Posts Tagged ‘Cinema & Theatre’

Disney goes to the dark side


We were going to recommend this movie to enjoy it with the family but we are starting to think that the Disney movies are no longer for children, with the evil characters taking control of the main roles. This is the plot:

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

They say this is one of  Angelina Jolie‘s best performances, but if you, like us, prefer to have share your own opinion after watching her work, you can go to see Maleficent in the IMC or in the Eye cinema, in 2D or 3D. We would recommend the 3D as when something has been filmed for this technology it contains scenes and images that lose their charm when watching as 2D.
You can consult the times here for IMC and here for Eye Cinema.

An option for Sunday evening (it seems rain is coming back!)

African film festival

Galway African Film Festival is taking place 23rd to 25th of May, with all films being free of charge.

Films will be screened at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media

This festival presents a range of movies to give an overview of the variety of African current and historical issues.

The event includes premieres of emerging film talents as well as showcasing established film makers and actors. Not only is GAFF a one of a kind experience of contemporary film and cinema, it also offers a broad take on the social, political and cultural issues of Africa. This annual festival aims to present audiences with a challenge to the often limited, stereotypical and Western images of Africa. The event provokes thought and broadens the context of African affairs, and the relationships between Africa and the West.

We recommend you one film for every day. But you can check the whole program here

  • Among the movies on Friday: Half of a Yellow Sun at 8 pm

During the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) return to Nigeria after their education in England and they make decisions that shock their family. Olanna moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega), while Kainene takes over the family interests and pursues a career as a businesswoman, falling in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. As the Igbo people struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, the sisters become caught up in the shocking violence of the Nigerian Civil War and a betrayal that threatens their family forever.


  • On Saturday, a story from Morocco: Andaluosie, Mon Amour at 5: 15 pm

Saïd and Amine are two students from Casablanca dreaming of Europe. They end up
in a small village in the North of Morocco. With the help of the schoolteacher, they leave
for the European coast on a small boat but they are shipwrecked. The sea washes
Amine back onto the coast of the village. Saïd is washed away on a Spanish beach.
Andalusia seems strange to Saïd. Meanwhile, in the Moroccan village, Amine notices
strange things happening…


  • And for Sunday, May 25th, we recommend you Mother of George at 6:15 pm

At long last, handsome Ayodele Balogun, owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, will wed his beautiful fiancée, Adenike, and they will start a new life together in the United States. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new life in America as she faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her struggle to save her marriage. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal.



Hitchcock in the IMC Cinema

We are delighted to hear that IMC Cinemas are going to screen 4 Alfred Hitchcock‘s movies during the month of May, and tickets are only 5 euros.

If you like a good suspense film don’t miss out this opportunity. The four movies will be shown at 2:30 and 8:30 pm.

Monday, 5th MayDial M for Murder. Ray Milland plays the scheming villain, an ex-tennis pro who tries to murder his unfaithful wife (Grace Kelly) for her money.

Monday, 12th MayVertigo. James Stewart plays “Scottie”, a former police investigator suffering from acrophobia, who develops an obsession with a woman he is shadowing (Novak). Scottie’s obsession leads to tragedy. The film contains a camera technique developed by Irmin Roberts that has been copied many times by filmmakers, wherein the image appears to “stretch”. It has become known by many nicknames, “Hitchcock Zoom,” and “Vertigo Effect.”












Monday, 19th MayRear Window. Again with James Stewart in the leading role. Stewart’s character, a photographer based on Robert Capa, must temporarily use a wheelchair; out of boredom he begins observing his neighbours across the courtyard, and becomes convinced one of them (Raymond Burr) has murdered his wife. 

Monday, 26th MayNorth By North West. Cary Grant portrays Roger Thornhill, a Madison Avenue advertising executive who is mistaken for a government secret agent.He is hotly pursued across the United States by enemy agents.

You can book your tickets here


The story of Yonosuke

This is the last movie of this year’s Japanese Film Festival that we can watch in the Eye cinema today, Thursday 10th of April at 7 pm

It is based on the novel by Shuichi Yoshida (Villain)

Yonosuke takes pleasure in life’s simplest things and his positivity touches and alters everyone around him, from his college friends to his work colleagues in later life. Through the recounting of the friends’ experiences of Yonosuke, we start to build-up his story, his character, piecing everything together about him and where he is today.

Without a doubt a ‘dream-team’ of creative talent, director Okita, author Shuichi Yoshida (Villain), screenwriter Shiro Maeda (Isn’t Anyone Alive?) and rising star Kengo Kora (Fish Story), come together to make a film that you’ll want to watch over and over again. – Hawaii Film Festival 2013

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

The Monster In The Hall

As part of the inaugural NUI Galway Theatre Season, Andrew Flynn directs a new play The Monster In The Hall by one of Britain’s most exciting writers, David Greig. It will run at Nun’s Island Theatre from the 24th – 27th March.

Duck Macatarsney cares for her biker dad whose MS is getting increasingly bad. Her Dad, Duke, is a spliff smoking (for medicinal reasons you understand), bike riding, heavy metal and movie loving, pizza eating widower who’s brought up Duck since the death of her mother in a crash. The two of them are just about surviving when one morning the Duke wakes up blind and the Duck hears that the social services are coming to take her away.

The Monster in the Hall follows the story of Duck as she tries to protect her world from the terrifying prospect of change. This is a low budget indie comedy musical about a girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown played out by seven actors and a big fat motorbike that goes vrrooommm.


The production will run at Nun’s Island Theatre for four performances only from Monday 24th March to Thursday 27th March at 8 pm.

Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

Anti-Capitalism: The Musical

Last weekend in March (28th – 30th) we will be enjoing the GALWAY DANCE DAYS 2014, 3 days of world premieres of site-specific performances, installations, workshops & events. The shows will take place in several locations in NUI Galway and in the streets of the City. Check the times and get the tickets here


Among the performances there is this one by Deirdre Murphy, named “Anti-Capitalism. The musical” that we won’t miss:

A fairytale of musical theatre, using circus, song, and dance to create a near-future political reality similar to our own. A large scale theatrical narrative with a cast of 15 dancers, singers, circus performers, actors and a live band, it uses acrobatics, plot twists, assassinations, and intrigue to tell the tale of a heroic group of everyday acrobats, aided by the Greek-chorus style narrations of a powerful triumvirate of fairy godmothers.

Saturday 29th March at 20 h and Sunday 30th March at 19 h. at  The Cube, NUI Galway. Tickets are 13 €