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Based on true events, and portrayed by the actual people that lived them, Clint Eastwood's latest cinematic release, The 15:17 to Paris, tells the the terrifying story of three American backpackers who, with the help of other passengers, stopped a terrorist in his tracks.

Determined to find his purpose in life, the film follows the story of Spencer Stone, who along with his two best friends, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, mature from trouble-making school boys to courageous young soldiers.

What is, on paper, a hugely dramatic and inspiring story – the film unfortunately fails to capitalise on the rich plot right from the get-go.

The first half of the feature is largely based around the boy's developing friendship and childhood obsession with the military, and while a little bit of background is always necessary to set the scene, as a viewer I couldn't help but feel my attention start to drift slightly after the first 40 minutes.

However, I was quickly reeled back in as the story jumped a number of years, with the now young adults, facing a cross-roads in their lives.

At this stage, the three real-life heroes settle into their debut acting roles, and while there are moments when their inexperience shines through, it is that blatant authenticity that helps to lift the film to new levels.

As life takes them in different directions, the friends deicide to reunite for a backpacking trip across Europe.

After drinking, partying and sight-seeing their way across Italy and Germany, the young men plan to finish the trip in Paris and board a high-speed train departing form Berlin's Central Station.

Without giving too much away, this is the moment the entire plot has been building up to.

Faced with a dramatic and frightening series of events, the young backpackers must, without thought or hesitation, put their lives at risk to save some 500 passengers on board.

Despite a disappointing first half, The 15:17 to Paris manages to pick itself up in the nick of time.

Honest, emotional and completely enthralling in moments, Clint Eastwood proves he's still got something left to give with this latest release.

Our rating – 3.5 stars!

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Ladies, get ready for the throwback of all throwbacks! 

Omniplex Cinemas are bringing all your favourite old school films back to the big screen with the launch of #BringItBack.

Audiences will get the chance to re-discover a series of classic movies exactly the way they were intended to be enjoyed.

From October 2, Omniplex Cinemas in Mahon Point, Cork; Rathmines, Dublin; Dundalk, Limerick, Tralee, Wexford, Craigavon, Lisburn and Dundonald will play host to #BringItBack every Monday at 7:30.

From tearjerkers, to thrillers, Omniplex have created a programme of screenings to suit all tastes, including My Girl, The Godfather Part II, The Addams Family, The Princess Bride.

The October run concludes with a special screening of The Shining on Halloween night.

Warm popcorn, comfy chair and classic flicks – what more could you want?

Tickets are just €8 and are available at www.omniplex.ie.

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Disney fans, take note.

If you have plans on May 20th, cancel them, because the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End is hosting an all night Disney sleepover.

It's like all our childhood dreams are coming true at once.

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The cinema will be showing seven Disney films, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, along with one very exciting mystery movie on the night. 

This reminds us of our childhood evenings spent swaddled in blankets, eating popcorn and settling in with a good Disney video. *Sigh* 

The movie marathon will run all night, from 8.45pm to 9am the following morning. 

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So, we think it may be time to book tickets to London pretty soon, right? 

If you can't make it over for this amazing event, simply make a blanket fort and get the laptop out to return to your childhood instantly with your favourite film.

Sunday evening plans sorted. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is the movie that has us falling in love with musicals all over again.

Up for a record-tying 14 Oscars (only Titanic and All About Eve can match that figure), it also won every category it was nominated for at the Golden Globes last month.

Oh, and it’s made close-to ten times its budget back already.

 

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Here at SHEmazing! we say – go see it asap!

And if you’re wondering what the, ahem, song and dance is all about… here are eight very good reasons to LOVE La La Land

 

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1) You will worship musicals again

Sure for the first five minutes, you wonder how it’s all going to pan out. After another ten minutes of La La Land, you really start to like what you see. And after 30 minutes – well, then you are just ALL OVER musical films forever more.

2) You will covet the weather

It’s Ireland; it’s February. It’s chilly and damp and a bit dreary. What better time to inject a spot of LA sunshine and light into our lives? It’s practically a health treatment…

 

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3) You will fall in love

Maybe not with your date – but certainly with the loved-up duo that is Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Their chemistry = ah-maze-ing! This is their third film together (the others being Gangster Squad, and Crazy, Stupid, Love) and, yup, they’re once again pretty much perfect.

