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Director: Bong Joon-ho Starring: Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhall, Steven Yeun Running Time: 120 minutes


As the medium of film is explored further and further, filmmakers are discovering new and innovative ways to tell the stories that they want to tell. As a result, larger and more complex themes can be explored in 90-120 minute segments at a level that was never thought possible. Over the past few years, science fiction and animation have been able to tell us more about our humanity and morality than most other genres: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Pixar’s Up explored what it meant to be lonely, Wall-E offered a glimpse into the trajectory and repercussions of modern western lifestyles, District 9 explored social stratification under the facade of an action movie, and 2001: A Space Odyssey explored mankind itself… period! Taking all of this into account, it shouldn’t really surprise you to know that Bong Joon-Ho’s (The Host, Snowpiercer) newest movie Okja revolves around a giant, mutant, grey pig, yet tackles such themes as consumerism, capitalism and greed. What will surprise you, however, is just how spectacularly beautiful the movie is.

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Hollywood Babylon are dedicated to bringing the midnight movie experience to Dublin. From cult hits to crowd-pleasers, they believe in showing movies best enjoyed in the late night with plenty of beer to go around. But it isn’t only old movies that are suited to the old-school experience. Starting this Saturday, Hollywood Babylon are presenting an extended season of recent films that fit their mould. From June to October, they’re offering the chance to see recent, acclaimed films like The Host and Bone Tomahawk on the big screen again at the Light House Cinema and we have their full programme here for you to peruse.

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