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Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

Other News

First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.

Hundreds of DV arrests across state

Police have charged more than 550 people during a four-day operation targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic and family violence offenders.

Managing aquifers to deal with groundwater loss

Australians have worried about running out of water since before colonisation. Back then, coastal Aboriginal people turned to rivers, streams and lakes for drinking water; those inland, perhaps a mound spring or well-charged rock hole.

Northern Rivers will host the 2025 and 2027 NSW Bowls Championships

Ballina is set to host the 2025 and 2027 State Bowls Championships that will see over 900 competitors vying...

Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Craggy old Liam Neeson does it tough in the movies these days, doesn’t he?

Invariably widowed or divorced, in this case, Non Stop, as US Air Marshal Bill Marks, the poor bugger has also lost an eight-year-old daughter to leukemia and, still devastated, has developed a penchant for hard liquor.

He is one of the army of plainclothes security guards that the US government has employed since 9/11 to keep the airways safe for travellers, though whether the rest of them get a seat in first class is doubtful at best.

Sipping on a gin and tonic with a lovely stranger (Julianne Moore) sitting next to him, everything looks hunky dory on just another New York–London flight – notwithstanding the harried look on Liam’s dial.

Sure enough… he gets a text from a mystery passenger who threatens to kill somebody in twenty minutes if money is not deposited into an account that he has supplied.

Early indicators suggest that we might be heading into Snakes on a Plane territory (I’d love to see that again, just for its glorious idiocy) as Liam is led to the end of his tether by a conspirator who is always one step ahead of him.

His manic attempts to find the villain result in Liam’s being considered a terrorist by the air force and everybody else on the plane – except for Julianne and the beautiful stewardess (Michelle Dockery, who appears weirdly out of place after her spellbinding presence at Downton Abbey).

There are the usual number of suspects – the only one of whom you know it can’t be is the Muslim doctor, for that would be too obvious… unless the writers intend applying Maxwell Smart’s ‘old reverse psychology trick’.

The plot is convoluted and the declamatory dialogue at times awful, but the tension is well constructed and Neeson, Moore and Dockery, aided by an excellent support cast – Corey Stoll notably so as an off-duty NYPD officer – are untroubled in holding the story together as it hurtles towards its fantastic climax.

~ John Campbell

 


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