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The ballroom scene is exquisite


Kenneth Branagh may seem like an unlikely candidate to put a new spin on the much-loved rags-to-riches tale, but he manages to do a bibbidi-bobbidi-brilliant job of it!

  • Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a congenial buddy movie idea whose value is thrown away in gross-out excess

    Get Hard

    There is throughout a casual nonchalance about violent sex which deflects way off-course the comic impact we actually want to feel when watching Get Hard. Hell, we want to like it.

  • Jeff Bridges plays a strangely wrecked warrior in Seventh Son

    Seventh Son

    Jeff Bridges is the last surviving warrior of a mystical order, who aims to exterminate Julianne Moore's icy witch queen in a cavernous, darkly-forested place of sheer cliffs and scary waterfalls. It's reasonably thrilling, but too long at 120 minutes.

  • Fun all the way

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

    John Byrne enjoys the surreal fun of this SpongeBob sequel, where the undersea hero teams up with arch-enemy Plankton for a very special mission.

  • A hugely accomplished debut album

    Cry Monster Cry - Rhythm of Dawn

    Dublin brothers Jamie and Richie Martin craft a spooked folk rock classic with their debut album

  • Yawn! Trish and Four's relationship is one big snorefest


    The sequel in the Divergent series may have a new director at the helm, but that hasn't stopped the follow-up from feeling like a bad bout of déjà vu.

  • Hitler's First Victims by Timothy W Ryback

    On April 13, 1933, deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger was summoned to Dachau concentration camp where four prisoners had just been shot. SS guards insisted that the men had attempted escape. But Hartinger sensed that far more sinister plans were afoot.

  • LKenny Wheeler's valedictory: melancholy and sensual

    Songs for Quintet Kenny Wheeler

    The British jazz musician Kenny Wheeler recorded his last album, Songs for Quinitet at Abbey Road in December 2013, prior to his passing in September 2014, aged 84. The valedictory mood mixes melancholy, bluesy swing and Latin bravura.

  • Penn's Jim Terrier is a former security contractor haunted by his past, and specifically what he did for his pay packet in Africa in 2006

    The Gunman

    The best bits of The Gunman prove that Sean Penn should have done more of this kind of stuff years ago; the disappointments say he had enough time to choose a project where everything was perfect.

  • Jim Parsons and Rihanna voice the central characters Oh and Tip


    The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons stars as a cute alien in the latest animated movie from DreamWorks

  • If your genres of choice are wartime drama or romance then from period detail to performances you'll find something to enjoy here

    Suite Française

    If your genres of choice are wartime drama or romance, then from period detail to performances you'll find something to enjoy here.

  • Paul Durcan: His poem, Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin featured on the recent A Poem for Ireland shortlist.

    The Days of Surprise by Paul Durcan

    A Paul Durcan poem featured on the recent shortlist for A Poem For Ireland, itself a measure of his immense popularity in this country. The poet's ever-changing moods range from devastating social satire, madcap comedy, elegy and sometimes a wry outrage.

  • A gritty and grainy action-thriller that puts the boot in any chance it gets

    Run All Night

    Watch all night.

  • Asa Butterfield stars as Nathan, whose Asperger's syndrome contributes to him being a mathematical prodigy


    A splendid cast in top form rises this drama about a young maths' genius with Asperger's above the norm.

  • The History of Western Philosophy in 100 Haiku

    The History of Western Philosophy in 100 Haiku by Haris Vlavianos is translated from the Greek by Peter Mackridge.