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RIngs Review

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and written by David Loucka Rings is the third instalment from the American franchise originally taken from the Japanese 1998 psychological horror movie Ringu. The first American remake was back in 2002 and certainly was one of the big horror movies of that year with people even refusing to have a TV in the bedroom after watching. Unfortunately the concept now seems a little dated at this stage and probably won’t have the same audience fear factor as before.  It definitely wouldn’t be a Rings movie without some classic VHS tapes and you won’t be disappointed as they do make a brief appearance before moving over to computer video files in an attempt to update the Rings franchise to the digital age.

This movie again follows the same concept as before except this time there is a Video within the video that nobody has noticed before. After a very disappointing open scene the plot opens up with the introduction of Holt and Julia, a college couple who are separated due to college commitments. They keep in contact via skype while apart until one day Holt just disappears without a trace. When Julia goes to her boyfriend’s college to try to find her him she meets up with his college science teacher Gabriel, played by Johnny Galecki who is of course Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory. Gabriel had seen the famous video that causes the watcher to dies exactly 7 days after watching it.  After he started a club for people who had also seen it called “The Ring Experiment” they soon discover the video within the video that holds the key to stopping the 7 day curse.

Rings is not a hard movie to follow but definitely you need to pay attention to the plot or you might find yourself losing interest. There is a nice twist at the end which makes things interesting. Overall it’s not a bad movie.

Rating 5/10

By Bill Tubbritt

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Jackie Review

Jackie Review

Most people young and old will understand the significant of the date November 22, 1963 in US history. It is of course the day that one of the most popular American Presidents of all time was assassinated in Dallas Texas. Directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim, Jackie recalls the events on that faithful day and the aftermath that followed, seen through the eyes of the iconic first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

The lead role in this movie is played by Natalie Portman who seems right at home in this part. Her portrayal of Jackie is flawless and much deserving of the many positive reviews and of course her best actress Oscar nomination which she is being hotly tipped as one of the front runners for the award. Also starring in Jackie was John Hurt in his last movie release before his passing in late January 2017.

The movie follows the life of the first lady at first in the White house leading up to the assignation of her husband. After her whole world is turned upside down Jackie quickly learns that her every move and decision is been scrutinized by everyone from the Public to journalists and even politicians. Jackie knows all her moves and actions in the immediate weeks following the assignation are most important. As she struggles to deal with her faith, children and the grief of such a tragic loss she also must consider the legacy of her husband which is very important to her.

The movie focuses on Theodore H. White’s Life magazine interview with the widow at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in 1963 approximately one week after the assignation. The interview reveals a lot of graphic details about the events of that day which are shown in the movies courtesy of flash backs

Jackie is a fascinating watch with a lot of credit going to Portman for a very strong and convincing performance in what must have been a very difficult part to play due to a public obsession with both the woman herself and of course the truth of what really happened that day.

Rating 7/10

Bill Tubbritt

Assassins Creed Review

Assassins Creed sees Michael Fastbender taking the lead role in this video game crossover movie from the gaming franchise of the same name. This type of videogame adaption has a pretty miserable track record with classic game titles such as Mario Bros, Warcraft & Tomb Raider having already been done with much mixed results. It might be a bit early to say if Assassins Creed will continue this trend but early signs are ominous. Assassins Creed does have the advantage of a very healthy movie budget of 125 million dollars which is very clear to see where it was used as the visual effects and stunt scenes are quite stunning on the big screen and also boasting an award winning cast of well know actors such as Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.

The Movie begins with a young Callum Lynch who comes home one day in find his mother has been killed by his father played by Brendan Gleeson. Quickly quick forward 30 years to present day and we find Callum now being played by fastbender has now grown up to be a career criminal and bad boy. After been convicted of murder callum is sentenced to execution but is rescued just in time and his death being faked by the Abstergo Foundation. When he is transported back to their complex he meets scientist Sofia and her father Rikkin who attempt to explain their plan to find the Apple of Eden which was created by an ancient civilization and contains the genetic code for human free will. Of course the plan involved the use of a new type of virtual reality type time machine which they plan to test on callum to send him back to 16th century Spain in an effort the find where the Apple was last hide by Callum ancestor.

This movie can be very hard to follow as the plot is very complicated and not very well explained. Can also be a little dull at times but saying that the visual effects and actions scenes do go a long way to keeping the audience entertained. Gaming fans will appreciate the videogame style cinematography which is used a lot a lot.

Rating 2.5/5

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [Gaeilge/English]

Review by Natalia Danzmann

Scéal grá, instinne agus dár ndóigh, draíocht, atá i gceist le Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Cuirfidh an scannán seo ag caoineadh agus ag gáire thú – agus meascán den dá rud uaireanta – agus brisfidh sé do chroí fé dhó… ar bhealach atá fós taitneamhach. An bua is mó atá ag Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ná, b’fhéidir, cé chomh tarraingtheach is atá sé do na leantóirí nua nach bhfaca Harry Potter go fóill. Do bhíos ag súil le mórchuid tagairtí ar eachtraí stairiúla, oibiachtaí draíochtúla agus eolas ginearálta a bhí sna scannáin eile déanta cheana féin ar dhomhain J.K Rowling: cé go bhfuil scéal an scannáin seo lonnaithe san aimsir chaite, is féidir fós an-chuid eolas a “iompórtáil” ón sraith Harry Potter – ach níor dhéin Rowling é sin an babhta seo. Feictear go soiléir go bhfuil an sraith seo dírithe ar an chéad glúin leantóirí eile.

