• Best Review

    Film

    Best (George Best: All By Himself)

    Though arguably too linear in scope, the latest chronicle of our greatest footballing talent's tragic journey is nonetheless elegantly and fearlessly told

  • The Fits

    Film

    The Fits

    Screening in Belfast this month, this adolescent dance drama eschews coming-of-age tropes in favour of a more unorthodox yet fascinating slow burn

  • Dirty Dancing Review

    Performing Arts

    Dirty Dancing

    Staying true to the original, this steamy stage adaptation is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the classic, feel-good film

  • Powder Her Face Main

    Performing Arts

    Powder Her Face

    Northern Ireland's first production of Thomas Adés's notorious, sex-fuelled opera holds a mirror to modern society and the perils of promiscuity

  • La La Land

    Film

    La La Land

    Despite its artistic virtues, the limp narrative of Damien Chazelle's modern musical just won't leave audiences as jazzed as they were with Whiplash

  • Silence

    Film

    Silence

    Liam Neeson is the white whale of Scorsese's monumental 26-year passion project, which caps a career-long study of spirituality on the big screen

  • Two Angry Men

    Film

    Two Angry Men

    Toto Ellis leaves us longing for a feature length in his debut short outlining the theatrical censorship his father and Sam Thompson faced in Belfast 60 years ago

  • My Minds i

    Visual Arts

    Janet Mullarney: My Minds i

    Multi-disciplined artist confronts a gamut of emotions in a twisted fantasy of sculptures, shadows and illustrations at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

  • Hubert Butler

    Film

    Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future

    Writer, humanitarian and market gardener, 'Ireland's Orwell' is given due recognition for his years-ahead endeavors in this detailed documentary

  • FAM Review Main

    Visual Arts

    Future Artist-Makers: The Exhibition

    This exciting showcase of works created using new skills in digital technology titillates the imagination with its sense of eye-pleasing, interactive wonderment

  • Cappella Caeciliana ReviewClassical

    Reflecting Light

    Cappella Caeciliana record contemporary pieces and festive classics

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Terry Blain discovers that for all our technological advances nothing much changes in Pantoland

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A New Chapter

    Former female prisoners open their hearts with hand bound book exhibition at the Linen Hall Library

  • Murray Christmas ReviewFilm

    Xmas Movies

    Ralph McLean reviews his top ten festive favourites to make the season of goodwill go a little bit faster

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Sea

    Michael Smiley joins an ensemble crew searching for Nazi gold in Kevin MacDonald's tense thriller

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mickey Finn's Air

    Gerald Dawe's new collection takes the reader on flights of nostalgic fancy

  • ReviewFilm

    St. Vincent

    Bill Murray is an unlikely babysitter in Theodore Melfi's quirky comedy also starring Chris O'Dowd

  • Tinseltown

    Paul Boyd pits belief against world-weary cynicism in what is sure to be a smash hit musical

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Civil Rights

    Void's timely and pertinent exhibition shows that racial equality is yet but a dream in modern America

  • Lisaire String Quartet ReviewClassical

    Ode to Sting

    Lisaire String Quartet interpret classic Police and Sting tracks – watch a live performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    MAC International

    Joanne Savage appreciates flashes of brilliance at The MAC but hopes for greater thrills in future

  • ReviewFilm

    The Drop

    James Gandolfini's final film is a gripping ensemble adaptation of the gritty Dennis Lehane novel 

  • ReviewLiterature

    Poetry Ireland Review

    Latest issue sees a range of contemporary poets writing about their favourite Seamus Heaney poems

  • The Imitation Game ReviewFilm

    The Imitation Game

    Benedict Cumberbatch is extraordinary in Morten Tyldum's flawed biopic of Enigma breaker Alan Turing

  • An Evening with CS Lewis

    David Payne's play is heavy on anecdote but light on the good stuff – the books

  • ReviewMusic

    The Lost Brothers

    Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech channel the finest songwriters in Derry

  • Unhome

    Jim McAleavey's house of horrors bulges with invention and endless witty subversions at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Lit Up Inside

    Van Morrison launches a book of his lyrics in London joined by Michael Longley, Edna O'Brien and Ian Rankin

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    World Press Photo

    Famine, war, family and more – Belfast hosts the international photojournalist exhibit for the first time

  • ReviewFilm

    I Am Ali

    Claire Lewins uses exclusive audio journals to tell at least part of the legendary boxer's life story

  • ReviewFilm

    The Fall

    With episode two of series two set to air tonight, we look back at the slow-burning opener

  • Jacques Brel is Alive...

