A new JLo movie and a Lyra McKee documentary – what to watch this week
From an Irish film about a young GAA player dealing with a career-ending injury after an attack on a night out, to a documentary about the life and death of celebrated Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee and a new JLo flick, here's what's not to be missed this week.
Monday, May 8
Lakelands, in cinemas nationwide
Winner of Best Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film at the Kerry International Film Festival, Lakelands follows Cian, a young Gaelic footballer struggling to come to terms with a career-ending injury after an attack on a night out. He undertakes a search for his own identity in a small town where Gaelic football is a religion, and identity is defined by what you can do on the pitch.
Tuesday, May 9
The Spongebob Musical, the Bord Gáis
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, SpongeBob Squarepants of course. The Broadway musical opens at the Bord Gáis this week with Garth Gates taking on the role of the always cynical Squidward. When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. It seems that the power of optimism really can save the world!
Wednesday, May 10
Lyra, 9:30pm, TG4
A documentary feature by Alison Millar, Lyra is an emotive, intimate film portrait of the life and death of celebrated Northern Irish journalist and LBGTQ+ advocate Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by Irish Dissident Republicans in April 2019 aged 29.
Thursday, May 11
Missing: Dead or Alive?, Netflix
A new true crime documentary streaming on Netflix, Missing: Dead or Alive? follows officers from a South Carolina sheriff’s department as they urgently search for individuals who’ve disappeared under troubling circumstances.
Friday, May 12
Dead Shot, Sky Cinema
When a border ambush goes wrong, a retired Irish paramilitary (Colin Morgan) witnesses the fatal shooting of his pregnant wife by British Sergeant, Tempest (Aml Ameen). Now wounded, and presumed dead, he escapes, taking his revenge to the dark and paranoid streets of 1970’s London. Starring Aml Ameen, Colin Morgan and Sophia Brown with Mark Strong, Felicity Jones.
Saturday, May 13
The Mother, Netflix
After years of hiding out in the Alaskan wilderness, a deadly assassin returns to rescue the daughter she loved from afar. Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Paez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, and Gael Garcia Bernal star.
Sunday, May 14
No One Saw A Thing, by Andrea Mara
You stand on a crowded tube platform in London. Your two little girls jump on the train ahead of you. As you try to join them, the doors slide shut and the train moves away, leaving you behind. By the time you get to the next stop, you’ve convinced yourself that everything will be fine. But you soon start to panic, because there aren’t two children waiting for you on the platform. There’s only one…