John Maguire

John Maguire

John Maguire on Film

John Maguire on Film

Downton Abbey is fundamentally a drama that celebrates one class of people oppressing another

Film: Second chapter is second-rate

Film: Second chapter is second-rate

Gruesome without being scary, intricate without feeling involved, It Chapter Two is a textbook blockbuster sequel: more of the same, only worse

John Maguire on Film

John Maguire on Film

A sad account of living with someone with addiction and a deeply personal work that touches on something universal, there’s still something blank and theatrical about Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir

A Wild West tale told searingly well

A Wild West tale told searingly well

Irish writer and director Ivan Kavanagh makes a huge leap forward with his first big-budget period film Never Grow Old, a revisionist Western set on the forbidding American frontier in 1849

Even Tarantino can't redirect history

Even Tarantino can't redirect history

Tarantino’s ninth outing is his most emotionally mature yet. Saturated with his usual excesses and diversions, Hollywood is, at its core, a sad film about obsolescence, ageing and death

John Maguire on Film

John Maguire on Film

Director Sophie Hyde's 'Animals' is a disordered celebration of the enduring bonds of female friendship that feels like it’s trying too hard to capture a mood of hedonism

Fast, furious... and flaccid and fatuous

Fast, furious... and flaccid and fatuous

As with all of the Fast & Furious films, the plot synopsis could be communicated with the pictograms on the leaflet that accompanies a piece of flatpack furniture

Musings on Marianne and her lover

Musings on Marianne and her lover

There’s no shortage of never-before-seen footage in Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, but the film seems to lose interest in its central theme about half way through

Film: Real-life Lion gets lost in translation

Film: Real-life Lion gets lost in translation

The Lion King is a 'photo-realistic' remake of the 1994 classic that replaces gorgeous animation with pixel-perfect but less emotionally engaging digital renderings of the real animals of the Serengeti

John Maguire on this week's new silver screen releases

John Maguire on this week's new silver screen releases

Jim Jarmusch's 'The Dead Don't Die' feels frivolous and unfinished, a cobbled-together assembly of under-developed notions, borrowed tropes and cinephile references

Reboot makes plenty of Spidey sense

Reboot makes plenty of Spidey sense

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a riot of goofy comedy and dizzying special effects built around ideas of truth, illusion and faith

Director Danny Boyle on his new film that imagines life without the Beatles

Director Danny Boyle on his new film that imagines life without the Beatles

Would there be hip-hop or house music without the Beatles using the studio as an instrument? Would we have had Live Aid without the Concert for Bangladesh? Would the US Civil Rights movement have been delayed if they had agreed to play to segregated audiences? These are just some of the questions John Maguire asks Danny Boyle, director of a new film that imagines a world where the Fab Four never existed

Film review: In Fabric

Film review: In Fabric

A cross between the 1970s slasher films of Dario Argento and the celebrated 1980s BBC adaptations of MR James’ ghost stories, In Fabric takes mundane objects, things we shouldn’t be frightened of, and fetishises them until they become terrifying

Latest Toy Story passes the quality test

Latest Toy Story passes the quality test

The returning Toy Story veterans are joined by several new creative hands for a story that feels fresh and invigorating while remaining true to all the glories that have come before

Film: Winning and losing the freedom of Naples

Film: Winning and losing the freedom of Naples

While Asif Kapadia covers every aspect of Maradona’s life to some degree, the film focuses primarily on the gifted Argentinian’s time at the Italian club Napoli