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La La Land Review

La La Land is a romantic musical comedy written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The Movie was filmed entirely in Los Angeles and its surroundings. Chazelle has been sitting on this movie for a number of years as he was having trouble finding a studio to run with the movie as nobody was willing to invest their finances into his vision. 7 Golden globes later and most certainly a host of awards to follow including the very strong possibility of Oscar success, there will be a lot of studio’s kicking themselves over missing out on what is sure to be a massive box office success.

La La Land

The movies follows the story of Sebastian who is a struggling Jazz musician and Mia who herself is struggling to find her way in the acting world. Both meet each other in a low point in their lives when they are discouraged about their futures in there much loved chosen fields. Sebastian has just lost his job playing jazz in a music bar and Mia has just been turned down for yet another acting audition. These events lead to the two setting out together on a journey of self-discovery, compromise and of course romance which follows them over many years as they chase there hopes and dreams.

La La Land

The feel good factor is definitely set very high on this one with credit going to its main two characters Sebastian and Mia played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Their on screen chemistry is electric on the big screen. There are a lot of unknown musical numbers in here that you wont of heard of before. This was one of the main  reasons for the initial struggles Chazelle had with the studios for funding but the song choices were beautifully written and performed and will definitely not be unknown for much longer.

4/5

by Bill Tubbritt

The Edge of Seventeen Review

Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig the Edge of Seventeen is an America Teen comedy-Drama that follows the life of a teenage girl dealing with growing up in a complicated world. Don’t be fooled by the description this is not another dull teen movie. This largely very young cast may not be big names that everyone will be familiar with but I think there are names you will be seeing around for a long time. Especially Hailee Steinfeld who plays the lead role of Nadine Franklin in the movie. She is definitely the main ingredient as to why this movie has worked so well, linking her character with Mr. Bruner played by Woody Harrelson provided us with some of the funniest scenes in the movie.

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Good to see Woody back doing some comedy again as nobody can do dry humour like he can. The movie is classed as a Comedy-Drama and that is exactly what is it, but maybe with the slight hint of romance thrown in for good measure. Definitely Kelly Fremon Craig has covered all the bases in finding every conceivable teenage problem for Nadine Franklin to deal with.

Edge of Seventeen

The Movie starts with Nadine telling her teacher Mr Bruner that she wants to kill herself. This is done in a tongue in cheek way and My Bruner only proceeds to make fun of her. This is where the movie quickly shows us that Nadine’s main adult support comes from her teacher and that supportive relationship continues throughout the entire movie. Nadine is a socially awkward teenage girl who has only ever had one friend who whole life. After her father dies at a young age Nadine suffers with slight depression due to finding it hard to deal with that situation as she was very close to her father. She is also very jealous of her brother as she thinks he has the perfect life with his good Looks, Charm and popularity. When Nadine’s only friend starts to date her brother things change between the two friends and she finds herself on her own trying find her way through the complicated maze that is teenage life.

Edge of Seventeen

This is a very clever and well put together movie, especially with casting and the use of the characters throughout. It’s not slapstick funny but more well timed dry humour that keeps in line with the theme.

Rating 3.5/5

How to be Single in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, February 19th, PREVIEWS VALINTINES DAY – Book Now

New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.

 

 

 

 

 

Zoolander No. 2 in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Sat 6th/Sun 7th, Opening February 12th – Book Now

Ben Stiller returns both in front of and behind the camera for Zoolander 2, a comedy that finds the beloved model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his rival-turned-partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) facing a threat to their continued success.

 

 

 

 

 

Dad’s Army in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, February 5th – Book Now

Set in 1944 as the Second World War reaches its climax, the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard, led by Captain Mainwaring, is low. So their new mission, to patrol the Dover army base, is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation – until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea, sparking rumours of a spy and – with the outcome of the war suddenly at stake – it falls to the veteran servicemen to step up.

 

As You Like It: Play in SGC Dungarvan

For One Night Only Thursday, February 25th @ 7.00pm – Book Now

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

 

 

Goosebumps in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Sat 30th – Sun 31st, Opening Fri 5th February – Book Now

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Note: Scholastic has sold over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Grandpa in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Mon 25th – Thurs 28th, Opening Fri 29th January – Book Now

Jason Kelly is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick, to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Review] Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

 

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Good ol’ Charlie Brown and his loyal pal Snoopy return to our screens in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, with calamity still hot on Chuck’s hapless heels in this fresh adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip. The perennial underdog (voiced by Noah Schnapp) embarks on his biggest quest yet, endeavouring to overcome his fears in order to pluck up the courage to win the affections of his crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl (Fransesca Capaldi). At the same time, Snoopy (Bill Melendez) launches into his own adventure, writing a book detailing his encounters with arch-nemesis, The Red Baron and his own battle for love, vying for the attentions of the feisty Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth). Facing abundant misfortune along the way but nevertheless succeeding in style, both Charlie and Snoopy convey the importance of daring to dream big and never, ever giving up. For, in his own words, Charlie Brown is no quitter!

snoopy_and_charlie_brown_the_peanuts_movie_ver3Enchanting from beginning to end, director Steve Martino collaborated with Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, to revitalise the cherished classic while retaining its emblematic wholesome charm. Enhancing the magic of The Peanuts Movie, which marks the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, is the fact that archive recordings allowed for the original voice of Snoopy and Woodstock, Bill Melendez, to posthumously retain his role in the Peanuts family.

snoopy_and_charlie_brown_the_peanuts_movie_xlgSweetly simple while at the same time wonderfully witty, Charlie and his band of pals depart important values to today’s youngsters, not least the power of perseverance, hard-work and self-belief to help transform one’s dreams into a reality. Regardless of how many times he falls down, Charlie always picks himself up, dusts himself off and tries again, showing himself to be a true unsung hero. Mirroring Charlie’s charming modesty is the minimalist animation of the film, which was adapted for the pixel-precision of CGI but stays true to the warmth of the original hand-drawn artwork.

charliebrownWhether you’re a long-time fan or a Peanuts novice, The Peanuts Movie is sure to delight and have everybody dashing to the cinema to join in the adventure and go nuts with Snoopy and the gang.

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7/10

 

 

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