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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
⁃ August 18th 26454

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)
⁃ September 7th 53063

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!

Blade Runner 204912627
⁃ 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!

Justice League27229
⁃ 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
⁃ November 22nd93137

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

Pete Kennedy

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

He performed his most successful single ‘Crazy Country Girl’ hit link http://setv.ie/ and hear about Pete’s journey.

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Golden 50th Strawberry & Street Rhythms Events!

This year is the Golden 50th Strawberry Fair Festival, one of the countries longest running enniscorthy-strawberry-rhythms-logorural town Festival!  Celebrating the harvest of Strawberries with Wheelock fruits, Enniscorthy.  The Strawberry Fair has joined forces with Enniscorthy Street Rhythms and Dance Festival along with The Strawberry Roots Festival filling up most public venues with over 30 free gigs!!!!!

Fabulous Fundraisers to Attend the Glitz & Glam fundraiser, hosted FacesbyGrace and Dominique Nugent. The ladies will run us through detailed night time and daytime hair and makeup looks. Runaway Bride and Millinery Madness will showcase their latest pieces toglitz and glam their collections. Goody bags will be provided for all guests attending. The night will finish with a Q & A session from both Grace and Dominique. A night not to be missed!  held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Thursday May 31st from 8pm – 11pm tickets available on the Strawberry Festival facebook link page https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/glitz-glam-masterclass-tickets-33750383305 

As most people from Enniscorthy know the Title of the Strawberry Queen is a traditional honor and being crowned this years 50th Strawberry Queen will be history made.  The SF committee are contacting past SF Queen winners to attend the ‘Golden Strawberry Fair Ball’ along with other events they have lined up.  The SF Golden Ball will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel on Wednesday May 31st with a 4 course meal along with local band Wrecking Ball performing and late night DJ, keep an eye out on the SF Facebook and all local papers for updates.

Thursday 1st of June the ‘Mad Hatter’ Race Night at the dog track will be a competitive affair. Milliners from the South East will sponsor a princess with a head piece for a cash prize, along with spot prizes for best dress hat for the public of all age groups so get crafting or dusting. sponsored by Enniscorthy Greyhound Company.  Also on the night Glenbrien primary school will also be hosting a benefit night to buy tickets contact https://www.facebook.com/GlenbrienPA/

50th Festival Opening Ceremony on Friday June 2nd

Will be held in the Market Place at 7pm.  Jimmy Gahan will MC on the evening along with formerbrochure RTÉ News Presenter and Wexford Ambassador Anne Doyle.  They will both be reliving memories of previous festivals with past winning Queens, there will be a performance from the Street Rhythms along with the winning act from the Strawberry Pub Talent Competition followed by The Gentlemen Callers.  Also, The Strawberry Roots Festival will be taking place in Pubs throughout the town https://www.facebook.com/StrawberryRoots/

Saturday 2nd 

Enniscorthy Street Rhythms will be entertaining in the Market Square from 12 – 6pm with lots of jojk_willy_wonka_golden_ticket_tin_signfun and colorful acts for families.  Craft stalls will be located on Rafter Street.  Abbey Square will host Vintage amusements including a Carousel vintage car showand Ferris Wheel.  Take a stroll along the Promenade and enjoy the sights of the Vintage Car Show.

On the Main Stage in the Market Square from 7pm – 8pm this years Strawberry Princesses will be interviewed followed by Corner boy at 8.30pm – 10.30pm.  Continued entertainment with the Strawberry Roots in most Pubs.

Sunday 4th 

Enniscorthy Street Rhythms from 12.30 – 6pm will take place in Enniscorthy Castle & grounds,jojk_willy_wonka_golden_ticket_tin_sign Castle Street, Rafter Street, Market Square.  1.30 – 3pm Jazz and Swing performance by Paris Swing.  So much fun for the kids and family at 5pm winners who found the golden ticket in local businesses will be announced to Join Willy Wonka and his fairytale friends by taking a journey through his factory.  So much more including bucking bronco, inflatable games, sumo suits, juggling, comedy, balancing acts and of course dancing.

Craft Stalls will be located on Rafter Street along with the All Ireland Farmers Market taking place in Abbey Square.  The crowning of the 50th Queen will take place at 8.00pm in the Market Square and then top the Festival off successful 80’s Wexford band ‘Cry Before Dawn‘ will perform with The Strawberry Roots throughout the Pubs.

Street closures will take place on the Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June from 7.00pm to 12.00pmstrawberry roots 1 to cater for the music acts in the evening performing in the market square.  On Sunday the 4th  the evening street closures from 12.00pm to 24.00pm to cater for day time street events and evening music with a second closure on part of the promenade  from 12.00pm to 16.00pm to facilitate  the classic cars exhibit.

