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  • Education through theatre

    Education through theatre

    On any given weekday morning you may find Mario, Julian and Daniel among an audience of teens happily (and figuratively) eating from the palm of their hands as the trio wax poetic and at times quasi-acrobatic on the matter of transport safety. The...

  • Why Seven Samurai remains relevant

    Why Seven Samurai remains relevant

    If you haven’t seen Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 seminal Seven Samurai film, then you’re really missing out. The premise is painfully simple. A group of bandits is extorting a 16th century village to the point of starvation. Desperate, the villagers seek...

  • Not exactly worth the hype

    Not exactly worth the hype

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterDirector: Paul TibbittStarring: Tom Kenny,Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke92 mins; Class TBA;KRS Releasing Ltd I was never a SpongeBob SquarePants fan. There, I’ve said it. I mean, in all fairness to me, I...

  • Nothing we haven’t seen before

    Nothing we haven’t seen before

    ChappieDirector: Neill BlomkampStarring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman120 mins; Class 15;KRS Film Releasing Johannesburg, South Africa, in the not-so-distant future (2016, to be precise). The police force is reinforced by a series of...

  • A refreshing take on tradition

    A refreshing take on tradition

    CinderellaDirector: Kenneth BranaghStarring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madde105 mins; Class U;KRS Film Releasing Disney is on a roll. Well, Disney has been on a roll since Mickey Mouse first navigated himself onto the world stage in...

  • Clicking onto the big screen

    Clicking onto the big screen

    Following three successful seasons on television, fan favourite Il-Klikka makes its big screen debut. Produced by Martina Zammit and Rachel Cachia for V Squared Media Productions, the story revolves around a typical klikka, a group of friends who...

  • This robot has soul

    This robot has soul

    Chappie (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 120 minutesDirected by: Neill BlomkampStarring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Anderson Cooper, Brandon AuretKRS Releasing Ltd In...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey director bows out

    Fifty Shades of Grey director bows out

    Sam Taylor-Johnson has announced she will not be returning to direct the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey. “Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” she said in a statement to...

  • Next Downton Abbey series will be the last

    Next Downton Abbey series will be the last

    The hugely successful British period drama Downton Abbey will wind up after the sixth season, its executive producer said, but a possible movie version cannot be ruled out. “There’s so many different explanations” for the decision, Gareth Neame...

  • Oscars show producers quit

    Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last three Academy Awards telecasts, will not be returning for next year’s Oscars, the ceremony organisers said. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts Hollywood’s biggest...

  • Terminator Arnie back to the future

    Terminator Arnie back to the future

     The Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back for another futuristic firefight and Paramount Pictures has fired up its own massive publicity machine to promote what it hopes will be a much-needed blockbuster. With four films, over one...

  • Malik quits One Direction

    Malik quits One Direction

    Zayn Malik has quit One Direction. The singer said he made the decision because he wants to live a normal life and apologized to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish boy band for doing so. The rest of the band released a statement saying they...

  • Truth is out there – again

    Truth is out there – again

    The X-Files is coming back to TV withoriginal stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson set to reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The pair spent nine years – and more than 200 episodes and two feature films – as the...

  • Ira Losco in concert for children in Argentina

    Ira Losco in concert for children in Argentina

    Ira Losco will be giving a concert at the Pjazza Teatru Rjal on Saturday in aid of Pupi Foundation, a non-profit organisation created by former football player and FC Internazionale’s vice president Javier Zanetti to support children in Argentina.

  • BBC drops Top Gear’s Clarkson

    BBC drops Top Gear’s Clarkson

    The BBC yesterday said it would not renew the contract of Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely-popular but divisive presenter of its motoring programme Top Gear after what it called an unprovoked physical attack on a producer. Clarkson, 54, who has...

  • Classic fairy tale comes to life

    Classic fairy tale comes to life

    Cinderella (2015)Certified: UDuration: 113 minutesDirected by: Kenneth BranaghStarring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård, Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Nonso...

  • The Sponge has got the moves

    The Sponge has got the moves

    The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D (2015)Certified: UDuration: 92 minutesDirected by: Paul Tibbitt, Mike MitchellVoices of: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, Matt Berry, Jill...

  • Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer concern

    Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer concern

    Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie has said she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 56. The announcement in a New York Times column printed...

  • Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez get Amnesty’s top rights award

    Amnesty International has given its top 2015 human rights award to both Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, a fierce critic of Beijing who has been banned from leaving China after an 81-day detention in 2011, and US folksinger Joan Baez. The...

  • Vin Diesel names daughter after late Paul Walker

    Vin Diesel has named his newborn daughter in honour of his late friend and co-star Paul Walker − and says his participation in her birth was down to advice the Fast and Furious actor once gave him. “I might never have gone into a delivery room if...

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