Cinnte go gcloistear focail draíochtúla atá fuaim aithnidiúil go leor orthu – “alohomora” mar shampla – ach níl aon draíocht sa scannán nach féidir a thuiscint ón comhthéacs más rud é nach bhfuil an sean-shaothar J.K Rowling léite nó feicthe agat go fóill.

Tosnaíonn an scannán le radharc Newt Scamander, draoi gurb as an Bhreatain Mór dó, ag teacht i Nua Eabhrac le mála atá domhain eile lán le hainmhithe fantaiseacha istigh ann. Casann sé trí thimpist le cailleacha Mheiriceánacha agus le fear “no-maj” (téarma Meiriceánach a chiallaíonn “mugal”) agus é ag iarraidh na hainmhithe a choimeád sábháilte sa mála, agus cuireann na heachtraí sin Nua Eabhrac i mbaol… nó b’fhéidir gur asarlaíocht eile atá taobh thiar de na ionsaithe ar fad?

Tá aicsean den scoth le feiceáil sa scannán ó thús go deireadh, agus cuireann na héifeachtaí speisialta leis gan bheith iomarcach. Feictear feabhas suntasach sa gcaoi atá an scannán seo taifeadta i gcomparáid le sraith Harry Potter, go háirithe ó thaobh casadh tobann agus radharcanna luais: cuireadh geamhú caolchúiseach orthu, ionas nach gcuireann na radharcanna sin meadhrán ar na lucht féachanna. Is féidir sult a bhaint as an aicsean ar fad fiú má tá stair “tinneas taistil” agat.

Cuireann an scannán béim ar na hainmhithe fantaiseacha Meiriceánacha – feictear iad ag rith, ag eitilt agus ag snámh timpeall na scáthláin fiú nuair atá rudaí eile ar fad á phlé ag na carachtair. Is bealach suimiúil é seo le haird a tharraingt ar na créatúir aisteacha sin go hindíreach, go dtí go bhfuil siad lárnach sa scéal i radharc éigin. Níl aon beochan curtha amú sa scannán seo, cé go bhfuil cuma plódaithe ar radharcanna áirithe ar feadh tamall. Chomh maith leis sin, is féidir dlithe draíochtúla Mheiriceá a thabhairt fé ndeara anseo is ansiúd: níl cead ag na no-majs draoithe a phósadh, cé nach bhfuil cosc air sin sa dlí Eorpach. Seans go mbeidh miniúchán air sin sna scannáin eile atá amach romhainn?

Ar iomlán, scannán iontach mothuchánach atá ann, lán le haiscean agus ceisteanna gan freagra a chuireann thú ag tnúth leis an chuid eile den tsraith. Níl aon leabhar scríofa ar fáil dúinn ar mhaithe le spoilers, só níl le déanamh ach an scannán a fheiceáil, an-chuid sult a bhaint as, agus samhlú cén toradh a bhéas ag an scéal dochreidte saibhir seo sna blianta atá le teacht.

 

Review by Bill Tubbritt

J.K. Rowling is back doing what she does best with another magician tale. Many people will be thinking this is going to just continue on from our favourite Glasses wearing Wizard’s movies but that is far from the truth. Yes the main character is a wizard and the movie is set as a prequel to the Harry Potter series but that is where the similarities end. Fantastic Beasts has a completely different cast and characters and has even moved itself across the pond to America with no sign what so ever of anyone playing Quidditch or even Daniel Radcliffe.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander a young wizard who has just arrived in America from England carrying a suitcase containing lots of very strange and mystical creatures that he intends to care for as they have been rejected by the wizarding world. Newt manages to lose one of his creatures from the case which leads to him being discoved by a no-Maj named Jacob Kowalski and also (MACUSA) Magical Congress of the United States of America officer Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein. When Tina finds out that Newt is holding the Creatures in his case she miss understands his intentions and captors him and takes him to her employers at the (MACUSA). She quickly learns that the people there have sinister plans of their own. Newt, Tina and the no-Maj find themselves united in their fight against the corrupt (MACUSA) and also to find newt’s lost creatures.

Colin Farrell had quite a limited role in this and some may feel it missed the presence of a big name actor in the starring role but saying that Warner Bros Pictures, J.K Rowling and Director David Yates really kept the plot somewhat under wraps for a long time and certainly did a fine job putting the whole package together as visually it looked great on the big screen and combined with a decent storyline it really is a good watch. Don’t worry if you have not seen any of the original potter series, Fantastic Beasts can easily stand on its own two feet.

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