John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: Animated romp hits right notes

Film: Animated romp hits right notes

Reviewed this week: The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists 3D. Directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt. Rating: 4/5. Into the Abyss. Directed by Werner Herzog. Rating: 4/5.

Film: Penn shines on a slow journey

Film: Penn shines on a slow journey

Reviewed this week: This Must Be The Place, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Rating: 3/5. The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Turkish tale pulses with dramatic life

Film: Turkish tale pulses with dramatic life

Reviewed this week: Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Rating: 5/5. The Other Side Of Sleep, directed by Rebecca Daly. Rating: 3/5.

Film: No added dimension in spacey romp

Film: No added dimension in spacey romp

Reviewed this Week: John Carter 3D. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Rating: 3/5. Stella Days. Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. Rating: 3/5.

Film: No one can justify this war

Film: No one can justify this war

Reviewed this week: This Means War. Directed by McG. Rating: 1/5. Khodorkovsky. Directed by Cyril Tuschi. Rating: 4/5.

Film: LA story is rescued by Harrelson

Film: LA story is rescued by Harrelson

Reviewed this week: Rampart. Directed by Oren Moverman. Rating: 3/5. Margaret. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Rating: 4/5.

Film: Too loud and very far away

Film: Too loud and very far away

Reviewed this week: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Rating: 1/5. The Woman In The Fifth. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Muppets still have the magic

Film: Muppets still have the magic

Reviewed this week: The Muppets. Directed by James Bobin. Rating: 4/5. A Dangerous Method. Directed by David Cronenberg. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Trouble in paradise for Clooney

Film: Trouble in paradise for Clooney

Reviewed this week: The Descendants. Directed by Alexander Payne. Rating: 5/5. Intruders. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Rating: 2/5.

Film: Going wild on Dublin's rooftops

Film: Going wild on Dublin's rooftops

Reviewed this week: Haywire. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rating: 3/5. J Edgar. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rating 1/5.

Film: Shame is compulsive viewing

Film: Shame is compulsive viewing

Reviewed this Week: Shame directed by Steve McQueen. Rating: 4/5. War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg. Rating: 3/5.

Film: Revelling in the sound of silence

Film: Revelling in the sound of silence

Reviewed this week: The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Rating: 5/5. The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Rating: 3/5.

Silver screen's sparkling future

Silver screen's sparkling future

This year is shaping up to be a superb one for cinema, from heavyweight Oscar contenders to summer blockbusters and a smattering of unclassifiable oddities from some of the most talented directors in

Downey shines amid Shadows

Downey shines amid Shadows

Reviewed this week: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Rating: 3/5. Romantics Anonymous. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. Rating: 2/5.

John Maguire's favourite films of 2011

John Maguire's favourite films of 2011

The Tree of Life: Terrence Malick tackles life, the universe and everything in between with his semi-autobiographical, epoch-spanning film about a boy growing up in 1950s Texas. Poetic, spectacular an