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Coming soon to the Light House Cinema is Dublin’s latest film festival. The Dublin film fan’s calendar is always bursting with film festivals, especially at this time of year. Even this week, the Peter McVerry Trust are hosting a festival of their own at the Smithfield cinema, with the Opening Doors Film Festival well underway, screening films like The Florida Project and Paddy Breathnach’s soon-upcoming Rosie, an important effort from Ireland’s first ‘homeless film festival’ to engage cinema audiences on the issue of homelessness and stir debate and conversations on its impact on our society. Also this week you can check in on the future of Irish film through ‘SEA CHANGE – IADT@21’, a screening of the Best of IADT’s Film Graduate shorts taking place this Thursday 11th October, 6pm at The Studio in dlr LexIcon.

Looking ahead to November though and back, as ever, to the Light House, the Dublin Independent Film Festival will be the latest showcase of a range of Irish talents, taking place on Thursday, 1st November. This festival is organised for both independent filmmakers and cinema-goers who love to discover niche films and artists.

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The kids may be back in school but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a good family day out at the movies before the autumn season really kicks in. The Irish Film Institute has you covered with starting from this Friday with a fun-filled festival of family-friendly films. The IFI Family Festival 2018 is packed with movies and events to foster the young film fans in your life, from August 31st to September 2nd.

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From Boulder to Brown Bag to Mooshku and more, Dublin is a developing hub of animation and every year, the Dublin Animation Film Festival celebrates the best of the format, both Irish and internationally. This October sees the festival return for its 8th edition, and submissions for animators are open now.

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One of the highlights of the calendar every year in the fair city of film, the GAZE LGBT Film Festival is shaping up to have one of its most packed programmes yet. There’s loads to see and do during the festival, which takes place this year from the 2nd to the 6th of August, but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights for you to help you plan your own festival schedule. Narrowing it down to six picks was hard enough, considering how many intriguing screenings and events are taking place (we originally had five and just had to add more), but these are some of the most can’t miss moments during a great weekend to come.

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Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía Running Time: 109 minutes


Though they have been drawn some criticism in the last few years for their reliance on sequels, Pixar can still be relied on to create imaginative worlds filled with fun characters, as the beloved Inside Out proved not so long ago. They also, crucially, never talk down to the kids that there films are aimed at (okay, apart from the Cars series, mostly), imparting lessons without moralising, giving something to take away from viewings beyond bright colours and catchy tunes.  Their latest feature Coco is as colourful as they come, and even leans slightly more in the Disney direction with the number of songs it features, but rest assured, this is a Pixar movie with both a brain and a heart. Even if it doesn’t always look like it, considering how many skeletons are around.

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Since 2012, the Fingal Film Festival has spotlighted local independent filmmaking and showcased emerging local, national and international talents. This year will see the festival bigger than ever, as it’s been revamped into the Fingal Film & Arts Festival, a 3 day event this August that offers the people of Fingal a line-up of indie film, music and comedy with top-quality production and entertainment, with festival organisers excited to create “the ultimate summer festival experience on your door step”.

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Set to take place in 2018, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is Ireland’s latest international film festival dedicated to filmmakers exclusively using mobile devices. The festival will screen a host of short film, documentary, animation and music videos, with industry and educational workshops as well as a few surprises.

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Director: Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes Running Time: 104 minutes


If there’s one thing the last decade of films by Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder have made abundantly clear, it’s that Batman can be rather a miserable fellow. You might not have heard, but his parents were murdered by a criminal and he processed this tragedy via a lot of punching, gutteral yelling and, with the deftness that only Visionary Director Zack Snyder could muster, by branding deviant criminals with a bat-branding iron so that they can actually be murdered in prison. One of the brightest spots in the surprise hit The Lego Movie in 2014 was its willingness to lighten up the Dark Knight a bit, playing up his serious streak into something over the top, egotistical and adolescent for big laughs. Lego Batman was such a treat that he’s been given a spin-off movie of his very own, a fun kid-pleaser that also shows a pretty good understanding of how Lego Batman’s Lego mind works.

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Directors: John Musker & Ron Clements Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jermaine Clement, Nicole Sherzinger, Alan Tudyk Running Time: 113 minutes


From the release of Mulan in 1998 onwards, Disney animation has aimed for a more proactive set of Princesses, girls who take a more active role in their own story without having to be rescued by a handsome, strong-chinned hero. While refining that process, Disney has still stuck to the same basic structure for the Princess side of their animation department, with songs, animal sidekicks and heroes who just need to believe in themselves. Moana undoubtedly follows that same Disney formula, but if the songs are good, the animal sidekicks are funny and the heroes are worth believing in, who cares?

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