Whether you’re into vals, gals, pals, alls or n’alls, there’s something to see across the Kinsey scale of kino this Valentine’s Day weekend at the Light House Cinema. The Smithfield cinema is celebrating the season with a line-up of heartfelt films guaranteed to make your heart “ache, break and shake.” From rom-coms to thrillers, there’s sure to be something to get your blood pumping this February 11 – 13th.
The selection starts off appropriately from Friday the 11th with one of the most romantic movies of all time, Casablanca. It’s one of those classics that can be taken for granted just how good it really is until you finally see it, so it’s a great chance to see career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in all their heart-wrenching glory in Michael Curtiz’ masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love in a love triangle at the height of the Second World War.
The hot ticket jumping out is the screening of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy showing throughout Saturday the 12th. You can spend a day with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as they travel across Europe, time and their relationship in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight.
For those of you who used to hang around outside Central Bank hoping to catch another black-lined eye, there’s a spot-on selection to represent goths making poor romantic choices within decaying structures with Crimson Peak, showing late on the 12th. Tom Hiddleston, teens from Terenure, we are all the same under the pitying eyes of the lord.
The 13th of February is Galentine’s Day, a time for women to celebrate their female friendships, and their are some perfect pictures picked out this year for the occasion. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion will be on at 6.30pm that evening, where you can hang out and party down with two sweet but dim gal pals who hit the road for their high school reunion.
And on Sunday through to the big day itself you can watch a different pair of gal pals in the Wachowski sisters’ Bound. A classic and underseen 90s noir, this pre-cursor to The Matrix sees ex-con Corky and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Whether you’ve got a sweetheart or a sweet-tooth for cinema, the Light House seems set to have you covered for Valentine’s this year.