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Director: Mike Mills Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup Running Time: 119 minutes


What does it mean to be a man? What does it take to become one? How do you ensure you are a good one?

These are questions at the heart of Mike Mills’ latest film, 20th Century Women. Now, you may notice a disconnect there between the title and the message. This movie is a lot more than your typical coming of age story for our young male protagonist, Jamie (Zumann). The film centres on an unconventional household in California in the late 70s, bustling with a gathered family of resilient women. This film moves more like an experience than a solid three act piece. We spend time with these characters and see what they’re up to, basically. The biggest story arc throughout is that single mother Dorothea (Bening) wants her son Jamie to learn what it is to be a man and so she enlists the help of her lodger Abbie (Gerwig) and Jamie’s friend Julie (Fanning). These modern women help him tackle and traverse what it means to be a man in the twentieth century. As you could guess, they all have different ideological beliefs about society, men and women.

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Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Anjela Nedyalkova Running Time: 117 minutes


For a good chunk of the people involved, Trainspotting was a launching pad for success, providing steady careers for the likes of Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlysle or Kelly MacDonald and Oscars, OBEs and stardom for lead Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle. Which is to say that revisiting Trainspotting isn’t necessarily a ‘Glory Days’ exercise because the film wasn’t necessarily as good as it got for the people involved. But what about the characters involved in the film itself? What if living as a despondant, criminal heroin addict was the best years of your life? T2 Trainspotting never comes close to reaching the chaotic energy of its predecessor regardless of the return of its original cast and director, but it always knows what an uphill battle that is and at least tries to remain wryly self-aware about the mid-life crisis it appears to represent.

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Director: Mick Jackson Starring: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott Running Time: 110 minutes


The atmosphere of Western politics in the last 12 months has quickly turned ‘timely’ into one of the most overused phrases in film criticism, with any film past or present that’s even remotely similar to current events now given the label. However with Denial depicting an Anti-Semite, who literally causes a judge to ask if his twisting of the facts regarding the Holocaust can be called lies if they’re what he genuinely believes, timely is definitely the word, to the point where the unrelenting news cycle rendered it more relevant walking out of the screening than it had been walking into it. Relevant and informative, as a film Denial is as blunt as its subject Deborah E. Lipstadt has been about the obvious incorrectness of Holocaust deniers like David Irving and the motivation behind their lies. Its message is important in the face of ‘alternate facts’, but the film struggles in getting beneath the surface of Lipstadt and Irving’s legal battle.

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Since 1989, the award-winning Cinemagic film festival has used film, television and digital technology to educate, motivate and inspire young people from all over Ireland. With the latest festival coming to Dublin in March, Cinemagic are now offering young film fans the chance to be on ths Cinemagic Dublin Jury Panel, allowing them to watch, judge and choose the winning films at the 10th annual Cinemagic Festival.
Ever wondered during this film awards season what it would be like to participate on a film jury and decide who wins? Well now you can. The Dublin Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is back for its 10th edition and is recruiting film critic jury panels of 8-18 year olds from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland to watch and judge a series of  films from around the world during the Festival this May.

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The nominations for the 2017 edition of the Academy Awards were announced this afternoon. After an Irish-filled ceremony last year, Ruth Negga will be carrying Irish hopes this year with her nomination for Best Actress in Loving, released in Irish cinemas on Friday.

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  • January 24, 2017

Dublin’s latest film festival arrives later this year and it promises to “explore the outer limits of the imagination and bringing you close encounters of the celluloid kind.” The first Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival has been announced and they’re taking submissions from filmmakers now. Aspiring creators of fantast and sci-fi should take note, as this new festival puts the call out for films to be sent to them.

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  • January 24, 2017

2016 was a weird year for cinema goers. With action-packed blockbusters crashing at the box office and long-awaited sequels falling seriously flat with both critics and fans alike, it seemed as if the smaller, more indie and low-key pieces of cinema would finally get the public acknowledgement they deserved. This did, for the most part, come true with critical darlings such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Witch, Manchester by the Sea and Hell or High Water becoming commercial hits as well as serious award contenders. Although positive steps have been made, there seemed to be an uncontrollable level of noise in 2016 (whether it be as a result of buzz or critical backlash!), which resulted in other genuinely brilliant movies going unheard. As such, we here at Film In Dublin have decided to fly the flag and lend a voice to those brilliant films that you may have missed in 2016.

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Director: DJ Caruso Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Sam Jackson Running Time: 107 minutes


You would be forgiven for looking at a title like xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, a straight sequel to a film released fifteen years ago, and wondering why the mysterious Xander Cage is returning now. Or better yet, where has he been for the best part of two decades? The short answer is dead. The long answer involves Ice Cube and a 2005 sequel/reboot hybrid that may or may not be canon depending on how much of a diehard fan you are (does xXx have diehard fans? Let’s assume it does).

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