Film & TV

Movie reviews: The Magnificent Seven, The Girl with All the Gifts, Little Men

The Magnificent Seven 4/5
The Girl with All the Gifts 4/5
Little Men 4/5

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Jamie Dornan is on Jonathan Ross on UTV Ireland tonight at 10pm, and also stars in series three of The Fall with Gillian Anderson on RTÉ One tomorrow night at 9.30pm.

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The Magnificent Seven remake brings something new to the table

In remaking classic western, The Magnificent Seven, the director and cast had to bring something different to the table, writes Helen Barlow

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Deirdre O’Kane on the importance of putting an Irish twist on Gogglebox Ireland

Deirdre O’Kane tells Ed Power why it was so important to put an Irish spin on the show that has us watching people as they watch TV.

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Movie reviews: The Young Offenders, Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Infiltrator

The Young Offenders 4/5
Bridget Jones’s Baby 3/5
The Infiltrator 4/5

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Nika McGuigan and Seána Kerslake star with Amy Huberman in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. The comedy about two Cork women living in Dublin begins on RTÉ One on Monday at 10pm.

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Hilary Rose was determined to make Cork comedy The Young Offenders a family affair

Pregnancy wasn’t going to stop Hilary Rose from starring her husband’s Cork comedy, The Young Offenders, writes Esther McCarthy

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Gogglebox makes its Irish debut this month, find out what makes it successful

What a ridiculous idea. People watching telly watching people watching telly. How could that ever catch on? 

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Movie reviews: Hell or High Water, Anthropoid, Ben Hur

Hell or High Water 5/5
Anthropoid 4/5
Ben Hur 2/5

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Episode two of The Pet Surgeons, from a Cork vet’s practice, is on RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

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Behind the scenes of TV3’s gritty hit series Red Rock

In just two seasons, Red Rock has proved a ratings winner for TV3, securing deals with the BBC and Amazon Prime to bring it to international audiences. Esther McCarthy joins the team on set.

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Movie reviews: Sausage Party, Café Society, A Date for Mad Mary

Sausage Party 4/5
Café Society 4/5
A Date for Mad Mary 4/5

 

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Celebrity Operation Transformation begins on RTÉ One on Wednesday at 9.35pm.

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Luke Scott is following in his famous father’s footsteps

Luke Scott has stepped out of his dad Ridley’s shadow and has set his first feature in Ireland, writes Esther McCarthy

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James Nesbitt and Hermione Norris on why the time is right for the return of Cold Feet

NEWS of Cold Feet’s comeback has truly ignited viewers love affair with the comedy-drama, which first aired back in 1998.

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Jack Huston and Timur Bekmambetov help breathe new life into the classic Ben-Hur

The new Ben-Hur film stars the latest member of Huston family to make a mark on the movie world, writes Will Lawrence.

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Actor Gene Wilder dies at age of 83

US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his namesake role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83, his family confirmed.

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Cillian Murphy lauds Harry Styles in debut movie role

Cillian Murphy has given Harry Styles the seal of approval for his debut movie role.

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Pablo Escobar’s life on the line in Narcos season two

Season two of Narcos narrows its scope to Colombian drug lord Escobar’s final days on the run, hiding out with his family, writes Ed Power

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Girl reinvented: Kristen Stewart on life after Twilight

Kristen Stewart has emerged from teen queen status to star of the indie circuit. So how has she done it, asks Brogen Hayes.

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Movie reviews: War Dogs, The Purge: Election Year, Strange Occurrences in A Small Irish Village

War Dogs 3/5
The Purge: Election Year 2/5
Strange Occurrences in A Small Irish Village 4/5

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Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service in a Day airs on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Monday.

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We meet the director of new TV3 drama Smalltown

Gerard Barrett tells Esther McCarthy that his new TV3 drama ‘Smalltown,’ explores his love of and concerns about rural Ireland. 

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Movie reviews: David Brent: Life on the Road, Viva, Blinky Bill The Movie

David Brent: Life on the Road 4/5
Viva 4/5
Blinky Bill The Movie 3/5

 

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Dáithí Ó Sé hosts the Rose of Tralee on Monday and Tuesday at 8pm on RTE One.

