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  • A fairy tale comes to life

    A fairy tale comes to life

    TheatrePinocchioManoel Theatre Finding new stories for panto fodder can be hard this time of year – the dilemma is whether to stick to a tried-and-tested fairy tale and go down the traditional route, or dare to try something new, with revamped...

  • Breaking down the Christmas blues

    TheatrePost Dramatic Stress DisorderSt James Cavalier Nothing beats the stressful run-up to Christmas, with its endless to-do lists, insane shopping and frayed tempers, better than a good dose of laughter, ideally at the expense of those very...

  • Music for Christmas at two oratories

    Music for Christmas at two oratories

    RecitalsZammit Formosa Flute and Piano DuoFranciscan Oratory, Valletta Two absolutely lovely venues ideal for intimate recitals featured concerts bubbling with Christmas spirit. At the Franciscan oratory in Republic Street the popular duo flautist...

  • French baroque music for Yuletide

    Ensemble CorrespondancesDir. Sébastien DaucéSanctuary of Our Lady of Graces, Żabbar What a super evening this was, a kind of foretaste of the third International Baroque Festival due to start in less than a month’s time. The choice of venue was...

  • Nurturing young talented singers

    The Manoel Theatre, in collaboration with one of its main sponsors, the Hotel Phoenicia, recently presented a concert in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. This was an occasion for the Manoel to thank staff and collaborators and to provide a practical...

  • Film full of indefatigable spirit

    Film full of indefatigable spirit

    Unbroken (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 137 minutesDirected by: Angelina JolieStarring: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, Travis Jeffery, Jordan Patrick Smith, John Magaro, Alex...

  • Hugh Grant returns to familiar territory

    Hugh Grant returns to familiar territory

    The Rewrite (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 106 minutesDirected by: Marc LawrenceStarring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Allison Janney, J. K. Simmons, Chris ElliottKRS Releasing Ltd After his serious turn on Cloud Atlas (2012), Hugh...

  • Egypt: why we banned Exodus film

    Egypt: why we banned Exodus film

    Egypt has banned Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings because it says it gives the wrong idea about Egypt’s history and presents a ‘racist’ image of Jews. The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement...

  • Sony’s The Interview makes $18m in opening weekend

    Sony’s The Interview makes $18m in opening weekend

    Sony Pictures said The Interview has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theatres, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea. The raunchy comedy that...

  • Bradley Cooper sets high targets in American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper sets high targets in American Sniper

    Actor Bradley Cooper is quick to say that American Sniper, his film about Navy Seal sharpshooter Chris Kyle, is not about the Iraq conflict but an intimate character study of the harrowing impact of war on a soldier and his family. The dual...

  • Star Trek 3 to open in July 2016

    Star Trek 3 to open in July 2016

    Star Trek 3, the latest film in the inter-galactic franchise featuring Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, will open in US theatres on July 8, 2016, Paramount Pictures said. The release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the...

  • 2014: could do better

    2014: could do better

    As 2018 and everything it should bring with it race towards us, it’s been a colourful year from an arts perspective. There have been highs – a lot of them. However, there have also been what could be considered setbacks, leading many to question...

  • Mapping the 2014 music landscape

    The year that has passed in between Yews launching her alluring debut EP Selene at Blitz last January and For Strings Inn dropping their Feathers & Stones album just a few weeks ago at Razzett L-Aħmar has been an incredibly fruitful one for...

  • Transforming reality into the imaginary

    Transforming reality into the imaginary

    Although John Busuttil Leaver is a visual realist, and thematically he is still attached to what surrounds us, the environment and our heritage, it seems that recently he has been moving towards another direction, that of leaving the unconscious...

  • The Twilight Sad to give Malta concert

    The Twilight Sad to give Malta concert

    The new year starts with a flourish for those that hold alternative music to heart, when the much-lauded Scottish band The Twilight Sad play two dates in an intimate setting. The Twilight Sad have released three full-length albums to date. Their...

  • In-house band debut

    In-house band debut

    Electro Lobster Project will be hosting Jazz Funk Disco, the debut concert for the venue’s newly-formed in-house band. Manuel Pulis, a well-known name on the local jazz scene, is the driving force behind the quintet that will be keep-ing patrons...

  • Not quite epic enough

    Not quite epic enough

    Exodus: Gods and KingsDirector: Ridley ScottStarring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley150 mins; Class PG;KRS Releasing Ltd The story behind Exodus: Gods and Kings is, of course, based on the biblical figure of Moses, the chosen one by...

  • Just skin deep

    Jimi: All is by my SideDirector: John RidleyStarring: Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley118 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinemas I am not a music connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, although Jimi Hendrix needs no introduction. Yet,...

  • Mrs Brown's Boys tops UK TV ratings

    Mrs Brown's Boys tops UK TV ratings

    Christmas Day TV produced an unlikely ratings battle between Mrs Brown's Boys and The Queen's message, with millions of viewers tuning into both in the UK. The hit BBC comedy, the creation of Irish actor Brendan O'Carroll, pulled in an average...

  • In Asia, film streamed illegally and panned

    Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of The Interview in China and South Korea yesterday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the US. Most...

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