John Maguire

John Maguire

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,

Foster turns vigilante in farcical role

Foster turns vigilante in farcical role

In Neil Jordan’s latest film, Jodie Foster plays New York radio host Erica Bain, who survives a vicious Central Park mugging in which her husband-to-be (Naveen Andrews) is killed.