4) You will sing

Stick the soundtrack on Spotify in the aftermath and truthfully, you will listen and sing along to little else for weeks.

 

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5) You will adore dance

Dancing With The Stars has its merits, sure. But what you experience in La La Land is approximately 1,000 times better than anything seen on a celebrity-infused reality TV show.

6) You will dream

La La Land is all about making dreams come true. And every one of us – deep down – is a bit of a dreamer, right? This is a movie that offers beautiful escapism, making you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy inside at the same time.

 

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7) You will be utterly devoted to Emma Stone

Put simply, she remains one of the most talented, smart and funny actresses we have ever seen. She is Hollywood royalty for all the right reasons.

8) You will quiver when you see Ryan Gosling

Do we need to elaborate? The guy is not only the sexiest man alive, but he also can dance, sing, AND play the piano. That is all the #boyfriendgoals right there.

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People often wonder what incredible things they'd do if they ever achieved celebrity status but buying out a cinema for a night probably wouldn't top most people's lists – unless you're Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, that is.

It has been reported that the celebrity couple were so mad to watch the new Ghostbusters flick last Thursday night that they bought out an entire cinema in Australia's Golden Coast.

According to The Daily Mail, the celebs booked out the high end Gold Class Cinema so they could visit the movies with Tom’s friends Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

The group reportedly only allowed two staff members to serve them food and drink inside the theatre and according to Us Weekly: “One [girl] served everyone else, and one girl served Taylor only.”

While speaking to Variety on Friday night, Bond hopeful Tom confirmed the outing by saying: “Chris Hemsworth bought a round of tickets for Ghostbusters and a group of us went to see it.”

“It’s been a great day: I got to play on set with Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth, went to see Ghostbusters, and then I got nominated for an Emmy,” he continued.

Chris plays the receptionist character Kevin in the remake of the hit fantasy movie and in a sweet moment Tom admitted that seeing one of his best friends perform in one of his favourite childhood films was “amazing”.  Awh!

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German newspaper Bild is now reporting that a heavily armed man has recently entered a cinema in west Germany.

It is believed that shortly after arriving on the scene in the city of Viernheim near Frankfurt, he began firing his weapon.

He may have also taken several hostages, reports The Telegraph citing local news sources. 

Local media is furthermore reporting that up to 50 people have been injured – with half of those supposedly sporting injuries from tear gas.

Police are at the scene.

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We all fell in love with the Portokalos family from My Big Fat Greek Wedding – and now the second instalment is about to hit our screens.

You know the deal, when you're single you can't avoid a million family members asking when you're going to settle down and find the right person.

Well, the original romantic comedy was centred around just that as 30-year-old Toula was still unmarried and her parents were freaking out.

But then Toula fell in love with Ian (swoon), a hot and handsome teacher, and the big fat Greek wedding was underway!

This time round the Portokalos are coming back bigger and better than ever – and this movie is guaranteed to have a great few laughs.

Toula now has a grown daughter, and her big Greek family will not stop following her around (we know the feeling!).

But as one problem is solved, another one pops up – and it's going to surprise you all. 

Watch the trailer now – you're going to be mega excited about it when you see the beloved Portokalos family together again.

See you at the cinema on March 25th…

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They have been broken up for months now, but it seems that things might be taking a turn for the best for Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. 

The duo were spotted with their six-year-old son, Mason and three-year-old daughter, Penelope, heading to the cinema together for a family day out. 

It's the first appearance the pair have made together this year and it seems that things must be going well for them since one of their many problems was Scott not spending enough time with his kids. 

The pair were separated on New Year's Eve though, with Scott ringing in 2016 at a Las Vegas party and Kourtney celebrating the new year at home with her sister Kim and some friends. 

Kourtney and Scott first broke up in July of last year, when he was clearly partying a little too hard for a father-of-three. 

But, after the 32-year-old completed another stint in rehab, Kourtney has been spending more and more time with him, sparking rumours of a reconciliation. 

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We have been anticipating the release of Room for well over a year now and thank goodness, we don't have to wait much longer. 

To appease our appetites, a brand new trailer has been released and it has pretty much cemented the fact that this will no doubt be the first film we go to see in 2016. 

