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  • Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice film festival with the premier of Birdman, a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily towards war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said. As well as...

  • Cumberbatch makes Comic-Con debut

    Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich each made their Comic-Con debuts − as themselves and as their first animated characters. The two actors were in San Diego to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar, a sequel to...

  • The world of Toulouse-Lautrec

    The world of Toulouse-Lautrec

    The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is celebrating Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec’s distinctive art with a staged exhibition that boasts the artist’s stylistic traits. High-profile exhibitions are increasingly becoming a benchmark of prestige for...

  • Celebrating Wirth-Cavarra

    Celebrating Wirth-Cavarra

    Mariz Cassar, the daughter of artist duo Lewis Wirth (1923-2010) and Helen Cavarra, is organising a retrospective exhibition in celebration of her parents’ art. Both artists contributed to the cult of beauty, to a classical ideal through...

  • Maltese projects at Venice architecture biennale

    Maltese projects at Venice architecture biennale

    As Architecture Project’s participation in the Venice Biennale looks at its recent past successes, CEO Tom Van Malderen tells David Schembri that the future looks “interesting”. The clue is in the name. In choosing theirs, architecture firm...

  • Cruelty and injustice in a great tragedy

    Cruelty and injustice in a great tragedy

    Past productions in Malta by the Globe Theatre (London)’s touring company have shown this company’s determination to remind audiences that it strongly stands in the old tradition of touring companies, and that it uses a production style that is...

  • Evenings on Campus returns

    This year’s edition of Evenings on Campus includes an eclectic schedule of film, music, drama, an event for children, another edition of Café Scientifique and stand-up comedy. The programme of events is as follows: Next Sunday At 9pm on the...

  • Time for more porn

    Time for more porn

    Malta’s sell-out, award-winning musical porn will return to its roots for another bout of laughter in August. Jo Caruana chats to scriptwriter Malcolm Galea to catch up on all the news from this local success story. A few years back, it would have...

  • Stand-up comedy in Valletta

    Stand-up comedy in Valletta

    Ever fancied giving stand-up comedy a try? Now is your chance, with The Chicken Coop back. Inspired by the London circuit clubs, The Chicken Coop is a monthly event featuring local comedian Steve Hili. “Local stand-up comedy has really only picked...

  • All things brutal and death metal

    All things brutal and death metal

    Flush from their blinding set at the Xtreme Metal Assault festival held two weeks ago, local death metal four-piece Repugnance are on a roll. Recently signed with a label, playing overseas jaunts and garnering fans further than they’ve ever...

  • A night of music to remember

    A night of music to remember

    Joseph Calleja and a host of other top musicians, including the well-loved Italian crooner Claudio Baglioni and UK X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, wowed a packed venue last week.

  • Creating a positive virus

    Creating a positive virus

    Culture is not just about the arts. It is the way we dress, the music we play and what we hang out of our shops. And according to Airen Berg, artistic coordinator at Lecce and Brindisi 2019, the job of a cultural capital is to spread the vibe. “We...

  • New music video by Claudia Faniello

    New music video by Claudia Faniello

    Claudia Faniello has released the official music video for her new single One Fine Day. The video was shot in different locations around the Maltese islands by a young team under the direction of Darryl John Ellul. One Fine Day is a positive...

  • Family comes before all else

    Family comes before all else

    The PastDirector: Asghar FarhadiStarring: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa130 mins; Class 12; Eden Cinemas Release A man walks out of the arrivals lounge at a French airport, clearly having luggage issues. A woman is waiting for him, waving...

  • Hitchock ’s Marnie celebrated

    Hitchock ’s Marnie celebrated

    Now celebrating 50 years and starring Tipi Hedren, Marnie is Alfred Hitchcock’s most liberated and poetic film. After her debut in The Birds, Hedren plays the titular character Marnie Edgar in the film, a serial office burglar who travels from...

  • New edition of culture magazine

    Patron Magazine is launching its next issue, the Perception Issue, on Thursday at Architecture Pro-ject in Valletta. Edition four investigates the parameters of perception in Maltese art and culture; applauding the good, criticising the bad, and...

  • Charming, albeit not quite wow

    Charming, albeit not quite wow

    The House Of MagicDirector: Jeremy Degruson, Ben StassenStarring: Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig91 mins; Class PG; KRS Releasing Ltd The House of Magic is a simple, yet entertaining enough, animated feature from Belgian film-makers Ben Stassen and Jeremy...

  • Not quite E.T. but one of our favourite aliens anyway

    Not quite E.T. but one of our favourite aliens anyway

    Earth To EchoDirector: Dave GreenStarring: JTeo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig91 mins; Class PG; KRS Releasing Ltd The found footage format films phase (say that 10 times fast) seems to be running its course, but the film-makers behind Earth to Echo...

  • Could do better

    Could do better

    TammyDirector: Ben FalconeStarring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates97 mins; Class 15; KRS Releasing Ltd After a solid career on the comedy circuit, Melissa McCarthy’s breakout role in 2011’s Bridesmaids heralded many great things.

  • The Melissa McCarthy show

    The Melissa McCarthy show

    Reviews byJohan GaleaTAMMY (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 96 minutesDirected by: Ben FalconeStarring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Sandra Oh, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Ben...

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