John Maguire

John Maguire

‘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

Jenkins delivers a powerful love song

Jenkins delivers a powerful love song

Cinema If Beale Street Could Talk: Directed by Barry Jenkins, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: **** A Pri...

Screen test: Films to watch In 2019

Screen test: Films to watch In 2019

For all of the constant talk about ‘the death of cinema’, last year was another record-breaking year at the box office. In that light, it’s hard not to get excited about what 2019 might have in store for the big screen

Domestic drama puts the Bard centre stage

Domestic drama puts the Bard centre stage

Kenneth Branagh’s beautifully played and handsomely produced film places Shakespeare the man and his mind centre stage, returning the genius dramatist of legend to the all-too-human world

Culture clash comedy hits the road

Culture clash comedy hits the road

What saves Green Book from embarrassing gaucheness is its sense of humour

Profiling the dark hand behind the Bush years

Profiling the dark hand behind the Bush years

As played from beneath 60 added pounds of wobbling flesh by a transformed Christian Bale, Dick Cheney is a cartoon villain from his piggy eyes to his psychopath’s monotone

Lively historical drama loses its head

Lively historical drama loses its head

Rourke recreates history with an arresting visual flair, but cannot exert the same grip on her overloaded story

Film: The man who would never be president

Film: The man who would never be president

The Front Runner, Jason Reitman’s new film about the scandal that engulfed American presidential candidate Gary Hart in the late 1980s, seems almost cute and quaint in comparison to the hellscape we currently inhabit