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Well, that dream is about to become a reality, as Hollywood Babylon presents MONDO CAGE with Face/Off (1997) at the Lighthouse cinema on Saturday, August 13th at 10:45 PM. Cage delivers his performance here with his trademark gusto as the twisted criminal mastermind Castor Troy. John Travolta shares Cage’s limelight as Special Agent Sean Archer, the Batman to Cage’s Joker. Archer is doubly motivated in exacting justice against Troy because not only is he a terrorist, sadist and all round nasty piece of work, he was also responsible for the death of the Special Agent’s son.

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Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles Run Time: 123 minutes


Bourne is back. With Matt Damon returning to the franchise after 2012’s sub-par reboot The Bourne Legacy, this latest installment sticks to the tried and true formula of the genre it helped redefine over a decade ago. That’s not to say Jason Bourne is a disappointment. The film manages to keeps an exciting and relentless pace throughout, it just never really reaches new heights. To be honest it doesn’t even feel like it aimed to do so.  We all know what to expect from a Bourne film at this stage, and that’s exactly what it delivers. No more, no less.

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At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, recognition from the TIFF audience that begun Room‘s journey to Oscar-winning success. One year later, the Irish film industry continues to receive international spotlight, with three major films supported by support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) being selected for this year’s edition of the prestigious Canadian film festival.

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In  Movie Memories, the notable and quotable from all over Dublin reminisce about their formative film experiences. From date movie disasters to a first time with a classic, they recall it all.

Dr. Harvey O’Brien keeps a lot of plates spinning in the Irish film scene, teaching Film Studies at UCD, co-editing Film and Film Culture and serving as a member of the Irish Film Institute’s Board of Directors. He’s been a regular on RTÉ Radio One’s ‘Classic Movies’ slot and is the author of Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back (2012) and The Real Ireland (2004), and co-editor of Keeping it Real (2004). Harvey strives to keep the big and loud blockbusters in the conversation of Important Cinema and for the first Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with him about the blockbusters of his youth, how modern movies measure up and the best approach to remakes and reboots.

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Every Monday, Film In Dublin brings you the highlights of the week ahead in Dublin cinemas. Festivals, screenings, premieres, quizzes or even a showing of some opera, get ready to fill up your day planners. You can’t do it all but with our guide you’ll never have nothing to do.

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Tickets are available now for GAZE, Dublin’s long-running International LGBT Film Festival. The festival’s roots go back a long way, beginning at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Ireland and in the years since it has had an important role in showcasing the work of gay artists in cinema. This year be the tenth GAZE since the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival underwent a name change in 2007 and with a selection of films both from Ireland and around the world it promises to be a great long weekend for film fans and one of the biggest LGBTQ events of the year outside of Dublin Pride.

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Since first being announced as part of ‘Phase 3’ of Marvel’s ongoing box-office domination back in 2014, Captain Marvel has had its release date swapped around, pushed back and played down, all with no announcement of who exactly would be playing Air Force pilot turned superpowered Avenger Carol Danvers. In the midst of unveiling full casts for their upcoming films like Doctor Strange and Black Panther at Comic-Con, Marvel finally revealed that they had cast the role.

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Director: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Salanda, Idris Elba Running Time: 122 minutes


How much you enjoy Star Trek Beyond may depend entirely on what it is you expect from a Star Trek film. Those looking for a fun night at the movies will likely leave satisfied. Those hoping for a hint of the depth or thematic resonance of the original series may feel short changed.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Beyond fittingly promises a story that returns that franchise to its roots, with the crew having finally embarked on their 5 year mission to “explore strange new worlds”.  While some credit is due for attempting to follow through on that promise, it doesn’t excuse the script’s over reliance on by-the-numbers plotting. The story is threadbare and largely recycled; riddled with plot contrivances and a few too many unlikely coincidences. What the film lacks in originality however, it makes up for with a renewed sense of adventure.Read more…

Since it was first announced last year, details had been scarce about The Woods, the latest horror film from You’re Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard. Besides it presumably taking place in the woods. However, as revealed by a trailer showing at San Diego Comic Con, it turns out that these aren’t just any woods, but the woods of Burkitsville, with the film turning out to actually be a sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project.

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Director: David Yates Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel Jackson, Christoph Waltz Running Time: 110 minutes


There comes a point when certain stories should be consigned to the past, for being too dated, too old-fashioned, too far removed from modern storytelling to be viable in the present day. Hearing Samuel L. Jackson describe milky white, Viking-blooded Alexander Skarsgård as “Africa’s favourite son” may officially mark that point for Tarzan, Edgar R. Burrough’s pulp jungle man character steeped in troubling colonial attitudes. David Yates, director of the later Harry Potter films, attempts to get around this by placing Tarzan in direct opposition to colonial attitudes, but this fails to solves the problem and in fact throws up some new ones too.

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