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All the money in the world review

All the Money in the World is a 2017 crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott. The Movie stars Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams who all really do amazing jobs with their individual roles. Extra praise going to Plummer as he famously was only a late call up for the part of John Paul Getty which was originally shot and finished with Kevin Spacy in that role before a reshoot was completed with Plummer in just 2 weeks. The Movie is based on a true story which was first portrayed back in 1995 in John Pearson’s book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty.The story is about John Paul Getty who at the time was one of the world’s richest men. When his grandson John Paul Getty’s III was kidnapped his captors thought he would be the perfect bait to draw off a hefty ransom from J P Getty senior. It turned out that Getty is not willing to hand over the 17 million dollar ransom which was demanded. What follows is a desperate bid by the young boy’s mother (Michelle Williams) to get her son back, this included many emotional bids to JP Getty to pay the ransom.This Movie really is a riveting watch from start to finish with lots of excitement along the way. Only slight negative I would say is that the run time maybe a little long for some. It a very dialog heavy movie which is going to be well up there for a couple of awards come Oscar time. This Ridley Scott movie certainly came in under the radar but won’t stay there for long as this is one well worth seeing.

Rating 4/5

Bill Tubbritt

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review

The previous Jumanji movie came out way back in the 90’s and centred around a group of children who got sucked into the world of the Jumanji board game. This new version seems to have been upgraded with the times as this time round they are sucked in to the Jungle in the Jumanji video game. This Family Comedy Action adventure has an impressive cast made up of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, who all really gel together very well to make this movie both funny and exciting throughout.We join the story as 4 high school teenagers from a varying degree of social back grounds find themselves in school detention together. As their punishment they are all assigned to clear out the school basement together.  They soon discover an old video game called Jumanji. After all four decided to play the game they are each sucked into the Jungle taking the part of their chosen game avatars. They soon learn that to escape this world and return to their own they must first locate the Jaguar’s Eye jewel and return it to a huge Jaguar statue. There are a few catches as like most video games they only have 3 live and will die for real if they lose all three. This Movie for me is one of the surprises packages of the year as it really is a very entertaining watch that contains a lot of comedy moments that really seem to work well. This is the perfect family movie this Christmas and really deserves to go down quite well over the holidays.

By Bill Tubbritt

4/5

Learmhais Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Tugann an scannán seo ómós don bhunsraith – tá scéal ann a chuireann The Empire Strikes Back (1980) i gcuimhne dúinn (an Resistance ag cosaint a mbunáite ón namhaid mór, mar shampla). San am céanna, áfach, tá go leor fo-phlota agus cúpla casadh ann a chuireann blas nua-aimseartha ar an scannán. Anuas air sin, tá áilleacht na Gaeltachta le feiscint mar chúlra do bhuacphointe an scannáin. Conas gan a bheith i ngrá leis sin?Tosnaíonn an scannán le dhá scéal éagsúil: ar thaobh amháin, tháinig Rey (Daisy Ridley) ar Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) i bplainéad iargúlta darbh ainm Ahch-To (sin just ainm fancyáilte ficsean-eolaíochta le haghaidh Sceilg Mhichíl i nGaeltacht Chiarraí, ach ná habraigí tada). An chúis go bhfuil Luke ina chónaí in áit chomh scaoite amach sin ná “chun bás a fháil” mar a dúirt sé féin. Tá díomá mór millteach aige leis na Jedis só níl sé ag iarraidh a bheith páirteach sa chogaíocht níos mó. Beidh ar Rey cur ina luí air gurb éisean an dóchas deireanach atá ag an Resistance agus nach féidir leis dul ar scor go fóill. Cé go bhfuil Rey cinnte maidir lena sprioc ansan, tugann sí fé ndeara go bhfuil an fórsa á ceangail leis an namhaid Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) agus is féidir leo labhairt le chéile ó chian ar chúis éigint.

