John Maguire

John Maguire

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

Cinema: Bee Movie

Cinema: Bee Movie

Directed by Steve Hickner and Simon J Smith, Nationwide, G

Cinema: Sleuth

Cinema: Sleuth

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Nationwide, 15A

Film: Shrooms

Film: Shrooms

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, Nationwide, 18

Film: Planet Terror

Film: Planet Terror

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Nationwide, 18

Cinema: Costume drama is a less than perfect fit

Cinema: Costume drama is a less than perfect fit

Almost ten years on from his first iteration, director Shekar Kapur and star Cate Blanchett revisit the Virgin Queen for this sumptuously mounted but indiscriminately-told period epic, which sees Elizabeth I battle the invading Spanish for control of

Cinema: This killer thriller goes for the jugular

Cinema: This killer thriller goes for the jugular

David Cronenberg’s outstanding a sister film to his scorching A History of Violence, opens with a throat slashed in a barber’s chair and a pregnant teenager collapsing in a pool of blood on a chemist’s tiled floor. Eastern Promises,

Cinema: A fairytale with brains? Has to be make believe

Cinema: A fairytale with brains? Has to be make believe

Matthew Vaughan’s lavish adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel looks to be The Princess Bride for our times; a funny, knowing fairytale that will appeal to anyone, old or young, fantasist or curmudgeon. Stardust

Cinema Review: Waiter! There’s a rat in my film

Cinema Review: Waiter! There’s a rat in my film

Kevin Costner does a John Travolta turnaround in his blackly comic new thriller, reinventing himself from faded former star into a compelling, multifaceted lead. It’s some trick. Mr Brooks,