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The Dark Tower

It’s an oft repeated critique regarding the adaptation of a novel into film, one we’ve all used,dark tower 3 ‘’the book was better’’. Such is the case with Stephan King’s Gunslinger saga centering on the Dark Tower trilogy. Now I confess that I have never read the Master of Maine’s Gunslinger series so I’ll be judging this on its own merits as I am not qualified to speak ad nausea on the nuances of King’s writing. OK? OK.

Jake Chambers, a teenage boy has nightmares and vivid dreams regarding a mysterious tower and a plot to destroy it by a malevolent man in black (Matthew McConaughey). Despite his mother, step-father and therapist all telling him that it’s just a dream and him trying to cope with the death of his father, because he is a teenager in a fantasy setting, he is naturally correct and there is indeed a tower and the man in black’s dark tower 4henchmen, the fake skins, out to capture him.

Evading capture Jake finds himself at a house he saw in his dreams and enters, discovering a portal to Mid-World, where after wandering the desert for a day he meets the other figure in his dreams, the man opposing the man in black, the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba). Roland is initially dismissive of Jake until he tells him about his dreams and the tower and the man in black. Roland tells Jake the man in black is Walter Padrick, a wonderful sorcerer trying to destroy the Dark Tower that stands at the epicenter of all worlds to let the Darkness in.

Walter has been using children to power a machine that damages the Dark Tower by using their Shine- a psychic power that some children possess, just like in The Shining. Apparently Jake’s Shine is ‘’pure’’ and Walter can use him to bring down the Tower single handily. During one of Walter’s attacks on the Tower a demon from the Darkness slips through and attacks Roland before getting six shots of lead for its trouble, but Roland is injured and they head for a village which also has a portal that leads back to ‘’Keystone Earth’’- Jake’s world. After patching themselves up and preparing for a final encounter, they go in pursuit of the Man in Black.dark tower

Much like how Valerian and the city of A Thousand Planets condensed its source material, so too does The Dark Tower. And unfortunately if this is your first introduction to the Gunslinger or Stephan King in general, you may be disappointed. The film is only ninety five minutes long and yet it feels as if not enough is going on, the plot moves forward quickly and the world that King imagined that is presented to us here feels cliched regarding a vague evil plot to destroy the world using Love craftian horrors from beyond the universe, it just feels rather underwhelming like ‘’yeah it’s the apocalypse must be Tuesday’’.

Although the performances by our leading men doesn’t disappoint, while Tom Taylor as Jake is just a very bland Harry Potter, McConaughey and Elba are on top form as the Man in Black and the Gunslinger. McConaughey is charismatic and malevolent, charming but never losing that menace and never letting you forget that. Elba’s performance as Roland really captures the characters sense of lost purpose and his struggle to hold on and fight despite being the last of the Gunslingers, , but as for the Dark Tower  itself and director Nikolaj Arcel, let’s just say they dark tower2have forgotten the face of their father .

(If the kid from the Shining could sense the collapse of the tower, he should have gotten Roland, Andy Dufresne, Carrie, Cujo and the gang from Stand by Me to from Stephan King’s Avengers, now that would be awesome.)

By Daniel Murphy

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Strange to think that something so influential that it would go on to inspires Star Wars, and yetvalarian 4 we’re only learning about it now 50 years after. Luc Besson’s French sci-fi graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline has had a cult following for decades, and only now Hollywood is attempted a movie adaptation.

We begin with a montage starting in 1975 with Russian cosmonauts docking on board the international space station, followed by representatives of other nations in the years following, until in 2150 representatives from alien species make first contact, within 400 years the international space station grows to the size of a city amalgamate of alien technology and diverse cultures.

That brings us to the present (future?) with agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Caravalarian 1 Delevingine) on route to a mission aboard there sentient ship Alex. Our intro to the title characters is one big exposition dump and a rather clumsy one, where just given all we need to know about the two, personalities, qualifications, etc, in a bicker some conversation that in no way feels organic. So the gist is Valerian loves Laureline but she doesn’t like him blah blah he’s been waiting for the ‘’right partner’’ (he totally stole that line from Captain America) but enough of that, SPAAACE!

Their mission takes them to Big Market- an inter-dimensional bazaar- to recover a rare Valerian 3specimen, a ‘’converter’’ which is an adorable armadillo dog creature that mass produces whatever you feed it including pearls and diamonds (he and the niffler from Fantastic Beasts would get along famously) before a hasty retreat and arrival on Alpha, the titular City of a Thousand Planets. After securing the converter and slipping into some rejected Mass Effect Armour, they learn there is a radiation leak in the heart of Alpha and before they can be dispatched to investigate, their commander is kidnapped by an alien race from the planet Mul we see at the beginning of the film whose planet was destroyed. Valerian does in search of the commander to try and figure out what is occurring.

