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Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Harvey Keitel, Kathrine Narducci Running Time: 210 minutes

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There is a moment, deep in the runtime of The Irishman where Robert De Niro’s Frank Sheeran, a man decades in  service to the mafia, tries to talk Al Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa out of going past a point of no return, Hoffa invoking the wrath of the mobsters he’s found himself in league with. It’s a key communication, a warning to a close friend to put aside his pride and stubborness in the face of certain death, a plea for cooler hands to prevail in a genre where they never do, as well as an internal clash of Sheeran’s loyalties and his warped sense of duty. The words, to say the least, don’t come easy. Sheeran is unable to conjure more than loaded stock phrases and inneundo, a sad Johnny Tightlips mumbling that “it is what it is”. In the mafia, you never say what it actually is, threats and confessions alike meant always to be dangled just out of reach, and the great Martin Scorsese’s pensive reflection of decades of crime shows how these delusions and denials erode a man from the inside over time. Weaving through the histories of these stubborn criminals, The Irishman lays bare just how hollow their power and legacies ultimately are, gently but firmly.”You don’t know how fast time goes by until you get there,” says Frank and the story of how gets there and what is left of him when he does is one of Scorsese’s finest in years. A slow, sad reflection of the past.

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“A sick film made by sick people for sick people” was how Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing was described by its own distributors, and if that sounds like the kind of film you absolutely must see, Fillum and the Generator have you covered this November.

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November at the Irish Film Institute is always a treat for fans of French cinema and this year is no different. The IFI French Film Festival begins next Wednesday and tickets are selling fast for some of the big titles in this year’s season, running from November 13th – 24th.

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Attaboy, Light House.

The Smithfield cinema have today announced the programme for their annual Naughty or Nice season, a selection of beloved Christmas classics and carefully curated deep-cuts. Every year the selection tends to bring out the naughty and nice in Dublin’s film fans as they cross in-laws and distant relatives off their gift lists in order to fit in a few more tickets to treat themselves with and Christmas 2019 is set to be no different. The usual lineup are all there with a few new, intriguing choices thrown in, it’s going to be a busy few weeks at the Light House from November 29th to December 31st.

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iffy, the short film festival on the Liffey have announced their array of short films for their upcoming 4th edition on Saturday 23rd of November at The Pearse Centre Theatre, Dublin 2 and tickets are now on sale. Ten shorts from Ireland and abroad will be showcased during the festival, presenting a great opportunity to see some of our best indie filmmakers at work and connect with upcoming talents both in front of and behind the camera.

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Later this month the experienced writer/producer Stephen Cleary will be in the fair city of film to provide two intriguing workshops on interest to budding storytellers on screen. Running next week with Film Network Ireland, the workshops will provide an opportunity to advance their knowledge of story structure, genre writing and more.

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If you love all things spooky, scary and/or skeleton-adjacent like we do here on Film In Dublin, then the month of October is basically your Christmas. And if your version of Halloween involves packing in as many scary movies as people during the month that’s in it, you’re spoiled for choice in the fair city of film over the next couple of weeks. There’s no shortage of alluring screenings to come from the likes of the Light House, the IFI and more. And as an extra little something-something, there’s a unique event coming to town for Halloween 2019 courtesy of a director who knows a thing or two about things that go bump in the night. Check out our guide to Halloween 2019 in the fair city of film.

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