Cé go bhfuil go leor aicsin ann ó thús go deireadh, tá misteachas láidir taobh thiar den méid a tharlaíonn sa scéal – tagraítear do na Jedis mar “reiligiún” agus tá miniúchán bainteach leis an “bhfórsa” do go leor eachtraí sa scannán. I gcodarsnacht leis an scannán a tháinig roimhe – The Force Awakens (2015) ina raibh béim ar chumas fisiceach agus seift le linn troda, cuireann The Last Jedi níos mó béime ar chumhacht osnádúrtha. Ar deireadh, faigheann na lucht féachana amach go bhfuil an bua ag an té is cumasaí ag láimhseáil “fórsa”, is cuma ar an taobh geal nó dorch.

San am céanna go raibh sár-obair déanta leis na fo-phlotaí go léir, is dóigh liom go bhfuil cúpla locht sa phríomhscéal. Ar dtús baire, an bhfuil Rey ag éirí cosúil le Superman? Ní hamháin go bhfuil sí seiftiúil mar a léirítear in The Force Awakens, ach anois thugamar fé ndeara nach féidir teorainn a chur lena cumhacht – neamhchosúil leis na Jedis eile a tháinig roimpi, tá “gach rud sa Bhíobla Jedi ar eolas aici” mar a dúirt Máistir Yoda. Bhí ar Anakin (ceann de na Jedis “ba chumasaí”) streachailt ar feadh na mílte uair chun an oiliúint céanna a fháil, agus níl ach dhá chleachta ag teastáil ón “gcailín comónta a tháinig ó áit ar bith”? Fiú má tá sí gaolta le lucht Skywalker, níl sé sin inchreidte. Nach greannmhar go bhfuil sé mar thraidisiún ag an sraith Star Wars carachtair casta a chruthú – laochra a iompraíonn ina namhaid, namhaid a iompraíonn ina laoch (Finn), go leor laoch a dhéanann droch-chinneadh, agus anois (I gcás Kylo) namhaid a dhéanann an rud ceart ó am go ham… Ach níl aon locht le feiscint ar ár laoch is déanaí de réir cosúlachta.

Ar iomlán, scannán iontach spéisiúil é seo. Más maith leat siamsaíocht agus aicsean, ní bheidh díomá ort leis an gcasadh sa scéal, an troid go léir agus na héifeachtaí speisialta foirfe. Más maith leat scéal le brí agus ceangal leis an gcumhacht is mó, ní bheidh díomá ort ach oiread. Tá an scannán so in ann freastal ar an dá thrá agus is mór is fiú seans a thabhairt dó.

4/5

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Anna Netrebko in “Andrea Chenier” Preview

‘Andrea Chenier’, Umberto Giordano’s fourth opera and his only opera to achieve lasting popularity, premiered at La Scala, Milan in March 1896. It was a tremendous success. It was first performed in Ireland, by The Dublin Grand opera Society, in 1957. I first saw it, given by the same DGOS, in Dublin in 1976, and it was an exciting, lovely production. The libretto is by Luigi Illica, a prolific librettist, who wrote or co-wrote the libretti for four Puccini operas, ‘La Boheme’ ‘Madam Butterfly’ ‘Manon Lescaut’ and ‘Tosca’. The great baritone, Mario Sammarco, who often sang and recorded with John McCormack, sang on the opening night. Beniamino Gigli, one of the most renowned Cheniers, sang in the opera’s premiere at the Metropolitan in 1921; it was so popular there that it was performed there for thirteen consecutive seasons – a rare distinction.  

‘Andrea Chenier’ was performed many times with a trio of principals that can seldom have been bettered: Sammarco, the matchless Emmy Destinn and the immortal Enrico Carudo. Margaret Burke-Sheridan, from Co Mayo, Puccini’s favourite ‘Butterfly’, was a celebrated Maddalena, singing it many times with Gigli. She has left us lovely recordings from the opera.