For a seemingly simply story, it’s easy to get lost or forget where we are, what follows involves Laureline going on a side quest to find a way to find Valerian, finding him, getting kidnapped herself, and then Valerian having to rescue Laureline from an alien king without causing anvalarian 2 diplomatic incident (I suppose in the future shooting the bad guy and proclaiming ‘’its just been revoked!’’, isn’t a thing anymore). Anyway, to get into the alien palace, Valerian enlists the help of a glamour-pod, a shape shifting alien who works as a burlesque dancer. She name is Bubble (played by Rihanna) and she unfortunately contracts that disease that kills your character after their done being relevant to the plot.

After mourning and subsequently forgetting Bubble, they find the commander and-shock of all shocks, sarcasm of all sarcasm- he’s not really a good guy. Turns out he accidentally destroyed Planet Mul and killed most of its people during a space battle (although ‘’accident’’ is a bit of a stretch) and he’s been trying to cover it up ever since. As you do.

Luc Beeson directs alongside his wife, although sadly this isn’t the best way to promote your creation. The film’s greatest strength is in the world building, showcasing various alien species, cultures, technology it truly feels like a real place in its scope and scale. Our leading duo’s performance is somewhat lacking Delevingine in particular shows little expression in face or voice, and on the subject of Laureline her treatment doesn’t do her justice. She’s either being bossed around by Valerian or having to rescue him (to no thanks I might add), her name is absent from the title when she was one of sci-fi’s first real heroines.

But I can suggest the Valerian and Laureline anime series, now streaming on Crunchy Roll, if your interested and want to see more of Beeson’s universe, until then, to each your own.

By Daniel Murphy

Dunkirk

Hollywood’s long standing love affair with World War 2 is as old as the industry itself, hankeringdunkirk 1 back to the ‘’good old days’’ when the good guys where the good guys and everybody knew who the bad guy was. WW2 movies often detail the personal struggles of the soldiers fighting in the war; such is the case of Dunkirk, Director Christopher Nolan brings to life the story of British troops evacuated from German occupied Europe.

The story begins with a troop of five being gunned down by German soldiers off-screen, as the last Brit, a Private named Tommy manages to escape and make his way to the barricades where French soldiers are holding off the Germans while the British troops prepare to board Destroyers to escape occupied Europe.dunkirk 3

The story is told in three parts, from three different interconnected narratives, part one is the ‘’mole’’ where British troops are awaiting evacuation, part two ‘’the sea’’ where best friends Peter and George take Peter’s Father’s fishing boat and sail to Dunkirk to aid in the exodus, and part three ‘the air’’ showcasing three R.A.F. pilots as they patrol the skies over Dunkirk to protect them against Luftwaffe pilots.

This mosaic of storytelling can feel a bit lackadaisical in places as its jumping from morning to night to the middle of the day, focusing on a different narrative, but it does help paint a concise picture of just how perilous Dunkirk was, the R.A.F being ambushed by Luftwaffe at any time and soon the three are reduced to one, as Tom Hardy’s Captain Farrier is left to guard the skies above Dunkirk solo while he’s running low on fuel. Tommy and his troop getting on-board a Destroyer only to have it struck by a torpedo and then going down in a claustrophobic drowning scene. Peter and George pick up a shell shocked soldier played by Cillain Murphy, whom they lock up, only from him to escape and demand they turn around rather than return to Dunkirk, and when trying to wrest control of the helm, George gets pushed aside and is concussed, when all George ever wanted was to be useful.dunkirk

Dunkirk is certainly ambitious it its scale and the pathos is genuine, but it feels not as epic as it ought to be. There are certainly very tense moments where they’re fighting for their lives and you do wonder who will survive in the end, but we’re not really emotionally invested in these characters. The dialogue is sparse and honestly it feels more like watching human shaped props that are meant to serve as some purveyor of tragedy, but with no real autonomy to themselves. I don’t mean to sound like I’m hating on this, is just the impression I got from watching it, I like to believe Christopher Nolan is a better director than that, because he is, and like I said there is genuine pathos, in fact the most rousing moment is where all the civilian boats come across the channel, luxury yachts, fishing boats to the rescue, and you really feel for the weary soldiers. It doesn’t end on a happy note of course, there is still a war to fight but at least the story ends with Tommy reading Churchill’s ‘’we will fight them’’ speech in the newspaper after he returns home, so out of respect for all the men at Dunkirk, who am I to nitpick?

(Bet if Aquaman showed up at Dunkirk nobody would make jokes about him being lame ever).

