Film & TV

Movie Reviews: Terminator: Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Amy

You don’t need to have been a fan of Amy Winehouse’s music to be riveted by Amy (15A) , Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the Grammy Award-winning singer that is composed almost entirely of home-movie footage. 

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Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

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Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

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Movie Reviews: Slow West, Minions, She’s Funny That Way

Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) is an outlaw killer who is rarely without a cigar in Slow West (15A), which may be writer- director John Maclean’s way of telling us that his debut feature is part-homage to the neo-realist Western pioneered by the cheroot-chewing Clint Eastwood. 

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DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge
Netflix
The adventures of Hiccup and his young Viking pals get a new series on Netflix. 

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Movie reviews: Mr Holmes, Entourage, The Longest Ride

“One can’t solve everything,” is a statement akin to heresy when uttered by the immortal Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), but then life is no longer elementary for fiction’s greatest detective in Mr Holmes (PG). 

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Hands up: Jack Black stars alongside Tim Robbins in new comedy series The Brink on Sky Atlantic on Monday.

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Movie reviews: Jurassic World, Let Us Prey, West

“No one is impressed by dinosaurs anymore, ”says Claire (Dallas Bryce Howard), the manager of Jurassic World (12A).

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Dara O’Briain hangs out with Stephen Hawking on BBC One on Tuesday.

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Movie Reviews: Spy, Listen Up Philip, Search Party

The suave but lethal Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is the CIA’s most successful Spy (12A), but when Bradley is killed by Balkan villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Bradley’s deskbound analyst Susan ‘Coop’ Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is sent into the field to track down the ‘mini-nuke’ Bradley was pursuing.

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Kevin McCloud spends time with a family who have escaped the rat race and are now living in Tonga.

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Movie reviews: San Andreas, Danny Collins, Man Up

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars in San Andreas (12A), playing LAFD chopper rescue pilot Ray, whose considerable skills are tested to their limits when California experiences a massive earthquake.

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Movie reviews: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, Poltergeist, The New Girlfriend

Past, present, future and parallel dimensions come together in Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (12A) , Brad Bird’s ambitious sci-fi thriller.

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SATURDAY - Referendum 2015 RTÉ One, 10am

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Movie reviews: Mad Max: Fury Road , Pitch Perfect 2, Clouds of Sils Maria

TOM Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (15A), the fourth outing for the ‘road warrior’ struggling to survive in the bleak wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

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Molly Sterling represents Ireland in the Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

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Molly Sterling represents Ireland in the Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

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Rosewater

Movie reviews: Rosewater, The Canal, Top Five

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart makes the leap from small to big screen as writer-director of Rosewater (15A), a political drama about the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian election. 

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Gerald Kean mentors golfer Brian Casey in the first episode of The Speech on RTÉ One tomorrow.

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Gerald Kean mentors golfer Brian Casey in the first episode of The Speech on RTÉ One tomorrow.

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Movie reviews: Far From the Madding Crowd, Unfriended, Get Up and Go

Far From the Madding Crowd ****
Unfriended ****
Get Up and Go ***

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Brendan O’Carroll delves into the killing of his grandfather by British forces in Who Do You Think You Are?, tomorrow on RTÉ One.

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Movie reviews: Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Falling, The Emperor’s New Clothes

There was a time, and a much simpler time it was too, when a superhero had what it took to save the world all on his own. 

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Leech therapy is among the alternative medicine practices featured on Inside Harley Street, Monday.

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Peter Coonan stars in a new play, Before Monsters WereMade

Peter Coonan is keeping busy with bad men and big monsters

While he awaits news on Love/Hate, Peter Coonan is keeping busy with stage and film roles, writes Padraic Killeen

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Movie reviews: Glassland, A Little Chaos, The Salvation

The best of what’s hitting the cinema this week.

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Nadia: Chasing the Dream TV3, 2.45pm

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Would You Believe? The Tuam Babies, Sunday, RTÉ One.

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Soap opera director Tim O’Mara: Sharing a flair for the dramatic

Catherine Shanahan talks to Tim O’Mara a veteran soap opera director who has worked on popular staples such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street, and who is currently driving the storyline of our very own.

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Why muscles are the big thing in movies

As fans of the series look forward to the release of Magic Mike XXL this summer, Dean Van Nguyen examines Hollywood’s recent trend of casting bulked-up male actors in its leading roles and asks whether the representation glorifies the Adonis bod.

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The Unemployables

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Darren Kennedy and Jennifer Maguire presenters on The Unemployables, RTÉ2, 9pm, next Thursday.

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Movie reviews: The Water Diviner, While We’re Young, Altman

The Water Diviner. Australia, 1919. Still struggling to come to terms with the death of his three sons at Gallipoli, Connor (Russell Crowe) is devastated when his wife commits suicide.

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Get the Numbers Write

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Anton Savage and Sheana Keane present new adult literacy series, Get the Numbers Write, on TV3 on Monday.

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Cinderella ****
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water ****
Get Hard **

 

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Declan O’Donnell, Helen James and Hugh Wallace are the judges on Home Of The Year on RTÉ One on Thursday.

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The Gunman ***
Home ***
Insurgent ***

 

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Run All Night ****
Suite Française ***
Goodbye to Language 3D **

 

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Nora and Kat

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Cork-based couple Nora and Katriona go for a casino-themed event on Don’t Tell The Bride, on RTÉ2 on Thursday.

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Former soccer star David Bentley joins Crossmaglen Rangers for The Toughest Trade on TV3.

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Movie reviews: Still Alice, Kill the Messenger, Chappie

Still Alice *****
Kill the Messenger ****
Chappie ***

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

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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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Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey return for a third season of House of Cards on Netflix from Friday.

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Movie reviews: Cake, Project Almanac, The Wedding Ringer

Cake ****
Project Almanac ****
The Wedding Ringer ***

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Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne begin a new travel show, Dara And Ed's Great Big Adventure, on RTÉ One on Thursday.

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Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne begin a new travel show, Dara And Ed’s Great Big Adventure, on RTÉ One on Thursday.

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Movie reviews:  Love is Strange, The Interview, Bad Hair

Love is Strange ***
The Interview ***
Bad Hair ****

 

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The first episode of the wildly-anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul arrives this week.

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Movie reviews: Selma, Patrick’s Day Jupiter Ascending

Selma *****
Patrick’s Day ****
Jupiter Ascending **

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