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Paddington 2 Review

Paddington 2 is of course the sequel to the very popular Paddington movie that was released back in 2014. The movie was again directed by Paul King who really needs to keep hold of the reins for any future Paddington movies as he really deliver’s again with this one following the same successful formula from the first movie. It’s definitely a case of it isn’t broken don’t fix it with the whole movie as nearly all the original cast return for this one. The film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, alongside Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant.

The storyline is not complicated and very easy to follow which should make it an enjoyable watch for both young and old alike as it is quite funny with the humour catered for all. The plot this time sees everybody’s favourite bear trying to earn enough money to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday. After he finds a pop-up book of London that he is certain Aunt Lucy will love he decides he will earn money cleaning windows to be able to afford the book which is very expensive. When the book gets stolen from Mr. Gruber’s antique shop Paddington is the number one suspect and it’s up to himself and the rest of the Brown family to find the real thief so Paddington can clear his name.This Movie really is quite enjoyable to watch, it does paint a very far-fetched picture of life in London where a bear interacts seemingly unnoticed among everyday life and everybody lives in fancy city centre mansions despite selling papers for a living by day. All this adds to the charm of this adorable movie that is sure to entertain.

Rating 4/5   By   Bill Tubbritt                       BOOK TICKETS

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Murder On The Orient Express Review

Most people will of course of heard of the Murder on the orient express which was brought to us first in 1934 by world famous novelist Agatha Christie. This is not the first time we have seen it on the screen either with a TV show and movie adaption both been done before. This time the plan was to do it bigger and better with an all-star cast, big budget and quality director to try and ensure a hit. The movie was directed superbly by Kenneth Branagh who did excellently double jobbing as he also starred as the world’s greatest detective Hercule Poirot. The rest of the cast consisted of Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffe to name just a few. The story is set up beautifully from the start where we are first introduced to detective Hercule Poirot who is in the process of solving yet another case using his vast detective skills combined with his brilliant intellect which has earned him a reputation as the world greatest detective. After solving the case detective Poirot decides to take a well-earned break between cases and books himself a ticket on the orient express. While on board he meets a whole host of different characters from all walks of life who each become a murder suspect when one of the passengers is found stabbed to death.The Movie really does look visually specular with the cinematography and scenery being used together perfectly. The story unfortunately is a little hard to follow at times as lots of character names are rattled off by detective Poirot during his deliberations which may be hard to place if you are not paying close attention. It’s a nice movie for fans of this type of movie but don’t expect to be blown away.

Rating

3/5

By Bill Tubbritt

Learmhais Breathe 

Scannán beathaisnéise álainn agus iontach mhothúchánach is ea Breathe, a bhaineann le Robin agus Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), agus an grá a chabhraigh dóibh polio a fhualaingt agus teacht slán as.Cé go bhfuil deireadh an scéil intuartha go leor (tá a fhios againn go léir cad a tharlóidh leath-slí tríd an scannáin) is dóigh liom go bhfuil fiúntas sa scannán so agus is féidir go leor sult a bhaint as. B’fhéidir go bhfuil sé mar aidhm ag “Breathe” misneach agus tuiscint a spreagadh ar na lucht féachana thar aon rud eile, seachas ionadh a chur orthu leis an scéal – cuireann an teideal é sin in iúil gan dabht, is imeartas focal de shaghas éigint é.Tá cónaí ag Robin agus Diana sa Chéinia, agus gnó aige le tionscal an tae sna 50aidí. Lá amháin, áfach, titeann saol an teaghlaigh as a chéile nuair a fhaigheann Robin amach go bhfuil polio air agus nach bhfuil ach cúpla mí saoil fágtha aige. Le cabhair ó dheartháireacha Diana agus smaointe “craiceáilte” an cheapadóra Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), áfach, bíonn Robin in ann a tréimhse “cinniúnach” a chaitheamh lena theaghlach, gan a bheith san ospidéal: cruthaíonn an ceapadóir cathaoir rothaí ar a bhfuil análaitheoir speisialta do Robin.Cruthaíonn an ceamaradóir Robert Richardson atmaisféar grámhar sa scannán agus is deacair na deora a bhrú fé chois ag féachaint air. Má tá aon locht air in aon chor, ceapaim go mbaineann sé le luas na n-eachtraí sa scannán: sáraíonn Robin agus a theaghlach gach constaic gan stró gan mhoill. Ní hea nach bhfuil sé brónach a dhóthain mar scannán, ach b’fhéidir go mbeadh luasmhoilliú éigint oiriúnach ann.

Ar iomlán, scéal spéisiúil agus drámaíocht thar cionn atá le feiceáil ar “Breathe”. Más ag lorg dráma spreagúil atá tú, bainfidh tú taitneamh as gan dabht.

