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  • The state of the (musical) nation

    The state of the (musical) nation

    Singer Corazon Mizzi gives Mark Debono a candid interview about festival participation and taking her music to the masses without compromising on her roots. Singer, songwriter and TV presenter Corazon Mizzi strikes me as an intelligent woman. I...

  • A reason to rejoice

    A reason to rejoice

    The most musically insensitive can recognise Handel’s Alleluia chorus, although they might not know who Handel was, or where the piece is taken from. But even for those well-versed in classical music, Handel’s Messiah remains one of those works...

  • Valletta baroque festival returns

    Valletta baroque festival returns

    Building on the success of the first two editions, the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015 is set to kick off on Saturday, with 21 events over 15 days in seven venues. The festival is dedicated to the memory of Maltese composer Geronimo...

  • A completely pointless sequel

    A completely pointless sequel

    Dumb and Dumber ToDirector: Bobby and Peter FarrellyStarring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle109 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Your enjoyment of Dumb and Dumber To depends mostly on which side of Jim Carrey you are a fan of. If, like me,...

  • 2014’s top 10 films

    2014’s top 10 films

    Notwithstanding my resolution to review my ‘starring’ policy this year, as I compile my top ten films for 2014, it has once more transpired that they do not exclusively include 5-Star films; as some were beaten there by a couple of four-star films...

  • Oscar Isaac steps into the unknown for crime drama

    Oscar Isaac steps into the unknown for crime drama

    When Oscar Isaac landed the role of a New York heating oil entrepreneur in A Most Violent Year, he was concerned he would lack the right sensibility to play the character. “I hate business and I’m not good with money, and heating oil sounds like...

  • Bono may never play guitar again

    Bono says he may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a cycling accident in New York. The U2 singer suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in...

  • Swift’s 1989 edges out Disney’s Frozen

    Swift’s 1989 edges out Disney’s Frozen

    Taylor Swift stole the crown from the princesses of Frozen in the final week of 2014 as her pop-centric 1989 became the top-selling album of the year, Billboard reported. In the nine weeks since its release, 1989 sold 3.66 million copies, clipping...

  • British acts fill albums’ top 10

    British acts fill albums’ top 10

    UK acts, led by Ed Sheeran, have filled the entire top 10 of bestselling artist albums over the past 12 months for the first time, according to new figures from the British music industry. Brit stars − who also include Sam Smith, Olly Murs and...

  • Sacrifice for freedom

    Sacrifice for freedom

    Giulia Privitelli finds a touching analogy between Darrin Zammit Lupi’s Isle Landers exhibition and Jacques Louis-David’s Oath of the Horatii “No way will that be going on Facebook. My hair is a mess, and my eyes are closed!” How often have we...

  • The Interview to be dropped by balloon

    The Interview to be dropped by balloon

    DVDs of Sony’s controversial film The Interview will be dropped into North Korea by balloon, a South Korean activist says. Park Sang-hak said he hopes to break down a personality cult built around North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un. The comedy...

  • New Star Wars tops 2015 most-anticipated movie list

    The upcoming instalment of the Star Wars franchise tops moviegoers’ lists of most anticipated films of 2015, ticket seller Fandango said on Tuesday in what Hollywood watchers expect to be a banner box-office year for studios. Star Wars: Episode...

  • 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...

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