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access>CINEMA and the Embassy of Ireland have long been committed to bringing the best of Japanese cinema to Ireland. That includes April of this year when they hosted another successful edition of the Japanese Film Festival and last night, when the excellent Shin Godzilla was finally shown in Ireland. Preceding that screening at the Light House Cinema was an announcement that the Japanese Film Festival and the Light House will be showing an impressive line-up of anime films throughout the rest of the year. Mixing eagerly anticipated upcoming releases with an anime classic, ‘Anime House’ ensures there’s a lot to look forward to for fans  of Japanese animation in Dublin for the rest of 2017.

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For monster movie fans on these shores, the anticipation for Shin Godzilla has been building and building for some time. The 31st installment in the Godzilla franchise and the 29th put out by Japanese studio Toho, Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence) is a reboot to the series that has received plenty of praise. And now, finally, the film will be showing here, with a select number or screenings taking place in Dublin this August.

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This past weekend saw the Light House Cinema kick off their third edition of the popular film season, ‘Films You’d Love Your Kids To See’, with the first of three showings of ET: The Extra Terrestrial. Now in it’s third year, the lengthily titled season is a selection of favourites from the past that are perfectly suited to being shown to and loved by a whole new generation of film fans. From beloved standards like The Goonies and the Back to the Future trilogy, to all-time classics like The Wizard of Oz to 90’s Kids picks like Aladdin and Jurassic Park, there’s a wide selection of films showing all summer long that are bound to delight kids and adults alike and get the nostalgia flowing again. You can find the Light House’s full selection of films here, but Film In Dublin has picked out some of the must-sees for your calendar over the next few months.

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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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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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Dublin’s Pride festival for 2017 is in full swing right now, and both the IFI and the Light House Cinema are celebrating Pride in their own ways. The full programme for August’s GAZE Film Festival was announced this month, and as Pride rolls, Dublin cinemas are marking the occasion with their selections of Irish LGBT films.

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The summer season may not be delivering much thus far in terms of the big blockbusters, but thankfully as ever, anyone interested in supporting Irish cinema has plenty of options. Today sees the release of Darndale crime movie Cardboard Gangsters, but next week will deliver independent Irish cinema too, in the form of Twice Shy, a romantic drama by director Tom Ryan that has had success on the film festival circuit, including a screening at the Galway Film Fleadh, and a showing at the Irish Film Festival Australia that bagged Ryan an award for Best Young Director. Twice Shy tells the story of two young people falling in love, taking them from the debs in Tipperary to life attending college in the big smoke, interspersed with a car journey with a very important destination for them. Film In Dublin spoke to Tom Ryan about directing the film and the challenges of balancing its love story with more serious topics.

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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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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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Hosted by the Embassy for the Republic of Korea, the Korean Film Festival: Ireland is a cultural celebration of Korea through the nation’s cinema. The festival returns to the Light House Cinema from June 8th-10th and provides the opportunity to see films from one of the leading nations in international cinema for free.

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