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2020 saw the postponement of so many things. Festivals, weddings, concerts, gatherings and even film releases. With no audiences in cinemas, many production companies decided to wait to release their masterpieces until people would be there to appreciate them. And while that meant a slightly dry year in film this year, the coming cinematic year, 2021 is setting up to be a major hit for films.

Here are some of the films we can’t wait to get to the cinema to see on the big screen!


The United States vs. Billie Holiday (26 February 2021 – USA)


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Directed by Lee Daniels, this biopic follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

Billie Holiday is played by Andra Day and we can’t wait to see her powerful performance of the iconic singer.


West Side Story (10 December 2021 -USA)

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In this adaptation of the 1961 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

With Steven Spielberg directing and Ansel Elgort portraying Tony, we are sure this hard-hitting and beautiful musical will stand the test of time and be just as relevant in 2021 as 1957. Rumour has it that Rita Moreno, the original Anita will be making an appearance, as will Maddie Ziegler of Sia and Dance Moms fame.


The Nightingale (22 December 2021 -USA)

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The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset o
f World War II. This movie is based on Kristin Hannah's novel 'The Nightingale' and the sisters are played by real life sisters, Dakota and Elle Fanning.

We love historical fiction anyway, but the chance to see these two in such compelling and heart-breaking roles is what we really can’t wait for! We’re just sad we probably have to wait until next December to see it.


Death on the Nile (17 September 2021 – USA)

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We feel as though we’ve been seeing trailers for this for ages! The highly anticipated Death on the Nile is the film adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most iconic mystery novels that follow detective Hercule Poirot. While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Promising incredible costumes, production and acting, this Kenneth Brannagh directed film has a glittering cast, with Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer among others taking on iconic roles.


A Quiet Place Part II (23 April 2021-USA)

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The sequel we’ve all been waiting for – and dreading! Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

This spine-chilling follow-up is directed by John Krasinski and sees Emily Blunt returning to her role as Evelyn. With Cillian Murphy also taking on a role, we couldn’t be more eager to see what terrors they have cooked up this time!


Wicked (22 December 2021 -USA)

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IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING! What theatre nerds like myself have been waiting for, for years, Wicked is finally becoming a movie!

The vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz's most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. While no cast has been announced yet, I think we’re all crossing our fingers that Kristen and Idina reprise their roles! If only!


The Mauritanian (26 February 2021 -Ireland)

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This major cast tells the story of a detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defence attorney for his release.

This courtroom drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Levi, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim, the cast combination sure to make it a hit.


Gucci (24 November 2021 -USA)

Ridley Scott directs this motion picture telling the story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.

Starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga as Maurizio and Patrizia respectively, and a rumoured Al Pacino, we cannot wait for the DRAMA!


The Dig (29 January 2021 -UK)

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Simon Stone directed this historical and heart-warming film following an archaeologist as he embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

Starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan is vibrant and gripping roles, this historical drama is definitely one for the history nerds and drama lovers alike.


Respect (13 August 2021 -Ireland)

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Telling the real life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin, this film caused controversy when the casting choices revealed Jennifer Hudson had been cast as the leading lady, Aretha herself.

It is still eagerly awaited however, especially with Forest Whitaker taking on the role of C. L. Franklin. Although we have to wait until next summer, we’re still really excited to see this interpretation of the life of one of the greats.


Cinderella (5 February 2021 -UK)

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ANOTHER Cinderella film! This is the fairy-tale that keeps on giving! This modern musical version of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella" stars Camila Cabello as Cinderella, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, John Mulaney and James Corden in what promises to be an instant classic. Definitely one for feel good vibes and sure to have lots of hit tracks, we can’t wait to see what new twists they have worked in!


Killers of the Flower Moon (2021 – USA)

When members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, it sparks a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, we are definitely nervous to watch this one, but at the same time, we can’t wait to be on the edge of our seats! Starring his usual suspect, Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert De Niro, we have a feeling this will be another one of his instant classics.


