John Maguire

John Maguire

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.

Cinema: Bourne again, regrettably

Cinema: Bourne again, regrettably

Reviewed: The Bourne Legacy, directed by Tony Gilroy. Rating: 2/5. My Brothers, directed by Paul Fraser. Rating: 3/5.

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.