By Daniel Murphy

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Buddy Holly Story Hits Enniscorthy

I’ve to got to play in front of people.  If I’m not moved how can they be moved – Buddy Hollybuddy cado

If you were born then, or were too young to be part of this exciting period of musical history then you won’t want to miss out on the electrifying party that is BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story!

Experience the ups and downs of Holly’s ‘budding’ musical career as he strives to fulfil his potential genius. The heart-warming tale of a small town all-American boy is told with care, detail and humour. BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story finally explodes into a celebration of youth and lust for life in a re-creation of his last concert at Clear Lake!buddy paper

Producer- Adrienne Murphy “I have been involved with musicals for the past 14 years but Buddy was the one show I always wanted to do. It’s a brilliant story and the music is amazing. I have been so lucky that all the people involved feel the same way that I do, that we really want to pay tribute to Buddy Holly a Rock’n’Roll icon.  Pieta House is for me the natural recipient for the proceeds – like so many people in Wexford I have lost a loved one to suicide, Phillip who was my cousin and my best friend this show is dedicated to him and the rest as they say will just be Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This joyous production will be performed by an amateur cast. The purpose of this production is to raise funds for Pieta House. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Pieta House.

With audiences around the world dancing in the aisles this legendary production hits buddy originalEnniscorthy this summer for 6 nights only. It will be staged in The Presentation Centre with its natural acoustic sound and intimate.  Kicking off Sunday July 30th, 31st, Aug 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 8pm and Matinee on Aug 6th 2pm, tickets €15 in Aid of Pieta House in association Olive Ruane, Sinead Kehoe.
Buddy is a fringe event for Rock ‘n’ Roll Town weekender. Producer – Andrienne Murphy Director- James Power along with Musical Director-Pat Murphy along with local cast and Buddy being performed by Kildare musician Donagh Cadagan promise to have you jiving in the aisles with songs like Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby, La Bamba and Shout.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details! https://www.facebook.com/BuddyEnniscorthy/

Purchase tickets on https://www.facebook.com/presartscentre/

 

buddy cado

Buddy Holly Story Hits Enniscorthy

I’ve to got to play in front of people.  If I’m not moved how can they be moved – Buddy Hollybuddy cado

If you were born then, or were too young to be part of this exciting period of musical history then you won’t want to miss out on the electrifying party that is BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story!

Experience the ups and downs of Holly’s ‘budding’ musical career as he strives to fulfil his potential genius. The heart-warming tale of a small town all-American boy is told with care, detail and humour. BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story finally explodes into a celebration of youth and lust for life in a re-creation of his last concert at Clear Lake!buddy paper

Producer- Adrienne Murphy “I have been involved with musicals for the past 14 years but Buddy was the one show I always wanted to do. It’s a brilliant story and the music is amazing. I have been so lucky that all the people involved feel the same way that I do, that we really want to pay tribute to Buddy Holly a Rock’n’Roll icon.  Pieta House is for me the natural recipient for the proceeds – like so many people in Wexford I have lost a loved one to suicide, Phillip who was my cousin and my best friend this show is dedicated to him and the rest as they say will just be Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This joyous production will be performed by an amateur cast. The purpose of this production is to raise funds for Pieta House. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Pieta House.

With audiences around the world dancing in the aisles this legendary production hits buddy originalEnniscorthy this summer for 6 nights only. It will be staged in The Presentation Centre with its natural acoustic sound and intimate.  Kicking off Sunday July 30th, 31st, Aug 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 8pm and Matinee on Aug 6th 2pm, tickets €15 in Aid of Pieta House in association Olive Ruane, Sinead Kehoe.
Buddy is a fringe event for Rock ‘n’ Roll Town weekender. Producer – Andrienne Murphy Director- James Power along with Musical Director-Pat Murphy along with local cast and Buddy being performed by Kildare musician Donagh Cadagan promise to have you jiving in the aisles with songs like Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby, La Bamba and Shout.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details! https://www.facebook.com/BuddyEnniscorthy/

Purchase tickets on https://www.facebook.com/presartscentre/

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War for the Planet of the Apes

 

With all due respect to King Kong, it has become apparent that Andy Serkis is the Alpha onapes screen in this conclusion to a successful reboot/remake trilogy that turns a grown man in a leotard into an Oscar worthy performance. Hail Caesar!

