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  • A fusion of world-class choreography

    Just Dance may sound trivial to describe or do ‘justice’ to the excellence of achievement registered by a recent two-night run of performances at Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Trying hard to ignore the bangs from not so distant fireworks/petards, the second...

  • Ritty Tacsum exhibition in Sliema

    Ritty Tacsum exhibition in Sliema

    Seventeen works by photographer Ritty Tacsum are currently on show at the Lily Agius Gallery in Sliema. Tacsum was invited to hold an exhibition by gallerist Lily Agius following the photographer’s participation in the summer collective that was...

  • Music marathon for the homeless

    Music marathon for the homeless

    A three-day music marathon in aid of YMCA Homeless and the Hospice Movement is being held at Talbot & Bons, a cafe-wine-lounge at Skyparks Business Centre, Luqa. Spread over 50 hours with non-stop music, the festival will feature some 45 acts,...

  • Art for Hospice Malta

    Forty art pieces are being exhibited in a group show themed HospArt25. The event is one in a series of events being organised by Hospice Malta to commemorate 25 years of campaigning, awareness-raising and high-level respite and care provided to...

  • The return of the Żipp

    The return of the Żipp

    After its initial run at the Manoel Theatre and in the larger University auditorium in 2008, Minn Wara ż-Żipp, Trevor Zahra’s irreverent response to the Vagina Monologues, are back for a five-night stint at the University. “It is a series of...

  • A musical to fall in love with

    A musical to fall in love with

    It’s 1933, we’re in the Radio Building, New York and the big Saturday night broadcast is just about to go on air. This is the Great Big Radio Show, a weekly variety programme starring Gloria Pilbeam. The only problem is that she can’t be found.

  • Science will indeed triumph – eventually

    The lively and successful Science in the City two-day series of events held in Valletta last week included the performance of two longish one-act plays in the handsome Neptune courtyard of the President’s Palace in Valletta. The two pieces...

  • Innocent trust and its betrayal

    Innocent trust and its betrayal

    Federico Tocchella’s film Isaac, which he wrote, directed and animated, won the Best Script and Foreign Jury awards at the recent 2014 Malta Short Film Festival, which was supported by the Malta Arts Fun and the Local Culture Initiative Fund. The...

  • Touching, even if a tad predictable

    Touching, even if a tad predictable

    Dolphin Tale 2Director: Charles SmithStarring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble107 mins; Class U;KRS Releasing Ltd This is of course the sequel to Dolphin Tale, the family drama released in 2011 about an injured bottlenose dolphin named...

  • Good popcorn entertainment

    Good popcorn entertainment

    The EqualizerDirector: Antoine FuquaStarring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grac131 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd I have fond memories of The Equalizer, the 1980s TV series starring British actor Edward Woodward about a former...

  • A decent entry in the genre

    A decent entry in the genre

    As Above, So BelowDirector: John DowdleStarring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge93 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Just when I thought – or, more accurately, wished fervently – that the found-footage film phenomenon had died a natural...

  • Plenty of promise, but doesn’t deliver

    Plenty of promise, but doesn’t deliver

    Brighter Days AheadDirector: Marion VernouxStarring: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais94 mins; Class 14;Eden Cinemas This little French film has plenty of promise but sadly does not quite deliver, falling short of being a great film...

  • Play’s audience hangs on to Lindsay Lohan’s every word

    Play’s audience hangs on to Lindsay Lohan’s every word

    Lindsay Lohan kept an opening night audience hanging on her every word, in part to see if she’d forget any, as she made her stage debut on Thursday night in a West End revival of Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet’s scathing satire of Hollywood. By the...

  • Sandler in four-film Netflix deal

    Sandler in four-film Netflix deal

    US streaming service Netflix has secured comic actor Adam Sandler, one of cinema’s biggest box-office draws, as part of its bid to transform the movie business in the same way it has changed television. Sandler has signed a four-film deal with the...

  • Top Gear crew barred in Argentina

    A crew from the BBC motoring show Top Gear has left an Argentine province after being denied permission to film by local authorities who said one of its cars had a licence plate which alluded to the Falklands War. The programme’s crew and its host...

  • Of insanity and creativity

    Of insanity and creativity

    Frank (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 95 minutesDirected by: Lenny AbrahamsonStarring: Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fassbender, Carla Azar, François CivilKRS Releasing Ltd Michael Fassbender is one of the greatest...

  • Ed Sheeran’s album is this year’s UK bestseller

    Ed Sheeran’s album is this year’s UK bestseller

    Ed Sheeran has seen off competition from Coldplay to claim the year’s bestselling album. The A Team star sold more than 182,000 copies of X in its first week of release and has shifted more than 634,000 in total, according to figures from the...

  • Furiously beautiful minds

    Furiously beautiful minds

    TheatreThe Trials of Galileo, L’uomo che pesò il mondoPalace Courtyard, Valletta The drama of the human condition is captured in instances of individual adversity as well as the daily humdrum struggles of those intent on understanding the world...

  • Memories sweeping through our minds

    Memories sweeping through our minds

    TheatreIl-Kennies tal-ĠennaPjazza Teatru Rjal The impressions a place leaves on you can be powerful and lasting, while the personal detritus of memories which follows us everywhere we go, whichever path we choose, is the one thing, like death,...

  • New Bond novel to be published next year

    New Bond novel to be published next year

    Bond is back, again – author Anthony Horowitz is writing a new 007 novel based on an idea by the secret agent’s creator Ian Fleming. The story, dubbed Project One, is inspired by Fleming’s work for a proposed TV series about the secret agent that...

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