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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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One of the most popular events every year at the Light House Cinema returns this June. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan it’s time to gather up your fellowship and begin your journey to Smithfield, as the cinema will be hosting their annual celebratory marathon of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Saturday 17th June.

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Ireland’s newest genre film festival is coming to Dublin from the 5th-7th May.  Dublin Sci Fi Film Festival’s inaugural programme features Irish premieres of The Winter Soldier (from Blue Valentine screenwriter, Joey Curtis), The Untamed (Winner of the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion) and Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex; indie gems such as She’s Allergic to Cats and Embers; a range of international shorts and Sci-Fi classics such as Barbarella, The Forbidden Planet and a very special 30th anniversary screening of The Running Man.

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Director: Alan Gilsenan Starring: Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross Running Time: 90 minutes


Adapting the Canadian Author Carol Shields final novel Unless for the big screen was certainly going to be a challenge. The novel, the last book written by the author before her passing from breast cancer, was a sprawling story with many layers of philosophical meditation. The novel tackles gender inequality and the realistic possibilities for women, the nature of happiness as well as identification of people’s place and purpose in time. Writer/director Alan Gilsenan does a noble job of condensing these themes into a digestible cinematic format and with Catherine Keeners raw, realistic central performance Unless feels like a film with a lot on its mind. The resulting film however is never as nuanced and profound as it thinks it is, keeping the audience at an emotional distance when it should be letting them in.

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Last year saw the 26th of April marked as the official ‘Alien’ Day, the celebration of the popular sci-fi films after Aliens celebrated its 30th anniversary. Star Wars has May the 4th, Back to the Future got its own day once October 21st 2015 came along and 20th Century Fox designated 4/26 for a celebration of the xenomorphs, in honour of LV-426, the moon where the Nostromo and its crew first encounter the unsettling extra-terrestrials in Alien. To mark this year’s Alien Day, the first and best two films in the series are going to have their director’s cuts screened in the Light House Cinema.

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Like us, you may have become addicted to Mad Max: Fury Road, the visually stunning, brilliantly chaotic action movie that stands as the best of its genre this decade. Perhaps it took hold of you and you resent its absence. Well resent no more, as Fury Road will return to the big screen at the end of April at the Light House Cinema, shiny and chrome. And black.

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Last month, we told you about the Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival, the city’s newest film festival dedicated to the genres of fantasy and science fiction. The festival announced that they were accepting submissions from aspiring sci-fi filmmakers to screen their work, a process that is still open. Now further details, including dates and venues, have been announced for the Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival.

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Grindhouse Dublin and the Hollywood Babylon Midnight Movie Club are Dublin’s premier purveyors of cult classic films. In February, as every month, they’ll each be screening a cult hit at the Light House Cinema. This month, Hollywood Babylon’s offering is a true genre classic. Grindhouse Dublin’s film is…less so, but it’s still a crowdpleaser that promises a raucous and nostalgic night out at the pictures.

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February 14th can really go either way in the hearts and minds of the public. Generally speaking, either Valentine’s Day is a harmless, fun event on the calendar, or you’re single. But whether you want to ease into the mood with your s.o. on date night or are trying to stubbornly ignore your utter loneliness, the Light House Cinema is looking to sort you out, with a chance to spend Valentine’s with Ryan Gosling. Watching his movies that is.

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