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You may remember that earlier this year, DC released Batman: The Killing Joke with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to their roles as Batman and the Joker. The film was dark and disturbing, starting with the addition of a sexual relationship between Batgirl and Batman and culminating in Barbara Gordon’s torture by the Joker. Batman has been predominantly portrayed in this dark fashion since The Killing Joke graphic novel was released in 1988, sometimes to the detriment of the story. Why can’t Batman be for kids? Why can’t Batman be fun? Why can’t Batman dance?! If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is here to answer your prayers.

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Director: Colm McCarthy Starring: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, and Sennia Nanua Run Time: 111mins


In a time when zombie stories feel like they’ve been done to death on both the large and small screen, one can’t help but wonder if the genre has anything fresh or compelling left to offer.  As it turns out, it has;  The Girl With All the Gifts is perhaps the best zombie related movie since 28 Days Later reinvented the genre back in 2002. And although it owes a large debt to that film’s setting, general aesthetic, and “rage fueled” undead, it manages to inject plenty of new life and ideas into the mix.Read more…

With eight selections at Toronto International Film Festival, Bobby Sands 66 Days box office success, Love is a Sting winning Best Foreign Film Award at the LA Shorts Fest , not to mention recognition of Room and Brooklyn at the Oscars, it seems that the World has grown a real taste for our National Cinema. And now it has been announced that six feature films funded by the Irish Film Board will be shown at the London Film Festival.

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Director: Adam Wingard Starring: Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune Running Time: 89 minutes


In 1999, The Blair Witch Project was released amidst a massive wave of hype, propelled by early attempts at viral marketing and a ‘based on a true story’ flimflam that caught viewers offguard. With more story around the film than in it and a loose structure much closer to actual found footage than the genre staple tends to be today, it really was a project, a different kind of horror than audiences had seen before. However, audiences often don’t want different and the backlash was swift and the rushed and disastrous sequel Book of Shadows did little to help. Nearly two decades later, new sequel Blair Witch has flown in deliberately under the radar, filmed under the misdirect title The WoodsBlair Witch frequently feels like the kind of film viewers thought the original was offering, which should satisfy some but those who were happy with what they got first time around might leave disappointed.

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The eighth amendment of the Irish constitution is ever-increasingly a controversial issue. For those who don’t know, the amendment equates the rights of an unborn child with the rights of the person carrying it, essentially meaning abortion in all cases is illegal in Ireland. The opposition has been gaining major traction since the Marriage Referendum last year saw such a massive turnout of young voters. IFTA award winning director Dave Tynan has released a short film titled ‘We Face This Land’ featuring a group of women in Repeal jumpers walking into the sea.

The women recite lines from a piece written by novelist Sarah Maria Griffin. They insist that a body is just a body, not a vessel or country and consequently “the laws of the church have no place on your flesh”. They go on to question the fact that a veterinarian can abort a calf if a cow is in danger, asking “How is it that livestock is worth more to this land than us?” The film powerfully demonstrates the lack of choice Irish women have. 11 Irish women must ‘go to the sea’ every day to get this medical treatment.

Watch the short yourself here.

 

 

Director: Taika Waititi Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison and Rima Te Wiata Running time: 101 minutes

From the director of What We Do in the Shadows comes a raucous journey into New Zealand’s bushlands based on the book ‘Wild Pork and Watercress’ by Barry Crump. If you enjoyed the dynamic between Neill and the kids (particularly Tim) in Jurassic Park you’ll love this.

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For many people, the minute August ends is officially the start of Halloween season, with pumpkin spice and all things spooky popping up instantly. Those early starters will want to save Saturday October 29th as soon as possible, as that night the National Concert Hall is presenting one of the all-time great horror films, the 1931 version of Dracula, starring the great Bela Lugosi.

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If you’re one of the millions who loved Fifty Shades of Grey and have been anticipating the follow-up with bated breath, you’re in luck. The Fifty Shades Darker trailer has finally come to put you out of your misery. It is fantastically put together, giving hints of the film’s plot without giving too much away thus leaving the audience wanting more. The trailer features another slowed down version of ‘Crazy in Love’, this time performed by Miguel. Audiences can expect a dramatic follow-up to  Fifty of Shades of Grey as Anastasia seems to have decided the sub life isn’t for her and insists that if Grey wants her back there’s to be no sign of the infamous contract. Unfortunately, things seem to take a turn for Anastasia; she receives surveillance pictures of herself and is confronted by a woman who may be one of Grey’s former dalliances. The film is set to be more of a thriller than its predecessor, it will be interesting to see how this change in genre pans out. Filming apparently has yet to start so this is more of an extended teaser, which is perhaps fitting considering the NSFW nature of the Fifty Shades franchise.

Check the trailer out yourself here.

The film will hit Irish cinemas in February 2017, exact date TBD.

 

The calendar for film festivals in Dublin continues to get more packed, with the first Dublin Workers Film Festival just three weeks away. The festival will be hosted at 27 Pearse Street in Dublin on Saturday October 1st, with three films being shown celebrating and displaying the lives of workers. With the recent strikes by Luas and Dublin Bus drivers bringing worker’s rights into the public debate again, it’s an apt time for the festival to make its debut and although the festival’s programme is small, they are three films that should be of interest to those who like their films to address serious issues affecting working people.

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Director: Woody Allen Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Blake Lively Runtime: 96 minutes

If you want a taste of the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood, Café Society seems to have it all. It has the lavish parties, the decadent clubs and even the criminal undercurrent all on display with lush, saturated colours and the snappy dialogue Woody Allen is known for. But just like Jay Gatsby, Café Society is all style and no substance.

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