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The Irish Film and Television Academy commenced its 15th anniversary year today with the announcement of their line-up of nominations for the 2018 IFTA Awards.

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Director: Sofia Coppola Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning Running Time: 94 minutes


 

The films of Sofia Coppola have always been drawn to the loneliness of the privileged, the longings and feelings of isolation of people who on the face of it, should have it all. In adapting The Beguiled, Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel previously put on screen from the decidedly more male perspectives of Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood in 1971, Coppola pushes her usual focus even further. The privileged here are the Southern belles of a Virginia girls school during the American Civil War, their isolation a gated-off manor, longing for the fathers and husbands and men-folk off fighting the losing side in a moral divide, even their hardships are a result of the school’s slaves not being around anymore. It may seem like too much Coppola at first glance, but in this repressed white erotica of furtive glances and fancy dresses, she uses restraint to great effect, resulting in a lean, sharp film, taking her usual privileged perspective and flipping it to comment on another.

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Directed by: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Colin Farrell Running Time: 133 mins


For those not in the know Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the latest installment in J.K. Rowling’s highly successful and ever expanding wizarding world – a spin off of Harry Potter, intended by the good folk at Warner Brothers as a means of providing a whole new lease of life for the series; a franchise grown from a textbook that exists in the novels, and a prequel of sorts. Got it? Ok, so depending on how you feel about all that, and your level of cynicism regarding the nature of movie studio cash-grabs, you may be glad to know the film is actually a rousing success.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extremely fun and compelling adventure. One that injects a bit more of an exciting blockbuster feel to proceedings, while still maintaining the boundless imagination, heart and magic of its predecessors.Read more…

In association with IMAX, Warner Bros. have set up a special treat in Blanchardstown Centre for fans of the Wizarding World just in time for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Pokémon has been going strong for twenty years now, with more games, movies, television series and new monsters than you can shake a Sudowoodo at. The recent release of Pokémon Go has shot its relevancy back into the heights of the original craze of the 90s, sending Nintendo’s stock soaring and getting everyone talking, exploring and in one unfortunate incidence, discovering a dead body. People worldwide are going mad for the augmented reality game that allows them to a) catch Pokémon while walking their dog and b) escape if only for a moment the unwielding horror of everything else that’s in the news right now. The game is available in Ireland now (there’s even an app to help you find Pokémon here) and in the interests of keeping up to date with all the latest trends, Film In Dublin has considered if our best and brightest actors were brightly coloured monsters you can keep in your pocket, which brightly coloured monsters you can keep in your pocket would they be?

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