The Tragedy of Macbeth 92021 – USA)

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Based on the classic Shakespearean play, this latest incarnation of the bard’s work is tipped to be a smash hit. Just look at that cast! Denzel Washington as Macbeth, Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth and Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan. So exciting! Harry Melling (Harry Potter, The Queen’s Gambit) also has a role, which we can’t wait to see after his performance in The Queen’s Gambit earlier this year.

In this classic tale a Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.


Last Letter from Your Lover (12 March 2021 (Ireland)

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Based on Jojo Moye’s novel, this film follows a young journalist in London who becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s.

Starring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn and our ‘Sex Education’ fave, Ncuti Gatwa, we are buzzing to see what this cast can do!


The Lost Daughter (2021 USA)

In this dark drama, a woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past. Olivia Coleman’s work is always something to look forward to and with Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard by her side, it can only get better.

But wait, we haven’t told you the best part yet – Paul Mescal is in it too! There’s very little known about his role or even the film itself as of yet, but these actors have us excited to see it already!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yet the Christmas season can often be a hectic one. Escape the madness at ODEON (Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Point Square, Stillorgan, Cavan, Limerick, Naas, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Waterford) and sit back, relax and enjoy the movies of the season.

Last Christmas (Out now)

It’s been a while since a Christmas Romcom has hit the big screen. So, for fans of classics like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘The Holiday’ ‘Last Christmas’ will not disappoint. This time we meet Kate (Emilia Clarke) who seems down on her luck until she meets handsome stranger Tom (Henry Golding) and with music from Wham! and George Michael how could anyone resist?

Frozen 2 (Out Now)

Six years after the release of the original Disney phenomenon ‘Frozen’ we are reunited with Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven as they embark on a new adventure to find the origin of Elsa’s magical powers with a few new hits songs along the way. Don’t forget to grab the special Frozen combo meal which includes a Frozen collector’s cup, Tango ice blast and regular popcorn with a special topper for €10.00. And for every child that attends Frozen 2 at ODEON they will receive a special Frozen advent calendar.

Charlies Angels (November 29th)

A new generation of angels are hitting ODEON’s screens with a continuation of the ‘Charlies Angels’ film series. The latest instalment is directed by Elizabeth Banks, director of Pitch Perfect and stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska who are working as agents for a private detective agency all fighting evil while in fabulous outfits and disguises. Round up some friends for a movie night at ODEON with their famous nachos, special popcorn toppers and range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Jumanji: The Next Level (December 11th)

Following 2017’s ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ we are re-introduced to Spencer, Bethany, Fridge and Martha as they return to Jumanji to save Spencer from the dangers within the game. This time around Spencer's grandfather Eddie and his friend Milo Walker hear the commotion and inadvertently get sucked into the game too. With superstar names like Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Danny DeVito we are guaranteed a few hearty laughs for all the family. For every guest that goes to see Jumanji at ODEON this season will also receive an exclusive gift of Jumanji trading cards too!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 19th)

A year after the events of ‘The Last Jedi’, what’s left of the Resistance face the evil of The First Order again. Characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battle with the events of their past as they attempt to battle the Sith in the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga”. Don’t miss out on seeing all the action unfold in ODEON’s spectacular iSense screens for four times the resolution and Dolby Atmos sound! Every guest who comes to see Star Wars will also receive an exclusive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster.

Cats (December 20th)

Based on the hit stage musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tom Hooper director of Les Misérables introduces the screen adaption of ‘Cats’. The musical follows a group of cats over the course of one eventful night with all the renowned music of the original stage version but with a new spin. With performances from stars such as James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellan, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson it is one any musical lover will not want to miss!

Round up the troops and spend some quality time together while enjoying some of the best films this winter. Check out ODEON on Twitter @ODEONcinemasIRE and Facebook.



Earlier this month ODEON cinema conducted a short survey to find out about its customers interesting cinema habits and it makes for interesting reading.

At all 11 ODEON cinemas nationwide cinema goers are always guaranteed exceptional service, freshly popped popcorn, delicious popcorn topper options (and let’s not forget ODEON’s famous cheese sauce!) Guests also enjoy premiere seats with the best cutting edge iSense/IMAX technology screens.  

