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Director: Bill Condon Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens Running Time: 129 minutes


It’s risky to revisit any story that people cherish, because going into it their expectations are sky high and their defences might be up. The reason that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child got so much hate isn’t necessarily because it’s bad, it’s because it wasn’t what fans expected. So, remaking Beauty and the Beast, a formative film for many of our childhoods, was an incredibly risky move. The bar was towering… And Disney smashed it.

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Director: Gareth Edwards Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk Running Time: 133 minutes


The ambition to have a Star Wars movie come out every single year may end up hitting a point of diminishing returns, but for now the annual return to a galaxy far, far away is still fresh enough to be music to the ears of fans and lining to the pockets of Disney. No one knows quite like they do how to appeal to a wide range of demographics; though The Force Awakens definitely owed a lot of its success to the memories it stirred in fans who had been left in the cold by the prequels, it aimed and succeeded at continuing the series tradition of kid appeal, something that goes right back to George Lucas’ attempts to recreate his own childhood joy watching pulp sci-fi serials. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is unlikely to sell as many toys as last year’s film, but it should provide older fans that have grown up with Star Wars with they’ve always wanted: more of the actual wars.

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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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A documentary about Dublin icon ‘Mattress Mick’ Michael Flynn is the stand-out film being shown at the IFI’s Documentary Festival in September. The man himself will be in attendance alongside director Colm Quinn and Paul Kelly for a Q and A when the film screens in the IFI on Thursday 22nd September.

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Great cakes inspired by your favourite movies

Everybody loves cake, that’s a fact. There are loads of great bakeries in Dublin, but POW! Cake That!  is one of the most unique bakers in the city. The cupcakes and celebration cakes of POW! Cake That! are inspired by all things nerdy, with something sweet and super cool looking for fans of everything from comic books to pro wrestling to of course, movies. Over the years the Phibsboro-based baker has made some amazing treats based on your favourite movies and regularly supplies the likes of Cineworld and Dr Sketchy’s with some great selections of cupcakes, doughnuts, cake pops and more. Check out some of the best and check out the baker herself on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Since first being announced as part of ‘Phase 3’ of Marvel’s ongoing box-office domination back in 2014, Captain Marvel has had its release date swapped around, pushed back and played down, all with no announcement of who exactly would be playing Air Force pilot turned superpowered Avenger Carol Danvers. In the midst of unveiling full casts for their upcoming films like Doctor Strange and Black Panther at Comic-Con, Marvel finally revealed that they had cast the role.

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