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What to watch on TV this week

Check out the best of this week’s TV.

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Movie Reviews: Strangerland, Trumbo, Dad’s Army

Set in the Australian Outback, Strangerland (15A) opens shortly after Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew Parker (Joseph Fiennes) move to a remote town with their teenage daughter Lily (Maddison Brown) and young son Tom (Nicholas Hamilton).

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Movie reviews: Spotlight, The 33, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Based on the true story of how the Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ investigative team broke the story of institutionalised sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church in the city of Boston, Spotlight (15A) is both timely in its subject matter and something of a throwback in its form and delivery. 

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What to watch on TV this week

The best of what’s on the box this week.

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Movie reviews: The Big Short, Our Brand is Crisis, Freeheld

The Big Short (15A) opens in 2005, when number-cruncher extraordinaire Dr Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovers the vast hole at the heart of the American economy. 

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What to watch on TV this week

The best of what you can enjoy while you're on the couch.

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Karl Spain is all set for captain's role on panel show Don’t Quote Me

Limerick funnyman Karl Spain is one of the team captains on comedy panel show Don’t Quote Me!

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Through the years...10 great performances by child actors

As Jacob Tremblay impresses in Room, Marjorie Brennan selects 10 other great performances by child actors through the years

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Movie reviews: The Revenant, Room, Creed

The best of what’s hitting Irish cinemas this week.

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What to watch on TV this week

Brilliant TV to check out this week.

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Movie reviews: The Hateful Eight, Last Hijack, Bolshoi Babylon

The best of what’s hitting Irish cinemas this week.

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What to watch on TV this week

Some fantasic TV to watch this week. 

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Tommy Pallotta went to Somalia to make his film about pirates, The Last Hijack

Going to Somalia to make a film about pirates wasn’t the easiest assignment for Tommy Pallotta, writes Ed Power

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What to watch on TV this week

Some great TV to watch this heading into the new year. 

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Movie reviews: The Danish Girl, Joy

Opening in Copenhagen in 1926, The Danish Girl (15A) centres on recently married artists Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). 

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Red Rock is all set for a showdown

THE jungle drums continue to beat about TV3’s Garda soap opera Red Rock. 

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We take a look at the best of Christmas TV

Des O’Driscoll selects some viewing highlights for all tastes over the next few days

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Movie Reviews: In the Heart of the Sea, Daddy’s Home

Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea (12A), which is adapted from Nathan Philbrick’s award-winning book of the same name, opens in Nantucket in 1850, with the young novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) interviewing retired sailor Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) about the dramatic events that befell the whale ship Essex some three decades previously.

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What to watch on TV this week

Some great TV to watch this festive season.

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Tim Roth teams up with Quentin Tarantino again for The Hateful Eight

Tim Roth was one of the old stalwarts Quentin Tarantino teamed up with for his upcoming western, The Hateful Eight, writes Helen Barlow

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Movie Reviews: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie and Sisters

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) opens 30 years on from the events of Return of the Jedi (1983), with the rebels, led by General Leia (Carrie Fisher), hard-pressed by the evil First Order, led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). 

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What to watch on TV this week

The best TV to look forward to this Christmas.

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What to watch on TV this week

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The Ridiculous 6
Netflix 

Ensemble spaghetti western spoof starring the likes of Adam Sandler and Nick Nolte. It was released on Netflix yesterday.

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Movie Reviews: By the Sea, Grandma, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Set on the south coast of France in the 1970s, By the Sea (15A) centres on married couple Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) and Roland (Brad Pitt), who have left behind New York and all of its distractions in order to focus on revitalising their ailing marriage. 

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Movie Reviews: Victor Frankenstein, Christmas With the Coopers, 11 Minutes

Frankenstein’s monster is a Hollywood horror icon, but Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein (12A) attempts to give Mary Shelley’s tale a fresh spin. 

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SATURDAY
A Very Murray Christmas 
Netflix

 

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Movie Reviews: Bridge of Spies, Carol, Black Mass

The Cold War is heading for deep freeze as Bridge of Spies (12A) opens in 1957 with the capture of Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in New York. 

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The Santa Clause
RTÉ One, 6.35pm

 

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Johnny Depp is looking like the real gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Black Mass

After a series of flops, Johnny Depp is back on track, portraying infamous Irish-American criminal, Whitey Bulger, writes Helen Barlow

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VIDEO: Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance says playing a spy is not too different from acting

Mark Rylance didn’t have far to look for inspiration for his part in a Cold War thriller, says Susan Griffin

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What to watch on TV this week

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The Jonathan Ross Show
UTV Ireland, 10.55pm
It’s a bit late for the little ’uns, but you might want to set the recorder for the appearance of the four members of One Direction on the show tonight. Hugely popular comedian Michael McIntyre is also on the show.