When asked how many times those surveyed had visited the cinema this year answers ranged from twice a year to a crazy 20 times a year. Irish people are known cinema lovers and visit more than any other nationality in Europe. An average of 3.3 trips per capita were made in Ireland in 2018 which is over twice the EU average of 1.6. 

 A whopping 92 percent of cinema goers said that they would never go to the cinema without some treats. Popcorn (surprise, surprise) was the favourite treat at 68 percent, while 6 percent said that nachos was their preferred treat. The rest of those surveyed opted for bagged sweets (8 percent), pick ‘n mix (9 percent) and Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream (9 percent). 

Reviews, particular actors and specific genres are what entice people into the cinema. Romance is alive and well in Ireland with the genre being the most popular (30 percent) closely followed by comedy (23 percent), action (20 percent), crime (17 percent). Surprisingly only 5 percent voted for rom-com but rather unsurprisingly horror movies came in at 5 percent also.

But keeping with the romance theme a Love Island contestant made it onto the dream cinema date list alongside Grammy award winners and Hollywood movie stars. Lucie Donlan (what – not Maura) was voted alongside rapper Drake, English actor Tom Hardy, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Australian dream boat Margot Robbie.

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Many other celebs such as Dame Judi Dench, Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres joined the ODEON dream date wish list to share The Deluxe (choose one medium popcorn, hot dog or nachos with 1 large soft drink for €9.75 or The Sharer; choose one medium popcorn, hot dog or nachos with 1 large soft drink and a bag of sweets for €13.75).

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 ODEON Cinemas Nationwide – Dublin (Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Point Square, Stillorgan), Cavan, Limerick, Naas, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Waterford. 

For more information and booking please visit: http://www.odeoncinemas.ie/



There are some crackin' events coming to Dublin in August, but the end of summer has brought an alcohol-free initiative in The Stella Theatre that is most definitely catching our eye.

'Sip and See' is part of the Peroni Libera Series, featuring the Italian brand's first new non-alcoholic beer; Peroni Libera 0.0%.

'Libera' translates to 'free' in Italian, and it means that you can have the freedom to choose a 0% alcohol beer or opt for the regular Peroni if you're looking to let loose. 


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To celebrate the new drink, Peroni are hosting a series of stylish, alcohol-free, monthly social events this summer called the Peroni Libera Series, where you can enjoy chilled out get-togethers with old friends or new acquaintances.

Next week's 'Sip and See' takes place in the Stella Theatre in Rathmines on Wednesday, August 7. Guest can enjoy some Italian cicchetti bites when you arrive, including bruschetta, arancini and Italian cured meats and cheese,

Sit back and enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s iconic take on the Italian love story of Romeo + Juliet, featuring Leonardo Di Caprio from back in the day, and Claire Danes. Those comfy Stella seats can't be missed.


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The event kicks off at 5.30pm on Wednesday at 207-209 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, and tickets are priced at just €20 for the over 18s 'Sip and See'.

Book your spot here for some serious romance and gorgeous Italian food. Plus you can drive home if you enjoy Peroni Libera 0.0%, and who doesn't love to avoid the hassle of getting home late at night on public transport?

With a stunning flavour of fresh citrusy hops, the beer will be oh so satisfying but without the hangover. To find out more, head to houseofperoni.com.

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We love/hate a horror movie just as much as the next person.

While it might seem like a good idea to scare ourselves silly, in bed alter that night when we're convinced our dressing gown is a masked murderer..not so much.

So we are buzzing that Stephen King is having a moment in the cinema and sh*tting ourselves at the same time.

Yes, the latest horror flick to hit the screens is Dr. Sleep, the sequel to the Jack Nicholson masterpiece that is The Shining

And Danny Torrance is all grown-up. 

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Ewan MacGregor takes on the role and from the eerie trailer, it seems that he is quite like his dad Jack.

In fairness, anyone who went through what he did as a kid at The Overlook Hotel would be haunted forever, right?

So what's the plot?

