John Maguire

John Maguire

Soloist needs a backing group

Soloist needs a backing group

The Soloist Directed by Joe Wright, Nationwide, cert 12A

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Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest hymn to his favourite leading lady, Penélope Cruz, is a labyrinthine web of story and genre that straddles two distinct timelines - the mid-1990s and today - and features a dozen or so interconnected characte

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Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest hymn to his favourite leading lady, Penélope Cruz, is a labyrinthine web of story and genre that straddles two distinct timelines - the mid-1990s and today - and features a dozen or so interconnected characte

Quiet tale of a celluloid classic

Quiet tale of a celluloid classic

For better or worse, John Ford’s Oscar winning 1952 fantasy, The Quiet Man, stands as the quintessential cinematic representation of Ireland and has influenced subsequent films made here, by Hollywood and by ourselves.

Bad boy tales best left forgotten

Bad boy tales best left forgotten

Bad Boy Drive: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty & Jack Nicholson, By Robert Sellers, Preface, €21.80

First person

First person

Liam Cunningham: 47, actor, Dublin.

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Three Monkeys Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan Irish Film Institute (IFI) Rating: ****

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In the world of film, weddings seem to bring out the worst in people. Currently starring in Bride Wars, Anne Hathaway does double duty in Jonathan Demme’s lively drama, Rachel Getting Married.

A look at this year’s movie crop

A look at this year’s movie crop

Cinematic audiences can expect plenty of variety on the big screen this year. Here, we look forward to the first five months of 2009 and select a few highlights

Film: The best and worst of 2008

Film: The best and worst of 2008

John Maguire selects his most memorable and most forgettable offerings on the silver screen this year

FILM: Few thrills in anaemic teenage vampire romp

FILM: Few thrills in anaemic teenage vampire romp

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FILM: Few thrills in anaemic teenage vampire romp

FILM: Few thrills in anaemic teenage vampire romp

Not being a 12-year-old girl, I was unaware that is, apparently, the most important thing that has ever happened in the world. Twilight

Cinema: Towering portrayal of Sands’ last days

Cinema: Towering portrayal of Sands’ last days

Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen makes his feature debut with the bewildering and unforgettable , the story of the last six weeks of Bobby Sands’s life in Long Kesh prison. Hunger

Cinema: Gervais gives a spirited performance

Cinema: Gervais gives a spirited performance

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First person

First person

Dylan Moran, actor and comedian, 36, Navan