Arts & Entertainment

  • Jack Black provides Goosebumps aplenty

    Jack Black provides Goosebumps aplenty

    Hollywood comedian Jack Black came in character as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine for the world premiere of the film based on his books. The School of Rock star plays the role of Stine in a film about three teenagers who discover the characters from...

  • The Martian triumphs at N. American box office

    The Martian blasted off with a massive $55 million this weekend, nearly surpassing another space-based adventure, Gravity, as the highest-grossing October debut in history. The Ridley Scott release was bolstered by rapturous reviews, with critics...

  • Les Misérables turns 30

    Les Misérables turns 30

    The longest-running and most successful musical in the world, Les Misérables, is celebrating 30 years of performances as its lyricist and former theatre critic Herbert Kretzmer turns 90 today. On Thursday, Kretzmer, known affectionately as ‘Mr...

  • Maltese photographer exhibiting in Taiwan

    Maltese photographer exhibiting in Taiwan

    Malta-based experimental photographer and visual artist Ritty Tacsum is currently travelling through Taiwan in order to produce a new body of work which will marry the diverse Asian and Mediterranean cultures and peoples. The new series of site-...

  • 5 things to escape to

    5 things to escape to

    5. Learn about the Victoria Lines Archaeology professor Anthony Bonanno and retired judge Joe Galea Debono will be opening the Din l-Art Ħelwa autumn series of cultural talks with a joint lecture on the military fortifications and sites of...

  • Dance that makes you feel

    Dance that makes you feel

    Pompea Santoro’s career has seen her sharing the stage with the likes of king of ballet Rudolf Nureyev. Anna Marie Galea interviews the dancer ahead of her participation in After, a contemporary dance show in two parts. Established by dancer...

  • The ­fool, the atheist and the spiritual

    The ­fool, the atheist and the spiritual

    Nobel-winning playwright Dario Fo will be visiting Malta to exhibit some of his latest theatrical and visual work at this year’s Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale. Johnathan Cilia speaks to artistic director Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci about...

  • No pika allowed

    No pika allowed

    The Pikużi plays are playful but highly educational on many levels. Veronica Stivala meets the creative team who write, workshop, act, dance and sing in the shows. Pikużi is a series of new plays in Maltese aimed at children aged six and over.

  • Strummin’ returns

    Strummin’ returns

    What do Daft Punk, One Republic, Queen, Led Zeppelin,Whitesnake, Chuck Berry and U2 have in common? Apart from being some of the top rock/pop artist, their songs are all part of this year’s Strummin’ set list… together with more artists, of...

  • Not about football

    Not about football

    With his new script premiering at the Blue Box Theatre later this month, James Calvert meets Jo Caruana to discuss what promises to be a laugh-a-minute farce, The Trophy Room. The theatre season has now kicked off in earnest and, among the...

  • National theatre launches new season

    National theatre launches new season

    The 2015-2016 Manoel Theatre programme opened on Friday with an orchestral concert by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), conducted by Brian Schembri with world-renowned trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov. The MPO continues to pepper the calendar...

  • Insightful, intriguing stranger

    Insightful, intriguing stranger

    The year 2012 almost seems like a long time ago, after listening to Cryptic Street’s Malta Arts Fund-supported debut EP Stranger, which was released recently. The obvious pop streak that dominated both their award-winning debut single Indecisive...

  • A triumph on national turf

    A triumph on national turf

    Anthony Hart reviews tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens’s recent concert, where he was accompanied by the national orchestra and Scottish soprano Hannah Sanderson. Pjazza Teatru Rjal was the venue for the seventh annual concert given by the tenor Cliff...

  • World-class cast announced for La Traviata at Aurora

    World-class cast announced for La Traviata at Aurora

    World soprano Elena Mosuc will be leading the cast for the 2015 production of La Traviata, taking on the role of Violetta for the Aurora Opera House production. Mosuc will toast the most famous brindisi of all, with Stefano Pop, who will feature...

  • Doesn’t quite add up

    Doesn’t quite add up

    Ricki and the FlashDirector: Jonathan DemmeStars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie GummerDuration: 101 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd There are a couple of predictabilities in Ricki and the Flash. Most glaringly obvious is that Meryl Streep excels.

  • A space adventure full of drama

    A space adventure full of drama

    The MartianDirector: Ridley ScottStars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen WiigDuration: 141 minsClass: 12KRS Film Releasing Ltd. Matt Damon finds water on Mars! Well, not quite, but The Martian, Damon’s latest film, will surely have had an...

  • The politics of hate

    The politics of hate

    A man wearing a crown stands towards the back of the room. Another man lies at his feet, his submissive status made clear by posture and body language. The air is tense and I find myself unconsciously clenching my muscles. Until an unexpectedly...

  • Leonardo DiCaprio survives bear attack in new The Revenant trailer

    Leonardo DiCaprio survives bear attack in new The Revenant trailer

    20th Century FOX has released its new trailer for The Revenant, a western thriller Inspired by the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, the explorer, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is brutally...

  • Of stories, tea and respect for the body

    Of stories, tea and respect for the body

    Embodying Selves project is this month presenting the performance It’s All About My Tea (No Sugar). This is a devised performance reflecting on the intricate link between emotional well-being and one’s relationship with the body and food. The...

  • Reluctant to get married

    Reluctant to get married

    Trainwreck (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 124 minutesDirected by: Judd ApatowStarring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Ezra MillerKRS Releasing Ltd Amy (Amy...