John Maguire

John Maguire

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

More mouldy old rope from Marvel

More mouldy old rope from Marvel

This film belongs to Jessie Buckley, who is fully immersed in her character’s psychology in ways that drag you along behind her, gasping

Not your average French love story

Not your average French love story

Claire Denis, working for the first time with another icon of French cinema, Juliette Binoche, delivers a sophisticated and perceptive update on a much-maligned genre

Documentary hits all the right notes

Documentary hits all the right notes

Ken Wardrop upends the clichés about piano lessons

Berry’s incisive prison drama takes us deep inside a hidden Ireland

Berry’s incisive prison drama takes us deep inside a hidden Ireland

In only his second feature, following the award-winning I Used To Live Here, director Frank Berry and a talented cast examine how the criminal justice system fails everyone

Delightful tale of a dog’s life

Delightful tale of a dog’s life

Isle of Dogs is one of the most beautiful films ever made and a joy to watch

Film: Sci-fi oddity strictly for the kids

Film: Sci-fi oddity strictly for the kids

A noticeably abrupt, decidedly shop-worn, battle between the forces of good and evil

Film: Surreal satire thinks outside The Square

Film: Surreal satire thinks outside The Square

What starts out as a deadpan comedy of manners mocking the 'my five-year-old could do that' school of contemporary art quickly jumps the fence into the surreal and the absurd

Film: Compelling thriller that truly terrifies

Film: Compelling thriller that truly terrifies

The Lodgers isn’t particularly frightening, but as a story of people trying to escape their ancestry, it is genuinely haunting