Based on the 2003 Stephen King novel, Danny is struggling with addiction, just as his dad had, is trying to move on with his life.

But he realises that he isn't the only one with the power to relate to dead people, or as he calls it "the shine."

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There's a young girl, who like him and to get them both answers, he might have to make another visit to the Overlook Hotel where his dad lost his mind all those years ago. 

Doctor Sleep is directed by the creator of Netflix's The Haunting Of Hill House, Mike Flanagan so we know we're in for a good time.

It's a new movie but there are flashbacks to the original 1980s flick like the iconic blood and elevator scene.


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There are other scenes taken from the original like Danny as a kid cycling through the halls of the Overlook – but they were filmed in an  Atlanta studio last year. 

Diehard fans will know this is not a direct sequel to the movie, it's a sequel to the novel. 

Stephen King told Entertainment Weekly a few years ago that, ''Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film.''

He continued, ''At the end of the Kubrick film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.''

We can't WAIT to see what happens when it hits cinemas on November 8 and we'll get ready to not be able to sleep for a week. 



The lavish Stella Theatre experience is a gorgeous one to behold for any movie lover.

There's extravagant décor, plush red velvet seats and beds, as well as a cocktail bar and vintage-style cinematic elements; what could be better?

Currently, the Stella has two locations in Dublin: Ranelagh and Rathmines, but now Press Up have announced that the company are expanding.

"Press Up, Ireland’s leading hospitality group, are excited to bring the Stella Theatre to Bray. Combining the thrill of the cinema with a beautiful food and drinks offering in luxe surrounds," they tweeted.

That's right, the Stella is coming to Co. Wicklow. The cinema is set to light up Bray, and there are also plans to open an Elephant & Castle restaurant as part of a new retail space.

The town clearly has some big plans, and anyone based further south in Dublin will be able to hop on the Dart straight to the lush cinema.


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According to Lovin Dublin, developer Oakmount is leading the project. It's expected to be finished by 2020, but further updates will arrive in the future.

Press Up Group are the company behind popular bars and fancy restaurants in Dublin such as The Stella Diner, The Lucky Duck, Sophie's and The Grayson.

The Devlin hotel and the Dean hotel are part of the group's noteworthy portfolio, so bringing glitz and glamour to Dublin's food, drink and entertainment industry is top on their list of priorities.

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We've finally found the perfect outdoor cinema trend that is DESPERATELY needed on Irish land: Hot tub theatres.

Some absolute genius had the idea to combine hot tubs and watching movies, and we owe them so much for that wonderful conception. God bless them.

Organisers Tub Life have created an event where Londoners can test out the Hot Tub Cinema for real this August, but Dublin is normally about 20 years behind the England capital.

The cinema event of the century is scheduled to take place on August 31 from 6pm to 9pm, and we're contemplating booking our flights now, before Brexit goes and ruins everything for us.

Film fanatics will be able to strip and dip into relaxing hot water while enjoying whatever classic is playing on the big screen, with a cheeky bevvy. No skippy dipping allowed, sorry to disappoint you.

Tub Life wrote on the event page on Facebook: "Tub Life is coming to London and we’re bringing our hot tubs with us! Expect performers, hosts, BBQs, round-the-clock tub service and the biggest portable screen in the UK."

"Note: the scheduled date is preliminary as we’re currently finalising the few remaining details to this event. Click ‘Interested’ to be notified with more information," they concluded.

They'll confirm the exact location for London at a later date, and will also be visiting Maidstone, Liverpool, Chester, Brimingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle.

Who knows, they might even pop up in Dublin this summer if the demand is high enough, which it totally will be. Start the petition today lads, shall we?

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Many of us by now have noticed the ONSLAUGHT of reboots which have come our way. Between the incessant Marvel movies and comic book sequels which literally will not stop coming, the millions of Spiderman flicks, not to mention the ridiculous amount of Bond movies (25 to be exact).

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Yes, 25 movies about the same man doing the same uber-masculine assassinations and the same women dying for him and the same villains again and again and again. *Sigh* Even Daniel Craig agrees that good old James is a misogynist.

