Movie reviews: Focus, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Catch Me Daddy

Focus ***
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ***
Catch Me Daddy ****

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What to watch on TV this week

Keelin Shanley returns with a new series of The Consumer Show on RTÉ One, Wednesday.

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Children’s books

The Dawn Chorus
written and illustrated by Suzanne Barton
(Bloomsbury; €8.80) 

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Book review: The Village Effect

by Susan Pinker
Atlantic Books,
€18.99; ebook, €12.53

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Book review: The Illuminations

by Andrew O’Hagan
Faber & Faber, €26.99;
ebook. €15.99

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Book review: The Kind Worth Killing

by Peter Swanson
Faber & Faber,
€22.50, ebook €8.47

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Book review: Inherent Vice

by Thomas Pynchon
Vintage Books, £8.99;
Kindle: Not Available

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Book review: Bark

by Lorrie Moore
Faber & Faber,
€10.99; email, €9.09

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Book review: The Utopia Experiment

by Dylan Evans
Picador, €15.99 

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Book review: Border Angels

by Anthony Quinn
Head of Zeus, £16.99

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David McSavage (right) and PeterCampion in ThePillowman byMartin McDonagh.Picture: Mike Shaughnessy

The Pillowman: David McSavage is finding himself on the stage

Martin McDonagh’s viciously funny play is the perfect vehicle for David McSavage’s theatre debut, writes Padraic Killeen

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Scene + Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Reginald D Hunter’s series, Songs of the South, is essential viewing for music fans tomorrow night (BBC Two, 9pm), and this second episode is all the more attractive because it is followed by a new documentary on James Brown. 

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Spandau Ballet: Their break-up led to a bitter and costly court case.

Spandau Ballet cut a long story short

Spandau Ballet put a bitter breakup behind them to hit the road again, writes Ed Power

 

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Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman in The Boy Next Door.

Jennifer Lopez: Tempted by the younger man in the Boy Next Door

JENNIFER Lopez enters the room clutching a frothy coffee, her famous curves poured into an all-black ensemble and her skin glowing like a woman half her age.

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Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham is between rock and a hard place

Scott Gorham and his bandmates felt uncomfortable releasing new music as Thin Lizzy, so they’ve taken to the road under the Black Star Riders moniker, writes Ed Power.

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Cara O'Sullivan and Jung Soo Yun in Faust, at the Everyman.

Theatre Review: Faust

Everyman Theatre Cork.

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Bryan Burroughs in Beowulf: The Blockbuster.

Bringing Beowulf back to life

THIS retelling of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon narrative poem, is a vehicle for a father to communicate with his nine-year-old son.

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