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Journalists. Intrepid crusaders for truth and justice, or cynical slingers of sensationalism and the now-dreaded ‘fake news’? It might be some combination of the two (except of course for self-appointed film critics, whose dedication and value are without question), but the world of journalism has always been of interest to filmmakers, with its capacity for high stakes, morality plays and occasionally, a quickly-escalating news team brawl. All through September into early October, the Light House Cinema will be screening an extensive selection of great films about journalists, news anchors, newspaper men and more in the media, with classics both cult and canonised from some of the biggest names in Western filmmaking. Exploring journalism in all its forms, ‘Hacks’ season is here and we have the full schedule for you to peruse.Read more…

Saturday, September the 16th sees the Irish Film Institute open their doors for one of the most anticipated events of the year in Dublin for cinema fans: The IFI Open Day. With the chance to see some fantastic films for free and the opportunity to see firsthand the work the IFI puts into their mission to ‘Exhibit, Preserve and Educate’ with tours of Paul Markey’s Projection Booth and the Digital Restoration Suite, it’s always something to look forward to and with 2017 being the 25th anniversary of the IFI’s landmark premises in Temple Bar, they’re celebrating with a lineup of films, announced yesterday, that has some real standout cinema.

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70mm showings of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk have proven to be very popular at the Irish Film Institute, just one factor in making the historical epic a major hit at the Irish box office. As part of the IFI’s commitment to exhibit, preserve and educate, they’re no strangers to showing films in a variety of formats, with authentic prints of films like The Right Stuff being regular features of IFI programming. The most recently announced example is upcoming screenings of a new 70mm print of David Lean’s classic Lawrence of Arabia, which will be showing at the cinema from Oct 20 – 22. But what exactly is the difference between 70mm and the more modern digital? How do great films go from the booth behind you to the screen in front of you? It’s hardly just a matter of pushing play on a DVD, as the IFI’s projectionist Paul Markey explains. Film In Dublin spoke to Paul about the work that he does, different film formats and more.

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Happenings love of sharing cinema in the great outdoors has brought some great evenings to Dublin film fans in the past, including Sing Street and other Irish favourites around the county for this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival and last year’s Centenary Cinema events for the 1916 anniversary. The most recent edition of Happenings’ Open Air Cinema will offer a unique experience for cinephiles, as they’ll be showing a silent horror classic in Mount Merrion this Saturday.

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This coming Friday is already the last of the month (how on Earth are we already looking into July?) and that means that Grindhouse Dublin will once again be taking a cult classic straight out of a grimy picture house down a 70’s side street in New York and transporting it to the modern day, and the considerably nicer setting of the Light House Cinema. This month, Grindhouse Dublin will be showing one of the all time great martial arts movies, Bruce Lee’s beloved and innovative Enter the Dragon.

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Two legends of cinema are being celebrated throughout June and the start of July at the Light House Cinema as their programme Hepburn Forever screens the work of Audrey and Katharine Hepburn. Two true icons of 20th century Hollywood, the films of the (non-related) Hepburns will be sure to bring a touch of glitz and glamour to the Smithfield cinema, making for one classy way to kick off the summer.

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Like us, you may have become addicted to Mad Max: Fury Road, the visually stunning, brilliantly chaotic action movie that stands as the best of its genre this decade. Perhaps it took hold of you and you resent its absence. Well resent no more, as Fury Road will return to the big screen at the end of April at the Light House Cinema, shiny and chrome. And black.

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Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Running Time: 128 minutes


 

Having been subjected to months of hype and subsequently inevitable backlash, it has been almost impossible to go into La La Land without expectations being shaped one way or another. Is it truly the greatest thing since sliced bread, is it a musical for people who don’t like musicals, does it deserve the onslaught of accolades or is it merely the dreaded “Oscar Bait”, to be forgotten as soon as everyone files out of the Dolby Theatre on February 26th? That label and the associations that go with it, that La La Land is deliberately designed at every level to take home Academy Awards, are cynical accusations to make, but we live in cynical times. That is what makes La La Land such an appealing throwback, an abandonment of reality that shows its beautiful stars pursuing and achieving their dreams in the brightest light possible. There’s not much of our real world in struggling actress Mia’s massive apartment decked in classic film posters, or on the various, impossibly romantic dates she shares with jazz fanatic Sebastian. Reality is the antagonist of La La Land, right from the opening where dozens and dozens of motorists abandon an LA gridlock for a showstopping musical number, through Mia’s numerous, disastrous auditions and Seb’s jazz dogmatism setting him back over and over, reality is what the characters are trying to overcome to find happiness.

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Christmas feels so long ago it may as well have never happened. Our New Year’s Resolutions are in tatters already and it’s only the 10th. Forget April, everybody knows that January is the cruellest month, but luckily the Sugar Club have a beacon of light to offer in these dark times. Popcorn have been screening classic films for fans to enjoy with a slice of pizza and perhaps a tall glass of water or two for a while now, and their streak is continuing in January with three films that may help chase your January Blues away.

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Since their inception in 2011, Film Fatale have been bringing classic Hollywood glamour to life. In screening old favourites and hosting parties filled with folks dressed to the nines, dancing to the old standards after a cocktail or two, they’ve allowed audiences a window back into the Golden Age of Hollywood. To celebrate their sixth birthday, Film Fatale will be hosting another event in one of Dublin’s most unique locations, showing one of the greatest films of all time just for good measure.

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