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  • A classic revisited

    A classic revisited

    Anna Marie Galea gets transported to the magical Kingdom of Kitchnik with this year’s MADC panto offering, Un-Believe It! A yearly event for many Maltese families, Christmas wouldn’t quite be Christmas without Alan Montanaro’s booming voice and...

  • Turning tragedy into comedy

    Turning tragedy into comedy

    While 2016 hasn’t been a good year for much of the world in general, it’s been a pretty great one for the satirical sphere. After all, with everything from the untimely demise of a perfectly healthy gorilla thanks to human stupidity and the...

  • Familiar without the clichés

    Familiar without the clichés

    The Edge of SeventeenDirector: Kelly Fremon CraigStars: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake JennerDuration: 104 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd Anyone who’s ever been 17 will likely squirm quite a bit in uncomfortable recognition during...

  • The power of faith

    The power of faith

    SilenceDirector: Martin ScorseseStars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam NeesonDuration: 161 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd Director Martin Scorsese returns to the profound themes of religion and faith so important to him, following his...

  • A little subdued, with some titillation

    A little subdued, with some titillation

    When compared to 2015, last year in cinema seems a little less subdued – last year saw titles like James Bond’s most recent mission in Spectre, the titillating Fifty Shades of Grey and of course Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens dominating...

  • Gaudete – a recital of seasonal sacred music by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble

    Gaudete – a recital of seasonal sacred music by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble

    Earlier last month, the St Paul Chamber Ensemble, in collaboration with Paola local council and the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, presented a recital of seasonal sacred music to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the...

  • Take That reunion almost didn't happen, Barlow reveals

    Take That reunion almost didn't happen, Barlow reveals

    Take That's reunion more than 10 years ago nearly did not happen because the band members were almost too scared to attend the event that caused their comeback, Gary Barlow has said. The popular boyband, who split in 1996, opted to get back...

  • Dude, read my book on Zen, Jeff Bridges tells Donald Trump

    Dude, read my book on Zen, Jeff Bridges tells Donald Trump

    Jeff Bridges urged Donald Trump to read his book about Zen philosophy as the film star had his hands and feet immortalised in cement in Hollywood. The Oscar-winner said he believed President-elect Trump could learn from his book, The Dude And The...

  • Tennant film to close Glasgow Film Festival

    Tennant film to close Glasgow Film Festival

    David Tennant will bring the curtain down on this year’s Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) with the world premiere of his latest film about a pioneering Scottish psychiatrist. Also starring Michael Gambon, Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne, Mad to be...

  • David Bowie learned of terminal cancer three months before his death

    David Bowie learned of terminal cancer three months before his death

    David Bowie only discovered his cancer was terminal three months before he died, a new documentary reveals. The superstar musician died on January 10 2016, just days after turning 69 and the release of his 25th studio album - Blackstar. A BBC...

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens bestselling video of 2016

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the bestselling video title of 2016. The 2015 movie starring John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley lead the sales of the category with more than 2.3 million copies passing through physical and digital...

  • Norway to switch off FM radio in risky, unpopular shift to digital - drivers fume

    Norway to switch off FM radio in risky, unpopular shift to digital - drivers fume

    Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit. Critics say...

  • Star Wars is best-selling title of 2016

    Star Wars is best-selling title of 2016

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the best-selling video title of 2016. The 2015 movie starring John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley lead the sales of the category with more than 2.3 million copies passing through physical and digital...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    Silence (2016)Genre: DramaCertification: 12ADuration: 161 minutesDirected by: Martin ScorseseStarring: Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield KRS Releasing Ltd After 28 years of false starts, director Martin Scorsese has finally brought a...

  • Vinyl sales at highest groove for 25 years

    Vinyl sales at highest groove for 25 years

    Vinyl records enjoyed a staggering renaissance in 2016, with sales jumping to their highest level in 25 years as millenials continued to discover the delights of listening to their favourite artists on 12-inch. In what will be music to...

  • Repeated Christmas mayhem

    Repeated Christmas mayhem

    TheatreJust4LaughsSalesian Theatre Well those funny people are back at it again. With a fourth year under their belt, The Comedy Knights’ show this year is titled Just4Laughs and suggests the audience “have themselves a funny little...

  • Skruċ and his amazing technological panto

    Skruċ and his amazing technological panto

    The magic of LED screens seems to have worked wonders for Skruċ – the Christmas panto in Maltese, which, its producer proudly reports, has attracted the crowds after a four-year dip. The panto, being held at the Catholic Institute, in Floriana,...

  • Brikkuni's new work is complete departure from band's trademark sound

    Brikkuni's new work is complete departure from band's trademark sound

    Maltese band Brikkuni have just released the title track off their soon to be released third album Rub Al Khali. Rub Al Khali marks a complete departure from the band's trademark sound and thematic concerns. Mario Vella, lead singer and...

  • Posthumous protection after screen resurrection

    Posthumous protection after screen resurrection

    Last Tuesday’s death of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, set off waves of remembrance among fans – but also speculation over her character’s return in yet-to-be-filmed episodes. Film-makers are tapping advances in...

  • Ed Sheeran comeback

    Ed Sheeran comeback

    Ed Sheeran has announced the end of his break from music, with new material due to arrive on Friday. The singer-songwriter, 25, posted a video on Twitter in which he waves to fans while smiling and holding up a piece of white A4 paper with the...

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