SPOILERS AHEAD

Five years after the end of Dawn and the Ape/Human war isn’t going so well for Caesar (Serkis) and his army. Not only does he have to contend with human soldiers out for blood, but also Koba loyalists who are aiding the humans against Caesar out of a combination of spite and survival. After a battle with humans and their Ape ‘’donkeys’’, Caesar releases the prisoners to return to their leader with the message of truce, shortly after Caesar’s son Blue-Eyes and his lieutenant Rocket return to inform that they have found a suitable new home for the apes.ape2

But that night more soldiers storm the ape home and in the ensuing scuffle, Caesar’s wife and son are killed by the leader of the human soldiers Colonel (his uniform reads ‘’McCullough’’ but everyone just refers to his title). After the attack Caesar sends the other apes into the desert to the new home, while Caesar himself goes on a one ape quest for revenge, but despite his bitter protests his closest allies join him, Maurice the orangutan, Rocket the chimp and Luca the gorilla.

Along the way they meet a mute human girl, whom Maurice adopts (he was a circus orangutan so naturally he’d be good with children) and subsequently names Nova as a cute little nod to the original Apes. They find the soldiers camp and Caesar is forced to kill Winter, an ape defector, the act of which weighs heavily on Caesar’s conscious to the point where Koba’s ghost haunts him. Soon after they meet Bad Ape, another intelligent chimp who guides Caesar and company to the base where the Colonel and his troops-calling themselves the Alpha-Omega- ape 3live.

Instead of cooking delicious fried chicken, this Colonel (Woody Harrelson) has rounded up Caesar’s herd  and is using them as forced labor to build a wall( insert joke here) to keep out another approaching army. Turns out the reason Nova- and other humans the apes met- can’t speak is because the Simian flu which evolved the apes and killed most of humanity has mutated. The surviving humans genetically immune to the initial outbreak are now susceptible to de-evolution, losing their ability to speak and higher functions. The Colonel was forced to kill his own son, and now the Alpha-Omega are purging anyone who is infected, which is why the other army is opposed to the Colonel and his brutality.

So while Caesar is strung up and captured, it’s up to the others to rescue him and the other apes before war arrives.  An epic struggle for the fate of the world that will determine just who is the dominant species is, War brings this trilogy to a highly satisfactory conclusion that ends with a bang, and a whimper. (Seriously how do those ninja’s keep sneaking around cutting onions whenever something emotional just happened?)

By Daniel Murphy

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Homecoming, a most apt name to describe Peter Parkers arrival- finally- to the Marvel spiderman2Cinematic Universe. After his surprise appearance in last years Civil War, Tom Holland is the latest to don the red and blue, but unlike McGuire and Garfield, Holland’s Spidey stands alongside the Avengers, so where does Spider-man fit into a world where he isn’t the only hero? Pretty well as it turns out.

First off, we don’t have to see Uncle Ben die for the umpteenth time while lecturing about responsibility, safe to say we are collectively familiar with Spider-mans origin. (Although it’s felt we have to see Martha (WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?!) Wayne’s pearls scatter all over the pavement every time they retell Batman’s origin). Still the more things change, as Aunt May is still Peters legal guardian although in this version Holland’s Peter just calls her ‘’May’’ and here she’s portrayed by Marisa Tomei as a younger and hipper Aunt (well she tries to be hip to be ‘’down’’ with Peters generation and its endearing) and her and Peter aren’t living out of cardboard boxes with May being in constant poor health.

As usual Peter attends Midtown High alongside his best friend Ned (played by Jacob Batalon) spider man 3who shortly discovers Peter’s secret identity and becomes his confidant and ‘’guy in the chair’ and all around best guy. While Peter has Ned in his corner, he feels under utilized, that he should be teaming up with Iron Man to fight crime and not just street level stuff, and he gets his wish when he uncovers a ring of high tech arms dealers, led by Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture.

Keaton’s Vulture is menacing, in every encounter with Spider-man, he owns and he has the ambition, the means and the motive to make it big, scavenging alien and advanced tech from previous Marvel movies and selling them, which makes for some great Easter eggs for the eagle( or rather Vulture) eyed viewer. Speaking of tech, Iron Man gave Peter his Spider suit back in Civil War and only now are we seeing al of its capabilities. It includes a mini recon drone that becomes his Spider emblem, a virtual heads up display, his own personal AI whom he names Karen (she even gives Peter relationship advice) and a baller ‘’enhanced interrogation mode’’ which features Spider-Man doing his best Batman voice impression, and on the debate of organic webs (a la the McGuire Spidey) versus mechanical web shooters, the web shooters are the clear winner with everything from web grenades to taser webs.

Peter’s supporting cast are good fun, we mentioned Ned and May, but there’s also Laura Harrier who plays Liz, Midtown Highs resident Class A queen of the scene and Peters crush, and SPOILER ALERT Toomes daughter (which leads to some very interesting exchange when Keatonspiderman 1 gives Peter the ‘’dad talk’’). Peters rival Flash (a-a, he’s a miracle!) is remained as a smug trust fund rich kid played by Tony Revolori. But perhaps the films breakout star is Zendaya as Peter’s classmate Michelle Jones; she’s snarky, quiet, insightful, a little pretentious but she know it and owns it and we love her for it.

