John Maguire

John Maguire

Cinema: Games to play on our sadistic urges

Cinema: Games to play on our sadistic urges

{ "#" : "Austrian provocateur Michael Haneke’s scene-for-scene, line-for-line English language remake of his 1997 German film is a curiously deadening exploration of what happens to a family when their holiday home is invaded by a couple of psychopat

Spiderwick is no match for Potter

Spiderwick is no match for Potter

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Directed by Mark Waters, Nationwide, PG

Cinema: Redacted

Cinema: Redacted

Directed by Brian De Palma, IFI and selected cinemas, 16

Márquez’s magic goes unrealised

Márquez’s magic goes unrealised

{ "#" : "Director Mike Newell deserves a tip of the hat for bringing Gabriel García Márquez’s long-thought unfilmable novel to the screen, but given the quivering mess that results, perhaps the book was best categorised as being too deep for the chea

Cinema: Rendering prehistory obsolete

Cinema: Rendering prehistory obsolete

{ "#" : "Roland Emmerich goes from the day after tomorrow to thousands of years into the past for his latest self-proclaimed blockbuster , a sublimely ridiculous romp through prehistory, artificially sweetened by a menagerie of digital beasts." , "b"

1967: Hollywood’s false dawn

1967: Hollywood’s false dawn

Scenes From A Revolution: The Birth of the New Hollywood. By Mark Harris, Canongate, €19.20

McDonagh displays a killer touch

McDonagh displays a killer touch

Playwright Martin McDonagh produces a brilliant debut feature with this dark comedy drama about a pair of inept hit men sent to cool their boots in Belgium after a contract killing goes awry.

Film: My Blueberry Nights

Film: My Blueberry Nights

Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar, Dublin

Cinema: Bloody mess worth avoiding

Cinema: Bloody mess worth avoiding

Following his arthritic return to the boxing ring for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone gives the preposterously violent another run out for a follower-upper, 20 years down the line from his trilogy of Cold War action films. Rambo

Film: 3D outperforms U2

Film: 3D outperforms U2

U23D. Directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, Selected cinemas from Feb 22, cert G

Cinema: Juno’s a bun in the Oscars’ oven

Cinema: Juno’s a bun in the Oscars’ oven

Precocious, hip and brilliantly funny, Ivan Reitman’s is the feel-good film of the season. It’s another in the now-established mini-genre of unwanted highschool pregnancies, but one told through the distinctive voice of screenwriter Diablo Cody, who

Cinema: Breakneck thrills as a new monster lands in New York

Cinema: Breakneck thrills as a new monster lands in New York

{ "#" : "Arriving on a wave of internet-derived hype, Alias and Lost creator JJ Abrams crosses Godzilla with The Blair Witch Project for - a hugely entertaining post-9/11 monster movie that mostly lives up to its breathless chat-room billing." , "b"

Cinema: Burton’s back with a macabre musical

Cinema: Burton’s back with a macabre musical

{ "#" : "Short, sharp and sour as small apples: arch-goth Tim Burton brings his kohl-eyed and cobwebbed sensibilities to Stephen Sondheim’s dark-hearted musical, , about the London barber-turned-serial killer who wreaks a dreadful revenge on anyone w

Cinema review: Menacing genius from Coen brothers

Cinema review: Menacing genius from Coen brothers

{ "#" : "After a run of flat and indifferent films, Joel and Ethan Coen return to their best with this astounding adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s a bleak examination of western archetypes caught in the winding gears of vintage film noir." , "b" : "No

Cinema review: An intricate masterpiece from Lee

Cinema review: An intricate masterpiece from Lee

{ "#" : "Ang Lee follows his groundbreaking gay love story, Brokeback Mountain, with a similarly frank and emotionally resonant adaptation of a short story in this Chinese spy drama. pulsates with as much dramatic satisfaction as it does sexual eroti