John Maguire

John Maguire

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

Film: Caper crumbles under wall of sound

Film: Caper crumbles under wall of sound

Without something of substance to hang everything on, Baby Driver dissolves into a soundtrack accompanied by a movie

Star Gleeson rails against ‘tribunal industry’

Star Gleeson rails against ‘tribunal industry’

‘Nobody took responsibility for the crash’

Film: Deceptively subtle tale of ordinary lives

Film: Deceptively subtle tale of ordinary lives

There are a few missteps and over-enunciations, but Twice Shy holds great promise for Ryan as a filmmaker

Brendan Gleeson: Fighting the little guy’s corner

Brendan Gleeson: Fighting the little guy’s corner

In an extensive interview, the actor talks emigration, Brexit, his love of traditional music and his acclaimed new film Hampstead

Film: Boxing clever in unflinching gang bout

Film: Boxing clever in unflinching gang bout

O’Connor’s reliance on montage brings an element of repetition to what is an otherwise fast-moving, fluidly told story

The Mummy and the curse of the enforced franchise

The Mummy and the curse of the enforced franchise

A monster is only scary if it is an aberration, not just another bogeyman in a world full of them

Film: A superhero to pummel the patriarchy

Film: A superhero to pummel the patriarchy

The challenge of combining Diana’s mythological origins with a full-scale WWI film leaves a lot to accomplish

Pirates of the Caribbean: Time for a swift burial at sea

Pirates of the Caribbean: Time for a swift burial at sea

Cap’n Jack was once fun, invigorating and unpredictable. Now he’s a bit embarrassing

Film: No fun in Guy Ritchie’s flaccid fantasy

Film: No fun in Guy Ritchie’s flaccid fantasy

Pitched as a take on the Arthurian legend like we’ve never seen before, the result is one we’d never watch again