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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.


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

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.



Il Trovatore (Live): Opera in SGC Dungarvan

For One Night Only Thursday, February 11th @ 6.30pm – Book Now

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Was it due to the libretto’s inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lays the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions. Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption.
Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier, in a new production by Alex Ollé.


La Traviata (Live): Opera in SGC Dungarvan

For One Night Only Thursday, February 4th @ 6.45pm – Book Now

The Royal Opera brings to life one of opera’s greatest tragedies bursting with passion, drama and world famous melodies on Thursday 4 February at 6.45pm with a live performance of Verdi’s masterpiece La traviata. Perfect for first time opera goers, La Traviata – described by the Daily Express as “a shining example of opera at its best” – is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house. The sumptuous production opens in the indulgent social whirl of 19th century Paris. Violetta, a beautiful courtesan, leads a life of glamour but darker undercurrents emerge after she meets the love of her life and the young couple are forced apart by society. Verdi’s sensational score ranges from the jubilant with the world famous Brindisi, the ‘toast’ of the party, to the heart breaking “Parigi, o cara” in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs. Traditional staging with stunning grand costumes and set in gloriously opulent ballrooms, La traviata will be conducted by Yves Abel and performed by an all-star cast including Venera Gimadieva and Samir Pirgu as the doomed lovers.


Spotlight in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, January 29th – Book Now

When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.


Jane Eyre (Encore) in SGC Dungarvan

Tuesday, January 19th @ 11.00am – Book Now

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

The Hateful Eight 4K in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, January 8th – Book Now

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as ‘The Hangman,’ will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travellers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

Victor Frankenstein at SGC Dungarvan

Out Friday 4th Dec. Book now.

victor_frankensteinJames McAvoy is Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.

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