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The cinema equivalent of a Coca Cola truck wheeling into town for Dublin film fans, the Light House Cinema’s announcement of their ‘Naughty or Nice’ season heralds the arrival of the Christmas season, just as the Halloween decorations start coming down. The month of December in the Smithfield cinema is dedicated to Christmas classics, with all your favourite Christmas movies available on the big screen. We don’t know about you, but it’s hard not to look at the amazing artwork above by Chris Judge and not feel the excitement and the nostalgia start to flow. The full season has been announced and tickets are already on sale, so the time to start writing to Santa for two tickets to Die Hard is now.

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Dub Web Fest, now in its 3rd year, serves as a celebration of the storytelling power of the Internet. Uniting digital media and tech worlds, the festival provides a platform for original web series and short form digital content, as TV and Film production professionals come together in Dublin to showcase the best of what they can do online. This year, the festival makes its way to Smithfield, as the first details from the 2017 edition begin to arrive.

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This year saw the introduction of a new film festival in the ranks of Dublin’s long list of varied film programming. The Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival showcased genre filmmaking new and old in Smithfield this May. Film In Dublin were happy to be in attendance at the inaugural edition of the festival, with myself serving on the jury for the festival’s shorts programme. DSFFF is looking to expand even further in 2018, and have opened submissions now to filmmakers looking to submit their science-fiction shorts and features to potentially be shown when the festival returns to Smithfield next year.

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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…

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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It may be hard to believe now, but there was once a time when America was under the thumb of a brash lout with delusions of class, a man who rose to power and prominence despite his blatant criminality. Though there are certainly no modern day comparisons to Al Capone that spring immediately to mind, he remains a fascinating historical figure. As it happens, this summer marks the 30th anniversary of the classic film The Untouchables, Brian De Palma’s strongly-casted story about Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables’ efforts to bring Capone down during Prohibition. Grindhouse Dublin have chosen to celebrate the film’s anniversary for their screening this month, showing it at the Light House Cinema on July 28th.

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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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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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