After a trilogy with Toby McGuire that yielded critical acclaim, two outing with Andrew Garfield with mixed reception, Tom Holland had some big onesies to fill and he does so, finding a balance between the above mentioned all the while creating his own identity, and I say we’re eagerly waiting to see Holland stand along side Earths Mightiest Heroes come around Infinity War.

 

P.S. Stan Lee’s cameo character? Turns out his name is Gary.

Smash Box Movies Itinerary 2017

Itinerary means “a planned route or journey”, and it looks like we’re in for one hell of a ride this year. Since 2014 or so every year has been getting more and more jam packed with cinematic-goodness. But nothing quite compares to the monster that seems to be 2017. We may be 4 months into 2017, but we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s in store.

With 8 comic book movies, 1 Star Wars movie, 3 Disney movies (not counting Marvel or Star Wars), sequels to classic 70s and 80s films, and much, much more. You’d better hope you’ve been saving up because when you see what’s coming, it’s going to be impossible for you to not take a fancy to at least ONE of these films.

Without further ado, prepare for jump to hyperspace, because here is the lineup of the biggest movies of 2017! This is it, don’t get scared now.

The Mummy (2017) 

⁃ June 9th

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess 32005whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our present day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comorehension. The multi-talented Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service/Star Trek: Beyond) plays the ancient Princess Ahmenet, alongside Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll and Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword). The Mummy (2017) is the first in Universal’s “Monsters Universe”. Much like Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros’ DC Cinematic Universe or Fox’s
X-Men Universe, it was only a matter of time before UNIVERSAL created a shared UNIVERSE of their own.
See The Mummy (2017) in cinemas June 9th!

Cars 3
⁃ June 16th

The third Cars movie drifts into cinemas this summer. But honestly, did anyone actually want a 85730Cars 3? Cars is the only Disney Pixar series to have 3 installments besides Toy Story. (And we are still waiting for an Incredibles sequel! (Coming next year)). Brian Fee makes his directorial debut on Cars 3, after having worked in the art department on other Disney films such as Little Mermaid 2, Mulan 2, Tarzan 2, Ratatouille, WALL-E and the original Cars (2006). Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, with Tony Shalhoub as Luigi and of course Larry The Cable Guy as Mater. This time they’re joined by Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Kerry Washington (Django: Unchained), Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper By The Dozen), Chris Cooper (The Bourne Identity), and Cristela Alonzo (Cristela). Not much has been revealed about the plot other than McQueen has become old and out modeled on the track by younger racers (Armie Hammer), McQueen must seek help from a young technician (Cristela Alonzo) to get back in the game. (Rocky Balboa anyone?). Who knows, maybe the third installment of the Cars franchise could shock us all.
Go see Cars 3 in cinemas June 16th!

Rough Night
⁃ June 16th

This female-lead ensemble comedy appears to have come out of nowhere. On the surface it appears as though Scarlett Johansson hasn’t appeared in a single comedy, but she’s starred in such films and TV shows as Sing, Hail Caesar, SNL, Robot Chicken, We Bought a Zoo and Chef. In this film, she is also surrounded by some of Hollywood’s funniest actresses; Kate McKinnon (SNL), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class). Five best friends from college reunite after 10 years for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re brought closer together. Also starring Demi Moore (Ghost), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Dean Winters (John Wick) and Karan Soni (Deadpool).
Go see Rough Night in cinemas June 16th!

The Book Of Henry
⁃ June 16th

The Book of Henry is a film by director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode IX), 98394starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts (King Kong). Sometimes things are not always as they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single mother Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It-Ralph)). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay (Room)) is a playful 8 year old. Taking care of everyone is Henry (Jaeden Lieberher (IT 2017)). Protector to his adoring young brother and tireless often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which Includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler (Sia music videos)), has a dangerous secret. As Henry brainstorms plans to rescue Christina, Susan finds herself in the middle of it. Thriller. Also starring Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit).
Go see The Book Of Henry in cinemas June 16th!

Transformers: The Last Knight
⁃ June 23rd

The first Transformers film in Michael Bay’s series is 10 years old this year, if you can believe it. 47232And here we are 10 years later and Michael Bay is still in the director’s chair yelling “and BOOM, explosions here and explosions over there!”. The franchise may be getting progressively worse, but they are a lot of fun and a huge guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, Shia LeBeouf still isn’t back, but there’s an impressive cast lined up for ‘The Last Knight’. Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job) returns for a second time alongside Peter Cullen who’s been voicing Optimus Prime since the 80s. Reprising their roles are Stanly Tucci, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Ken Watanabe and John Goodman. Joining the cast is Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner and Gemma Chan. Humans and Transformers are at war, and Optimus Prime is gone. He has found his home planet of Cybertron, which he discovers is dead because of him. In order to save his world, he must find an ancient artifact, which is hidden on Earth, buried in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Go see Transformers: The Last Knight in cinemas June 23rd!

