John Maguire

John Maguire

A superhero sequel without the sting

A superhero sequel without the sting

Ant-Man & The Wasp is an overlong, underpowered knockabout comedy in which anything goes and nothing matters. It’s not supposed to make sense, even by Marvel’s logical yardstick, it’s just supposed to be fun

A mission to thrill that delivers

A mission to thrill that delivers

You never know quite where you stand watching a Mission: Impossible film, but with Christopher McQuarrie’s sixth instalment, you know where you’ll sit: right on the edge of your seat.

Hotel thriller outstays its welcome

Hotel thriller outstays its welcome

What might have been a B-movie guilty pleasure instead feels like an arrangement of humdrum bits from other, better films

A fun but not incredible sequel

A fun but not incredible sequel

With Incredibles 2, writer and director Brad Bird has returned to deliver a sequel that doesn’t build on the first film so much as painstakingly remake it

An unconventional creature

An unconventional creature

Mary Shelley is an unconventional and inconsistent film, and Haifaa al-Mansour is an unconventional and inconsistent choice to direct it

Kirwan’s chippy Oldschool charm

Kirwan’s chippy Oldschool charm

Emmet Kirwan’s chippy charisma and blabbermouth energy does much to patch over the gaps in Dublin Oldschool's wandering story

Shadowy events in a dismal border town

Shadowy events in a dismal border town

Cinema Kissing Candice Directed by Aoife McArdle Nationwide, 18 Rating: *** In The Fade Directed ...

A ghost story close to home

A ghost story close to home

Told with an energising combination of verve and artfulness, Hereditary could never be entirely new, but it is uncommonly effective, with the goosebumps lingering long after the closing credits.

Jurassic World a fun adventure, if not dino-mite

Jurassic World a fun adventure, if not dino-mite

Part rollercoaster dinosaur adventure, part claustrophobic haunted-house horror, Fallen Kingdom is an odd experiment

Dazzling dramas and boisterous blockbusters

Dazzling dramas and boisterous blockbusters

John Maguire casts his eye over the comedies, thrillers and arthouse flicks that will be competing for cinemagoers’ eyeballs this summer

Film: Seventh time unlucky for Desplechin

Film: Seventh time unlucky for Desplechin

Welcome to the Desplechin Cinematic Universe: an interlocking chain of seven films from twinkling Gallic trickster Arnaud Desplechin, in which Mathieu Amalric plays a variation on the same character

A Solo run that’s best kept short

A Solo run that’s best kept short

Solo is a standalone origin story for Star Wars' most charismatic character; smuggler, spaceship pilot and the epitome of galactic insouciance

Deadpool’s well is already dry

Deadpool’s well is already dry

Cinema Deadpool 2: Directed by David Leitch, Nationwide, 16 Rating: ** Filmworker: Directed by ...

Punk’s not dead, but this film is

Punk’s not dead, but this film is

A tiresomely slapdash, lifeless muddle, somehow, How to Talk to Girls at Parties makes punk rock sex aliens boring

Horsey yarn is a winner alright

Horsey yarn is a winner alright

Lean On Pete charts the coming of age of an abandoned teenage boy as he forms a relationship with an ageing racehorse