This will hopefully be a great 50th Strawberry Fair this year joined by Street Rhythms will be a great one.  The weather is to be warm with a few showers and the Sunday showing Sun.

Fast and Furious 8

If you thought driving a supercar between skyscrapers was the epitome of epic, you haven’t seen anything yet, as the F&F franchise shows no sign of slowing down with its 8th installment, making it perhaps the longest running movie series with a continuous cast that isn’t the Marvel cinematic universe.

SPOILERS AHEAD (not the car kind) fast 2

After their last adventure, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon in Havana. One day Dom is lured by a mysterious woman who reveals to know much about him and press gangs him into her services. So when Dom and Letty are called back into action by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to secure a WMD, Dom under orders, betrays Hobbs and steals the device.

Hobbs is now in prison, and Dom seemingly gone rogue, Letty and the team, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris Bridges) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) are severely fractured and demoralised by the betrayal. When Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) breaks Hobbs out and gathers the team, he able to identify the woman who recruited Dom as the cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron). In order to hunt down Cipher, Nobody enlists the help of their old adversary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). So the Fast and Furious crew is teaming up with The Transporter to take down Imperator Furiosa. fast 3

Turns out that Cipher has been operating from behind the scenes for the last few movies, and this is where a lot a plot threads from the previous installment tie into this *deep breath*: Deckard’s brother Owen was hired by Cipher to acquire the Nightshade device in Fast 6, after that failed Cipher contacted Mose Jakande to kidnap Ramsey to obtain God’s Eye in Fast 7 but of course Dom and Brain put a stop to that as well. Cipher then decided to recruit Dom because he has foiled her plans twice now and she blackmails him into stealing Russian nuclear launch codes to re-activate a submarine and basically start World War 3, which is rather amusing because in ties into the whole apocalypse in Mad Max making my Furiosa remark much funny in hindsight, *gasping breath*.

Now if you could follow all of that, then congratulations you’re a true fan, but probably wondering what Cipher has got on Dom to coerce him into working for her. Well, *deeper breath*: between the 5th and 6th films Letty was presumed dead because Michelle Rodriguez has make a career out of being the butch girl who always dies, but not this time, she just had amnesia, but between the mentioned period of time Dom entered into a new relationship with a woman Elena Neves, a Brazilian cop who worked with Hobbs,*inhale*. When Letty re-surfaced and she and Dom were re-united, Elena and Dom parted ways and it was all very touching if a bit forced, but now it turns out that during the whole debacle Elena was pregnant with Dom’s kid and she didn’t say anything until Dom and Letty returned from their honeymoon, but then Cipher got to her and is holding both of them hostage to force Dom to do evil stuff,*exhale*.

fastBut enough about retcons and such, this film is terrific fun, even compared to the previous instalments, its bigger, faster, stronger, and genuinely funny, I’m surprised the scenery was still standing with all the bites taken out of it. Charlize Theron owns the show without even getting behind the wheel, and we see there is humanity to Deckard Shaw , and the ending leaves the door open for yet another sequel, well bring it on, this franchise ain’t getting tired . And last but not least, a nice little tribute to Paul Walker, Dom names his son Brian.

Kong: Skull Island Review

Monster movies, especially remakes, are very rarely done well. I didn’t expect a lot from Kong: kongSkull Island, just another remake of a character that’s been around for decades, never anything particularly special. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a ‘special’ movie, it is a solid piece of cinematic work. Kong is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-made monster blockbuster, and a very entertaining movie overall. Director Jordan Vogt Roberts does an amazing job of showcasing all the characters, along with integrating the theme of war throughout the plot of the movie.

The scene: it’s 1977 and the Vietnam War is coming to an end. Bill Randa, played by the wonderful John Goodman, a secret ops conspiracy theorist, convinces a senator to allow him to put together an expedition out to the remote Skull Island to try and find something that he believes lives there. Under the guise of a mapping crew, several scientists, an army escort, a lone former black ops agent and a photographer to document this journey set out for what could potentially be the discovery of a lifetime.

After their helicopters are attacked by Kong and they’re left stranded on the island, the group are separated, and must find their way to the north side of the island as fast as possible. One of the groups, including Conrad, the former black ops agent who now takes any job as long as the pay is good, played by Tom Hiddleston and Mason, the photographer whose aim is capture the photo of her life, (the classy Brie Larson) come across the local island tribe, where they met by Hank Marlow (the inimitable John C. Reilly), a man who has been marooned there since 1944, the end of WWII. Queue Hank joining their escapade to try and find his own way back home.tom til

Samuel L. Jackson plays Preston Packard, a Colonel who doesn’t know how to deal with life after the war. After Kong attacks them and kills several of his men, Packard becomes obsessed with destroying Kong, and slowly starts to become more and more unhinged as the movie progresses. Jackson plays crazy amazingly well, and is definitely one of the highlights.

