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I, Tonya Review: Margot Robbie dazzles as Ice Queen Tonya Harding. .

I, Tonya is a new dark comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. The Movie follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and in particular her connection to the infamous 1994 attack on her great skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. The cast consist of Margot Robbie who stars as Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan plays Harding’s abusive husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney who really shines in the role of Tonya Harding’s mother. We are right in the middle of award season at the moment so expect to hear this one being mentioned a lot over the coming weeks.The Movie goes into the back story behind Tonya Harding the person really well as we learn about her abusive upbringing from her childhood right up to and including her marriage to husband Jeff Gillooly. I, Tonya certainly isn’t afraid to cover a lot of the serious issues of life, as well the abusive side to her life we also learn about the social snobbery Harding faced while trying to break into her chosen sport.Despite the serious content I, Tonya is actually a very funny movie which will get a lot of audiences laugh throughout. Most people will be familiar with the story of the 1994 events which truly turned Tonya Harding into a house hold name for all the wrong reason, but many will not know the full details or even the sketchiness of the facts behind them. I, Tonya the movie will shade a little bit more light on the story for many with this both entertaining and funny View.

By Bill Tubbritt

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Learmhais The Black Panther

Scannán as an gnáth é seo, ní hamháin mar gheall ar an Afra-thodhchaíochas (rud suimiúil ann féin), ach pléann Black Panther le fadhbanna an fíor-domhain – neamhchosúil le mórchuid scannáin maidir le sárlaoch.

Mar aon le scannáin siamsaíochta eile, níl cruinneas stairiúil nó cultúrtha i gceist le Black Panther – cé is moite den teanga a chloistear go minic ann (Xhosa, fíor-theanga ón Afraic Theas), is domhain ficseanúil a thaispeántar ann: tír saibhir san Afraic dárb ainm Wakanda. Feictear “tír bhocht tríú-domhain” ón taobh amuigh, ach níl ann ach cur i gcéill – cónaíonn pobal Wakanda fé phlús, timpeallaithe ag spáslonga agus teicneolaíocht an todhchaí, i bhfolach ón domhain mór ar eagla go dtiocfaidh eachtrannaigh ar vibranium – miotal ficseanúil an-luachmhar nach bhfuil teacht air áit ar bith eile. Cé gur féidir a rá go bhfuil cultúr Wakanda bunaithe ar steiréitíopaí fé treibheanna na hAfraice – agus níl ganntanas cáinte arlíne mar gheall ar “leithghabháil cultúrtha” – ceapaim féin go bhfuil fiúntas ar an iarracht. Ní féidir a dhiúltú gur céim chun tosaigh é an bealach a thaispeántar Wakanda sa scannán so i dtreo cothromaíochta cultúrtha i Hollywood. Níl sé foirfe, ach ar a laghad níl na afra-charachtair in am an ghátair nó ag obair don tiarna geal sa scannán so, mar a dhéantar de ghnáth i go leor leor scannáin móra. Is iad atá i gceannas orthu féin agus is acusan atá an teicneolaíocht is déanaí ar féidir léi an domhan (agus na daoine geala “sean-nósacha”) a shábháil.

