John Maguire

John Maguire

Big screen bonanza

Big screen bonanza

Autumn and winter traditionally see the best films of year - and 2012 is no exception, writes John Maguire.

Wright's lock-in is a clever plan

Wright's lock-in is a clever plan

Reviewed this week: Grabbers, directed by Jon Wright, nationwide, cert 15A. Rating: 3/5. Jackpot, directed by Magnus Martens, selected cinemas, cert 16. Rating: 3/5.

Film: MacFarlane stuffs Ted full of laughs

Film: MacFarlane stuffs Ted full of laughs

Reviewed: Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane. Rating: 4/5. Brave, directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell. Rating: 3/5.

Film: A quiet little gem in a noisy world

Film: A quiet little gem in a noisy world

Reviewed: Silence, directed by Pat Collins. Rating: 4/5. Searching For Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul. Rating: 4/5.

Arts Feature: Super stars

Arts Feature: Super stars

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's yet another billion-dollar blockbuster, and it's heading this way, writes John Maguire.

Film: An edgy new set of Knight moves

Film: An edgy new set of Knight moves

Reviewed this week: The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan. Rating: 5/5. Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, directed by Ice-T and Andy Baybutt. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Stripping down the US dream

Film: Stripping down the US dream

Reviewed: Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rating: 4/5. Detachment directed by Tony Kaye. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Webb spins a familiar heroic tale

Film: Webb spins a familiar heroic tale

The Amazing Spider-Man 3D, directed by Marc Webb. Rating: 3/5. The Hunter, directed by Daniel Nettheim. Rating: 3/5. Reviewed by John Maguire.

Film: Too much violence is a killer blow

Film: Too much violence is a killer blow

Reviewed: Killer Joe, directed by William Friedkin. Rated: 3/5. Dark Horse, directed by Todd Solondz. Rating: 4/5.

Film: Energised caper comes unstuck

Film: Energised caper comes unstuck

Reviewed: Lay the Favourite. Directed by Stephen Frears. Rating: 2/5. Himizu. Directed by Sion Sono. Rating: 3/5.

Film: A dull ride to nowhere in particular

Film: A dull ride to nowhere in particular

Reviewed: Cosmopolis. Directed by David Cronenberg. Rating: 1/5. John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man. Directed by Sé Merry Doyle. Rating: 4/5.

Film: A flop for Ferrell down Mexico way

Film: A flop for Ferrell down Mexico way

Reviewed this Week: Casa De Mi Padre. Directed by Matt Piedmont. Rating: 1/5. Woody Allen: A Documentary. Directed by Robert B Weide. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Scott at home in an alien world

Film: Scott at home in an alien world

Reviewed this week by John Maguire: Prometheus 3D, directed by Ridley Scott. Rating: 4/5. The Angels' Share, directed by Ken Loach. Rating: 3/5.

Fun for fans in Kingdom of Anderson

Fun for fans in Kingdom of Anderson

Reviewed this week: Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, nationwide, cert 12A. Rating: 3/5. Men in Black III 3D, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, nationwide, cert PG. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Action pure, simple and brilliant

Film: Action pure, simple and brilliant

Reviewed this week: The Raid, directed by Gareth Evans, nationwide, cert 18. Rating: 5/5. The Dictator, directed by Larry Charles, nationwide, cert 16. Rating: 2/5.