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Usually the Japanese Film Festival is a spring affair, offering new and classic cinema from one of the great homes of international film every April. Things haven’t been ‘usual’ for a while of course and this year’s JFF was delayed, but as cinemas start to reopen more, the 2021 Japanese Film Festival is ready to go ahead, a cultural cinematic celebration taking place across Ireland. This October 14- 21st, you can see great Japanese films on the big screen, not just in the fair city of film but in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

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The hits keep coming with Pretty Deadly Films. The latest issue of our zine is themed around Bangers, Bops & Needle Drops, the best of music in movies. And while you can get a digital download now for pay-what-you-can prices, if you order a physical copy there’s something even more special in store for you. What’s a magazine without a free gift attached after all? Ask your newsagent.

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The blended approach to film festivals has been embraced here in Ireland, with some of our biggest celebrations of film now able to offer screenings to a wider and more accessible audience. That trend is set to continue this month, as the Kerry International Film Festival have this evening announced. KIFF 2021 will be taking place 14 – 17 October 2021 and will present a blended film festival that promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 15 in person physical events and 30 online screenings.

 

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The Light House Cinema can always be relied on when October rolls around to offer up a programme of classic, cult and quality horror movies, and 2021 is no exception. This October 18 – 31st, they’ll be screening a selection of greats with a very particular theme. Join the Smithfield cinema ‘standing in aaagh of all mná this Halloween, with their Samhain na mBan series of horrors and thrillers by women directors.

 

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Spooky season is once again upon us film fans. The fun, watch-horror-movies-every-night spooky season of Samhain that is, as opposed to the unending nightmare of our daily lives. For those that love the former, the Irish Film Institute has you covered, as their annual Horrorthon series returns to the big screens at Eustace Street this October 22nd – 25th.

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The Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) have announced that American film producer and current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will be the recipient of their Maureen O’ Hara award for the 2021 edition of the festival this October.

 

In 2020, the award celebrating women in the film industry was awarded to Kerry’s own, actress Jessie Buckley. In advance of this year’s KIFF, one of the most renowned producers in Hollywood has been confirmed as the next to receive the festival’s honour.

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Director: Joe Carnahan Starring: Alexis Louder, Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo Running Time: 107 minutes


In a world where action movies have mostly been subsumed by the most dominant brands on the market, and therefore always subject to their demands – are they doing right by the character, will they keep the ‘universe’ moving forward – there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple and trying something new. Simple is a relative term for a director like Joe Carnahan, who in movies like The Grey and Smokin Aces has delivered B-movie thrills with a broader appeal and here in Copshop he’s in similar form with his stars. With Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo both in the producer’s chairs and on the call sheet, Copshop aims to be a certain kind of action flick – something smartly dumb built around two stars your dad can’t name but definitely recognises, the kind to keep him occupied of a Sunday afternoon. And it mostly delivers on that, occasionally and admirably attempting to be something more.

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The Irish Film Institute’s online Archive Player is a key resource in their efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and variety of Irish film. Newly revamped, the IFI Archive Player has a fantastic collection of bits, bobs and brilliance, including the launch yesterday of the F-Rated Collection, a curated selection of short films by Irish women.

 
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