John Maguire

John Maguire

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

A triumph of French fantasy

A triumph of French fantasy

Reviewed this week: Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. Nationwide, cert PG. Rating: 4/5. Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill. Selected cinemas, cert 12A. Rating: 3/5.

Modern fable hits a home run

Modern fable hits a home run

Reviewed this week: Moneyball directed by Bennett Miller. Rating: 4/5. Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey directed by Lelia Doolan. Rating: 3/5.

New Hunter romp is a Rum affair

New Hunter romp is a Rum affair

Reviewed this week: The Rum Diary, directed by Bruce Robinson, selected cinemas, cert 15A. Rating: ***. Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold, selected cinemas, cert 15A. Rating: **.

Gleeson a Sensation in sharp tale

Gleeson a Sensation in sharp tale

Writer and director Tom Hall's droll and daring Irish sex comedy Sensation is a coming-of-age story about a timid Limerick farmer who meets a New Zealand call girl, falls in love for the first time an

Swinton shines in a harrowing tour de force

Swinton shines in a harrowing tour de force

We Need To Talk About Kevin Directed by Lynne Ramsay Selected cinemas, cert 16 Rating: **** Contagion Directed by Steven Soderbergh Nationwide, cert 12A Rating: *** After almost a decade

Cold feeling at the end of the world

Cold feeling at the end of the world

Melancholia Directed by Lars von Trier Selected cinemas, cert 15A Rating: **