Based on the hit novel of the same name written by Irish author Emma Donoghue, the movie version has been tackled by esteemed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, known for such titles as Frank and What Richard Did

Room tells the story of a mother, played by up and coming American actress Brie Larson, and her 5-year-old son who are finally released back into the world after years spent in captivity. 

The film is already receiving highly positive reviews and there are murmurs that the film may enjoy some Oscar nominations at the 2016 awards. 

Room will be in cinemas on the 15th of January, but in the meantime enjoy the trailer below. 

 

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Released back in 2003, Finding Nemo has since had a very special place in our hearts.

We've had to wait more than 12 years for details of the sequel, but now, FINALLY, Finding Dory is officially en route. 

Yes, mark June 17, 2016 in your diaries: that will be the day that you'll be going to the cinema to see Ellen Degeneres reprieve her fishy role.

Better still, a trailer has also today been released – giving us all a precious, sneak 90second peak into the action that will hit screens next summer.

Meanwhile, the poster for the animated movie – which picks up six months after the action ends in the first film – was furthermore unveiled yesterday, and features Dory's classic catchphrase: "Just keep swimming."

When released, Finding Nemo proved a MASSIVE success for Disney and Pixar – racking in €875m worldwide.

 

 

 

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The weather is getting colder and the night's are getting super frosty, so there's really no better excuse for heading to the cinema this month.

And with these new film releases, we can certainly look forward to chilling in front of the movie screen:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn stars our very own Saoirse Ronan, who plays a young woman called Eilish who moved to America in the 1950's to have a better life. But when she is faced with retuning home, she's forced to make a very difficult decision.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Julie Waters, Domhnall Gleeson and Jim Broadbent.

 

Kill Your Friends

This movie sees an A&R man working at the height of the British pop music craze. But it takes a bad turn when he goes to extreme measures to find new material for a song.

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Tom Riley, Ed Skrein and James Cordon.

 

Freaks of Nature

The unlikely combination of a teenager, a vampire and a zombie all join forces when an alien invasion hits their hometown. 

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Ed Westwick, Bob Odenkirk and Denis Leary.

 

Fathers and Daughters

A widowed writer who suffers with mental illness is trying to raise his young daughter as he battles his problems.

Starring: Aaron Paul, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Dian Kruger.

 

Steve Jobs

The biopic we've all been waiting for. This movie takes us behind-the-scenes of the digital revolution and paints the portrait of the man who is in the centre of it all.

Starring: Michael Fastbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.

 

The Dressmaker

A glamorous woman returns to her small hometown in rural Austrialia. With her sewing machine and trend setting style, she transforms the women of the town. But she then takes out revenge on all the women that did her wrong.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.

 

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

In the last instalment of the movie franchise, we see Katniss Everdeen being symbolised as the Mockingjay. With her new caption, Katniss and District 13 engage in a revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

 

Black Mass

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who then became an FBI informant in order to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johson.

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We can’t deny it, but we do love a good freebie from time to time. There’s nothing better than being rewarded for our loyal customer service than getting an extra surprise after parting with our hard earned cash.

Well, it seems like the people at Meteor have read our minds because they’re launching their new Extras programme. The network wants to say thank you to their customers by offering them a little something extra.

The new loyalty programme, launched by the aptly titled ‘World’s Greatest Extra’ Jesse Heiman is designed to give Meteor customers some special gifts to say thank you.

Director of Meteor Maeve O’Malley said about the programme:

“We designed Extras with our customers in mind, so you can do the things you love for less – eat out, go out and catch a movie every month. Meteor has had incredible success over the years and there’s a real affection for us as an Irish brand, and Extras is our way of giving something back.”

Customers across the country will be able to avail of free cinema tickets every month in over 35 cinemas. You can also get 2 for 1 dining experiences in a range of restaraunts including Captain America’s and Milano.

2 for 1 Day Out offers are also available for various spots around the country including Thomond Park Stadium and Eagles Flying (Sligo).

So why choose Jesse to launch the programme?

Jesse earned his title after appearing in over 75 films. You may not recognise his name though, because rather than take centre stage, he’s become known as the industry’s most well-known extra.

He’s even managed to befriend A-Listers like Tom Hanks and Hilary Duff, without even having to learn any lines! Viewed by over one billion people, the 2013 Superbowl ad featuring Jesse and Bar Rafaeli getting up close and personal made sure he became something of a pop culture phenomenon.

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