It May Be Getting Colder, But At Least Autumn Brings Great Movies Back To Dublin's Cinema Screens
No more shitty summer blockbusters!
Not Picnic-bound this weekend? Never fear, there’s plenty to see at your local cinema, with a healthy smattering of festival favourites and one off screenings on offer.
DopeFrom Friday 4th September.
Compared to Pulp Fiction when it premiered at Sundance back in January, this Forest Whitaker-produced, Pharrell-scored comedy-drama looks to be a readymade crowd-pleaser..
Dope stars newcomer Shameik Moore as self-professed geek Malcolm, who along with friends Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Grand Budapest’s Lobby Boy, Tony Revolori), finds himself invited to an underground party that leads to a total self-reinvention.
If the stellar reviews and slick trailer are anything to go by, this one should easily live up to its title.
Happenings Weekender3-5 September.
While not officially billed as a Weekender as such, Happenings are set to roll out three classics over the coming nights in venues around the city.
Thursday sees cult classic The Royal Tenenbaums kick things off in Merrion Square, Grease should trigger a surefire singalong in Leinster Cricket Club on Friday, while Pixar’s Up rounds off the three-dayer by flooding Sandymount Green with tears.
This eclectic selection should be affirmative proof that the great outdoors can be used for more than just music festivals; the perfect antidote to any sudden outbreaks of Picnic-related FOMO.
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
From Friday 4th September.
Here’s another Sundance festival favourite, one which pulled what’s now known as a Whiplash by winning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience award.
It might be based on Jesse Andrews’ YA novel of the same name, and feature a central character afflicted with leukemia, but as the movie’s super self-aware trailer posits, Me & Earl is no Fault In Our Stars.
Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) a high-school senior, is happy drifting between cliques and remaking movies, Be Kind Rewind style, with his buddy Earl (Ronald Cyler II), until his overbearing parents force him to re-friend childhood buddy Rachel (Olivia Cooke) following her grave diagnosis.
After the film’s US release, initial rave reviews gave way to a bit of a backlash - see for yourself when Me & Earl hits screens this weekend.