THE odds of a lightning strike on the same spot, 14 years apart, are astronomical so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the long-awaited sequel to Disney Pixar's masterpiece falls tantalisingly short of the genius of its predecessor.
OVER the past couple of weeks I’ve been digging deep into 'Woodfall: A Revolution In British Cinema', the new BFI boxset celebrating the importance that small production company had on the development of UK cinema in the first half of the 1960s.
AGED just 16, Art Parkinson has already had an exciting acting career and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson and Ralph Fiennes – not to mention fellow cast members of Game of Thrones, the global smash hit series in which he has had a central role since 2011.
HUMANS weren't the only casualties in the Belfast Blitz during the Second World War: In 1941, 33 animals at Bellevue Zoo were ordered to be killed lest they escape from their enclosures into the wilds of north Belfast during air raids.
EXPECTATIONS were high following the Oscar-nominated 2015 action movie Sicario, the story of a ruthless assassin working in cahoots with US law enforcement agents, so director Stefano Sollima arguably had big boots to fill when he took over from Denis Villeneuve for the sequel.
DUBLIN Oldschool might lazily be described as 'Luasspotting', or perhaps 'Dublin Traffic': it's a tale of not-so-young anymore record shop employee and wannabe DJ, Jason (Emmet Kirwin, writer of the stage version who co-wrote the film with Tynan), who's been on 'the session' for so long that he's in danger of burning out.
SCREENING on Sunday at Strand Arts Centre in Belfast, award-winning US documentary Chosen (Custody of the Eyes) finds a young woman recording herself as she becomes a cloistered Poor Clare nun at Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, near Chicago.
LOOK Back In Anger, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and The Entertainer are just three of the stark, black-and-white beauties to have emerged from Woodfall Films in the late 50s and early 60s.
HAVE you heard the one about the woman who kept an elephant in her back yard during the Belfast blitz? You have? Well, luckily writer/director Colin McIvor has put a new spin on this historic stranger-than-fiction tale with his new movie, Zoo.