Prionsa T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) é príomh-charachtar an scannáin, agus é díreach i ndiaidh a athair a chailliúint in ionsaí lasmuigh de Wakanda. Anois filleann sé go dtí a thír dúchais chun an coróin a chaitheamh. Ní bheith aistear gan deacracht aige, áfach, agus a chol ceathrar réidh chun dúshlán a chur air maidir leis an gcoróin. D’fhás Killmonger aníos i Meiriceá Thuaidh agus creideann sé gur chóir do Wakanda deireadh a chur leis an éagothroime sóisialta ar fud an domhain, seachas fanacht I bhfolach ar mhaithe le síochán. Dá bharr, feictear go soiléir go bhfuil coimhlint cultúrtha (idir an prionsa áitiúil coimeádach agus an prionsa “eachtrannach”) léirithe sa scannán níos mó ná aon rud eile. San am céanna, gheofá a rá gur sárlaoch as an gnáth atá I gceist le Black Panther: ní bhfuair sé a chumhacht osnádúrtha trí thimpist, “bhuaigh” sé é agus bhí an duais tuillte aige. Anuas air sin, níl scéal an scannáin chomh simplí le “bagairt ar an ndomhan” mar a fheictear I go leor scannáin sárlaoich. In ainneoin sin, tá príomhcheist an scannáin níos casta: ní “conas an domhan a shábháil”, ach “an fiú an domhan a shábháil”.Ó thaobh ceisteanna sóisialta, is fiú a lua go bhfuil go leor postanna neamhghnách ag carachtair baininscneacha: tá gardaí Wakanda ar fad baininscneach, agus feictear banphrionsa Shuri (Letitia Wright) ag obair mar eolaí agus an saineolas aici fé na gléasanna is déanaí atá ar fáil in Wakanda. Sochaí cothrom go leor is ea Wakanda, ach ní chiallaíonn sé sin nach bhfuil dúshláin le sárú acu – go háirithe ó thaobh caidrimh leis an saol mór lasmuigh. Ar iomlán, scannán álainn is ea Black Panther (cé is moite de na droch-éifeachtaí físe anso is ansúd) a bhfuil go leor aicsin agus scéal suimiúil ann. Fiú mura dtaitníonn scannáin sárlaoich leat, is fiú féachaint ar an gceann so mar gheall ar an mbealach a úsáidtear samhlaíocht chun ceisteanna an lae inniu a phlé.

5/5

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One of Marvel’s best Super Hero movies in a while. Black Panther Review

The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is showing no signs of slowing down in this the eight instalment from this extended super hero franchise. Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by him and Joe Robert Cole. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman in the lead role as T’Challa / Black Panther. We first saw Boseman appearing as the Black Panther back in 2015 in Captain America: Civil War, this movie picks up the Black Panther story from their and leads us into this standalone movie for the character.  The movie has received much deserved praise for its cultural impact and impressive CGI affects with some suggesting it to be one of the best Marvel super hero movies in a long time.Following the death of the former king T’Chaka’s at the hands of Helmut Zemo, his son T’Challa, the current Black Panther, returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, the new King T’Challa’s rein is giving a baptism of fire as he gets drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of not only Wakanda but the entire world at risk. T’Challa must gather together all his resources to release the full power of the Black Panther if he is to stand any chance of defeating his enemies and securing the safety of his people.Black Panther may take a little time slowly building up the story in this movie but definitely its worth sticking with it as when it gets going it quickly turns into a very clever and entertaining watch. Visually it looks amazing on screen with the land of Wakanda build superbly, this movie seems to have set out to create a very unique cultural vision for this land and certainly succeeded on that score. Only negative I would say is that although the CGI is mostly very good there are some scenes which do look a little cartoonist at times. Black Panther ticks most of boxes required to make a very entertaining movie and is sure to go down well with cinema audiences.

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Preview of NT Lives upcoming Presentation of “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”

“CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”

By TENNESSEE WILLIAMS From NTLive:

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In November 1972, I attended my first performance of a Tennessee Williams play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”: presented by Clonmel Theatre Guild and directed by Brendan Long, a poet of the theatre. It was for me a riveting experience, with what is still considered one of the twentieth century’s greatest plays. (Brendan and the Guild in those years gave us production after production, such as GB Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” and O’Casey’s “The Silver Tassie”, which in the near half-century since have never been bettered – priceless memories!) I have a feeling that at that time, Arthur Miller and Williams (two of the three great pillars of American Theatre – along with Eugene O’Neill), were more or less on a parity in terms of how frequently their plays were performed; today, there can be little doubt that Miller’s star shines much more brightly in world theatre.

While I rate Miller as being one of the world’s great playwrights, I also feel that Williams’ eclipse is to be regretted. “Streetcar” is one of the great plays and “The Glass Menagerie” is one of the most tender and poignant I’ve ever attended. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” which we saw here in Dungarvan in 2014 from Dungarvan Dramatic club, in a wonderful production Directed by Fidelma Meaney is also a powerful drama – some standout acting performances in that production (it would be invidious to give names) illustrated the power and the passion in this play.

