triumph of the spirit: Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

New this week: Jake Gyllenhaal in a survivor’s story, an ageless assassin in ancient Japan, and clever Yuletide horror

Takashi Miike: ‘Do not trust people who are willing to be called auteurs.’ Photograph:  by Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Between his 103 directorial credits, Takashi Miike has staged a Kabuki play, created dozens of music videos and documentaries, and(...)

Menashe Lustig as Menashe, with Ruben Niborski. 'I was just blown away by this portly, funny comedian,' says the director. Photograph: Federica Valabrega

‘Menashe’ director Joshua Z Weinstein on making his warm-hearted drama about a Hasidic Jewish community in New York, shot in Yiddi(...)

Manga maverick Takashi Miike’s 100th feature is imaginative, chaotic and lots of fun

Olivia DeJonge in Better Watch Out

This delightfully nasty and entertaining take on Home Alone is a seasonal gift

Wild at heart: Lu Over the Wall

Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa is on a roll in 2017

The specials today are hatred and resentment

Steve Coogan has seldom been better as the irascible Paul

Here are our favourite film moments of the last year. Don't forget to vote for yours

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson wow in Wonder and James Franco hits gold in The Disaster Artist

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder

Don’t fight the chemistry of Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts or the cuteness of Jacob Tremblay

Dan Stevens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

The story of how Charles Dickens created A Christmas Carol lacks seasonal cheer

James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist

James Franco is excellent in the real-life story of the worst film in cinema

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: “I have a much bigger waistline.”

The Luke Skywalker actor on fame, Carrie Fisher and making Star Wars in Ireland

Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’: “At the time when Dickens was writing, Christmas was a minor religious holiday. It wasn’t at all like it is today. He introduced a couple of things.”
The man who ruined Christmas

Four years after his much-lamented death in a Downton Abbey Christmas special, actor Dan Stevens is restoring some festive cheer w(...)

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes

New this week: Battle of the Sexes is the feminist v male chauvinist pig showdown we need right now

Emma Stone as “Billie Jean King” and Steve Carell as “Bobby Riggs” in Battle of the Sexes. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon

‘Male Chauvinist Pig versus Hairy Legged Feminist! You’re still a feminist, right?’

Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park, 1965: her findings on the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees would challenge the scientific orthodoxy of her time

Jane review: The scientist's work with chimpanzees in Tanzania makes for ravishing viewing

Harris Dickinson as Frankie (middle) in Beach Rats. The British actor plays a conflicted teen who hangs out with his girlfriend and the lads at the beach during the day and, by night, cruises around gay hook-up websites. Photograph: Neon

Harris Dickinson, the rising British actor, has been praised for his performance in the Sundance prizewinner Beach Rats

Michael Fanning’s Irish-language documentary about boxer Sean Mannion packs a punch

Good Time: Robert Pattinson. Photograph: Julien Mignot/New York Times

Post ‘Twilight’ he has become one of the most interesting actors of his generation. Just don’t remind him he’s famous

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

New this week: Bening as an ageing film noir star, Robert Pattinson as a half-dead hood – and an American epic worth staying home (...)

Nothing can saves us from this terrible screenplay

Justice League review: The film is full of meaningless CG goop. And a whole lot of stuff that makes no sense

Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner

A high-class weepie about a real-life May-December romance between actors

Instagram influencer  Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen) and her unhinged stalker Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) in ‘Ingrid Goes West’:   social media misquotations and mistranslations  pepper the movie

‘Ingrid Goes West’ director says he is drawn to comedy that comes from a place of pain

Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund

Netflix looks to awards season with this robust historical drama from Dee Rees

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

Temporal loops and magic balls make for a strange, colourful combination

Marmalade dreamer: Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in Paddington 2

New this week: A bear’s essence, childhood dreams near Disney World, machismo ablaze, the birth of Wonder Woman, and naming names (...)

Paddington 2: Ben Whishaw is note-perfect as the well-mannered CG ursine

Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have a ball in this triumphant and lovely family adventure

Spinning into madness: Toby Jones as Carl in Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope review: Rupert Jones directs his brother Toby in this pleasingly discombobulating thriller

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project set in the shadows of Orlando’s Disney World, where the hotels that once catered to budget-minded tourists are filled with homeless welfare families

The Florida Project is Sean Baker's acclaimed new film, a comedy about children living in budget motels in the shadow of Disney Wo(...)

A reconstruction of the scene of the Loughinisland massacre in No Stone Unturned.

No Stone Unturned review: Film-maker Alex Gibney names names over RUC collusion but the results are patchy

Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Colin Farrell reunites with his Lobster director for the Killing of a Sacred Deer, a moving Holocaust documentary and a lesbian pu(...)

Tomi Reichental: “What is happening in Syria is because of civil war and what happened to the Jewish people was very specific. But the end product – people trying to escape – is the same thing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tomi Reichental, who has worked tirelessly to keep the memory of Jewish Holocaust victims alive, is saddened that lessons from his(...)

“No one likes a pop idol with a tarnished reputation”

The late Satoshi Kon’s psychodrama about celebrity is a screwy masterpiece

Is there something more to Thelma’s unexplained fits and strange animal magnetism? The film’s denouement provides satisfactory answers

Eponymous heroine is struggling to reconcile supernatural abilities – and the result is mesmerising

Colin Farrell, having previously channelled a cannier Fr Dougal on Valium for the purposes of The Lobster, finds unexpected new textures in flat to explore

Farrell does Buster Keaton via Beckett and Keoghan steals the show in Lanthimos’s new movie

The gore is never as groundbreaking as the drowning in pig entrails and reserve bear traps of old

Another mainstream monster is back in business, in a serviceable midtable offering

New this week: Thor hammers at the funny bone, Andrew Garfield catches his breath, a gay romance and exorcisms

Patrick Gibson (The OA, What Richard Did) is unpredictable and terrifying   Brendan O’Donnell who murdered three people in  1994

Property of the State review: Grim chronicle examines systemic failures during disturbed killer Brendan O'Donnell's teenage years

This fun-loving instant teen classic shoots for John Hughesian romance and scores with a slam dunk

The sleeper slasher hit you’ve been waiting for

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