John Maguire

John Maguire

Jim Sheridan’s Secret saga fails to soar

Jim Sheridan’s Secret saga fails to soar

A story of Ireland’s guilty history and the Catholic Church’s toxic misogyny becomes a treacly, simplified romance

Film: Bombastic Beast loses its Beauty

Film: Bombastic Beast loses its Beauty

The more vivacious the film tries to be, the flatter the result

Paul Verhoeven is back with a bang

Paul Verhoeven is back with a bang

The film is bracingly honest, devilishly lurid and black as ink

X-Men franchise finally marks the spot

X-Men franchise finally marks the spot

Logan is a noticeably darker, more grown-up Marvel comic-book film

All is not well at spooky Swiss spa

All is not well at spooky Swiss spa

An ambitious and creepily atmospheric yarn is in cinema's soon

Film: Casting a light on race and inequality

Film: Casting a light on race and inequality

Moonlight is specific and universal; a story of childhood, adolescence and manhood

Lynn’s Long Walk full of missteps

Lynn’s Long Walk full of missteps

Alwyn's fragile freshness cannot save the film’s insipid dialogue and bizarre decisions

Marin Ade triumphs with estrangement epic

Marin Ade triumphs with estrangement epic

A beguiling sense of sadness and loss that undercuts even the most outrageous moments

Ruth Negga: That Loving feeling

Ruth Negga: That Loving feeling

It’s been a career-defining week for Negga, who has scooped an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Mildred Loving

Film review: The sweet narcotic of nostalgia

Film review: The sweet narcotic of nostalgia

Trainspotting sequel is not a crass attempt to cash in on the past, but to confront it

Film: Portman harnesses raw power

Film: Portman harnesses raw power

Portman gives a performance of mesmerising complexity and commitment

La La Land: A thoroughly modern musical

La La Land: A thoroughly modern musical

La La Land is dizzyingly confident filmmaking on a grand scale

Film: Cinema kills the video game star

Film: Cinema kills the video game star

It takes a very long time for Kurzel to trudge through the muddy gobbledegook that makes up his story

Martin Scorsese struggles with spirituality

Martin Scorsese struggles with spirituality

Too bleak and frightening for children, perhaps too whimsical and simple for adults

Movies in 2017: Coming soon to a big screen near you

Movies in 2017: Coming soon to a big screen near you

There’s still nothing like a night at the pictures. What's waiting to be discovered up to June 2017?