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Director: Rob Letterman Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe Running Time: 104 minutes


It’s 2000 and you’re nine and you’re waiting in line at the cinema for Pokémon: The First Movie. You’re loaded up on sugar and Burger King and immeasurable excitement. Pokémon is a global phenomenon in spite of how it baffles anyone who’s five years older than you or more, you’ve been freebasing a cocktail of video games, toys and cartoons for the last year or so and you think it’s the most amazing thing imaginable. As far as your nine year old understanding of art and culture goes, “: The Movie” of The Thing is the ultimate elevation, the crowning glory of entertainment and so you’re pretty sure this is going to be the biggest and best movie of all time. And imagine. It’s only the first one. You look at the poster and it has, like, every Pokémon on it. Incredible. Mewtwo and Mew square off in the centre and you can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when they finally fight. Your brother looks like you must look, like he’s about to explode from the excitement of it all. Your mother looks like she’d rather be anywhere else. Philistine. And then the screen opens up. And you go in.

And it’s…fine.

It was fine?

…was it even fine?

You’re only nine and you are so ready and willing to love this movie and there were certainly fun bits, certainly moments where it seemed to be giving you exactly what you wanted, but now its over and all that anticipation and excitement has left you and there hasn’t really been anything left in its place. You don’t feel disappointed, exactly, but there is something nagging at you. Surely life isn’t so cynical that it would lure you into a cinema screen, distract you by having your favourite characters bounce around for two hours doing nothing of much importance, stick in a dumb, even contradictory moral at the end and shoo you out until they’re ready to show you The Next Movie? You may not have felt exactly like this in 2000. Or when you were nine. You may have felt like this at some stage though. Maybe even recently. We all get sold on the biggest and the best and the phenomenon and we all end up in that moment when the anticipation has departed. If you take these things too seriously you feel like you have to explain, in so many words, why something nagged at you or not, or your delight when the excitement pays off, or your sense of betrayal when it doesn’t. Before you know it you go into school one day and no one thinks Pokémon is cool anymore. Nobody gave you the heads up about this.

It’s 2019 and you spend your own money on movies that are only fine now so at least your mother is less disappointed. It turns out that life actually is so cynical, sometimes, but mostly you’re still pretty ready and willing to love movies. You’re the one who gets baffled by the weird things they try to sell kids these days, and then you see them announce a pretty baffling thing: a movie where Pikachu is a detective. And he talks. There’s a part of you, somewhere in the place where that anticipation and excitement used to be, that knows that it’s just a regular Pikachu with a stupid, cheap hat. He still embodies all the awful commercialism he did before.

But he’s got a new hat!

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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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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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Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo Starring: The Avengers Running Time: 181 minutes


What follows below is a quick-and-clean, spoiler-free review of Avengers: Endgame. If and after you’ve seen the film and want something with more depth and detail to continue the discussion, we’ll be back next week with a second look, which you can read at your own risk.

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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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