The live-action remakes of every single classic Disney animation, the TV reboots of our favourite characters for no actual reason and the revivals of our childhood bands. It begs the question, is the entertainment industry just profiting off of our nostalgia? Most definitely, yes.

When it comes to the Spice Girls, Westlife or Take That, by all means they are welcomed back with open arms.

Yet, when it comes to cinema, which is literally CRYING OUT for representation and new voices which are demanding to be heard, why are they using the same old formulas?

Art is supposed to be unique, a form of expression. Not recycled like old Halloween costumes that don't fit anymore but you're just gagging to feel 18 again. Back when life was more about what alcohol to buy for pre-drinks and not what bills you have to pay first so you can survive as a full-grown adult. *shudders*

The point is: a new Batman/Joker combo is not cinematic gold, for God’s sake. A new Pirates of the Caribbean written by the Deadpool duo will not shake the earth.

Recent groundbreaking genre favourites such as A Quiet Place, Get Out and Moonlight have pushed the boundaries of cinematic territory and have told stories from new and vital points of view, so why can't Hollywood give more opportunities to scripts, directors and voices like these?

News recently broke that Shrek, one of the most popular animated franchises of all time, is getting a reboot (pause for gasps).

Those of us who grew up with the infamous green ogre and his hilarious sidekick, Donkey, will most likely shudder at the thought of Hollywood studios replacing a beloved film of our youth with a facade, a copy which can never truly replace the original.

Others will delight in the nostalgia of creating more content surrounding the comedic protagonist and his fairytale friends, especially since the man behind the reboot, as well as the revival of Puss in Boots, is Chris Meledandri.

Known as the mastermind of the Despicable Me movies (and creator of the minions, which have literally overtaken the world and internet memes), Meledandri has been tasked by Universal Pictures with finding some fresh storylines to being the lovable ogre into the modern time. I say modern time as if Shrek is donkeys-years old (yes, I made a donkey joke. Deal with it).

Shrek was originally released back in 2001, making it barely 17 years old. While a lot has happened in technology and film-making in this time, does it really seem necessary to bring back a franchise which has really run its course? After all, Shrek the Fourth only entered cinemas in 2010, and left much to be desired.

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Studios are so obsessed with maintaining popularity and success of these franchises, that often they completely ruin the essence of what made it loved by audiences in the first place, in this case: comedic integrity.

I mean, a storyline about an ogre defending his swamp in a land of fairytale creatures, voiced by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy? The person who successfully pitched that idea must be incredibly rich by now.

At least Meledandri has the good sense to keep the original vocal performances:

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri.

“The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.” Good luck with that, Mr. Director Whose Film Company Has Just Released A Remake Of The Iconic The Grinch. You paint a highly believable portrait. 


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Hollywood remakes have been saturating cinema over the last decade, and there are arguments to be made for both sides of the tide. If a remake is done right, à la A Star is Born, something special can happen.

This is usually a result of some newfangled aspect of the film however, a tweak or drastic change which brings the piece back to life but also gives it a platform in its own right.

Lady Gaga, for example, plays the role of struggling artist Ally in a way that makes it impossible to compare her to Barbara Streisand. The songs are also freshly crafted, and impactful in their raw energy, partially due to Bradley Cooper’s directorial talent and surprising talent as a singer.


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Formerly known as an actor, his transition into musicality and the directorial chair allows the film to reach new heights, as if feels as if we are being introduced to someone who we’ve never really known at all.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has also achieved phenomenal success, however there is next to nothing about the show which resembles its predecessor, and it is stand-alone as a result, especially with its sense of ‘woke’ teen angst which is captured almost to perfection.


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Yet the majority of remakes are arguably just major Hollywood studios tapping into the nostalgia of audiences who are ready and willing to return to the cinema seat to catch any glimpse of their favourite childhood character or storyline in action.

Certain remakes adapt the trend with refreshing results; such as the Fargo reboot which was recreated as a mini-series and is widely well-reviewed. An audience is more likely to watch something which they are already familiar with, and if the sense of familiarity is matched with something genuinely unique, truly excellent cinematic gold can occur.

