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Director: Janicza Bravo Starring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo, Jason Mitchell Running Time: 90 minutes


“Every day on Twitter there is one main character. The goal is never to be it.” So goes an established adage among Very Online Twitter users (synonym for the depressed), and one worth questioning, isn’t it? From rise and fall celebrity stories, to social media ritual sacrifice, to stories we big up to our mates of some mad one on a mad one, there is an accepted understanding, there is a threshold past which you become a ‘character’, and once that happens, are you still a person? Does everything that happens to you then become on-brand for people’s expectations, do people still see you as a person in the same way? Twitter by its nature imposes limits on character. One leading lady of online who proved an exception to the rule is Aziah “Zola” King, whose long thread about the wild story of how her and “this bitch” fell out captivated readers all the way to the end of a thread, a Rolling Stone article and now, an A24 movie. Suitably shallow as befitting its source material, Zola still uncovers plenty of interesting ideas about power, presentation and identity.

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Director: James Gunn Starring: Idris Elba, John Cena, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi Running Time: 132 minutes


The original Suicide Squad movie could at the most generous be described as a watchable mess. The hap-hazard editing, neon-splattered dour framing and tonal whiplash made for aggravating viewing and no doubt plenty of frustrating meetings at Warner Bros, but there was no denying that there was something there underneath, well, the Jared Leto of it all. That is partly because Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn undoubtedly struck a lasting chord with viewers, and in large part also because the ‘Suicide Squad’ is such a can’t-miss premise. Stick a bunch of mismatched misfit supervillains together in a team, and send them off on deadly, dirty op missions without worrying if any of them make it back alive. It’s a recipe for a blast of an action movie in the right hands, and that’s exactly what is delivered in James Gunn’s sequel.Read more…

Director: Cate Shortland Starring: Scarlett Johannsson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone Running Time: 134 minutes


 

It has been a long auld road to a solo adventure for Natasha Romanoff, who’s had movies in development on and off since long before the MCU was even a dollar-sign shaped twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye. In-universe and out, a lot has changed for Black Widow over the years, arguably including the peak of fan demand for a movie solely devoted to the super spy’s exploits.


Which isn’t to say that Black Widow, finally in cinemas and on Disney + this month after a Covid-related postponement, is a too-late endeavour. Timing is a funny thing, and if anything the movie stands as a familiar settling back in for fans to movie-sized Marvel after a year off and an intro to what the various Disney+ series have to offer. For non diehards too, it offers a fun, by-the-numbers blockbuster, confidently comfortable big screen fare; in other words, a Marvel movie. 

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Tomorrow July 19th, this year’s edition of the Galway Film Fleadh begins. The biggest film festival out wesht is offering a blended approach to its programme this year, mixing online screenings, outdoor showings (and their timing couldn’t be better) and a number of in cinema…cinema for 2021. The Film Fleadh has always had a highly well regarded programme of short films, presenting the best of Irish filmmakers on the up and exciting international insights in cinematic snapshot, and the 2021 programme is no different.

Check out our preview of just a few of the Irish shorts that will be screening as part of the Galway Film Fleadh 2021.

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The programme for the 33rd edition of the Galway Film Fleadh has been revealed tonight. This year one of Ireland’s biggest film festivals returns, offering an intriguing mix of Irish and international cinema from July 20 – 25th. The Galway Film Fleadh 2021 will offer a selection of films and events on the big screen, outdoors, and online.

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Director: Christopher Landon Starring: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn Running Time: 101 minutes


When you’ve got a slam dunk of a premise, a genre movie that can be summed up in five words or less to producers, marketers and audiences alike, it might be easy to rest on your laurels. “Freaky Friday the 13th” as with director Christopher Landon’s previous “Groundhog Day but Scream” Happy Death Day films, is a clear, fun idea to build a movie around, and one that can spin a handy profit on a low-budget. Thankfully, Landon and co continue to have a lot of fun with their frights in Freaky , a horror comedy that revolves around a strong and silent slasher killer swapping bodies with the meek and mousy teenage girl he’d usually be menacing.

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With the Light House Cinema reopening its doors earlier this month, its loyal clientele were eager to avail of some of their beloved comfort movie favourites. Stuff to get people excited to get back into a cinema seat again, when they feel safe and willing to do so. The Smithfield cinema have duly obliged and July and August will see them host a ‘Summer of Fun’, all killer, no filler programming to put a smile on your face (behind your mask).

 

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The summer issue of Film In Dublin’s zine Pretty Deadly Films is out now. School’s out for summer and we’re getting that bell ringing feeling.

Our zine celebrates the best of blockbusters, cult hits and fave films, where the pretty and the deadly do things that are pretty deadly. On film.

Issue Six – School’s Out For Summer is available now and this issue features:

Original art by Brian Burke and Jess Dunne

A recipe for a Breakfast Club Sandwich by Luke Dunne

An essay on excitement and melancholy in Teen Movies by Ciara Moloney

A list of queer coming-of-age stories by Francesco Barri

An essay on the 2017 Power Rangers reboot and its truer to life teens by Graham Day

Your guide to teens texting that slashers are after them this summer

 

Take a look at Film In Dublin’s Gumroad page and get your copy now. You can get a digital download for your PDF copy of PDF for pay-what-you-can pricing HERE. Or if you’d like a hard copy sent right to your door, take a look HERE.

Stay tuned for more bits, bobs and info on our summer issue of Pretty Deadly Films.

Rogue Aurora (She/Her) is a Drag Queen from Dublin who has a love for glamour, alternative fashion and the macabre. Unable to showcase her drag during lockdown, Rogue did what a lot of people did and turned to the internet where she would stream video games in full drag, take part in digital drag shows with other performers from all over the world and eventually start a YouTube channel where she regularly uploads videos of herself doing her makeup while discussing horror movies.

Film In Dublin caught up with Rogue to have a chat about some of her Movie Memories, horror origins, starting a Youtube channel and more.

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