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Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)
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An irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology, politics and the occasional rant about life. Alan ... in Belfast (and Lisburn), Northern Ireland
An irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology, politics and the occasional rant about life. Alan ... in Belfast (and Lisburn), Northern Ireland

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Imagine! Belfast Festival of Politics and Ideas (20-26 March 2017) #imaginebelfast
The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Politics and Ideas is back for its third year. “It’s going to be great. The best festival ever!” was what one snowy Washington DC St Patrick’s Day celebrant didn’t report back to us after one two many Irish Champagnes. In th...

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Personal Shopper: a remote and melancholic search for outfits, souls and the film’s meaning
While I sat in the cinema previewing Personal Shopper , politicians were meeting up in Stormont, searching for meaning and haunted by the ghosts of the past in a long drawn-out process. Much like the character of Maureen played by Kristen Stewart around who...

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Review: Certain Women – a lingering celebration of the downcast, downtrodden & disheartened (QFT until 9 March)
Certain Women tells a triptych of stories, all set in rural Montana and based on short stories by Maile Meloy. While a couple of brief scenes link together some of the characters, the three stories are largely independent. Yet they all share the same feelin...

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“Save our Neighbours” – high energy musical Glasgow Girls highlights Scottish asylum campaign (The MAC until 25 Feb)
No sooner has one piece of political theatre left The MAC – Entitled is touring through Bangor, Newry and Derry this week – than another bounces onto the main stage of the Belfast venue. “Your asylum request has been refused … Your removal must be enforced”...

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NI Science Festival - space, stories, food safety, cognitive computing, astrophyics and quantum biology #nisf17
NI Science Festival is in its third year and still has a week to run. The programme is packed full of surprises and treats. Tuesday 21 February Professor Dame Ann Dowling will deliver the the 16th Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture in which she will discu...

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Logan (Wolverine III) - three men and a little lady meets Green Room
I haven’t seen any of the previous X-Men films on a cinema screen, and have mostly been working away at something else while catching some of them on TV. So going into the Movie House on Dublin Road last night to preview Logan , I had a passing familiarity ...

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Ardnaglass on the Air - rural living brings hilarity to the airwaves (C21 Theatre, Lyric + NI tour)
Take one ramshackle shed with a Yagi antenna in the corner of a busy farmyard. Add a muck-covered pig farmer who lives with his mum and a local barmaid who dreams of escaping her drunken husband for the bright lights of London. Throw in a one hour long comm...

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Review: Moonlight - seeking the stability of identity and security (QFT until 2 March)
Moonlight is a film in three acts. Each with a different actor portraying Chiron as a boy, a teenager and finally an adult. “You don’t talk much but you darned well can eat!” Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe) befriend an uncomm...

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Looking Deadly: shape shifting actors inject life into a town’s rival funeral firms
The body of well known republican Tom McCarthy reposes in Lynch’s funeral home. Jane (played by Niamh McGrath) inherited the business from her father but local competition from Cost Less Coffins up the street means her finances are not healthy and the bank ...
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