Widows - a heist move, but not as you know it

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

WIDOWS, THE latest film from British director Steve McQueen, is the last thing I expected from him. In fact when I heard his next project was based on a 1980s TV show, I was slightly concerned.

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'We got a fantastic response from cartoonists internationally'

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Galway’s second Cartoon Festival kicks off this weekend on Saturday, and last year’s little acorn has already had an impressive growth spurt. Last year the festival was confined to two venues, whereas this year’s event features work by more than 70 cartoonists from all around the world which will be on show in a minimum of eight locations across the city.

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Holy Mary 'a pure joy and a delightful night out'

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Playgoers are in for a treat next week when Eoin Colfer’s achingly funny comedy, Holy Mary, comes to the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 13, at 8pm.

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Recovery – live staging of a concept album at Mick Lally Theatre

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

On Tuesday November 13, at 8pm, at the Mick Lally Theatre, One Two One Two present their award-winning fusion of pop music and theatre, Recovery, starring Peter Coonan from Love/Hate.

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A concert to commemorate the end of WWI

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

AS THE centenary of the end of WWI draws close, Galway will mark the event with a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and Haydn's Mass in a Time of War.

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Album review: Stereolab

Thu, Nov 01, 2018

HOUSED IN one of the most memorable sleeves of the 1990s - an image drawn from a 1970s Swiss underground magazine - Stereolab's 1992 debut was a homage to their roots, and a signpost to their future.

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MADDEN NFL 18: Doing whatever it takes

Thu, Nov 01, 2018

As with many sports games, their popularity will be everlasting as millions of sports fans gorge themselves on being able to play like their heroes. The problem with sports games is that there is very little opportunity to ever improve the product. Aside from controls and graphics, the game must mirror what real life is like, so if there is no change in the sport, then it is likely there is going to be no change in the game.

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Album review: Value Void

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

THERE HAVE been many terms coined over the ages to describe falling in, and being in, love, so it is some achievement for London based trio Value Void to have come up with a new one.

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First Man - the space race without the American jingoism

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

FIRST MAN is an adaptation of the book by the same name by James Hansen. A biography of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, it tells the story of his personal life leading up to the Apollo 11 mission.

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What happens when you try and fail to be Pulp Fiction

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

BAD TIMES At The El Royale is the second film from director Drew Goddard, his first was the brilliant Cabin In The Woods, the hilariously meta horror movie from 2012.

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A reunion of four stalled lives

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

THE THEME of the returned emigrant has driven landmark Irish plays such as John B Keane’s The Field, Brian Friel’s The Loves Of Cass Maguire, and Tom Murphy’s Conversations On A Homecoming.

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Album review: The Fall's Kurious Oranj re-release

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

IT BEGINS with two of the greatest songs in The Fall's vast catalogue - one definitive, the other highly uncharacteristic - and the genesis of the album itself is possibly the oddest in the band's career.

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Novelist commits crime of knowing what he’s talking about

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

THE PROBLEM some people have with Danny Morrison’s novels is that, throughout them, he commits the heinous crime of knowing what he’s talking about. Had he been a US soldier returned from Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, it would be perfectly acceptable for him to write about his war.

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Lady Gaga on course for an Oscar with A Star Is Born

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

AGEING, GRIZZLY, self-destructive, country singer Jackson Maine’s (Bradley Cooper) career is on the slide. An alcoholic, he is starting to lose his hearing and his passion.

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Mary Robinson and the challenge of global survival

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

“HOLDING HER first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would have to share the planet with more than nine billion people - people battling for food, water and shelter in an increasing volatile climate. The faceless shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.”

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Album review: Lala Lala

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

THE ALBUM shudders into abrupt life with a low growling of 'wall of sound' guitars, then everything quietens, and over a steady beat, a voice intones: "Following a lead of all my debt/I sense violence and know you're still a threat."

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Horizon: Zero Dawn - when women shall inherit the Earth

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

THE BEST science fiction, in whatever form it takes, is often less a prediction of the future, than a reflection on contemporary concerns, anxieties, and sometimes hopes. The best sci-fi is always very aware of the moment in which it exists, and few games know their moment better than Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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Album review - Villagers

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

GIVEN WE live in a post-Christian, increasingly secular, Ireland, the opening line of Villagers' new album comes as a surprise: "I've found again, the space in my heart again, for God again, in the form of art again."

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A peek into crazy rich lifestyles of insane luxury

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

BASED ON Kevin Kwan's best selling novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is the highest grossing rom-com since the Sex In The City film, and the first Hollywood movie since Joy Luck Club with an all-Asian cast and director.

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