Molly’s Game – The Poker Princess

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Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

America’s so-called Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, is the enigmatically glamorous woman in this very enjoyable true-life story. Luxurious hotel suites had been turned by Molly into macho gladiatorial arenas in which the wealthy poker addicts did battle under her gaze. Models were hired to serve drinks. Scented candles masked the reek of testosterone and rage. And Molly presided over it all. She is played with exotic queenliness by Jessica Chastain, with something of the impassive hauteur and mute vulnerability that Elizabeth Taylor brought to Cleopatra. But who is Molly’s Antony? Does she even need an Antony? Read more from the Guardian’s movie review.

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A Pitch Perfect performance from the Bellas again

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Praise is high for the third instalment of the successful film franchise Pitch Perfect.

The third glimpse into the life of Beca, Fat Amy, Emily, Chloe, Aubrey, and the rest of the Bellas follows the a capella group postcolleg. After their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Not only is the third instalment of the successful film franchise highly entertaining – but also highly unusual for Hollywood.

Seeing an all-female ensemble cast in a storyline where the main objective isn’t finding a boyfriend is something you don’t often see.

Which is perhaps why the movies have become so popular.

“I distinctly remember seeing the first one in the cinema and just feeling so great afterwards,” says Hailee Steinfeld, who joined the cast in Pitch Perfect 2 and reprises her role in the third.

“I loved every minute of it, loved the musical aspect, I thought the relationships within the movie were so interesting and fun. I remember thinking if there’s ever a movie like this I have to be a part of it.”

Read more on the Pitch Perfect movies in this article from the BBC

THE LAST JEDI FULFILS ITS DESTINY AT THE IRISH BOX OFFICE

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has opened with over €2.3M in its four day opening weekend in Ireland.  This is the widest Disney cinema release of all time in Ireland and the four day takings match the phenomenal box office 4 day GBO Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With this ‘porgtastic’ opening, Disney now holds the #1 and #2 four day opening weekends in Ireland in 2017 as Star Wars: The Last Jedi joins Beauty & The Beast in these 2 top spots.

The film, which has opened to global praise from critics, has taken over $450M globally ($230M Internationally and an estimated $220M in the US). This makes it the second biggest opening of all time in America only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“Delivers on the promise and the hope” Entertainment.ie

“A throwback to when event cinema was big and exciting” Spin 1038

“Fans will be left with an immense feeling of satisfaction” Geekireland.com

“JJ Abrams has his work cut out after the jaw-drops here” RTE

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In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

The dramatic coastal scenery of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has been wowing audiences since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the location scouts were so taken with Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way that key locations in counties Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal were handpicked to represent the planet Ahch-to in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Brigsby Bear… Soft and fluffy?

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Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

Sink into the soft and fluffy arms of Kyle Mooney’s writing debut. In Brigsby Bear, the Saturday Night Live comedian lasts himself as James, a bunker-dwelling geek who one day discovers his whole world is a lie.

Reintroduced to reality, all he wants to do is re-create Brigsby Bear, a TV series designed by his fake dad, Ted (Mark Hamill), to improve James’s grasp on theoretical maths so he can become a genius and solve a fiendishly tricky problem called “the Vansmithe conjecture”.

James’s cathartic, DIY film-making project gets off the ground thanks to his black best friend… read more from the Evening Standard

The Countdown is on for the arrival of the latest Star Wars movie

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As the excitement builds for the release of the latest in the Star wars movie, The Last Jedi, we take a look at everything that we know happened since the Return of the Jedi over 30 years ago…

There’s still so much left undiscovered—especially thanks to the fact that much of the information released so far falls into two camps: The period immediately after Return of the Jedi, chronicling the continued fall of the Empire, and the events which set up the galaxy we see in The Force Awakens, over a handful of years before the events of the movie.

But if you’ve not been keeping up with the utter behemoth that’s the tie-in universe of Star Wars media, there’s an awful lot to dig through. Here’s everything you need to know about the major events of Star Wars’ post-Return of the Jedi history, as well the source material that covered those events, in case you want to explore them for yourselves.

James Whitbrook of io9 Gizmodo give us a detailed timeline that will have you right up to speed in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving on our screens…

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll be using the standard Star Wars “BBY/ABY” calendar, which simply refers to “Before the Battle of Yavin/After the Battle of Yavin”—a.k.a the events of A New Hope. Return of the Jedi is set four years after A New Hope, so it took place in 4 ABY, The Force Awakens occurred in 34 ABY, and so on…. read more

The Disaster Artist: A movie about a Movie

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James Franco did more than throw in a couple of famous scenes when he had this biopic comedy drama about the movie The Room, he took it to a whole new level by recreating 25 minutes worth of scenes, including a lot of them in The Disaster Artist.

The movie tells the story of Greg Sestero, (Dave Franco) an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau, (James Franco) in an acting class. When Wiseau decides on a whim to write and direct his own film which he and Sestero will star in they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Let’s get the main points out of the way before we go any further with this. No, you don’t explicitly need to have seen The Room in order to enjoy The Disaster Artist, but it certainly adds to the overall flavour of it. Yes, Dave Franco’s beard looks ridiculous and so does James Franco’s accent and facial ticks. Yes, there are some cameos by some famous people, including Judd Apatow, Sharon Stone, and a few others. No, it doesn’t explain any of the urban myths around The Room. If anything, The Disaster Artist uses these urban myths and the troubled production to examine something else entirely – specifically, creative freedom and the nature of what you are perceived versus who you are… Read more from Entertainmnet.ie

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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We all know the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol; this festive season brings us a new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens. The movie tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is not your typical Christmas Carol and its not trying to compete. Instead of retelling Dickens’s fictional tale, Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) takes the baton from author Les Standiford and tells us the story of Dickens himself as we watch him slowly overcome his writer’s block.

Don’t worry – all the familiar faces are still there. The Fezziwigs are still charming, Jacob Marley is still creepy, and Scrooge (given a refreshing, comedic twist by Christopher Plummer) is still grumpy. The catch with The Man Who Invented Christmas is we learn how these characters came to life. Each one mirrors a figure in Dickens’s own life. The Ghost of Christmas Past is one of his inquisitive housekeepers who also serves as a muse, The Ghost of Christmas Present is his dear friend Forster, Jacob Marley is his stingy lawyer, etc. read more…