John Maguire

John Maguire

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

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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.

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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Short Cuts

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

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Short Cuts

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