While we’re currently, albeit constantly, on the cusp of an unprecedented ‘heatwave’ it’s business as usual in cinemas.
Here’s this week’s three best excuses to forsake the sunshine and go spend 90 minutes sitting in the dark…
Inner Child required: Focus On Pixar: Pete Docter
Toy Story (3D), 1pm, Saturday 4th July.
Wall-E, 6.30pm, Monday 6th July.
With their latest movie, Inside Out, landing at the end of this month, Pixar’s finest are given an airing throughout July at the IFI.
Starting this week with Toy Story - in 3D no less - and the unsung classic Wall-E, this extended showcase aims to highlight the contribution of one of the beloved animation studio’s key players, Pete Docter. Docter’s has played a crucial part in some of Pixar’s most memorable fare, serving as director, writer, head animator, producer, pretty much everything really.
This season also spotlights Docter’s two other directorial efforts, Monsters Inc (1pm, Saturday 11th July) and the Oscar winning Up (6.30pm, Monday 13th July), providing a decent way to revisit some of the better films, not just animations, of the last two decades. Click here for the full schedule.
The Rom-Zom Mockumentary: The Light Of Day
The Sugar Club.
Monday 6th July, 7.30pm.
Part of the season of free film screenings happening at The Sugar Club this summer, The Light Of Day, an Irish mockumentary, screens this Monday.
Up-and-comer Jack Hickey (Penny Dreadful, Game Of Thrones) plays the hapless Michael, a cinematographer adrift on the calamitous set of a low-budget horror that thanks to its gormless director (Aidan Lawlor), could end up entirely on the cutting room floor.
Having played to packed houses at festivals at home and abroad, including a sold out screening at IFI Horrorthon, this free screening is a rare chance to see what critics have described as ‘a truly unique Irish film’ (Scannain). Click here to snap up some free tickets!
The Theatre Classic: NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire (Encore)
Light House Cinema.
Tuesday 7th July, 7.30pm.
The fastest selling production in the Young Vic’s history returns to cinema screens one last time, thanks to National Theatre Live.
Tennessee Williams’ classic, here directed by theatre stalwart Benedict Andrews, sees Gillian Anderson inhabit the tortured heroine Blanche DuBois, with ample support from Vanessa Kirby as sister Stella(aaa!) and Ben Foster in the role that cemented Brando’s career in Elia Kazan’s 1951 film version.
Its run last year was a roaring success, so this final chance to experience Streetcar in a theatrical setting is not to be missed, so get tickets while you still can.