    Blunt Fringe reanimate the husky Belgian songwriter and 'matador of emotion'

  • Damage

    A suppressed emotion will do anything to survive in Patrick J O'Reilly's gay conversion therapy drama

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Music Prize

    Robyn G Shiels scoops album of the year, while alt-metal icons Therapy? perform Troublegum

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Days

    Excerpts from Eimear O'Callaghan's teenage diary written at the height of the Troubles in 1972 

  • ReviewFilm

    Third Person

    Liam Neeson is an author struggling with a failing narrative in Paul Haggis' similarly unsuccessful ensemble piece

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    From Bolshoi to Belfast

    The evolving aesthetics of Russian theatre revealed at Crumlin Road Gaol

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Stairwell

    Michael Longley considers mortality in his new collection shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

  • ReviewMusic

    SOAK

    Derry's finest returns home after a year in the spotlight

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Royal Ulster Academy

    After 133 years, the annual exhibit of art by members and non-members continues to astonish

  • Rafael Payare ReviewClassical

    Ulster Orchestra

    Philip Hammond enjoys the youthful energy of principal conductor Rafael Payare 

  • Ludo Lusi Lusum ReviewDance

    Ludo Lusi Lusum

    Animals metamorphose and interact in Echo Echo's delightful new piece for children

  • ReviewMusic

    Lost Domain

    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler produces a cathartic solo album following his father's battle with dementia

  • ReviewMusic

    The Gloaming

    Trad supergroup play out the 2014 Belfast Festival at Queen's with support from Hannah McPhillimy

  • ReviewMusic

    Remembering Gerry

    A host of musicians indebted to the late Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson perform in Belfast

  • Neither Either

    Two of Ireland's finest companies are inspired by the work of poet Seamus Heaney

  • ReviewHeritage

    Wise Women & Witches

    Bob Curran delves into the facts behind the folklore at the Roe Valley Arts Centre

  • Female Gothic

    Rebecca Vaughan's medley of classic ghoulish tales is a tricky treat at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Black Stone Cherry

    American purveyors of backwoods rock chug their way through an impressive set at Mandela Hall

  • An Enemy of the People

    Schaubühne Berlin get Belfast fired up for change

  • Neil Cowley Trio ReviewClassical

    Neil Cowley Trio

    Jazz meets classical at the City of Derry Choral Festival with suitable support from Codetta choir

  • ReviewFilm

    Serena

    Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make it three for three in Susanne Bier's long-in-the-making English language debut

  • ReviewFilm

    '71

    Jack O'Connell excels in this taut Troubles-era thriller by director Yann Demange and writer Gregory Burke

  • Guide Gods ReviewDance

    Guide Gods

    A profound and thought-provoking piece from disabled artist, singer, choreographer and thinker Claire Cunningham

  • ReviewMusic

    Trio Rafale

    Swiss three-piece conjure the spirit of their classical forebears in a buoyant performance at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

    Award-winning actor Adrian Dunbar commemorates the late playwright at the Belfast Festival

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Goose Tree

    Moyra Donaldson takes stock of a life in letters and finds solace in nature

  • ReviewLiterature

    Where They Lie

    Mary O'Donnell's fourth novel is a darkly passionate tribute to the Disappeared

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Make Every Show...

    Endlessly inventive conceptual artist Ryan Gander exhibits in Derry~Londonderry

  • ReviewMusic

    Beoga

    Virtuoso trad group are supported by emerging act Cúig in Belfast

  • Sive

    JB Keane's 1956 play set in rural Ireland abounds with dark themes familiar to 21st century audiences

  • ReviewMusic

    Dillon & Tyminski

    One of Ireland's finest vocalists is supported by American bluegrass legend at the Waterfront Hall

  • ReviewMusic

    Southpaw Niños

    Mick McCullagh's trad debut features songwriting worthy of The Waterboys

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Ulster Society of Women Artists

    Lisburn's Island Arts Centre hosts annual mixed media exhibition

  • ReviewFilm

    Dracula Untold

    Northern Ireland provides a dramatic backdrop to Gary Shore's largely superficial blockbuster 

  • ReviewMusic

    Ó Raghallaigh & Trueman

    Composers conjure hypnotic soundscapes in north Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Doppelgänger

    Peter Liversidge's Symbolist exhibition at The MAC is a psychosexual Where's Wally?

  • ReviewMusic

    Barry Douglas

    Jenny Cathcart takes a trip down memory lane at Fermanagh Live thanks to the virtuoso pianist

  • Foil, Arms & Hog

    Dublin-based trio perform a short but sweet set at the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival in Belfast

  • ReviewLiterature

    Martin Bell

    Acclaimed war correspondent on learning his craft in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

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