However, John C. Reilly is the one who steals the show. His classic one liners, and ability to constantly keep the humour going throughout the movie make this piece a step above what it would have been if he wasn’t in it. Honestly, I love John C. Reilly. He’s just such a wonderful actor, and if he hadn’t been in it I wouldn’t have enjoyed it half as much.

Kong: Skull Island is not a life changing movie. There are no major surprises, but it is highly entertaining, extremely well made, and the acting is just phenomenal from an incredible cast. It has some amazing shots (the slow-mo helicopter one being one of my favourites) and a really great soundtrack, along with a solid storyline. It is what it is: a very enjoyable (with a slight B movie feel)

By Emma Morris

Talk to Tom QPR Course

I attended the (QPR) Suicide Prevention course, in Gorey recently and enlightened was an ed shearunderstatement.  I expected more of a conference room, with seated rows and a projector. These were all in place with a more relaxed and welcoming environment with CEO Ray Cullen at the door to meet you. Ray and his volunteers are behind the organisation ‘Talk to Tom’ based in Gorey.  I had heard him speak before of his personal experience with suicide and was inspired.

We were a small group of ten and Ray said we could finish early. I thought to myself, ‘we’ll be taught the basic signs to watch for and sure it’s good to take part’.  Ray began with his personal journey, from being an engineer in the early 90’s, to breaking his back because this is where Ray sees the beginning of how he became teaching QPR, meaning Question, Persuade and Refer.  When Ray got to the point of feeling that something had to be done after the loss of his nephew by suicide along with the discovering there was a huge gap in mental health services in North Wexford.

He got together with his family and within four months they had set up Talk to Tom in July 2012.  Ray travelled to Colorado in the US, to train and qualify in the course QPR, which was created by Paul Quinten.  QPR training was introduced in June 2013 and soon ran programmes for Wexford Marine Watch volunteers, RNLI, Garda Siochána, Coastguard members and various17475173_10154395588985222_1399789633_o sports clubs.  When you attend Ray’s training day, you will witness how his expert advice is sought after by any organisastion; in 2015, Ray was invited to Brussels to present the Talk to Tom model.

He explains in-depth of how your surrounding environment and your everyday belief system effects how you see that the world, based on learned behaviour and associations.  He reveals some shocking statistics of how 2016 was at its highest in completed suicides.  Also that over 500 people die by suicide a year, with 80% being male and 20% are female.

Ray asked us ‘how many we thought attempted suicide a year that end up in hospital’ and our highest guess was 5,000 people.  The truth was frightening, to learn that 12,500 people a year with the majority being 80% female and 20% male.  He further explains that suicide is the most preventative death and with the use of the right language, approach and learning the signs of someone who is in pain and suffering.  We participated in role play with each other and I found it very intense and emotional but extremely beneficiary and illuminating.

You do not just receive a Certificate in QPR, you receive a day of impact talk along with exercises17455212_10154395588980222_1378681251_o and interaction.  I did not expect to learn as much as we did in that one day. Every month they hold QPR classes along with parenting and more programmes to help people in crisis.  They are a community based funded orgainisation, you can find them on Facebook and they have a voluntary shop in Gorey, where you can visit any time Monday to Friday or become a QPR Gatekeeper.

By Róisín Williams

 

The Man Comes Around (Spoiler Free!)

When news of Logan first emerged, I was both excited and skeptical as apart from his inclusiondafne-keane-hugh-jackman-logan-600x350 in all the X-Men movies, Wolverine has been treated woefully and underappreciated in his solo outings. His solo movies have been a mismatch of horribly inaccurate back stories, disappointing action and one can only assume, studio pandering. They never really showed a movie audience the sheer veracity and anger that eats Wolverine alive. As the man has said himself, he is “the best at what he does, but what I do isn’t very nice.” And what is he exactly? He is an animal, a violent, feral beast that is trying to piece together his life, history and find his place in this world. None of this was depicted well in the past big screen adaptations but fear not James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have addressed these issues and so much more in the absolutely wonderful Logan.

The film opens with a visibly older Logan working as an Uber driver and generally looking like a beaten down man. After a fantastically violent interaction with some wannabe thieves, he takesprofessor x off and goes to pick up fares in his battered limousine. Why is he working as a driver? Well it’s been ten years since the Westchester incident and both Logan and Charles Xavier (a wonderfully frail yet still classy Patrick Stewart) are on the run and trying to keep low profiles with the help of Caliban (a heavily made up, yet still recognisable Stephen Merchant). They are all hiding out on the Mexican border. But Logan is soon spotted by a woman at a funeral. He ignores her and says he “can’t help her”.