Classics are classics for a reason, and taking the formula and twisting it to adapt to a new generation often leads to disastrous consequences. The remake of Psycho, the Great Gatsby (controversial, most people loved the grandeur of Baz Luhrmann yet the power of the written words were essentially erased) and Footloose, for example, need to die a slow death.

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The endless sequels are also a problem, I mean PLEASE learn to leave it alone. Just because the movie was good does not mean it has to be continued and drawn out until the life is sapped out of it.

If there is a new technology, a new actor or actress or director, or scriptwriter who are talented enough to reuse old material and revitalise it, by all means, go ahead. Yet the magic of the true classics cannot be forgotten.

The day the news breaks that the Harry Potter franchise is getting a remake, for example, you will find this writer in a pool of her own tears, echoing the chant; “YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME!” on repeat. Don’t judge. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were the heroes of my youth, the faces which encapsulated the characters I had fallen in love with page by page.

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Transforming the series would simply remind me that I am now old enough for my childhood characters to be replaced and made into something new and alien altogether. If they even DREAM of touching perfection like Back to the Future or The Godfather, there will be hell to pay from the ever-protective fanbases.

The love most people harbour for that first spark of a film or character which had never been seen before is difficult to rearrange. There are an infinite number of voices in cinema which have yet to be heard; only now are women gaining access to cinematography, directorial roles, production roles and script-writing responsibilities.

Only now are people of different ethnic backgrounds, diverse economic circumstances, sexual orientations having their voices heard. Can you imagine how many stories they have to tell?


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For so long, only the powerful were given the chance to create movies. Creating new formulas which give other people a change to feel represented and tell their own stories would revolutionise cinema.

So before we rush to discuss which man will be chosen as the next Bond, which Disney film will be recreated, or which superhero will once again be given a new face, why not look to those who haven’t been given a face, or a voice in cinema?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the phrase goes, but authenticity is the greatest form of art.  


Dublin Feminist Film Festival is back, and better than ever.

The DFFF takes place from 20 until 22 of November at the Light House Cinema, and will prioritise shining a spotlight on women in film and promoting and celebrating female filmmakers.

The huge gem on Dublin’s cultural calendar hopes to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking, and after the turbulent year in cinema with the rise of #MeToo, the DFFF has more meaning than ever.

The festival is run entirely voluntarily, and all proceeds go to charity.


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This year, the theme is REFRAME/REFOCUS.

Instead of foregrounding particular topics, this year features films which are directed by women but also shot by female cinematographers.

The emphasis is to get women as involved as possible in ALL aspects of film, not just in front of the camera.

The dual-aspect of showcasing and celebrating fantastic female film-making parallels with the hope to demonstrate women as compelling and complex characters and subjects.


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The weight placed on cinematography this year is down to a very important fact: Rachel Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography in 90 years of the Oscars.

Her work on Mudbound was breath-taking, and she worked hard for her nomination.

Historically speaking, cinematography has always been the hardest aspect of film for women to break into. One nomination simply isn’t enough.


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Production roles have nearly always been male-dominated domains, but recently some of the most exciting and visceral films in global cinema have been created by women.

For the fifth DFFF, thinking of film from the point of view of a woman behind the camera asks questions about how women see the world.

TimesUp and #MeToo have asked hard questions which need answers, and women are stepping up all over the world to share our stories and experiences.

This includes screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing and acting.

If someone won’t share your story and represent your experience, go out there and do it yourself. You can do it best.


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We’ve seen it this year with black female actresses taking control of their own projects to finally get the roles they have consistently been deprived of: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson to Lupita Nyong’o are currently producing and seeking out their own projects.

From documentaries to dramas, short forms to features or foreign films to intersectional feminism, there are facets of every side of cinema on show.

Their current aim is to expand the notion of who ‘makes’ a film and what ‘films by women’ actually means, while raising questions about the idea of the gaze.

Do films shot by women encompass a whole other gaze? There’s only one way to find out… see you gals there.

