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Star-Spangled stinker

Olympus Has FallenDIRECTED BY: Antoine FuquaSTARRING: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan FreemanCERT: 15A THE US President (Aaron Eckhart), the First Lady (Ashley Judd) and their young son Connor (Finley Jacobsen) are at Camp David, getting ready to attend a billionaire’s ball. Mike Banning (Butler) is the Secret Service agent in charge of the main man’s security detail. He’s also clearly a close family friend. On the way to the ball, there’s a tragic accident on an icy road. Afterwards, Banning becomes the fall guy, exiled to a desk job in the Treasury Department. Eighteen months down the road, he’s still not taking it well, sitting on the sidelines while his old buddies work the big jobs – like their latest, overseeing a visit to the White House by a delegation of South Korean ministers. All of this happens in the first 15 minutes, when Olympus Has Fallen is a serious and interesting political drama – well written, nicely played and …

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On the couch

Adapting a beloved series of novels for the big screen is never an easy process. For every Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter there’s two Golden Compasses and, while the Jack Reacher novels aren’t beloved by tweens and don’t feature any dragons, magic or dwarves, they still deep in the camp of “things the fervent fans don’t want to see screwed up”.

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Fiona takes a bite out of the Big Apple

HAVING graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts last year, Ennis actor Fiona O’Loughlin is still in the Big Apple pursuing a career in one of the world’s great centres of stage and film.

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Michael brings Rhythms of Ireland home

THE international show, The Rhythms of Ireland, comes to the Glór stage next week.

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Young dancers take to the floor

BALLROOM dancing is making a comeback and in Clare, children and teens are being given the chance to lead the way back to the ballroom culture as part of a new series of classes being offered in the county.

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Local libraries expand their language profile

CLARE’S library services have moved to offer literature in different languages over the last few years, due to the changes in the Banner’s demographics, and they say that the numbers of books being borrowed in languages other than English is remaining stable.

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A mystical world of theatre on show in Kilkee

Culturlann Sweeney in Kilkee will present two very different theatre performances this week.

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