Spider-Man: Homecoming
⁃ July 7th

Swinging onto the big screen July 7th is the 3rd Spider-Man reboot. And having passed a litmus 96989test in last year’s hugely successful Captain America: Civil War, fans have decided they love Tom Holland (The Impossible/Lost City Of Z/Billy Elliot) as the webhead, and may even be the best Spidey we’ve ever had. Spider-Man: Homecoming follows sixteen year old Peter Parker as he tries to navigate his newfound identity as Spider-Man. Thrilled by his experience with The Avengers, Peter returns home where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as he tries to fall back into daily routine – Peter is distracted by thoughts of proving himself as more than a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But when Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton) decides if the Avengers can be powerful and call themselves things like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Captain America’, so can he. But when Spider-Man tries to stop Vulture, he threatens to kill everybody he loves. From director Jon Watts (Cop Car) and starring: Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Laura Harrier (The last 5 years), Donald Glover (Community), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Logan Marshall Green (Prometheus), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Tony Revolori (Dope).
Go see Spider-Man: Homecoming June 7th!

War for the Planet of the Apes
⁃ July 14th

War for the Planet of the Apes is the 3rd film in the most recent POTA series. Matt Reeves 51670(Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) gets back in the saddle again after previously taking the reigns for the second film in the series. With an entirely new cast (yet again), with the exception of Andy Serkis as Caesar and randomly Ty Olsson as a different character, this time, one of the apes. War for the Planet of the Apes brings in a hybrid of top-notch and relatively unknown talent such as Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Judy Greer (Ant-Man), Sara Canning (Vampire Diaries), Max Lloyd Jones (iZombie) and Amiah Miller (Light’s Out). Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar battles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Go see War for the Planet of the Apes in cinemas July 14th!

Dunkirk
⁃ July 21st

Christopher Nolan writes and directs ‘Dunkirk’, his 9th film, a WWII drama about the true events93456 that took place on the war torn beach of Dunkirk, France. This film boasts an impressive cast including some of the usual: Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road/The Dark Knight Rises) and Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight/Inception). And the not so usual Harry Styles for some reason, who knows maybe he’ll surprise us. There seems to be a Christian Bale and Michael Caine absent however. Joining Hardy, Murphy & Styles is Aneurin Barnard (Citadel), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Kenneth Branagh (Chamber Of Secrets) and James D’Arcy (Marvel’s Agent Carter). Will Nolan finally win an Oscar?
Go see Dunkirk in cinemas July 21st!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
⁃ August 4th

Legendary French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) is back in the 27727spotlight with his adaptation of classic French bande dessiné (comic book), Valerian et Laureline. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle/Amazing Spider-Man 2) takes on the role of Valerian, with Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad/Paper Towns) by his side as Laureline. The French Europa Corp production also has quite a few big named Hollywood actors, such as John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Clive Owen (Children Of Men), Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins/Blade Runner) and even Rihanna. In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defence, the two embark on a mission to the city of Alpha; an ever expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with one another. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha… But the future of the entire universe…
Go see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in cinemas August 4th!

The Dark Tower
– August 18th

The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on”75500 in pursuit of the man in black (Matthew McConaughey). Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. And that’s all we know about the plot right now! Just a few months until the film’s release and NO footage has been shown of the film. Only this poster has been released ^^^. Let’s hope the star power of Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey can promote the film. Also starring Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nicholas Hamilton (It 2017) and Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age Of Ultron). Based on the Stephen King novel.
Go see The Dark Tower in cinemas August 18th!

Baby Driver
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From the brilliant mind of Edgar Wright (Ant-Man, Shaun of the Dead), comes ‘Baby Driver’ a crime thriller, starring Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars), Lily James (Cinderella), Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects), Jon Bernthal (Daredevil Season 2), Eiza González (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) with Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jamie Foxx (Django: Unchained). The movie follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a talented young getaway driver, who is coerced into working for a crime boss, in a heist doomed to fail.
Go see Baby Driver August 18th!