The highly-rated 1958 film, with Elizabeth Taylor, the excellent Paul Newman and the singer famed for singing “A Little Bit of Tear Left me Down”, Burl Ives, (displaying unexpected Thespian skills) gives us a fair of the power of this play.

Thomas Lanier (Tennessee) Williams was born in 1914 in Columbus, Ohio, a clergyman’s son. At twelve his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. He went to college but left after a few years to work in a shoe company. In 1938 he graduated from The University of Iowa. He won a Theatre Guild Prize for Four One-Act plays in 1939. His life was shadowed by a brutal Prefrontal Lobotomy undergone in 1937 by his sensitive and fragile beloved sister, Rose, who, in disguise, appears in many of his plays – young women who are unable to confront reality or flee into illusion. She is given a beautiful alter ego in Williams, first ‘hit’ “The Glass Menagerie” (1945), a beautiful and poignant play. He wrote prolifically till the end – he died in 1983 – choked to death on the plastic cap of a bottle for nasal spray or eye solution. He was a much-decorated playwright, including The Pulitzer Prize for “Streetcar” (1947) and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1955). For decades, he bestrode American Theatre and perhaps ‘the whirligig of time’ will restore his reputation to its rightful place.

Big Daddy Daddy Pollitt, a rich cotton plantation owner, is celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday with his family. Only he and his wife are unaware that he is dying. One son has five children while the other, Brick, a former football hero, is childless and has taken to liquor. His wife, Margaret, has suspicions about a relationship he had with a now-dead friend male friend – was it homosexual?. When Big Daddy confronts Brick, the latter accuses him of avoiding the truth of his own fatal illness. Themes of mendacity, hypocrisy, homosexuality and hatred all come together in this powerful and sometimes brutal play.

Williams once wrote:- “People are always asking me which is my favourite among my plays … and when I succumb to my instinct for the truth, I say “it must be “Cat”. That play comes closest to being a work of Art and a work of Craft”; he went on to add that Big Daddy was his most satisfying character in terms of Artistic Creation.

With Siena Miller and Colm Meaney, this performance filmed Live in 2017 should be a treat – “The Independent” described it as “a brilliant, lacerating account of the play”. Not to be missed”

[FOGRA: Gounod’s Opera, “Romeo et Juliette”, Live from Barcelona on Tues, Feb 27th, at 7PM,brings us a welcome revival of a lovely opera and genuine lovers of the genre won’t want to miss it.}

(From Jim Ryan),

 

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Fifty Shades Freed Review. The climax to trilogy is here at last.

Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy taken from the original books by E. L. James. The last movie ended with Christian Greys dramatic proposal to Anastasia Steele and this one picks up quickly from there by skimming over the wedding with an early monologue. This leads us nicely into the movie itself which definitely does not try to reinvent the wheel here as it continues down a similar path to the previous two.After the new Mr and Mrs Grey return from there extended honeymoon in Europe Anastasia quickly has to adjustment to her new husband very busy work schedule and domineering attitude that has been the main problem between the couple since day one. This of course continues in fifty shades freed as Ana finds herself wanting a bit more freedom and space not long into their married lives together. Ana’s old boss from the publishing company also returns to cause trouble as he seems intent on destroying the seemingly perfect lives of Anastasia & Christian.The plot for this one feels disappointingly weak at times and does feel that this franchise has run its course. It’s hard to believe after 3 movies Anastasia still seems surprised when she finds out Christian owns his own Jet. E. L. James has made a lot of Money from the Movies & Books and there is no doubting she is an excellent writer, it just seems she may have gone to the well once too often for this one. With that being said, Fifty Shades has a truly massive fan base that are sure to pack out cinema’s all over the world for this one over the coming weeks.

Bill Tubbritt

Rating 3/5

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Den of Thieves Review. Possibly Gerard Butler’s best action movie to date.

Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr star in this new all action heist movie which many are comparing heavily with the classic 1995 Movie Heat starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Den of Thieves sees Butler returning to work with director and producer Christian Gudegast who he also worked with in London has fallen back in 2016. These two combine well again as they both seem really suited to these types of all-out action bullet feasts that are still a lot of movie fans guilty pleasures in this High-Tec digital age.Den of Thieves follows an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. which is lead up by bad boy Detective Nick “Big Nick” O’Brien (Gerard Butler).Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) is the recently paroled leader of the state’s most successful bank robbery crew who are known as “The Outlaws” The movie quickly puts both groups on an explosive collision course when The Outlaws plan to pull off an seemingly impossible heist by attempting to rob the city’s Federal Reserve bank. This task is not made any easier as Detective Nick and his crew will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.As previously mentioned the movie has received a little criticism for its similarity to Heat but that should not put people off because even if that fact is true, it still doesn’t stop Den of thieves from been a very entertaining movie. Gerard Butler had to put on a lot of weight for this role and really did a fine job in his role. The movie runs for 140 Minutes which may sound long but the run time really doesn’t make it feel like an overly long movie but definitely there were some unnecessary scenes that were not entirely relevant to the story.

Rating 3.5/5

Bill Tubbritt

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Preview of Shakespeare’s Riotous yet Profound “Twelfth Night” (Broadcast Live here Feb 14th @ 7.15 pm)

If you love theatre, don’t miss this screening of one of the greatest, most joyous plays ever written. What better way to battle through the cold and drear of winter than seeing a great comedy – and a good production of “Twelfth Night” is a heart-warming, often hilarious, experience.A live screening from Shakespeare’s birthplace is always something to look forward to with eagerness, and “Twelfth Night” on Feb 14th brings to us one of his most performed and popular dramas. In fact, a fairly recent survey of all performances of Shakespeare’s plays at The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, later the Royal Shakespeare Company, at Stratford-Upon Avon, from 1879 to 2004, this play is the second most performed of all the canon – there are no prizes for guessing the most performed; “Hamlet”. This delightful comedy is among the greatest and most popular comedies ever penned. I have loved it ever since I studied it as a student many moons ago. In the characters of Viola and Olivia we have two of the dramatist’s largest and most wonderful female roles.

The earliest recorded performance of this delightful comedy took place in one of the London colleges of law, the Middle Temple, in February, 1602 – a number of points in the play which suggest an audience of law students. There are a number of literary and historical clues in the text which, scholars believe, indicate that it was first performed in late 1599 or 1600. While there is nothing in the play to connect it to the twelfth night, (i.e. January 6th) the play, full of merriment, high jinks and drinking scenes, would be a fitting entertainment for an evening which brought the Christmas festivities to a close. The main plot is a loose adaptation of a tale from a novel published in 1581 and this novel was itself based on an Italian comedy which was performed in Cambridge University in 1537. (Perhaps originality is an overprized entity; it’s salutary to reflect that of the Bard’s thirty-seven plays only one, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, is considered to have an original plot.)As the curtain rises, the lovesick Orsino, Duke of Illyria, is embarking on one of the most famous speeches in drama:- “If music be the food of love, play on. // Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, // The appetite may sicken and so die.”

He is using a deputy to court the rich Countess Olivia, who, we soon discover, is unable to love him in return. His emissary is a newly-employed favourite pageboy named Cesario – what he doesn’t know is that Cesario is in reality a shipwrecked gentlewoman of noble birth whose true name is Viola – and it being a comedy by Shakespeare, confusion is worse confounded when it emerges that Cesario/Viola is in love with Orsino. As Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy might say:- ”What a fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into”! The emissary (in disguise) is herself in love with the man for whom she is pleading. To make matters more complicated, when Cesario/Viola goes a-wooing Olivia (on Orsino’s behalf, you remember), the latter falls in love with him/her.

