John Maguire

John Maguire

A Blade Runner reboot to savour

A Blade Runner reboot to savour

Blade Runner 2049 is as dark, beautiful and deeply textured as the original, but also different

Film: Flawed pedigree sinks Kingsman

Film: Flawed pedigree sinks Kingsman

The worst thing about Kingsman is that there are so many good actors in it; all wasted as the film sabotages itself with an embarrassed shrug

Film: Utter mayhem in a house of horrors

Film: Utter mayhem in a house of horrors

mother! is a slick, sick nightmare that uncoils from a claustrophobic first hour to escalate into some of the most sustained insanity ever seen on a cinema screen

Eddie Izzard talks politics, privilege and beards

Eddie Izzard talks politics, privilege and beards

In his latest role, Eddie Izzard plays opposite a dame as the son of Queen Victoria, but in real life, he holds no truck with hereditary privilege

Movie Review: Whatever it is, It has it

Movie Review: Whatever it is, It has it

John Maguire doesn't want to tell you anything about It, lest it remind you of something that might reduce the impact of Muschietti’s clever, macabre vision

Film: Plot is too thick in packed whodunnit

Film: Plot is too thick in packed whodunnit

The Limehouse Golum feels like an eight-part series for Saturday night television, or a week-long binge-watch on subscription, writes John Maguire

Detroit: Study of a dark moment in US history

Detroit: Study of a dark moment in US history

A courageous approach, but this queasy, claustrophobic sequence is missing something essential

Film: King’s Dark materials are laid waste

Film: King’s Dark materials are laid waste

The Dark Tower plays out like an extended pilot episode for a generic television series

Film: Checkpoint Charlize repels all comers

Film: Checkpoint Charlize repels all comers

Following her blistering performance in Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron has emerged as a thrilling action hero

Film: Besson at his best - and worst

Film: Besson at his best - and worst

The more Besson stuffs in, the emptier Valerian feels

Jason Blum: The film producer breaking convention

Jason Blum: The film producer breaking convention

'I work for free. If the movie is a success, everyone gets paid. If it doesn’t work, we go back and try again'

Film: An epic approach to a WWII drama

Film: An epic approach to a WWII drama

As much a departure as a real-life subject like Dunkirk is for Nolan, his intricate mark is all over it

Film: Apeing old glories to real effect

Film: Apeing old glories to real effect

There is no shortage of man-on-ape combat sequences, but Reeves places his emphasis more on internal than external conflicts

Film: An awkward but appealing superhero

Film: An awkward but appealing superhero

Newcomer Tom Holland, director Jon Watts and a fine ensemble cast deliver a funny, nimble and satisfyingly complete popcorn adventure, says John Maguire

'It really saddens me when I hear Irish people giving out about migrants' - Colm Meaney

'It really saddens me when I hear Irish people giving out about migrants' - Colm Meaney

He’s lived in LA for decades while making a name for himself in Hollywood, but Colm Meaney is back on home soil (sort of) for the culture-clash comedy Halal Daddy, writes John Maguire