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  • Dancing to Dante’s tune

    Dancing to Dante’s tune

    Naupaca Dance Factory’s latest offering is ambitiously inspired by Dante’s La Divina Commedia. Veronica Stivala speaks to lead dancer and production manager Deborah Agius about how exactly one dances to Dante. I strongly suggest you watch the...

  • Anatomy of a nuclear family

    Anatomy of a nuclear family

    Penned by the remarkable Brad Fraser, True Love Lies is a play that aesthetically seems simple, but in reality is complex and profound. In fact, although a large chunk of it takes place in a restaurant, the play anatomises the nuclear family as we...

  • Valletta soul in decline

    Valletta soul in decline

    The protagonist of Tony Cassar Darien’s Il-Kennies tal-Ġenna, held in Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Ġanni, is an honest man. However, he has lost the one woman he loved and has also been treated unjustly by his employers at the bank where he used...

  • The puppet and the bullies

    The puppet and the bullies

    With the countdown to popular festival ŻiguŻajg finally begun, Jo Caruana chats to writer and actress Veronica Stivala about her upcoming children’s show, Cookie and the Art of Bullying. International children’s festival ŻiguŻajg returns next...

  • More artists join Talbot & Bons Music Marathon

    More artists join Talbot & Bons Music Marathon

    New passenger arrivals to Malta will be greeted by something a little different next weekend – the vibrant voices of some of Malta’s top artists and performers as they take part in the first-ever Talbot and Bons Live Music Marathon at Skyparks in...

  • Somewhat undercooked

    Somewhat undercooked

    The Hundred-Foot JourneyDirector: Lass HallströmStarring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal122 mins; Class 18;KRS Releasing Ltd It is rather easy to recognise a Lasse Hallström film. The Swedish director’s résumé boasts a varied confection of...

  • Comparisons are to be expected

    Comparisons are to be expected

    If I StayDirector: R. J. CuttlerStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley107 mins; Class 12;KRS Releasing Ltd Young adult fiction has provided the foundation of many a successful movie: from the Harry Potter franchise to The...

  • A script best left unwritten

    A script best left unwritten

    Dracula UntoldDirector: Gary ShawStarring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon92 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Since the publication of Bram Stoker’s literary masterpiece Dracula, the character whose legendary status endures 117 years later...

  • Alessandro Genovesi’s Soap Opera to open Rome Film Festival this week

    Alessandro Genovesi’s Soap Opera to open Rome Film Festival this week

    The ninth Rome Film Festival, which kicks off this week at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, will include 1,463 films from 78 countries. For 10 days, the building complex designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will be hosting screenings,...

  • Street art puts dogs in the limelight

    Street art puts dogs in the limelight

    A new public art installation in San Ġwann launched earlier this month shows dogs that are happy and relaxed. What is unusual is that the artistic work shows settings that are associated with making many dogs uncomfortable, such as sharing space...

  • Choices of life and death

    Choices of life and death

    If I Stay (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 106 minutesDirected by: R.J. CutlerStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Lauren Lee Smith, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, Aliyah O’BrienKRS Releasing...

  • Painted caves challenge history of art

    Painted caves challenge history of art

    Prehistoric paintings at least 40,000 years old that depict animals − including one known as a ‘pig-deer’ − and the outline of human hands in seven caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are rewriting the history of art. Scientists said...

  • Ghostbusters to be remade with ‘hilarious women’

    If there is something strange in the neighbourhood, who are you going to call? “Hilarious women,” quipped film-maker Paul Feig. Bridesmaids film-maker Feig said he is working on a new Ghostbusters film for Sony Pictures and co-writing the...

  • Manoel and Astra partner in an opera workshop

    Manoel and Astra partner in an opera workshop

    Astra Theatre has announced its latest educational initiative, a workshop with directors and soloists from the forthcoming production of Nabucco.Aimed at opera lovers, singers and students, ‘Behind the Opera Curtain’, is being held at the Manoel...

  • Bond villain Holder dies

    Bond villain Holder dies

    Geoffrey Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter and choreographer who during an eclectic show business career led the groundbreaking show The Wiz to Broadway, pitched 7UP on TV and played a scary villain in the James Bond film Live...

  • Twin Peaks to return for limited TV series

    Twin Peaks to return for limited TV series

    Twin Peaks, the murder mystery television series that drew audiences and critical praise in the 1990s, will make its return with creators David Lynch and Mark Frost on premium cable channel Showtime in 2016, the network said. Twin Peaks, which ran...

  • The count’s origins

    The count’s origins

    Dracula Untold (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 92 minutesDirected by: Gary ShoreStarring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Charlie Cox, William Houston, Ferdinand KingsleyKRS Releasing Ltd Gary...

  • Cooking with love across cultures

    Cooking with love across cultures

    The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 122 minutesDirected by: Lasse HallströmStarring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe, Dillon Mitra, Michel Blanc, Shuna Lemoine, Clément ...

  • Once upon a time in America

    Once upon a time in America

    It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s got laughs, songs, tap dancing and violin case-wielding gangsters! It’s been called ‘A love letter to the 1930s’, and Pia Zammit wants to find out more about The Great Big Radio Show! So she goes to the source and...

  • When confusion reigns

    When confusion reigns

    Torri Babel, a comedy written by Guido Fenech, is being staged at the Catholic Institute Theatre in Floriana next month. The whole story takes place in the 1950s, when emigration was in full swing, and many Maltese decided to seek their fortune in...

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