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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.


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…

Mockingjay Part 2: A Review by Grace Collender

Mockingjay Part Two

by Grace Collender


The girl on fire blazes onto screens for the last time in the explosive Mockingjay Part 2. In this final instalment of The Hunger Games series, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) sets her sights on the tyrannical President Snow (Donald Sutherland), resolving to assassinate him, thereby unshackling the land of Panem. However, as she takes the revolution to the dark heart of the Capitol, the ravages of war threaten to engulf Katniss, dousing her flame when she needs that spirit the most.images (1)

Mockingjay Part 2 arises from the split of the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, following the recent trend in page to screen adaptations. While this risks diluting the energy of the story, director Francis Lawrence successfully maintains a thrilling momentum, picking up right where the last instalment left off. Delving further into dystopian themes of mind control and erasure of identity, the opening shows Katniss is in recovery after having been attacked by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has been brainwashed by Snow to perceive Katniss as an enemy. Snow will stop at nothing preserve his dictatorship and it becomes glaringly clear to the reluctant leader of the uprising that this time much more than merely her own survival is at stake.

hunger_games_mockingjay__part_two_ver19_xlgPosing important questions about power and control, The Hunger Games series is far more than just another adventure flick, holding real resonance in today’s world. In fact, it has been banned in a number of Asian countries for being ‘inflammatory’. For example, in Thailand several students protesting the military junta in operation there since the coup of May 2014 were detained in November 2014 for using a gesture taken from the films, a three-finger salute of resistance to authoritarian government. This disturbing occurrence, which Francis Lawrence described as both “thrilling and worrying”, illustrates the real life significance of some of the dark themes captured in this film.

images (4)Teeming with powerful performances, not only from Jennifer Lawrence, but from Donald Sutherland as the terrifying Snow, and the late Philip Seymour-Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, one of the leaders of the revolution, Mockingjay Part 2 is a gripping culmination to a series that has captivated the world. As the horrors which were previously contained to the arenas of the Hunger Games bleed out into the rest of Panem, find out who will be the ultimate victor, if indeed there can really be one.M


A Christmas Star in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, November 13th – Book Now



A Christmas Star is set in a fictional community within Northern Ireland and tells the heart-warming, magical story of Noelle, a spirited and special young girl. Her story is a rollercoaster journey of self-discovery, faith, doubt and loyalty.




A Christmas Star

by Grace Collender


Step into Christmas early this year with the charming festive flick, A Christmas Star. The first ever Irish Christmas film, Richard Elson’s enchanting movie is the work of Cinematic International Film and Television Festival for Young People. Made by kids, for kids, A Christmas Star has a sparkling energy which will uplift all who experience it.

images (1)              A sense of magic is sparked from the very beginning in this cheery tale. The night sky is alive with twinkling stars on Christmas Eve, one in particular out-shining them all, the Christmas star. Under this magical light, Noelle O’Hanlon (Erin Galway Kendrick) is born. As she grows up, it becomes evident that Noelle is no ordinary little girl; she possesses a very special gift – she can perform miracles. In her quaint town of Potter’s Glen, a sleepy Northern Irish hamlet, Noelle uses her miraculous powers to spread peace and happiness by bestowing onto her friends and family the greatest gift of all, love. However, the arrival of ruthless business man, Pat McKerrod (Downton Abbey’s Rob images (3)James-Collier), threatens to destroy all of that. Intent on bulldozing the town’s pride and joy, its snow-globe manufacturing pottery barn, to make way for a commercial Christmas resort, McKerrod’s Grinch-esque character must be stopped before all is lost. With the help of her faithful friends, Noelle sets out to use her powers to save her beloved town. While some big names pop up in this heart-warming story, such as Kylie Minogue, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson, who delivers a delightfully witty narration, it is undeniably thimages (4)e talented young cast who steal the show. Erin Galway Kendrick delivers a beautiful performance as the lead and James Stockdale, as Noelle’s best friend Spud-Bob, possesses an arresting screen presence, as well as spot-on comic timing. Over 40 trainee crew members, aged between 18 and 25, worked alongside industry professionals on this project, imbuing the film with a fresh, spirited energy.
Reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas, friendship and forgiveness, A Christmas Star is this year’s must-see Yuletide film. So this Christmas, prepare to believe in miracles.



Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D in SGC Dungarvan

From midnight Wedn night Oct 16th/Thurs morn Oct 17th – Book Now

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt.


James Bond: Spectre 4K in SGC Dungarvan

From Monday, October 26th – Book Now

A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.



NT: Live Hamlet in SGC Dungarvan

Playing Thursday, October 15th (one Night Only)- Book Now

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

“Hamlet”: NT Live, October 15th.   (from Jim Ryan)

11863499_10153080462603857_1258343244291158775_n     “Hamlet” is the most famous and frequently-quoted play ever written – Richard Burton (a friend who saw him in the role early in his career told me it was an unforgettable experience) told of a performance at which Sir Winston Churchill sat in the front row and was saying the lines so audibly ahead of the actor that it almost caused him to forget his lines. Hamlet is probably the most coveted role of all for those who think themselves capable of playing it; the roll-call of the great Hamlets includes most of the most renowned male (and some female) actors in theatrical history. For a huge proportion of those who have seen the play, it’s the greatest they’ve seen. The number of times it’s been parodied also attest to its stature – the iconic question, “To be or not to be”, was once reduced by students, in a comedy, to the more profound question: “To beer or not to beer”!

“Hamlet”, apart from the magnificent soliloquys, in11215195_10153080462853857_2109374213716308149_n which we see into the recesses of
the hero’s mind , fizzes along at a relentless pace – it has enough exciting, even murderous physical action, intrigue, betrayal and humour to keep us on the edge of our seats. And, of course, it has a psychological study of its central character, Hamlet, which has defied definitive interpretation for over four hundred years – even Sigmund Freud has had his say, but Hamlet eludes them all. Each century has had its own Hamlet as will each playgoer. Why does he take so long to avenge his father’s murder – does he himself know; in the course of the play, he gives differing reasons.

12002943_10153127511253857_2907206483476493451_n Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” has been one of the most eagerly-awaited theatrical events of the decade and the critics have acclaimed his performances. SGC Dungarvan have saved me a journey to London by screening this Everest of a play and we viewers will have ‘the best seats in the house’ for what should be memorable. Unmissable!


Sicario 4K in SGC Dungarvan

From Thursday, October 8th – Book Now

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.




The Walk 3D in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, October 9th – Book Now

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.



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