John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: Reaching for the stars in 2017

Film: Reaching for the stars in 2017

Packed with unexpected jokes and thrilling action, but frustratingly unable to knot decades-old emotional threads, The Last Jedi is nevertheless a noble continuation of the franchise

James Franco finds some Room to roam

James Franco finds some Room to roam

Meanwhile, a movie by Pat Collins, best Irish filmmaker you probably haven’t heard of

Film: Chilling and ice-cold, it’s Haneke light

Film: Chilling and ice-cold, it’s Haneke light

Michael Haneke has the knack of establishing the social and political geography of his stories in a few deft strokes. This time, it’s the rarefied world of the French bourgeoisie

Cinema: Double dramas make bad neighbours

Cinema: Double dramas make bad neighbours

Reviews of Suburbicon and Battle of the Sexes

A Big Apple you wouldn’t want to bite

A Big Apple you wouldn’t want to bite

Robert Pattinson anchors Good Time with an electrifying performance, the best of his career, which matches the meticulous verve of the Safdie brothers’ direction

Florida tale in a world without Disney

Florida tale in a world without Disney

Sean Baker's The Florida Project wows with its feral curiosity whilst Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned is a remarkable and sobering depiction of an Irish atrocity

Colin Farrell's revenge thriller not what it seems

Colin Farrell's revenge thriller not what it seems

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an intense and disturbing experience

Film: The gods are smiling upon this Thor

Film: The gods are smiling upon this Thor

Marvel’s house style is ironically detached and knowingly self-aware, but Waititi puts a silly gag in every line and slapstick in every scene

Finding Stalin finds laughs in a Soviet nightmare

Finding Stalin finds laughs in a Soviet nightmare

Never a comfortable watch, but delightfully cruel in its dismantling of authoritarian regimes

Film: Frosty reception for The Snowman

Film: Frosty reception for The Snowman

There are too many characters, too much story and too many loose threads left hanging

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