So, in case you’re as hopelessly lost as I am at this point:- Orsino loves Olivia (who doesn’t love him) who loves Cesario/Viola who, in turn, loves Orsino – nothing could be more simple! There is also Viola’s identical twin brother, Sebastian, presumed drowned, who later comes on the scene – of course, the identical twin is one of the great engines of comedy in the theatre. The mayhem that arises from mistaken identity is a rich source of farce in Shakespeare and many another playwright – with “Twelfth Night”, as events take their course you must be ever on the alert if you are “to keep up with the plot”.

Then there’s puritanical, self-righteous, melancholy Malvolia, Olivia’s steward, who is cruelly gulled into believing that she is in love with him. There’s also Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a wealthy, foolish knight, (in fact an utter idiot) who provides the funds for Olivia’s riotous, drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch. As in a number of Shakespeare’s plays, there’s also a clown, Feste who is Olivia’s court jester – and it has to be said the clown/fool is often the wisest and shrewdest character in the play. Olivia’s sharp-witted serving woman, Maria, also plays a delightful role in the comic scenes.

“Twelfth Night” Live from the RSC – what is there to beat that? Just penning the above whets my appetite for this magical play.

“Twelfth Night” Broadcast Live from RSC, Stratford, Thurs, Feb 14th @ 7.15 pm.

Jim Ryan

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Learmhais The Greatest Showman

Is scannán é seo a chuireann dea-ghiúmar ort. Tá sé an-oiriúnach don Athbhliain, mar is scannán creathach é seo. Ar fíor-eachtraí atá an scannán bunaithe; saol P.T. Barnum. Fear gan mórán airgead a thiteann i ngrá le cailín óg saibhir darbh ainm Charity. Leanann an lucht féachana a shaol ó phósadh, beirt leanbh agus a streachailt le airgid go dtí go mbíonn smaoineamh conspóideach aige. Chruinnigh sé le chéile na daoine ar imeall an tsochaí chun impresario sorcas a chur ar shiúil. Chuaigh sé ón bpúirín go dtí an pálás. Ach ní thuras éasca a bhí ann, is iomaí dúshláin a raibh ina bhealach. Tá an fuaimrian sa cheoldráma seo spreagúil agus draíochtúil agus chuaigh na rian go barr na gcairteacha i Meiriceá ar feadh dhá sheachtaine. Caithimid a admhaigh gur aisteoir an-chumasach é Hugh Jackman a cuireann beocht sa cheol, ról iomlán difriúil ó Wolverine. Chum P.T. Barnum anam gnó na siamsaíochta comhaimseartha toisc go raibh an-chumas aige dul i ndiaidh mian a chroí. Tá an scannán seo oiriúnach do gach uile duine sa chlann is féidir leo an teachtaireacht ón amhráin “This is me” a chur i bhfeidhm ina saol féin. Mholaim go láidir é a fheiceáil agus ná déan dearmaid súigí siar agus bainigí taithneamh as an seó!

3.5/5

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The Commuter Review

Liam Neeson is back in yet another action movie which seems perfect for his “Particular set of skills”. Many might think at 60 years of age he may be getting a little bit old to be beating up guys half his age in all out action movies but few will disagree that Neeson always shines in these types of roles. The Commuter is an action thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Byron Willinger. Along with Liam Neeson the cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks and Sam Neill. Despite this healthy cast it feels a little like they were all under used as most of them do not command major screen time throughout the movie.The plot can be summed up very quickly as it’s really not that complicated which is not always a bad thing for this genre of movie. Neeson character Michael MacCauley commute to his job as an Insurance manager every day is always the same as he boards the same train and meets the same people almost every day. This day of course turns out to be a little different as Michael meets a woman on the train who promises to pay him $100,000 if he can find someone on the train for her before it makes its final stop at Cold Springs. Things of course do not stay that simple for Michael as his families safety quickly becomes involved as he enters in a race against time.This movie entertains without being brilliant, it’s fast moving with plenty of action which is what we have come to expect from Liam Neeson movies lately. The plot itself is a little hollow in places but not enough to make this a movie bad, it just lacks any real surprises.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt

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