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Movie reviews: Pete’s Dragon, The Shallows, Nerve

Pete’s Dragon 4/5
The Shallows 4/5
Nerve 3/5

 

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The start of the Premier League season has Gary Lineker returning on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10.30pm tonight. 

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Movie reviews: Suicide Squad, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Sweet Bean

Suicide Squad 4/5
Bobby Sands: 66 Days 5/5
Sweet Bean 4/5

 

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Gay Byrne presents a documentary on the Catholic Church in Ireland, Last Orders With Gay Byrne, at 9.35pm, RTÉ One on Tuesday.

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Baz Luhrmann talks 'The Get Down' - the most expensive Netflix series ever made

Baz Luhrmann tells Ed Power about his new show set around the birth of hip-hop in New York, the most expensive Netflix series ever made

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TV supervet Noel Fitzpatrick wants animals to be given the same options in surgical care as humans

Irish TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick tells Keeley Bolger animals should be given the same options in surgical care as afforded humans

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DC’s Suicide Squad is no Marvel

SUICIDE Squad was supposed open a new front in the war for the hearts and minds of comic book fans. 

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Simon Delaney on his new celebrity podcast Behind the Scenes

From Amy Huberman to Chris O’Dowd, Simon Delaney has secured the country’s finest acting talent to be interviewed for his new podcast, Behind the Scenes. It’s a rare, and often hilarious, insight into the world of film and TV, says Ed Power.

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Movie reviews: Jason Bourne, Finding Dory, Author: The JT Leroy Story

Jason Bourne 4/5
Finding Dory 4/5
Author: The JT Leroy Story 4/5

 

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A group of elderly women travel to Amsterdam to try marijuana in A Granny’s Guide To The Modern World on Wednesday at 11pm on Channel 4.

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John Creedon explores Ireland's Ancient East in new 'epic' 4 part series on RTE

John Creedon is back on our screens on Sunday, and this time he’s getting to grips with the East. Series producer Marie Toft reveals the highlights of their summer road-trip.

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Find out how TV influences our fashion choices

 

It’s the golden age of TV and as we binge on box sets, television is influencing our wardrobes more than ever before. From Sex and the City to Mad Men, and more recently Peaky Blinders, Carolyn Moore looks at why TV is so good at selling clothes.

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Movie reviews: Star Trek Beyond, The BFG, Chevalier

Star Trek Beyond 4/5
The BFG 4/5
Chevalier 3/5

 

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Mrs Brown’s Boys gets a one-off live special tonight at 9.20pm on RTE One.

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The BFG is a truly big buddy movie for Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance

Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance have become good friends through the making of The BFG, writes Helen Barlow

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Movie reviews: Ghostbusters, Men and Chicken, Summertime

Ghostbusters 4/5

Men and Chicken 5/5

Summertime 4/5

 

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Francis Brennan’s Grand Indian Tour begins tomorrow on RTÉ One.

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Movie reviews: The Legend of Tarzan, Maggie's Plan, The Neon Demon

The Legend of Tarzan 3/5
Maggie’s Plan 4/5
The Neon Demon 3/5

 

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Peacekeepers — The Irish in South Lebanon is on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Tuesday.

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Djimon Hounsou takes on Tarzan in his latest intense role

Djimon Hounsou still bears the scars from his Oscar snubs and would like to win one as a representative of his continent. Shilpa Ganatra talks to the African actor about his new role as Tarzan’s enemy

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Movie reviews: Central Intelligence, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course

Central Intelligence 3/5
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 3/5
Ice Age: Collision Course 3/5 

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Esther Rantzen is paired with John on the first episode of Celebrity First Dates, on Channel 4 at 9pm on Friday.

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Our picks of what to watch on TV.

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Movie Reviews: The Secret Life of Pets, Elvis & Nixon, Independence Day: Resurgence

Owing a significant debt to the Toy Story movies, The Secret Life of Pets (G) is an animated adventure in which a host of New York pets come together to form their own community as soon as their owners’ backs are turned.