Andrea Chenier, born in Constantinople on October, 1762, was the son of French parents. At three years of age he returned to France and remained there for the rest of his life. He was a poet of revolutionary leanings. The opera is based on events in his life. Maddalena, daughter of a Countess, is attracted by the sincerity and passion of Chenier, a harsh critic of the aristocracy. There are also some rebellious peasants, led by the Countess’s butler, Gerard. Five years elapse and Chenier is now disenchanted by the violent excesses of the Revolution. Friends advise him to flee danger, but he tells them that he received a note from a woman. They meet at her request and fall in love. Gerard, who also loves Maddalena and is now Robespierre’s spy, tries to abduct her. Chenier is arrested and Gerard signs his indictment. … And thus, this passionate, tumultuous and moving opera proceeds to its marvellous climax.

Matthew Boyden, author of “Opera: The Rough Guide” is a great ‘fan’ of this opera, and of its thrilling qualities. He writes of “the splendour of Giordano’s music … Chenier’s terrifyingly difficult role, a cornucopia of heart-tugging melodies and show-stopping climaxes … through a succession of magnificent arias, duets and monologues, to the concluding dam-buster of a duet with Maddalena.” He concludes: – “‘Andrea Chenier’ contains more than a dozen memorable arias and duets, and the opera’s absence from the stage has more to do with a dearth of genuine heroic tenors than with any intrinsic musical weakness”.

Apart from the opera’s own merits, to have the Anna Netrebko (one of today’s genuine greats of the operatic stage) singing the leading female role makes this a not-to-be-missed screening. I have seen her live in the opera house on a number of occasions and she never disappointed. Her Lucia in Donizetti’s opera a few years back (which we saw at SGC) was memorable. I look forward eagerly to a marvellous performance from La Scala, its spiritual home.

Fogra: On Sunday, December 31st, (the day following our “Andrea Chenier”) at 4pm, we have The Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala Concert. Along with the usual delights from what is, for me, this Rolls Royce of an Orchestra, we have Mezzo Soprano, Joyce di Donato, singing some Richard Strauss songs. Di Donato is a singing treasure and no serious lover of great singing will lightly pass up the chance to hear her sing. What an ideal way to warm up for a great musical New Year! Unmissable.

Anna Netrebko in “Andrea Chenier” From La Scala, Milam Saturday 30th Dec @3pm

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Review

The town is aglow, the advent calendars are up and we’re officially in December, so it’s nice to have a film that reminds us of how the holiday used to be and how it came to be what we know today. And what it was, was nothing. Until Charles Dickens penned a tale celebrating what Christmas could be, and what it ideally is.The Man Who Invented Christmas starts with a desperate and dispirited Charles Dickens struggling through writer’s block and trying to pay off debts he’s put himself in thanks to excessive spending following the success of Oliver Twist. Taking inspiration from the people and places around him, he begins a new story, but runs in to problems when the cast of his new work take on a life of their own. Dickens can’t control them, and much of the film’s best comedy comes from his interactions with his creations.The central creation is of course, Scrooge, played by Christopher Plummer, who nails the character’s mean spirited misery but fails to really show Scrooge’s epiphany in the film’s finale. This is compensated for though by Dan Stevens playing Charles Dickens, whose character’s desire to escape his past as a workhouse child is reflected through Scrooge thoughout. When Scrooge comes to his epiphany, Dickens himself has his own one and Stevens sells the realization well. Also notable is the film’s script, which includes several odd but beautiful turns of phrase that fit in with the story’s setting.All told, The Man Who Invented Christmas is a strong Christmas film that celebrates the season with humor and a sprinkling of drama that sheds some a little new light on classic characters and the history of the holiday.

Rating: 4/5

By: Brendan Meehan.

Paddington 2 Review

Paddington 2 is of course the sequel to the very popular Paddington movie that was released back in 2014. The movie was again directed by Paul King who really needs to keep hold of the reins for any future Paddington movies as he really deliver’s again with this one following the same successful formula from the first movie. It’s definitely a case of it isn’t broken don’t fix it with the whole movie as nearly all the original cast return for this one. The film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, alongside Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant.