 

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Rossa Mullin is keen to attract film productions to the beauty of Cork

AS THE recently appointed CEO of Film in Cork (formerly the Cork Screen Commission), Rossa Mullin is keen to attract film productions to the Cork region.

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Movie Reviews: The Lady in the Van, Steve Jobs and The Hallow

The Lady in the Van (12A) is the ‘mostly true story’ of what happened when the homeless Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) parked her tiny camper van in the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) Camden Town home

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The Inbetweeners 2
Channel 4, 9pm
The characters might be done with school, and the setting may have changed to Australia, but there’s still little change to the formula that made the original film and TV show such a huge success.

 

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Whitey Bulger felt strongly about his ties to Ireland,  says director of Johnny Depp film Black Mass

Johnny Depp is tipped for an Oscar for his portrayal of one of the FBI’s most wanted in Black Mass. The director talks about Whitey Bulger’s Irish links.  

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Movie Reviews: Brooklyn, He Named Me Malala, Kill Your Friends

Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel, Brooklyn (12A) stars Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, a young woman chafing at the lack of opportunities available to her in 1950s Enniscorthy. 

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What to watch on TV this week

SATURDAY
The X Factor TV3,  8pm
The second of this year’s live shows includes a visit from last year’s runner up, Fleur.

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Movie Reviews: Spectre, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Taxi Teheran

The latest James Bond adventure, Spectre (12A), opens in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, the macabre celebration foreshadowing the movie’s main theme as Bond (Daniel Craig) creates an international incident involving the elimination of the ruthless assassin Sciarra during a particularly gymnastic helicopter ride.

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Michael Fassbender on tearing up the blueprint as Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender approached the role of Steve Jobs in the same way as he’s done for some of his other provocative characters

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Ardal O’Hanlon has gone from a father to a dad in new sitcom 'After Hours'

Could Ardal O’Hanlon’s new comedy on Sky really exorcise the ghosts of Father Ted? He’s not bothered either way, writes Keeley Bolger

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Movie Reviews: Mississippi Grind, The Queen of Ireland, The Legend of Longwood

Gamblers Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) meet at a poker table as Mississippi Grind (15A) opens, and strike up a friendship even though life has dealt them very different hands.

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Cork director's 'Brooklyn' is taking Irish cinema to new heights

Cork director John Crowley has followed up True Detective with a big screen adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s tale of Irish America, writes Ed Power

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Movie reviews: The Lobster, Pan, The Program

Set in the near future, The Lobster (15A) is a dark fable that satirises modern society’s obsession with finding a life partner.

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Pitbull: Reality Bites on RTÉ2 on Thursday looks at whether some breeds of dog have been unfairly demonised in Ireland.

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Movie Reviews: Suffragette, Sicario, The Walk

Set in pre-WWI London, Suffragette (12A) is a stirring account of the campaign for women’s voting rights which was led by Emmeline Pankhurst (a very brief cameo from Meryl Streep).

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Karren Brady, Alan Sugar and Claude Littner begin a new series of The Apprentice on Wednesday on BBC One.

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Movie reviews: Macbeth, The Martian, The Intern

Justin Kurzel’s version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (15A) opens with an extraordinarily vivid battle scene, as loyal Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) goes to war on behalf of King Duncan (David Thewlis).

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Wayne Rooney opens up his life to the TV cameras for a major documentary, Rooney — The Man Behind The Goals, on BBC One on Monday.

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Behind the scenes on the Today Show with Maura Derrane and Daithí Ó Sé

Maura and Daithi returned to our screens this week. Majorie Brennan went behind the scenes at RTÉ Cork to see just what it takes to get a two-hour live show to air each day.

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Movie reviews: Life, Missing You Already, Older Than Ireland

Life (15A) opens in 1955, with Nick Ray’s East of Eden about to be released on an unsuspecting public and James Dean (Dane DeHaan) just another Hollywood unknown. 

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Gay Byrne chats to Hozier on The Meaning of Life tomorrow on RTÉ One.

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Movie reviews: Everest, Pursuit, A Walk in the Woods

If, like your correspondent, you suffer even a little from vertigo, then Everest (12A) should either be avoided entirely or watched from the front row.

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The final series of Downton Abbey begins on Sunday on ITV, and on Tuesday on TV3.

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Movie reviews: Legend, The Visit, Irrational Man

Tom Hardy plays twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend (18s), a stylish account of how the infamous villains rose to prominence during London’s Swinging Sixties.

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The latest acting veteran who may have joined the cast of Game of Thrones is Richard E Grant, according to unconfirmed reports in the UK.

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