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Orange Is The New Black acts as a much-needed celebration of diversity

Orange Is The New Black may masquerade as a fish-out-of-water drama, but it also acts as a much-needed celebration of diversity, its stars tell Ed Power.

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Movie reviews: Gods of Egypt, The Conjuring 2, Bang Gang

A  look at this week’s new films in Irish cinemas.

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What to watch on TV this week

The best of this week’s TV in one place. 

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SATURDAY
The Amazing Spider-Man
RTÉ2, 7.35pm
Andrew Garfield starred in this decent reboot of the Marvel character in 2012.

 

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Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore is taking Europe's better ideas for governance to the US

Michael Moore wants the US to adopt some of the better ideas for governance he has found in Europe. Helen Barlow talks to him about his first happy movie

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Movie reviews: The Nice Guys, Me Before You, Warcraft: The Beginning

The Nice Guys 3/5
Me Before You 3/5
Warcraft: The Beginning 3/5

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Claire Reddin, Maurice Walsh and Nick Reddin feature in Farmer in Charge on RTÉ One on Monday at 6.30pm.

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Orla Brady on playing designer and architect Eileen Gray in new movie

Furniture designer Eileen Gray was one of Ireland’s most pioneering women, yet most of us have never even heard of her. That’s all set to change now Orla Brady is playing her in a new movie, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Movie Reviews: Money Monster, Love and Friendship, Alice Through the Looking-Glass

This best of this week’s new films in Irish cinemas.

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The best of this week’s TV in one place. 

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10 things we learned at the Cannes Film Festival

Helen Barlow reflects on the two weeks she spent at the world’s most famous film festival

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Recalling the life of Eileen Gray - the Irish mother of Modernism

A new film unveils the bitter fallout between Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier over their iconic villa in the south of France, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Meet the woman who discovered Irish stars like Cillian Murphy

From Love/Hate to Once, Maureen Hughes is Ireland’s go-to casting agent. Esther McCarthy meets the woman who made Cillian Murphy a star.

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Movie reviews: A Hologram for the King, X-Men: Apocalypse, Departure

A Hologram for the King 3/5
X-Men: Apocalypse 3/5
Departure 4/5

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Tara Shine explores the wildlife of Leeside on Wild Cities: Cork tomorrow on RTÉ Two at 6.30pm. 

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Movie reviews: Our Kind of Traitor, Everbody Wants Some!!, Angry Birds

Our Kind of Traitor 4/5
Everybody Wants Some!! 3/5
Angry Birds 3/5

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The Guards is a new series on RTÉ Two looking at life behind the scenes for gardaí in Dublin. It airs at 9.55pm on Tuesday night.

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Why some films get a capital "F"

A new feminist rating system for movies aims to draw attention to the prominence of women on both sides of the camera, writes Caroline Delaney

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Dublin offers perfect backdrop for raunchy new adaption of Jane Austen’s Love & Friendship

Dublin provided the perfect backdrop for Whit Stillman’s raunchy adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known works, writes Helen Barlow

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays a crowning role as Richard III in The Hollow Crown: War Of The Roses

Benedict Cumberbatch is relishing his role as Richard III in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays, writes Keeley Bolger

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Top of his game: Matt Le Blanc talks Top Gear

The former star of ‘Friends’ Matt LeBlanc is proving a perfect choice to present the revamped ‘Top Gear’ writes Will Lawrence.

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Movie reviews: Florence Foster Jenkins, I Saw the Light, Knight of Cups

Florence Foster Jenkins 4/5
I Saw the Light 3/5
Knight of Cups 2/5

 

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What to watch on TV this week

The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals is on Tuesday and Thursday night on RTÉ2 at 8pm. The final is on Saturday. 

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Corrie’s Carla may leave on a high note

Coronation Street’s departing star Alison King could go out on top at her last British Soap Awards after making the shortlist for the best actress gong.

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