John Maguire

John Maguire

Cinema: John Maguire's ten best films of the year

Cinema: John Maguire's ten best films of the year

From a sprawling Turkish epic to an exhilarating Indonesian shoot-'em-up, these were the must-see flicks of 2012.

Film: Psychos who sparkle but never shine

Film: Psychos who sparkle but never shine

Reviewed: Seven Psychopaths, directed by Martin McDonagh. Rating: 3/5. Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Two go mad in Yorkshire

Film: Two go mad in Yorkshire

Reviewed: Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley. Nationwide, cert 16. Rating: 3/5. Trouble With The Curve, directed by Robert Lorenz. Nationwide, cert 12A. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Oz comedy is a rough diamond

Film: Oz comedy is a rough diamond

Reviewed: The Sapphires, directed by Wayne Blair. Rating: 3/5. Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Affleck's fake is the real deal

Film: Affleck's fake is the real deal

Reviewed this week: Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 4/5. Rust And Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard, nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 4/5.

Film: Noble effort can't save the Beasts

Film: Noble effort can't save the Beasts

Reviewed: Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin. Rating: 3/5. Ginger & Rosa, directed by Sally Potter. Rating: 3/5.

Film: On the road, but off the beat

Film: On the road, but off the beat

Reviewed: On The Road, directed by Walter Salles. Rating: 2/5. Ruby Sparks, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Rating: 2/5.

Arts Interview: A history of violence

Arts Interview: A history of violence

Taking a no-frills approach to a difficult story has brought rich rewards for Lenny Abrahamson and Jack Reynor, the director and star of What Richard Did, writes John Maguire.

Film: Stunning portrayal of Irish youth

Film: Stunning portrayal of Irish youth

Reviewed: What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Rating: 5/5. Taken 2, directed by Olivier Megaton. Rating: 1/5.

Film review: A killer time travel thriller

Film review: A killer time travel thriller

Reviewed this week: Looper, directed by Rian Johnson, nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 4/5. Holy Motors, directed by Leos Carax, selected cinemas, cert 16. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Stay away from these Savages

Film: Stay away from these Savages

Reviewed this week: Savages, directed by Oliver Stone, nationwide, 16. Rating: 2/5. Now Is Good, directed by Ol Parker, nationwide, 15A. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Streep and Jones add glory to Hope

Film: Streep and Jones add glory to Hope

Reviewed: Hope Springs, directed by David Frankel. Rating: 3/5. The Sweeney, directed by Nick Love. Rating: 1/5.

Film: Lawless lacks bottle to hit home

Film: Lawless lacks bottle to hit home

Reviewed this week: Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat, nationwide, cert 16. Rating: 2/5. Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke, selected cinemas, cert 12A. Rating: 5/5.

Film: Total Recall not one to remember

Film: Total Recall not one to remember

Reviewed this week: Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman, nationwide, cert 12A. Rating: 2/5. The Watch, directed by Akiva Schaffer, nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 1/5.

Film: Taut tale of loyalties divided

Film: Taut tale of loyalties divided

Reviewed: Shadow Dancer, directed by James Marsh. Rating: 3/5. The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton. Rating: 5/5.