Movie reviews: Jackie, Lion, Split

Jackie 4/5
Lion 4/5
Split 3/5 

 

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Books for kids...

There’s Broccoli In my Ice Cream by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury €8.20)
and
A Darkness At The End by Ruth Frances Long (O’Brien €9.99) 

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Book review: Of All That Ends

WHEN Gunter Grass died in April 2015, the Nobel Laureate left behind a diverse and formidable body of work, and with Of All That Ends he has provided its ellipsis.

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Book review: The Food Of Love

GREAT books have the power to make readers stop in their tracks and rethink everything they thought they knew. 

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Book review: Goodnight, Beautiful Women

IN these extraordinary days of Donald Trump and post-truth we need fiction more than ever to help us make sense of the modern world. 

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Book review: Absolutely On Music: Conversations With Seiji Ozawa

KNOWN for his imaginative and offbeat novels, Haruki Murakami’s latest non-fiction book, Absolutely On Music: Conversations With Seiji Ozawa offers a glimmer of insight into his mind, as well as offering a lively rumination on classical music.

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Book review: The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Evans book a reminder that chaos, uncertainty, danger, violence and barbarism are always lurking just around the corner, writes JP O’Malley.

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Book review: Under a Pole Star

STEF PENNEY’s atmospheric The Tenderness of Wolves won the Costa Book of the Year award in 2006 for a murder mystery set in the Canadian tundra. 

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Book review: Lyrebird

THE public appetite for talent shows doesn’t seem to be abating; they make great, and cheap entertainment, but what is it like to be a contestant, thrown into the limelight to be criticised or praised? 

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Book review: The Dark Flood Rises

BEFORE we met, Margaret Drabble took a walk down Dun Laoghaire Pier. As these huge waves crashed below her, and she dodged to avoid the spray, she thought about the playwright, Samuel Beckett. 

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Kevin Barry reconnects with Cork in his new play, Autumn Royal

Kevin Barry’s new play reconnects the Limerick writer with his old stomping ground of Cork, writes Des O’Driscoll.

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll brings you a round up of all the latest news and reviews from the world of entertainment.

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Ian McKellen it's all about pleasing your parents

Ian McKellen tells Jeananne Craig that for him, acting fulfils a profound need for acceptance.

 

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Documentary on Simon Fitzmaurice is a tale of sadness and inspiration

Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice is in front of the camera at Sundance this weekend for a documentary on how his life has been affected by motor neurone disease, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Cabaret comedian duo brings laughter to West Cork

Cabaret comedies, co-written with musical director Norman Collins, have been playing to packed venues throughout west Cork for more than six years.

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A question of taste: Dirk Powell, musician

Dirk Powell is from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and has family roots in the mountains of Kentucky.

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Mother-child reunion at the core of Dev Patel's moving new hit

Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in the amazing true tale of an Indian boy adopted to Australia, who used Google Earth to find the family he had lost at the age of five, writes Helen Barlow

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Dennis Quaid braves the elements to join Fortitude

The US actor has joined several Irish stars for the thriller in the chiller, writes Gemma Dunn

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Did this Kerry priest inspire the story of The Exorcist?

There’s a debate as to whether Malachi Martin really did inspire The Exorcist, but as a new Netflix film reveals, the Kerry priest led a fascinating life, writes Ellie O’Byrne

 

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Margo Price is wearing her heart on her record sleeve

Margo Price is one of the rising stars of the American country scene, and her music is all the stronger for being informed by her experiences with addiction, prison and tragedy, writes Ed Power

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Five things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll shares his tips for the week ahead

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Drag pioneer Mr Pussy has fond memories of performing in Cork

From his first gigs in Moore’s Hotel to his friendship with Danny La Rue, entertainer Mr Pussy, aka Alan Amsby, has fond memories of Cork and its people

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Book review: Turkey - The Insane and the Melancholy by Ece Temelkuran

JP O’ Malley speaks with Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran about the increasing dangers in Turkish society.

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Movie Reviews: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Live by Night

The winner of a record-breaking seven awards at the Golden Globe Awards, La La Land (PG) stars Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright who is working as a barista on a film studio lot when she meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist hoping for a big break.

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What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix
Lemony Snicket’s dark children’s books get an eight-episode series.

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Book review: Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution by Tony Brenton

THIS year marks the centenary of the most important event in 20 century global history: the Russian revolutions of 1917.

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Beginner’s Pluck: Katherine Arden

It took Katherine a long time to decide to become a writer.

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Book review: Uncle Jack by Peter Somerville-Large

Peter Somerville-Large is a friend and contemporary of the late William Trevor, and attended the same school, St Columba’s College, before going to Trinity College Dublin.

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Book review: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan

Ruth Gilligan wrote her first novel as a project in transition year. A school-based romance, it made number one in the Irish bestsellers charts, making Ruth, 18 at the time of publication, the youngest person to have achieved this.

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Book review: Luftwaffe Eagles Over Ireland - The Story of German Air Crashes over Neutral Ireland 1940-1945 by Justin Horgan and Paddy Cummins

German airmen who crashed in Ireland during the Second World War and survived were interned here, becoming objects of great curiosity among local people who encountered them, as Ryle Dwyer discovers.     

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Reviews: Musical - La Cage Aux Folles

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
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When U2 found what they were looking for

As Bono and co get ready to revisit The Joshua Tree, Ed Power looks back on a classic album that really has stood the test of time

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Playing America’s ultimate first lady

Natalie Portman tells Helen Barlow about her Oscar-tipped role as Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK was killed.

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When the local feels universal for poet Bernard O'Donoghue

Cork poet Bernard O’Donoghue is on the shortlist for next week’s TS Eliot prize. He tells Colette Sheridan why, though he moved to the UK many years ago, his home area still has such a presence in his poetry.

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A question of taste - Jen Coppinger

Jen Coppinger is from Bantry, Co Cork, and has been working in the arts for much of the past 20 years. Current productions she’s involved in are Danse, Morob at the Project in Dublin, and Kevin Barry’s touring play, Autumn Royal.

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GAME TECH: Frog spawns a whole new experience

Frog Fractions 2 is a masterpiece of surreal humour and brilliant game design, writes Ronan Jennings

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Is 'The OA' brilliant, baffling, or both?

Netflix series The OA may have split opinion, but Jason Isaacs loved being a part of it, writes Ed Power

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