John Maguire

John Maguire

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: **

Style beats substance in thrilling ride

Style beats substance in thrilling ride

Drive

A twisted tale from the Spanish master

A twisted tale from the Spanish master

Having made his debut in Pedro Almodóvar’s 1982 farce Labyrinth of Passion - and made his name in 1988’sWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown before decamping to Hollywood and international celebrity - Antonio Banderas reunites with the Spanish a

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