As part of the festival there will be a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers as well as screenings of female-made films only.

Ready yourselves for some serious empowerment, ladies (and gents).

The deets:

The DFFF: 21st & 22nd November 2018 – Light House Cinema Smithfield Dublin 7

Launch & Special Events 20th November – The Generator Hostel Smithfield Dublin 7

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We could not get enough of the Downton Abbey drama series, so when we heard there was going to be a film, we freaked.

Previously, we were heartbroken when the rebellious Lady Rose MacClare, played by Lily James, revealed she will not be in the upcoming drama.

But we are so excited to hear that the original principal cast from the acclaimed television series have confirmed their appearance in the movie.

And that’s not all! Also joining the all-star cast will be multi-award winning actress Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter), Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips (Venetia Scott in The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore amongst others.

It looks like it is going to be an amazing film!

Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, who created Downton Abbey and wrote the film’s screenplay, will be one of the producers as well. So, we can guarantee the movie’s similarity to the series.

Focus Features and Carnival Films announced the start of principal photography on the film today.

So, it is officially filming, and we cannot wait!

The beloved television series went on for six drama-filled seasons, winning three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA.

The show has gained global attention, becoming the most nominated, non-U.S. television show in Emmy history!

There is no doubt that the show’s huge fan base is delighted with the news of the upcoming film, especially since we get to see the cast we have grown to love with each episode.

Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer until we get to see what happens next to the drama-filled Crawley family.



There are so many things I ADORED about Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The feel-good musical inspired by the music of ABBA was everything I wanted and more.


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I was surprised by just how good the soundtrack was considering they sang most of ABBA's greatest hits in the original film. However, it's been a week since I first watched the movie and Cher’s version of Fernando is still stuck in my head.

One thing that really stood out for me (apart from young Bill aka the man of my dreams) was the young Donna’s style.

The main focus of the movie was young Donna’s journey from graduate to mum, but I couldn’t help but swoon over her outfits. Her quirky boho style was simple, but striking.


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Obviously, we’d never get away with wearing outfits like Donna's here in Ireland- thanks rain- but I thought I’d gather up some of the nicest pieces inspired by young Donna.

Sure, it may not be sunny enough to rock these looks in reality, but you can wear them, stick on the soundtrack and pretend you’re frolocking around a Greek island in the 1970s.

New Look Denim Dungarees €20
Forever 21 Orange Maxi Skirt €16
Monki White Tunic Dress €30
Revolve Aquarius Jumpsuit €92
New Look Mom Shorts €24.99
Forever 21 Yellow Belbottoms €17.40
Boohoo Star Print Jacket €36
Dorothy Perkins Platform Boots €16



UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather expected later on this evening, the Happenings and 7UP Free® screening of Dirty Dancing has been postponed until next week.

Happenings, in association with 7up Free is delighted to announce that it will return to Merrion Square, Dublin for the second instalment of Summer Cinema. The park will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for a special screening of the smash hit romcom Dirty Dancing tomorrow evening, Friday, July 27.

There's no better way to spend a Friday night than swooning over Patrick Swayze on the big screen.

The film follows the story of ‘Baby’ (Jennifer Grey) who finds herself on a sleepy summer holiday with her family. While there, she falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) whom her father forbids her to see. However, she is determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer!

Gates open at 8.30pm with the movie screening beginning as the sun goes down.

Before the movie kicks off, guests can settle into a comfy billow bag with a complimentary 7up Free in the beautiful surrounds of Merrion Square – perfectly capturing the taste and feeling of summer.

There will be a host of tasty food vendors available and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, snacks and outdoor movie essentials! In keeping with Happening’s Leave No Trace policy, Summer Cinema goers are urged to take all belongings with them once the movie has ended and small bags will be provided to dispose of any rubbish.

Places are limited for each screening, so make sure to follow the Happenings and 7UP Free social media channels to be the first to know the dates and times for each screening and avoid missing out on these blockbuster events.

Tickets are priced at €5 and are available to book in advance online or on the door. Early arrival is advised to get the best seats in the house – “Nobody puts baby in a corner!”