John Maguire

John Maguire

Comedy of malice falls between two stools

Comedy of malice falls between two stools

Exploring the fantasies of put-upon employees everywhere, director Seth Gordon returns with Horrible Bosses.

Hallowed Harry bows out in style

Hallowed Harry bows out in style

All’s well that ends well. After eight films in ten years and cumulative box-office returns of more than $6 billion, the Harry Potter franchise comes to a rousing conclusion in The Deathly Hallows Part II.

Ronan provides a killer touch

Ronan provides a killer touch

Atonement director Joe Wright recruits his teenage star Saoirse Ronan for his latest film Hanna, which is an eccentric mix of modern day fairytale with action movie free-for-all - like a Walt Disney version of Jason Bourne.

Western wrapped in air of dread

Western wrapped in air of dread

Meek’s Cutoff, Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Selected cinemas, cert PG. Rating: *** Your Highness, Directed by David Gordon Green. Nationwide, cert 16. Rating: **

Brilliant Bale packs killer punch

Brilliant Bale packs killer punch

The Fighter, Directed by David O Russell, Nationwide, cert 15A, Rating: ****

Hefty biography of Bogie has more facts than magic

Hefty biography of Bogie has more facts than magic

Tough Without A Gun: The Extraordinary Life of Humphrey Bogart, By Stefan Kanfer, Faber & Faber, €18.90

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

Tron reprise is a damp squib

Intoxicated by Hedy’s extraordinary life

Intoxicated by Hedy’s extraordinary life

The life of Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood’s most beautiful faces, was dogged by controversy and condescension throughout her film career.

Hits and misses in uneven montage of movie musings

Hits and misses in uneven montage of movie musings

Gary Giddins is one of America’s foremost jazz critics - he has been the Village Voice music columnist for 30 years - and his books, among them a biography of Bing Crosby, have been well received.

CINEMA

CINEMA

Slick visual gags hide a lack of plot

Shooting the moon

Shooting the moon

Benicio Del Toro frequently taps dark urges to bring compelling characters to life, but his latest role – a werewolf – was inspired by the movies of his childhood in Puerto Rico

Soloist needs a backing group

Soloist needs a backing group

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

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

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

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

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.