It (2017)
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26 years after Tim Curry donned the makeup as Pennywise in the 2 episode mini-series in 1990, one of Stephen King’s most famous stories has returned, this time to the big screen. Andrés Muschietti (Mama) directs. Son of Stellan Skarsgård and younger brother of Alexander, Bill Skarsgård takes on the role of Pennywise. In the town of Derry, in 1989, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place know as ‘The Barrens’, seven children come together and become a club creating an unbreakable bond. Using this bond the children dubbed ‘The Losers Club’ fight to save their town from an eponymous being that can shapeshift into the children’s greatest fears, commonly in the form of a clown named Pennywise. Throughout the summer of excitement and fear, they face several personal troubles with bullies, family and confidence. Starring Jaeden Lieberher (Th Book Of Henry), Sophia Lillis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Nicholas Hamilton (The Dark Tower) and Javier Botet (The Revenant).
Go see It (2017) in cinemas September 7th!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle90650
⁃ September 29th

Kingsman: The Secret Service shocked audiences around the world who weren’t expecting much from the film. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) returns as director for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Colin Firth returns claiming that ‘details about his death were greatly exaggerated’. When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s become a bit of a habit for Eggsy. Starring Taron Edgerton (Sing), Julianne Moore (Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Halle Berry (X-Men: Days Of Future Past), Elton John (Lion King), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski), Vinnie Jones (Snatch) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos).
Go see Kingsman: The Golden Circle in cinemas September 29th!

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⁃ October 4th

The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s adaptation of the cult classic book series is here. Visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners/arrival) takes the driver’s seat for Blade Runner 2049. Set 30 years after the original Blade Runner, new Blade Runner, Officer K (Ryan Gosling (La La Land)), unearths a long buried secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos. This discovery sends Officer K on a quest to find the original Blade Runner (Harrison Ford), who’s been missing for 30 years. With Ana De Armas (War Dogs), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jared Leto (RequiemFor A Dream), Robin Wright (Wonder Woman), David Dasmalchian (The Dark Knight), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner) and Burkhad Abdicate (Captain Philips).
Go see Blade Runner 2049 in cinemas October 4th!

Thor: Ragnarök
⁃ November 3rd

The third Marvel Cinematic Universe film of 2017, 17th film in the MCU, and third Thor film, fans86039 have big expectations for Thor: Ragnarök. When Hela (Cate Blanchett (Lord Of The Rings)), escapes Hel, destroys Mjolnir (Thor’s mighty hammer), and proclaims Asgard dead, Thor’s home world has never needed him more. But with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned on the other side of the universe he must race home to stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his home world. But he must first survive a deadly gladiatorial contest ran by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger, The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)! Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) directs this installment of the franchise, and injects some much-needed energy and colour into the film, just like the comics. Also starring Tom Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island) as Loki, Anthony Hopkins (Amistad) as Odin, Tessa Thompson (Creed) as Valkyrie, Idris Elba (Zootopia) as Heimdall, Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) as Lady Sif, Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Skurge and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Doctor Strange.
Go see Thor: Ragnarök in cinemas November 3rd!

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⁃ November 17th

The second DCEU film of 2017 and the first time in history that Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg have ever shared the screen. Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Batman V Superman) returns to direct what seems to be his final DC film. Starring Ben Affleck (The Town) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) as Clark Kent/Superman, Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts) as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa (Baywatch (1989 – 2001)) as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Ray Fisher (To Kill A Mockingbird (Stage)) as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Filled with hope after Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince set out to put together a team of remarkable people, to defend the word from enemies they believe are coming. Despite the formation of the League, they may already be too late. Also starring Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Amber Heard (Mera), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), J.K Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Billy Crudup (Henry Allen), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), and Joe Morton (Dr. Silas Stone). Here’s hoping for a fun-yet story oriented, more colourful film than the previous DCEU films.
Go see Justice League in cinemas November 17th!

Coco
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Coco is PIXAR’s first animated musical film. Coco follows a 12 year old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events that unravel century old mystery, leading to a an extraordinary family reunion. Lee Unkrich takes the position of main director again after Toy Story 3. He was previously co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Joining Unkrich as co-director is Adrian Molina, who has been working in several PIXAR departments on such films as: Ratatouille, Monsters University, Toy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Renee Victor. Go see Coco in cinemas November 22nd!

Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi30094
⁃ December 15

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the ninth live-action Star Wars film. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper). Most of the cast from the Force Awakens returns along with some new additions. Daisy Ridley returns as Rey with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Carrie Fisher (in her final performance) as Princess/General Leia Organa, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita N’yongo as Maz Kanata and Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar. There are some interesting new additions to the cast too such as Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Laura Dern in an unknown role, Benecio Del Toro in an unknown role and in what seems to be becoming a little tradition of British celebrities playing stormtroopers; Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow are rumoured to be playing stormtroopers, just like Daniel Craig in TFA. Much like The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi seems to be taking a darker tone, hence red Star Wars logo and red tint on the poster. Not much has been revealed in terms of the plot, only that Rey will be training with Luke, and that he only knows one thing… “It is time for the Jedi… to end.”
Go see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in cinemas December 15th!

