John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: Stuffing a sequel to saturation point

Film: Stuffing a sequel to saturation point

If, like me, you come away from Grindelwald thinking there is far too much to it, that exhaustion will not be soothed by news that no fewer than three further sequels await us

Female cast electrifies in feisty heist movie

Female cast electrifies in feisty heist movie

Those expecting the familiar cacophonous rhythms of studio cops-and-robbers cinema will be electrified by how McQueen absorbs political, racial and gender issues into his supercharged story

Leigh fluffs his big historical moment

Leigh fluffs his big historical moment

There’s something dusty and clumsy about Mike Leigh's Peterloo that saps the film of its zeal and urgency; a fogginess that settles early and never lifts.

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Ross Whitaker’s knockout documentary portrait Katie follows the Bray boxer from her disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics through to her decision to turn professional the following year

Halloween has both tricks and treats in store

Halloween has both tricks and treats in store

A tendency to undercut the tension with goofy jokes and comic asides means this sequel does not have the dreadful elegance of the original

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

First conceived of two years ago and filmed last year, Rosie might as well be broadcast live. Nothing has changed in the interim for those 10,000 people (4,000 of them children) who are without a home in Ireland

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

A Star Is Born is more than just a cash-grabbing remake or a rebooted throwback: it’s a passionate reminder of the grand ambition that movies are all about

A tale of late marital life with a twist

A tale of late marital life with a twist

Pryce is undeniably charismatic and entertainingly conceited, but 'The Wife' belongs to Close. She is as subtle and controlled here as she has ever been

Abrahamson pulls off a Little feat

Abrahamson pulls off a Little feat

The Little Stranger is a captivating Gothic mystery adapted from Sarah Waters’s acclaimed novel as a claustrophobic haunted house movie with a devious shudder in every scene

Asian romp is glossy but empty

Asian romp is glossy but empty

Crazy Rich Asians is the kind of movie that seems even worse in retrospect because, when you replay it in your mind, you realise the easy route it takes through a potentially complicated story

Famine drama looks to the West

Famine drama looks to the West

Black 47 doesn’t exploit the tragedy of the famine by relegating it to the background of a violent Western, but frames that horror in a way that resonates with the form in which it is being expressed.

Film: A love letter to life in the slow lane

Film: A love letter to life in the slow lane

Cold War (filmed once again in lustrous black and white) sets a decade-spanning saga of on again, off again love against the momentous backdrop of a bleak era in recent Polish history, the post-World War II absorption by the USSR

Lee digs deep to create a classic

Lee digs deep to create a classic

BlacKkKlansman is a funny, furious telling of the true story of black police detective Ron Stallworth and his partner Flip Zimmerman investigating the local chapter of the KKK in Colorado Springs in the early 1970s

Vigilante follow-up fails to fire

Vigilante follow-up fails to fire

If the first Equalizer existed only to rapidly progress our unstoppable Good Samaritan though a hierarchy of disposable bad guys on his way to a grandstanding showdown, this more protracted edition is easily distracted and ludicrously contrived.

Swedish family satire with a sting

Swedish family satire with a sting

Under The Tree is a carefully delineated and brutally effective parable for our increasingly hostile and uncivil times