The storyline is not complicated and very easy to follow which should make it an enjoyable watch for both young and old alike as it is quite funny with the humour catered for all. The plot this time sees everybody’s favourite bear trying to earn enough money to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday. After he finds a pop-up book of London that he is certain Aunt Lucy will love he decides he will earn money cleaning windows to be able to afford the book which is very expensive. When the book gets stolen from Mr. Gruber’s antique shop Paddington is the number one suspect and it’s up to himself and the rest of the Brown family to find the real thief so Paddington can clear his name.This Movie really is quite enjoyable to watch, it does paint a very far-fetched picture of life in London where a bear interacts seemingly unnoticed among everyday life and everybody lives in fancy city centre mansions despite selling papers for a living by day. All this adds to the charm of this adorable movie that is sure to entertain.

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Murder on the Orient Express Review

Most people will of course of heard of the Murder on the orient express which was brought to us first in 1934 by world famous novelist Agatha Christie. This is not the first time we have seen it on the screen either with a TV show and movie adaption both been done before. This time the plan was to do it bigger and better with an all-star cast, big budget and quality director to try and ensure a hit. The movie was directed superbly by Kenneth Branagh who did excellently double jobbing as he also starred as the world’s greatest detective Hercule Poirot. The rest of the cast consisted of Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffe to name just a few. The story is set up beautifully from the start where we are first introduced to detective Hercule Poirot who is in the process of solving yet another case using his vast detective skills combined with his brilliant intellect which has earned him a reputation as the world greatest detective. After solving the case detective Poirot decides to take a well-earned break between cases and books himself a ticket on the orient express. While on board he meets a whole host of different characters from all walks of life who each become a murder suspect when one of the passengers is found stabbed to death.The Movie really does look visually specular with the cinematography and scenery being used together perfectly. The story unfortunately is a little hard to follow at times as lots of character names are rattled off by detective Poirot during his deliberations which may be hard to place if you are not paying close attention. It’s a nice movie for fans of this type of movie but don’t expect to be blown away.

Rating

3/5

By Bill Tubbritt

Learmhais Breathe       

Scannán beathaisnéise álainn agus iontach mhothúchánach is ea Breathe, a bhaineann le Robin agus Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), agus an grá a chabhraigh dóibh polio a fhualaingt agus teacht slán as.Cé go bhfuil deireadh an scéil intuartha go leor (tá a fhios againn go léir cad a tharlóidh leath-slí tríd an scannáin) is dóigh liom go bhfuil fiúntas sa scannán so agus is féidir go leor sult a bhaint as. B’fhéidir go bhfuil sé mar aidhm ag “Breathe” misneach agus tuiscint a spreagadh ar na lucht féachana thar aon rud eile, seachas ionadh a chur orthu leis an scéal – cuireann an teideal é sin in iúil gan dabht, is imeartas focal de shaghas éigint é.Tá cónaí ag Robin agus Diana sa Chéinia, agus gnó aige le tionscal an tae sna 50aidí. Lá amháin, áfach, titeann saol an teaghlaigh as a chéile nuair a fhaigheann Robin amach go bhfuil polio air agus nach bhfuil ach cúpla mí saoil fágtha aige. Le cabhair ó dheartháireacha Diana agus smaointe “craiceáilte” an cheapadóra Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), áfach, bíonn Robin in ann a tréimhse “cinniúnach” a chaitheamh lena theaghlach, gan a bheith san ospidéal: cruthaíonn an ceapadóir cathaoir rothaí ar a bhfuil análaitheoir speisialta do Robin.Cruthaíonn an ceamaradóir Robert Richardson atmaisféar grámhar sa scannán agus is deacair na deora a bhrú fé chois ag féachaint air. Má tá aon locht air in aon chor, ceapaim go mbaineann sé le luas na n-eachtraí sa scannán: sáraíonn Robin agus a theaghlach gach constaic gan stró gan mhoill. Ní hea nach bhfuil sé brónach a dhóthain mar scannán, ach b’fhéidir go mbeadh luasmhoilliú éigint oiriúnach ann.

