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A Monster Calls Review

A Monster calls is directed by J. A. Bayona and taken from a novel written by Patrick Ness. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones who all combine together beautifully to provide us with an extremely emotional movie which deals with a young boy trying to come to terms with his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Lewis MacDougal has the role of the young boy Conor O’Malley and really does an amazing job with a lot of this movies success been credited to him. Liam Neeson lend his very distinctive voice to the part of the monster who appears to Conor, this was an inspired casting choice as it fitted the situation and the message the movie was attempting to portray.

There has been a few books making its way on to the big screen over the last couple of years and very few have really worked the same way as there more successful written counterparts. A Monster Calls seems to have made the crossover quite well with a well told story which is helped largely by impressive digital animation.

a monster calls

The plot of this movies tells the story of Conor who is having a terrible time at school dealing with terrible bullying and on top of that he has to deal with the terminal cancer of his mother. Conor life is at its worse when he meets a monsters who hides in a huge Yew tree. The monster comes to tell conor stories which help the young boy to come to terms with and make some sense of why things happen in life. If you are looking for a good emotional drama then this one is a very good choice for you. Don’t worry if you find yourself getting a bit misty eyed toward the end, you definitely won’t be the only one.

Rating 4/5

By Bill Tubbritt

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in Movies@Gorey

Opening Fri 12th January – Book Now


A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield.




Dad’s Army in Movies@Gorey

Opening Friday 5th February – Book Now

Set in 1944 as the Second World War reaches its climax, the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard, led by Captain Mainwaring, is low. So their new mission, to patrol the Dover army base, is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation – until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea, sparking rumours of a spy and – with the outcome of the war suddenly at stake – it falls to the veteran servicemen to step up.



As You Like It: Play in Movies@Gorey

For One Night Only Thursday, 25th February @ 7.00pm – Book Now

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.



IL Trovatore (Live): Opera in Movies@Gorey

For One Night Only Thursday, 11th February @ 6.30pm – Book Now

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Was it due to the libretto’s inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lays the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions. Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption.
Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier, in a new production by Alex Ollé.

La Traviata (Live): Opera in Movies@Gorey

For One Night Only Thursday, 4th February @ 6.45pm – Book Now

The Royal Opera brings to life one of opera’s greatest tragedies bursting with passion, drama and world famous melodies on Thursday 4 February at 6.45pm with a live performance of Verdi’s masterpiece La traviata. Perfect for first time opera goers, La Traviata – described by the Daily Express as “a shining example of opera at its best” – is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house. The sumptuous production opens in the indulgent social whirl of 19th century Paris. Violetta, a beautiful courtesan, leads a life of glamour but darker undercurrents emerge after she meets the love of her life and the young couple are forced apart by society. Verdi’s sensational score ranges from the jubilant with the world famous Brindisi, the ‘toast’ of the party, to the heart breaking “Parigi, o cara” in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs. Traditional staging with stunning grand costumes and set in gloriously opulent ballrooms, La traviata will be conducted by Yves Abel and performed by an all-star cast including Venera Gimadieva and Samir Pirgu as the doomed lovers.

Spotlight in Movies@Gorey

From Friday, January 29th – Book Now

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.






Dirty Grandpa in Movies@Gorey

Previews Mon 25th & Wed 27th, Opening Fri 29th January – Book Now


Jason Kelly is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick, to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.




The Big Short in Movies@Gorey

From Friday, January 22nd – Book Now

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short.

Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt.





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