So there you have it folks! That is our lineup of the biggest movies of the year. I have a feeling there’s gonna be a lot of geek tears (with little X-Wings and Rubin cubes inside them) this year. Tears of joy of course. I personally am excited for just about all the movies on this list, but my personal favourites are;
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
• I Am Heath Ledger
• Wonder Woman
• Spider-Man: Homecoming
• Dunkirk
• Baby Driver
• Kingsman: The Golden Circle
• Thor: Ragnarök
• Justice League
• and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

And if you think that 2017 is going to be the pinnacle of movies, wait ’till you see the lineup for 2018, here are just a few;
• Avengers: Infinity War
• Black Panther
• Ant-Man and the Wasp
• Deadpool 2
• X-Men: The New Mutants
• X-Men: Dark Phoenix
• Han Solo
• Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
• Aquaman
• Tomb Raider
• Pacific Rim: Uprising
• The Predator
• Ocean’s Eight
• Mary Poppins Returns
• Ready Player One
• Jurassic World 2
• Mission: Impossible 6
• Maze Runner: The Death Cure
• Mulan
• Incredibles 2
• and Venom

Wow… If this list looks as good to you as it does to me, you may want to start working a few more jobs.
Well that’s it for now, I hope this list came in handy.

By Ethan Butler

Wonder Woman Review By Emma Morris

I’ve been obsessed with Wonder Woman for years. She was the first comic that I ever read, wonder woman pic(apart from like, Beanos and shit), and I always loved the idea of this powerful woman, breaking barriers, and fending for herself. Wonder Woman was, and still is, a hero for all ages.

As one of the first female led superhero movies ever, there was a lot of pressure on this movie to be great. So far from DC Extended Universe there have been a number of huge, big budgeted movies that have been a let-down, and so there was pressure on this to not only be the first truly great DC movie, but also to defy those who said a female led movie could never generate the big audience numbers for it to be considered a hit. This much of a burden would usually mean that a movie would have no chance but to fall flat, but Wonder Woman does anything but. The first ever female directed comic blockbuster has been a smash hit, and for good reason.

The movie begins with a young Diana watching the other Amazons training, wishing she could join in. Cut to her mother and aunt arguing as to whether or not she should be allowed, a training in secret montage, and then her real training. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands off the idyllic island where all this is set. Diana saves him from the water, meets her first ever man, and then a battle ensues between the women of the island and the Germans (it being set during WWI). Convinced that Ares, the god of war is the cause of it, Diana sneaks off the island with Steve into a world very different from the one she was raised in, where a woman is awonder woman pic 3 lesser citizen and not respected.

There are strong feminist undertones in the movie, and it’s great to finally see such a powerful woman lead this kind of movie. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is fabulous, and she brings a full roundedness to the character that is sometimes lacking in superhero movies. Gadot’s Wonder Woman is strong, opinionated and not afraid to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

Patty Jenkins (best known for directing Monster) does an amazing job with this movie. There is a sense of humour to the film that is lacking in other DCEU movies, and the gritty darkness that usually accompanies them isn’t there. From Diana trying on dresses she deems unfit for fighting, to emasculating Steve by saving him from people trying to kill him, and being utterly confused as to why men won’t listen to her when she talks, it’s great to see a DC movie with a sense of humour, and it’s great to see it in a female led movie.

None of this is to say that the men in the movie aren’t great too. Chris Pine’s simultaneously amazed and bewildered Steve Trevor is one of the highlights for me. While it’s obvious he is not wwused to letting a woman lead the way, he is willing to because he knows that she is their best chance of survival. And with the trio of Said Taghmaoui, Ewan Bremner and Eugene Brave Rock, the men in this movie do leave a lasting impression.

One of the most powerful scenes in the movie is when Diana reaches the front, and finds out that the Germans are enslaving the people in the village on the other side of ‘No Man’s Land’. Filled with rage and a sense of justice, she bursts from the trenches to go and try to save the people that are in danger. Regardless of having Steve tell her there’s nothing that they can do, she ignores him and tries anyway, and that’s a powerful thing to see. For me it was a favourite scene, and a really great thing to see onscreen.

Wonder Woman is a movie that people have been waiting to see for years. A female led, female directed blockbuster movie to show just how amazing women can really be. Young girls finally have a strong and powerful woman to look up to, and Diana is a great role model for them to have.

By Emma Morris

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Pete Kennedy, Nashville based recording artist from Birr Co. Meath.  Pete is an award winning Screenshot 2017-03-14 19.03.23Country Music singer came in and hung out in the studio recently with Róisín Williams on playing this years ‘Harvest Country Music Festival’ in August https://www.aikenpromotions.com/shows/show/931-harvest-2017.html

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