Album review: Stella Donnelly

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

THE SOUND, the look, is deceptive, disarming. The singer is all smiles and kookiness, the songs seemingly frothy, jubilant, catchy, 1980s style indie-pop. It's the sweetness that attracts.

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Captain Marvel - the most fun you can have in a cinema

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

CAROL DANVERS - Captain Marvel's true identity - is not very well known to non-comic book readers, but, over the last decade, she has become one of Marvel comic’s best characters.

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Trevor Conway and the poetry of fear

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

HAVING PUBLISHED his first collection with Salmon, Trevor Conway has taken the courageous decision to self-publish his second, Breeding Monsters, which, in every way, looks as good as the books currently emerging from any of the main Irish poetry publishers.

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Album review: Maria Somerville

Thu, Mar 07, 2019

MARIA SOMERVILLE'S earliest songs were melancholy, atmospheric, meditations, based around the guitar. In the years since, her music has metamorphosed into electronica, but those qualities of mood and emotionally drenched sonics remain.

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The Hole In The Ground - a mother and son horror

Thu, Mar 07, 2019

SINGLE MOTHER Sarah has moved to an old farm house in the Wicklow mountains. Her son Chris is unhappy in his new school and misses his father. She does her best, but the isolation is clearly getting to her.

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Nicole Flattery and the essence of absurdity

Thu, Mar 07, 2019

THE FIRST paragraph in the first story of Nicole Flattery’s first collection, Show Them a Good Time, reads: “The schemes were for people with plenty of time, or people not totally unfamiliar with being treated like shit. I was intimate with both situations. Management interviewed me - bizarre questions through an inch of plexiglass: How long, in hours, have you been unemployed? Did you misspend your youth throwing stones at passing cars?"

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Dark Souls III: A modern classic

Fri, Mar 01, 2019

Dark Souls III is the final game in the Dark Souls trilogy and what a bang to go out on. I personally have put many hundreds of hours into this game and it is no question why. This game is the end of the trilogy. It wraps up all of the best bits of all of the games and brings it together for a splendid ending for both the main game and DLC’s.

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Melissa McCarthy shines in Can You Ever Forgive Me

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

LEE ISRAEL is a once famous biographer who is struggling to sell her new book, a biography of Fanny Brice. When bills pile up she looks for things to sell. She has several letters from different celebrities and authors, and she can get a decent price for them.

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Album review: Julia Jacklin

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

LOOKS CAN be deceiving. Or can they? The cover of Jacklin's second solo album finds her surrounded by bric-a-brac, almost drowning in it, but with an ecstatic expression on her face.

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Afro-American life in the seventies

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

BASED ON the James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk is director Barry Jenkins follow up to 2017 Oscar winner Moonlight. It was surprising to see him adapting a book considering his screenplay for Moonlight was so well received, but after seeing this film I can see why he chose this text.

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Wake gives voice to female voicelessness

Tue, Feb 19, 2019

HANS CHRISTIAN Andersen’s The Little Mermaid was first published in 1837 and since then it has inspired countless adaptations in print, film, TV and theatre. The latest is Deirdre Sullivan’s dark west of Ireland spin on the story, Wake.

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Album review: Porkstore

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

PORKSTORE IS Barry Richardson - Galwegian, all around top bloke, and inspiration behind one of the greatest songs So Cow (aka Brian Kelly) has ever written. And Barry is not just the subject of a song, but a songwriter himself.

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Alita: Battle Angel - all good looks and no substance

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

SET IN a post apocalyptic, dystopian, future - is there any other kind? - Dr Ido Dyson finds the head of a robot girl while out scavenging, and brings it home to fire it up.

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Album review: Calva Louise

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

IT MAY be housed inside one of the most terrible album sleeves in living memory, but past the ghastly graphics lies a 30 minute treat of 10 fast and furious indie-pop/garage-rock songs.

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Green Book - outstanding performances outweigh a flawed script

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

THE GREEN Book was a guide for black people in America who were traveliing south in the 1960s, containing names of hotels and restaurants that were friendly for the 'Negro Traveller'.

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Love, death, Shergar, and Arlene Foster

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

FROM 'MAYA'S Soliloquy to Pablo [Picasso]’, the striking opening of the first poem of White Horses, it is clear Northern Irish poet Jo Burns is in control of what she is doing with her poetry in a way most debut collection poets simply are not.

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Johnny Duhan - Last of the wandering minstrels

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

JOHNNY DUHAN'S newly published book, The Voyage, has something of a confessional feel to it, the black dustjacket with Johnny in profile as if in prayer, sets the tone for what follows.

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EP Review: Jealous Of The Birds

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

When JOTB - aka County Armagh's Naomi Hamilton - emerged with her 2016 debut album Parma Violets, it was clear that an exciting and hugely talented indie singer-songwriter had arrived.

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Bale is brilliant, but Vice is patronising and over stylised

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

WITH ALL the attention on the current White House administration, comes Vice, a full blown Hollywood blockbuster about Dick Cheney, the vice president of the USA from 2001 to 2009.

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