The woman is desperate for his help as she is aware of the existence of a little girl (Dafne Keen is absolutely amazing here). She needs help and quickly as she is being pursued by The Reavers. A band of vicious mercenaries led by a wonderful Boyd Holbrook as the cyber armed boss man, Pierce. Not to give anything away, but Pierce is pretty desperate to get this little girl back. And this is where the movie picks up and settles into the awesome road western tone as Logan reluctantly straps on his boots and agrees to help transport the little girl and Xavier to a safe haven.

In a tonal shift from traditional superhero fare, the movie takes it’s time telling the story and lets the human emotion and struggle win out. Don’t get me wrong, there are perfectly portioned and timed action scenes. All of which are feral and violent just like the movie’s title! logan 2But they all seem natural and unforced in their placement. And when they kick in, they don’t leave much to the imagination! But the trek to the safe haven is the main plot point which takes you on a roller-coaster of emotion and hits hard when it peaks.

When the film was over, I was actually tired. There was so much to take in, not in terms of overblown effects and loud noises. A lot of emotion and genuine grief at what had happened. I felt like I had watched a lost Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie about a lone gunslinger that is forced to throw on his gun belt one more time and do what’s right.  Except with uber-violence, visibly more swearing and mutants (well not as much as previous X-Men movies, but as I said I can’t say too much!). Extremely sad that Jackman is hanging up his claws but there was no better way to send him off! Anyway, enough from me, get out and go see this awesome Mutant Western. And bring tissues, lots of tissues!!

By Jamie T. Murphy

 

Events Happening in Wexford this Weekend.

Wildlife Activities – Creepy Crawlies

Saturday, 4th of March

In a joint venture between The Irish Agricultural Museum and Irish Wildlife Sanctuary, events relating to wildlife are being held in Johnstown Castle on the first Saturday of every month (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The events are aimed at children aged 5-12 years old. The event this weekend focuses on insects and creepy crawlies. After the bug hunt around Johnstown castle you will head back to the museum to create an ‘insect hotel’.

Booking in advance is essential and you can get tickets (€10 per child or €8 for family membership pass holders) fronm the reception desk at the Irish Agricultural Museum or by ringing 053 918 4671.

More info at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/wildlife-activities-creepy-crawlies

 

Japa Mantra Meditation

Sunday, 5th of March

If you want to experience the benefits of meditation, head down to Spiritual Earth (Rocklands, Co. Wexford). Japa Mantra Meditation will benefit you physically, emotionally and spiritually. During the day at Japa Matra Meditation, you will hear all about how it has made a positive difference in people’s lives. Some of the benefits include restorative sleep, improved physical health, help in overcoming depression and anxiety and much more. To experience this wonderful activity for yourself and reap its benefits, book on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualEarth.ie/ or by phoning 087 742 6380.

More info at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/experience-the-power-of-japa-mantra-meditation

 

Events over the Weekend in Wexfor

Hey all! If you have nothing to do this weekend, you’re in luck.

Fairy Hunt at Well’s House (Sunday, Feb 19)

Head on up to Wells House if you need want a great family day out this coming Sunday. The fun and ever popular Fairy Hunt is being held in Wells House. Follow the clues left by the fairies around the beautiful woods of Wells House. Exploring the beautiful Wells House is part of the fun, with its beautiful Great Victorian architecture and its wonderful gardens. Voted as the ‘Best Family Day Out by listeners of Today FM, you can’t go wrong with a day out there!  €8 per car.

More information at: http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/fairy-hunt-at-wells-house-and-gardens

Two Day Bow Making Course at Heritage Park (Sat & Sun, Feb 18 & 19)

If you’re even slightly interested in archery then I think that we’ve found a course for you. A two day bow making course is being held in the Irish National Heritage Park with experienced bow-maker Mike Henderson. You will learn the history and art of bow making and the history of archery’s use in warfare and hunting. You will learn to make both the bow and string, through this practical and hands-on course. You will shape the bow and make string from the raw materials (all provided by the course including, equipment.) The course is €135 per person.

To book and for more information, go to:

http://www.inhp.com/product/two-day-basic-bow-making-course-with-mike-henderson-18th-19th-february-2017/

Traditional Viking Stargazer Chair Making Course (Saturday, Feb 18)

Continuing on with the theme of making and crafting, we have this course where you will make a Stargazer Chair from Viking times. You will create this chair within the day under the guidance of Tommy Kelly, a master craftsman from Bevel Furniture/Wood-Working School. You will create this wonderful piece with hand tools and a plank of wood. The course costs €115 per person and you can book at:

http://www.inhp.com/product/viking-star-gazer-chair-course-with-tommy-kelly-18th-february-2017/

By Sean Hynes