John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

An ebullient account of Elton John’s rise to fame in the 1970s combines the required biographical realism with exquisite flights of fantasy to deliver a stunning three-dimensional portrait

Time for another whacking from Wick

Time for another whacking from Wick

Exhaustingly frantic, breathtakingly violent, but never boring, John Wick 3: Parabellum operates on the principle of delivering an action sequence of eye-watering muscularity every ten minutes or so...

Denis gets High with some sci-fi

Denis gets High with some sci-fi

Cinema High Life: Directed by Claire Denis, Nationwide, 18, Rating: **** Float Like A Butterfly: ...

Film: The dark side of stardom

Film: The dark side of stardom

Like Brady Corbet’s debut The Childhood of a Leader, an examination of the origins of evil, Vox Lux spans decades in time, but is an altogether more energetic affair which, at times, might almost be described as fun

Bloated saga reaches a dizzying end

Bloated saga reaches a dizzying end

Cinema Avengers: Endgame: Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, nationwide, 12A, Rating: *** The Dig...

Jordan casts a spell with wicked thriller

Jordan casts a spell with wicked thriller

No tired pastiche or retro-baiting homage, Greta is a deliciously nasty romp, built around perverse maternal obsessions, with dialogue as arched as a vamp’s eyebrow

Buckley blooms in captivating musical

Buckley blooms in captivating musical

Tom Harper's 'Wild Rose' is a rousing combination of social realism and showbiz fantasy that plays out like Ken Loach’s Coal Miner’s Daughter

‘The best artists are those people who have a bit of history behind them, who have a few scars. Those are the ones I respond to’

‘The best artists are those people who have a bit of history behind them, who have a few scars. Those are the ones I respond to’

A star-making performance in country music drama Wild Rose looks set to launch Killarney actor Jessie Buckley into the big league, but she’s much more at ease with the loners and the outcasts, she tells John Maguire

Family affair is not your average Western

Family affair is not your average Western

Cinema The Sisters Brothers: Directed by Jacques Audiard, nationwide, 15A, Rating: **** Happy As ...

Film: The elephant in the room is the story

Film: The elephant in the room is the story

Tim Burton, who transports his well-cast ensemble of real-life actors to a meticulous CGI world, but neglects to give them anything interesting to do when they get there

Peeling away layers of the secret life of Us

Peeling away layers of the secret life of Us

As the plot of 'Us' becomes more deranged and dangerous, the superb cast rise to the challenge of making the sets of roles feel real

Film: Larson takes a Marvelous turn

Film: Larson takes a Marvelous turn

Captain Marvel's writing and directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have a lot of fun with their 1990s setting, mining the era for nostalgic references and soundtrack cues, but politically their film is very much of the moment

A homegrown horror to chill the blood

A homegrown horror to chill the blood

Cinema The Hole in the Ground: Directed by Lee Cronin, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: **** Fighting Wit...

Neeson’s latest thriller is dead funny

Neeson’s latest thriller is dead funny

Crack the ice on director Hans Petter Moland’s English-language remake of his 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, and it becomes clear that Cold Pursuit is a comedy, in which murder and mayhem are mined for laughs

'I didn’t admit I wanted to be an actor for a long time'

'I didn’t admit I wanted to be an actor for a long time'

With her latest impressive performance in hotly tipped Irish horror movie The Hole in the Ground, Seána Kerslake’s star continues to rise – but she refuses to let it go to her head