John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: The Escapist

Film: The Escapist

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, Selected cinemas, 15A

Cinema: Poetry in motion fails to take off

Cinema: Poetry in motion fails to take off

{ "#" : "The tangled life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of the two women who loved him in director John Maybury’s artful and awkward film," , "b" : "The Edge of Love."}

Cinema: Affleck’s promising direction

Cinema: Affleck’s promising direction

{ "#" : "Say what you like about Ben Affleck as an actor - I certainly have and none of it was kind - but as a director, he shows considerable promise. For his feature debut, Affleck follows another performer-turned-helmer, Clint Eastwood (with Mysti

Cinema: Indy’s rollicking reprise

Cinema: Indy’s rollicking reprise

{ "#" : "After nearly 20 years and countless false dawns, everyone’s favourite archaeologist adventurer dusts himself down for one more globetrotting escapade, as - one of the most eagerly awaited sequels in cinema history - finally arrives." , "b" :

Cinema: Charming and sweet slice of Beirut life

Cinema: Charming and sweet slice of Beirut life

Forget four spiteful mannequins tottering around New York. The real Sex and The City is happening in hot, dusty Beirut where five women bond over blow-dries in a run-down beauty salon.

Cinema: Downey shines as a heavy metal hero

Cinema: Downey shines as a heavy metal hero

{ "#" : "The summer blockbuster season kicks off with Jon Favreau’s , a gutsy adaptation of the Marvel comic superhero that offers a story typical of a first instalment in a franchise." , "b" : "Iron Man"}

Cinema: Mike Leigh shows his lighter side

Cinema: Mike Leigh shows his lighter side

{ "#" : "Mike Leigh, the chronicler of British kitchen-sink misery in films such as Vera Drake and Secrets & Lies, makes a graceful about-face with , the endearing and optimistic tale of a young primary school teacher learning how to drive." , "b" :

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