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Director: J. A. Bayona Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon Running Time: 128 minutes

The central conflict of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t about dinosaurs, it’s not even about being pro-dino rights or pro-bioweapons. The central conflict is the friction caused by J. A. Bayona’s directing style bumping against the constraints of this franchise, like a T-rex testing an electric fence who can’t help getting burnt.

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Last year, the Light House Cinema offered a welcome alternative to the Dublin cultural touchstone that is Bloomsday in the form of Goldblumsday; a puntastic programme of films starring Jeff Goldblum. His upcoming return as D Ian Malcolm in Jurrassic World: Fallen Kingdom ensures that the Blumassaince is stronger than ever, but that won’t be your only opportunity to see the man on the big screen this summer.  This Saturday June 16th, Goldblumsday is back. Stay calm, don’t forget your mantra.

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The release of Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year for film fans of a certain strand, those who love all things tweed and twee and meticulously designed. As part of the build up to the film’s general release on the 30th of March, the Light House Cinema has announced a retrospective season of the films of Wes Anderson, screening the director’s entire filmography this March.

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Director: Taika Waititi Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thomson, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban  Running Time: 130 minutes


Thor: Ragnarok is fine. This might seem like a needlessly dismissive hot take on a movie that has been popular with critics and a hit at the Irish box office (the film was responsible for over 46% of the Irish 3-day weekend box office), but given the considerable talent involved in the film, both on screen and in the director’s chair, is it spoiled to come out of Marvel’s latest blockbuster? Let’s not be too much of a curmudgeon about this; Ragnarok is a frequently very funny film, one that meets the expectations of its audience, set firmly from that “he’s a friend from work!” trailer, more or less exactly. It is another Marvel movie, and much like pizza, even when they’re not amazing they’re still pretty good. It is what it is. It just could have been more than that.

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June 16th. Bloomsday. A day of Ulysses readings, landmark visitations and general celebration of James Joyce, one of Dublin’s most famous sons. There’s never any shortage of things to do for Joyce fans on June 16th, but what about those that want to spend the day, or indeed every day, celebrating Jeff Goldblum? Worry not Goldblum lovers, as the Light House have been sufficiently preoccupied with whether they could, and correctly arrived at the thought that they should, host ‘Jeff Goldblum’s Day’ that same Friday.

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