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TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2017 | FEATURE

TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2017 | FEATURE

In a year of bloated blockbusters, superheroes and sequels, there has been a great decline in smaller budgeted dramas and comedies. Those films ,with a few rare exceptions, seem to have either been at a cinema for a low key week or migrated to Netflix and Amazon. A real shame as cinema shouldn’t all be […]

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ONES TO WATCH: MUSIC | FEATURE

ONES TO WATCH: MUSIC | FEATURE

Ones To Watch: Music Complied by Various ADWAITH One of several, mostly pretty young, Carmarthenshire bands who’ve released singles on the Libertino label, for this observer’s money Adwaith – ‘reaction’ in Welsh – are the most interesting of them. A trio of Gwenllian Anthony, Heledd Owen and Hollie Singer, the two Adwaith songs released back […]

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ONES TO WATCH: ART | FEATURE

ONES TO WATCH: ART | FEATURE

Ones to Watch: Art Compiled by Megan Potterton Artes Mundi 8 Artes Mundi is an internationally-focused arts organisation which holds Wales’ biggest contemporary art exhibition in Cardiff every two years since 2002. The biannual exhibition is set to make a return to the capital city in 2018 with its eighth instalment. Shortlisted artists whose work […]

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DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

BEANS ON TOAST *****  Cushty (Xtra Mile) Beans On Toast – aka Essex folk singer Jay McAllister – covers, in poetic fashion, a wide range of subjects from mobile phone usage and fake news, to fracking, artificial intelligence and oak trees in Sherwood Forest. Open Door Policy begins with the announcement “The world is dying” but […]

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Rian Johnson (12A 130 mins) The Force Awakens shook up the Star Wars universe under JJ Abrams’ reverential direction. After the disappointments of the sci-fi prequels, Episode VII truly delivered for Star Wars and non-Star Wars fans. Now Rian Johnson, the director of classy nourish films like Brick and Looper has been handed the keys to the Millennium Falcon, will […]

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STRONGER | FILM PREVIEW

STRONGER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: David Gordon Green (15 119 mins ) A true-life, inspirational tale of triumph over adversity with a grueling performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger deals with life for a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), whose on/off girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany) is running in the marathon. Their relationship is […]

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BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Chris Peckover (15 99 mins) Home Alone with queasy violence, this horror-comedy provides an antidote to anyone wanting to escape a saccharine Christmas with its macabre twists and turns. Luke (Levi Miller) is a twelve-year-old left with regular babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), when parents Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert (the ever-droll Patrick Warburton) go […]

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THE DISASTER ARTIST | FILM PREVIEW

THE DISASTER ARTIST | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: James Franco (15 103 mins) A joyous examination of the wonders of creativity, no matter how awful the outcome, The Disaster Artist is an excellent film about the making of a terrible one. Back in 2003 cult film The Room was released by actor/director Tommy Wiseau – an eccentric, quirky figure, played here with chameleon […]

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THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

Maria Donovan (Seren Books) When a book opens with, “The day before the murder, George Bull tried to poison me with a cheese sandwich”, you know you’re onto a winner. Maria Donovan’s novel is definitely one you won’t want to put down. Told from the perspective of Michael, an adolescent, the story charts the disruption […]

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NOVEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

NOVEMBER GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

MORROWIND ***** Bethesda, PC Games like Morrowind are rare, and since its release 15 years ago, it’s captivated the hearts of RPG fans with its otherworldly surreal universe. The many overhauls, fan-made remakes and mods are testament to this, and with a major new overhaul having recently been released, it’s worth taking a look back. It […]