John Maguire

John Maguire

Film review: The Irishman

Film review: The Irishman

Scorsese’s late-career masterstroke

Dull rendering ruins Shining sequel

Dull rendering ruins Shining sequel

For a film about the invasive influence of the past on the present, there’s too much of the old on display in Doctor Sleep: sets built from Kubrick’s original designs, recycled music cues and props, characters and entire scenes painstakingly reconstructed. It’s not so much a homage as an admission of defeat

Film review - Terminator: Dark Fate

Film review - Terminator: Dark Fate

Back to basics as Terminator reboots

Film reviews: Non Fiction and Dark Lies the Island

Film reviews: Non Fiction and Dark Lies the Island

Non Fiction is the kind of film where you’re never more than a few minutes from a scene in a bustling bistro and everybody, eventually, ends up in bed with everyone else

Film review: A bump along the way

Film review: A bump along the way

Gallagher blooms in charming Derry tale

Joker: A masterclass in darkness

Joker: A masterclass in darkness

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a compelling performance in Joker, writes John Maguire

Film: Tartt’s objet d’art loses its literary lustre

Film: Tartt’s objet d’art loses its literary lustre

John Maguire reviews the latest silver screen releases

Star turn from Pitt in a spacey odyssey

Star turn from Pitt in a spacey odyssey

Ostensibly a near-future sci-fi about humanity’s search for advanced extra-terrestrial life beyond the solar system, Ad Astra is really about the relationships between fathers and sons

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