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Turned off by new sci-fi effort

IT was a busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend in TV-land but little in the way of Easter eggs on show, bar some live chicks hatching at some stage in what looked like a leftover scene from Springwatch. It culminated with Games of Thrones returning to screens on Monday night but I won’t start there.

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Alfie and Dylan dice with film

  TWO East Clare teenagers scooped third place in the Fresh Film Festival, which took place last week in Limerick. Feakle’s Alfie Hollingsworth and Dylan Bickerton of One Cent Productions took the third overall place in the senior award category at the festival with their film Diceman. Alfie and Dylan, both 17, were selected for their high concept thriller, which was described by the judges as having strong production design and sharp cinematography. “It was a bold production that commanded the respect of the judges,” they noted. The two filmmakers have shared their passion for filmmaking from a young age and have made a number of films.  Alfie’s love of filmmaking developed from the age of 11 when “One rainy day, my neighbour exclaimed that he had a Lego animation kit, (created by Spielberg himself) and asked if I wanted to borrow it and try and make an animation”. Alfie subsequently introduced Dylan to filmmaking a couple of years later …

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At the movies

Identity ThiefDIRECTED BY: Seth GordonSTARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Robert PatrickCERT: 15A There’s plenty of laughs in Identity Thief, if your idea of fun is the Three Stooges with an added dose of Judd Apatow-style vulgarity. The comedy here is about as subtle as a punch in the throat. And there’s a lot of that going on. Sandy Patterson (Bateman) is a nice guy with a nice life, a lovely wife (Amanda Peet) and two cute little girls. The only thorn in his flesh is a monster boss (Jon Favreau), but that’s about to change and then it’s blue skies all the way. Or until the next gas station, where his credit card is declined and his nice life starts to unravel. Arrested for skipping court in a state he’s never been to, Sandy discovers that his identity has been stolen – probably something to do with that time he gave all his personal info to a stranger on the …

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