John Maguire

John Maguire

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

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"