John Maguire

John Maguire

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

Chat show comedy’s jokes fail to land

Chat show comedy’s jokes fail to land

Late Night, a timid, rather stale fish-out-of-water comedy that runs out of ideas fast, mostly wasting an engaging set-up and a talented cast

Not your average high school comedy

Not your average high school comedy

Inclusive and progressive without feeling forced or manipulative, Booksmart's refreshingly inventive and positive sense of comedy feels nothing short of revolutionary.

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