4/5

by Natália Uí Fhaoláin

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Learmhais Thor Ragnarok

Scannán fuinniúil, greannmhar, cliste, lán le haicsean. Is deacair lochtanna a aimsiú ann. Baineann an scannán so úsáid as fothéacs cruthaithe le the Avengers (2012) chun sárlaochra eile a chur i gcumarsáid le Thor, gan mhearbhall ar na lucht féachana.Faigheann Thor amach go bhfuil a dheirfiúir Hela (bandia an bháis) saor óna príosún agus ag iarraidh Asgard a rialú. Tá sí i bhfad níos cumhachtaí ná Thor agus Loki le chéile, só is mór an dúshlán atá rompu sula bhfuil an ríocht ar fad scriosta aici. Déanann Thor iarracht ruaig a chur uirthi ar aon nós agus cailleann sé a chasúr uilechumhachtach. Bíonn sé trína chéile dá bharr agus tagann ionadh air nach bhfuil sé chomh cumhachtach agus a cheap sé. Dár ndóigh, tagann sé ar phlainéad eile trí thimpist (Sakaar), áit ina mbíonn sé gafa agus curtha chun príosún ag an Grandmaster (tiarna naircisíoch, déanta ag Jeff Goldblum) le cabhair Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Is ansan a thagann sé ar Hulk, seanchara a chuireann beagáinín níos mó misnigh air de réir a chéile. Breathnaítear ar Thor lag, dobrónach sa scáileán, ach ní hea gur chaill sé a chumhacht – chaill sé a chasúr, siombail dá chuid féin-mhuiníne. Bheadh sé lán-ábalta gach éinne sa phlainéad san a shárú murach sin.Só ar deireadh, ní bhaineann an scannán so le sárlaoch ag seasamh do namhaid, ach do choimhlint siceolaíoch ina intinn féin: idir a athair agus cuid dá fhéiniúlacht a chailliúint, cuireann sé bac ar a chumhacht féin… Agus is féidir linn go léir an streachailt sin a thuiscint ar leibhéal daonna.An t-aon locht is fiú a lua ná go raibheas ag súil le cogadh níos spéisiúla ar deireadh. Léirítear ag tús an scannáin gur namhaid iontach deacair le sárú í Hela, ach níl go leor dúshláin ag Thor agus a chairde ag deireadh an scannáin. Ina theannta san, taispeántar cúpla radharc nach féidir a chreidiúint, fiú ó thaobh ficsin-eolaíoch de: ní dóigh liom go mbeadh Hulk in ann ainmhí 3 uair níos mó ná é féin a mharú gan aon chabhair, mar shampla. Cé is moite de sin, ní fhéadfainn a rá nach bhfuil gach uile comharc iontach spéisiúil, le gluaiseachtaí iontacha, éifeachtaí an-taitneamhacha agus greann cliste anois is arís.

Tá go leor léirmheastóirí ag déanamh comparáide idir an scannán so agus a leithéidí The Dark Knight Rises (2012) agus Gladiator (2000). Is fíor go bhfuil cosúlachtaí ann sa scéal, ach níos tábhachtaí fiú, tá Ragnarok in ainm is a bheith iomráiteach amach anso, cosúil leis na scannáin thuasluaite. Mura bhfuil tú tar éis féachaint air, molaím go mór dul ‘dtí an phictiúrlann go luath agus gach seans go mbainfidh tú sult as.

Thor: Ragnarok

5/5

by Natália Uí Fhaoláin

 

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Bad Moms Christmas Review

Bad Moms Christmas is a sequel to last year’s very popular Comedy Bad Moms. The Movie was again written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It was great to see the whole cast from the previous movie returning as  Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn reprised their roles as the Bad Moms. This time however they are joined by their own even worse moms who are played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. Bad Moms Christmas is of course centred around the Christmas as the moms find themselves under pressure to provide the perfect Christmas for the family. When each of them receive visits from their own moms for the Christmas holiday there wilds ways from the first movie soon returned as they rebel against their own controlling mothers and their attempts to control Christmas.The First Bad Moms movie was full of raunchy crude jokes and adult themed hilarious scenes with this the sequel being no different in that regard. The Movie itself maybe a bit of a slow burner to start with but is worth sticking with as the second half is definitely where it comes into its own and has some really genuinely funny moments. Bad Moms Christmas is a slight step up from the first movie and is sure to be popular with cinema audiences.

