John Maguire

John Maguire

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

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

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

{ "#" : "Having dipped his toe with punchy cameos in films such as For Your Consideration and Night at the Museum, television’s favourite creep Ricky Gervais makes his Hollywood debut as a lead in the spiky, but safely pasteurised, studio comedy ." ,

First person

First person

Dylan Moran, actor and comedian, 36, Navan

Cinema: Gervais gives a spirited performance

Cinema: Gervais gives a spirited performance

Having dipped his toe with punchy cameos in films such as For Your Consideration and Night at the Museum, television’s favourite creep Ricky Gervais makes his Hollywood debut as a lead in the spiky, but safely pasteurised, studio comedy . Ghost Town

Scribblings reveal the complex man behind the actor

Scribblings reveal the complex man behind the actor

Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters. Edited by John Coldstream, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €33.75

Cinema: Nothing is as it seems in new Coen comedy

Cinema: Nothing is as it seems in new Coen comedy

The Coen brothers were always going to struggle to match the Oscar-winning glories of No Country For Old Men, but taken for what it is - a pitch black political comedy - is a fine achievement, made all the more engaging by a series of clipped, breakn

Cinema: Visceral genius of a mob masterpiece

Cinema: Visceral genius of a mob masterpiece

There is a remarkable scene in Matteo Garrone’s Italian mafia film where a smooth-talking, ostensibly respectable businessman is overseeing the dumping of thousands of barrels of toxic waste in an abandoned quarry. Gomorrah,

Cinema: A tale of two taut, tense thrillers

Cinema: A tale of two taut, tense thrillers

Twinned curiosities this week, with David Mamet, American cinema’s snarling id, bringing us his martial arts Rocky and Liam Neeson laying waste to all around him in a politically whiffy French kidnap drama.

Cinema: Hollywood parody hits all the right targets

Cinema: Hollywood parody hits all the right targets

{ "#" : "In his first directing job since 2001’s fashionista-skewering Zoolander, Ben Stiller takes on Hollywood for the caustic, consistently funny and deliriously unhinged , a comedy about ego." , "b" : "Tropic Thunder"}

Cinema: Holocaust fable is tarnished by clichés

Cinema: Holocaust fable is tarnished by clichés

{ "#" : "In , adapted from John Boyne’s critically acclaimed bestselling novel (which was aimed primarily at younger readers), director Mark Harman tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield)." , "b" :

Cinema: Ritchie back on form with his latest geezer romp

Cinema: Ritchie back on form with his latest geezer romp

{ "#" : "Having failed to make his wife Madonna into a film star and likewise, botched his attempts to fashion a crime caper out of the ancient Jewish Kabbalah, mock-cockney Guy Ritchie goes back to his roots for the surprisingly effective and determ