Ar iomlán, scéal spéisiúil agus drámaíocht thar cionn atá le feiceáil ar “Breathe”. Más ag lorg dráma spreagúil atá tú, bainfidh tú taitneamh as gan dabht.

4/5

By by Natália Uí Fhaoláin

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Learmhais Thor Ragnarok

Scannán fuinniúil, greannmhar, cliste, lán le haicsean. Is deacair lochtanna a aimsiú ann. Baineann an scannán so úsáid as fothéacs cruthaithe le the Avengers (2012) chun sárlaochra eile a chur i gcumarsáid le Thor, gan mhearbhall ar na lucht féachana.Faigheann Thor amach go bhfuil a dheirfiúir Hela (bandia an bháis) saor óna príosún agus ag iarraidh Asgard a rialú. Tá sí i bhfad níos cumhachtaí ná Thor agus Loki le chéile, só is mór an dúshlán atá rompu sula bhfuil an ríocht ar fad scriosta aici. Déanann Thor iarracht ruaig a chur uirthi ar aon nós agus cailleann sé a chasúr uilechumhachtach. Bíonn sé trína chéile dá bharr agus tagann ionadh air nach bhfuil sé chomh cumhachtach agus a cheap sé. Dár ndóigh, tagann sé ar phlainéad eile trí thimpist (Sakaar), áit ina mbíonn sé gafa agus curtha chun príosún ag an Grandmaster (tiarna naircisíoch, déanta ag Jeff Goldblum) le cabhair Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Is ansan a thagann sé ar Hulk, seanchara a chuireann beagáinín níos mó misnigh air de réir a chéile. Breathnaítear ar Thor lag, dobrónach sa scáileán, ach ní hea gur chaill sé a chumhacht – chaill sé a chasúr, siombail dá chuid féin-mhuiníne. Bheadh sé lán-ábalta gach éinne sa phlainéad san a shárú murach sin.Só ar deireadh, ní bhaineann an scannán so le sárlaoch ag seasamh do namhaid, ach do choimhlint siceolaíoch ina intinn féin: idir a athair agus cuid dá fhéiniúlacht a chailliúint, cuireann sé bac ar a chumhacht féin… Agus is féidir linn go léir an streachailt sin a thuiscint ar leibhéal daonna.An t-aon locht is fiú a lua ná go raibheas ag súil le cogadh níos spéisiúla ar deireadh. Léirítear ag tús an scannáin gur namhaid iontach deacair le sárú í Hela, ach níl go leor dúshláin ag Thor agus a chairde ag deireadh an scannáin. Ina theannta san, taispeántar cúpla radharc nach féidir a chreidiúint, fiú ó thaobh ficsin-eolaíoch de: ní dóigh liom go mbeadh Hulk in ann ainmhí 3 uair níos mó ná é féin a mharú gan aon chabhair, mar shampla. Cé is moite de sin, ní fhéadfainn a rá nach bhfuil gach uile comharc iontach spéisiúil, le gluaiseachtaí iontacha, éifeachtaí an-taitneamhacha agus greann cliste anois is arís.

Tá go leor léirmheastóirí ag déanamh comparáide idir an scannán so agus a leithéidí The Dark Knight Rises (2012) agus Gladiator (2000). Is fíor go bhfuil cosúlachtaí ann sa scéal, ach níos tábhachtaí fiú, tá Ragnarok in ainm is a bheith iomráiteach amach anso, cosúil leis na scannáin thuasluaite. Mura bhfuil tú tar éis féachaint air, molaím go mór dul ‘dtí an phictiúrlann go luath agus gach seans go mbainfidh tú sult as.

Thor: Ragnarok

5/5

by Natália Uí Fhaoláin

 

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