Rating 3.5/5

By Bill Tubbritt

Learmhais Goodbye Christopher Robin

Bhí “Winne the Pooh” mar mhór páirt de chuimhne na h​óige​ timpeall na domhain ar feadh na bliana ach​ bheadh ionadh ort foghlaim​ nach​ bhfuil an scéal seo sona agus simplí. Sa chéad radharc bhí íomhanna spleodrach den Chéad Chogadh Domhanda. Is fear bríste agus cath shuaite é A.A Milne​ (​ Blue an t-ainm a úsáideann sé). Is de shliocht uasal é agus a bheanchéile.Déanann siad a cinne páiste a chur le an teaghlach mífheidhmiúil seo. Tugtar an t-​ ainm​ Christopher Robin do. Leanann a thuismitheorí ar aghaidh leanna shaol sóisialta ard aicme​ .​Fágann siad an buachaill i gceannais den feighlí leanaí tuisceanach darbh ainm “Nou”. Tógann sé an chuid ama dúinn i bheith i bhfinne​ an​ dlúthchaidreamh a chothú idir athair agus mac.​ Is anseo a fheicimid​ soineantacht​ na hóige a forbróidh mar scéal a bheidh clú agus cáil go ​ deo.​   Imríonn Christopher Robin lena bréagán darbh ainm Eeyore, Piglet and Tiger a bhfuil mar inspioráid don na charachtair sa leabhar. Thuigeamar nach raibh Christopher Robin ag iarradh clú agus cáil ach grá gan choinníoll ó a thuismitheorí. Le rith an scannán seo bhí mé ag gáire agus ag caoineadh go cothrom. Fhágann an scannán thú le gliondar i do chroí. Ní féidir ​ liom​ ​ ach​ ​ é​ ​ a​ ​ mholadh,​ ​ ​scannán ​ ​den ​ scoth​ ​ ​a ​ bhí​ ​ ann.​

4.5/5

By

Claire Ní Neachtain

Kingsman The Golden Circle Review

After the huge and somewhat surprise success of the first Kingsman movie it is no real shock to see Matthew Vaughn back in the director’s chair for this the second instalment in the franchise. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft and Sophie Cookson all reprise their roles from the first movie with Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges joining the cast as Kingsman’s American counterpart agency “Statesman”. It’s great to see Vaughn continues with his use of high energy highly explosive action scenes combined with the same crazy mix of overly exaggerated high technology gadgets that makes this movie very much a fun take on the James Bond movies.

Kingsman the Golden Circle picks up a year after the events of the last movie which saw The Kingsman agency saving the world from Richmond Valentine. This time round the agency headquarters are destroyed leaving only Eggsy and Merlin as the only surviving members. After they invoke there doomsday plan they are lead to their US sister agency known as Statesman. These two agencies must then combine in their struggle to save the world from a common enemy. Colin Firth also returns in his role as Harry Hart.

This movie certainly managed to attract a high quality cast particularly with the introduction of the new Statesman agency. Fans of the first movie with not be disappointed with same humour and gore scenes which proved popular in the past and continue in this movie. A runtime of 2 hours 20 minutes may feel a bit longer than necessary for some but that should not deter anyone from what is an entertaining high energy movie.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt

American Made Review

American Made is a biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom Cruise The Movie is set in the 1980’s and follows the exploits  of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler at the time making more money than he knew what to do with. The Movie is based on the true story of this American super pilot and features Cruise doing what he does best in what seems like the perfect role for him to show what has kept him at the very top of the acting world for so long.The Story follows the life of Barry Seal a former TWA pilot who is initially signed up by the CIA to perform low flying photography missions for them. These missions sow the seeds that eventually lead to Seal beginning his multi-million dollar drugs and arms smuggling empire.

American Made is very entertaining to watch and has to be one of Cruises best for a while. The comparisons will of course be made with the Wolf of Wall St and that is certainly justified as both movies are true stories based on the main characters becoming filthy rich from there illegal activities. They are also both really good movies with fascinating story lines that ultimately lead to a very entertaining trip to the movies.

Rating 5/5

Bill Tubbritt

Atomic Blonde Review

This throwback to 1980’s cold war action thrillers Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), hits all the right notes with Charlize Theron perfectly cast in the titular role as Lorraine Broughton. She starts the movie in a bath tub of ice, battered and bruised and then heads to a debriefing of her mission, where the story begins as she proceeds to inform MI6 Agent Eric Gray (Toby Jones) & CIA Agent Emmet Kurzfeld (John Goodman) what happened on her mission in Berlin where she was tasked to find a secret file that has information about all the active agents in both the CIA & MI6, that was taken by a rouge Russian KGB Agent.

When Lorraine arrives in Berlin she meets her contact, another agent called David Percival (James McAvoy) who could or could not be a double agent. But before she has a chance to meet him, she is picked up by two KGB agents, this is where the action starts and there is very little let up of the action till the movie ends. Lorraine is very adept in fighting and uses a wide variety of objects to take out her enemies including a shoe, some rope, a hose and many others to boot.The movie is filled with beautifully choreographed fights that feel realistic and are wonderfully shot to keep you right in the action. I can’t express how much of a badass Charlize Theron is in this movie, she never lets up no matter how much she is beaten, and strives at every stop to not let anyone get in the way of her mission. I left the Cinema with a smile on my face and a banging 80’s soundtrack in my ears.

4/5 Stars

Ronan Sandford

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