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Every year the Irish Film Institute explores a diverse range of science fiction in its Dark Skies programme. In June 2019, Dark Skies returns to the IFI, and this year the festival will explore how the sci-fi genre has responded to our world’s ambiguous relationship to the machines we have created with the theme “Man Vs Machine”.

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Warner Bros. UK and Ireland have put up the Bat-Signal for fans in the fair city of film with their announcement that classic Batman films will be returning to select cinemas  from the 17th May as part of the character’s ongoing 80th anniversary celebration. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will also be receiving 4K Ultra and Digital releases for the first time on the 3rd June, featuring Dolby Atmos.

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Every May, the Dublin Dance Festival presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience and generates opportunities for artists, at home and abroad  through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. The 2019 edition of the festival has already begun and will run until the 19th of May, but film fans may be interested in a selection of shorts taking place at the Projects Arts Centre next Monday 13th May.

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Admirable, Amiable, Theodorable. Who doesn’t love Keanu Reeves? Certainly the Light House Cinema do, which is why they’ve announced their latest season, Keanurama, an ode to Ted Logan himself that will demonstrate through over a dozen of his most iconic roles exactly why the man is The One to so many film fans. Including a John Wick double-bill and coinciding with the release of that series’ latest chapter Parabellum, this series of fun films will surely have us all speeding to Smithfield this summer.

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Though we at Film In Dublin love a prestigious evening of sophisticated cinema as much as the next website, there’s no doubt that sometimes it’s good to kick back and enjoy a late night of wild and weird cult movies. And who says the latter can’t have as much artistic intrigue and worthy discussion as the latter? Cabaret Noise certainly agree with us on that front.  This new Dublin-based film events company are dedicated to bringing cinemas greatest and most forgotten oddities to all manner of venues and locations around Dublin, and they’ll be introducing themselves to the fair city of film with a series of oddities set to screen in Stoneybatter over the next few months.

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Episode IV, A NEW HAPPENINGS

It is a period of a grand stretch in the evening. Happenings, striking from Merrion Square, have won their first victory against the evil fuck-all-to-do-cos-the-weather-is-bad. During the battle, Open Air Cinema spies managed to secure secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate IP, the STAR WARS, a sci-fi series with enough power to destroy an entire subculture’s ability to be polite on the internet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister accountants, Happenings races home aboard their…um…starship? The Luas? Their whatever, custodian of the popular movie that can save their fanbase and restore craic to the galaxy….

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Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin this May and June with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. This year will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives fromAardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters, Lee Cronin, Aislinn Clarke, Paddy Breathnach and Andrew and Ryan Tohill. For an even more immersive experience, young people can be part of the first Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp  for 16+yr olds and it will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines such as Production Management, Assistant Directing, Editing, Camera, Sound, Art Department & Costume, Hair and Makeup and Location Management.

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As far as Film In Dublin can recall, Hugh Jackman’s all-singing, all-dancing The Greatest Showman first screened in Dublin at James Joyce’s Volta Electric Theatre on the cinema’s opening day in 1909 and has been available for viewing in the fair city of film at least once a day in the century or so since… Honestly though there is no disputing that Showman has captured the hearts of audiences in a way that few films can these days, as evidenced by its long-running success at the box office. Later this month, the Axis Art Centre and Theatre in Ballymun will be putting a fresh spin on a screening of the beloved musical hit, as a local women’s dance troupe performs alongside the film.

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The 2019 edition of the Japanese Film Festival will feature as always a diverse and packed programme of films, including work from some of the most acclaimed filmmakers from contemporary Japanese cinema, and covers a variety of themes, genres and topics. Eagerly anticipated and already well-received films from Japan will be screened throughout. With this year 2019 marks the 11th year of The Embassy of Japan’s collaboration with access>cinema. With the help of various supporters, including the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation, JFF 2019 is set to bring the very best of Japanese cinema to Irish screens this April.

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Formerly the Chinese-Language Film Festival, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland has risen through the ranks of the Dublin cinema scene to become among the highlights of the festival calendar, offering outstanding East Asian cinema on an Irish stage. Classic films, hard-to-access current features and masterclasses from a diverse filmmaking perspective are on offer once again at this year’s festival, which takes place at the Irish Film Institute once again from April 11th until the 14th.

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