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20th Dec 2016

Say Anything But Trainwreck: 3 Alternatives Films To Go See This Weekend


This Friday night might see the indomitable Amy Schumer take over multiplexes across the country – even rubbing shoulders with Irish Royalty in her brief trip over this side of the pond – but let’s face it, you knew that already.

Here are three alternatives to the (undoubtedly excellent) Trainwreck worth checking out this week.


Hollywood Babylon: Cusack Attack – Say Anything… & Grosse Point Blank Double Bill

Saturday, 15th Aug, 10pm.
Light House Cinema.

Hyped by the modest folk at Light House Cinema as ‘one of the greatest double bills you’ve ever seen’, this Saturday offers the unique pleasure of seeing John Cusack in two of his best roles.

Say Anything… might be best remembered for its iconic boombox scene, but it’s also a striking dramatic showcase for a fresh-faced Cusack. Meanwhile, dark comedy Grosse Point Blank shows off his brilliant comic timing in a skewed take on the high-school reunion movie. Watched back to back and ignoring a few character names here and there, the movies can even be viewed as semi-sequels.

There are much worse ways you could spend your Saturday night. Pre-drinks in Light House bar kick off at 9pm.

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Happenings: Mrs. Doubtfire

Thursday, 13th Aug.
Doors 7.30pm, Film 9.20pm.
Merrion Square.

Now that the sun has finally opted to show his face round these parts again, Happenings are becoming a regular fixture for this column. This is a very good thing.

Marking one year since the tragic death of comedy legend Robin Williams, Merrion Square plays host to a film that defined many a childhood.

Scottish powerhouse Iphegenia Doubtfire endures as one of Williams’ most enduring, endearing creations and while it may have laid the foundations for the Big Momma’s House trilogy, it’s hard to hold that against it.


Mistress America

From Friday 14th Aug.
Select Cinemas.

Not content with releasing the very charming While We’re Young back in April, director Noah Baumbach returns with Mistress America, his second collaboration with partner Greta Gerwig after 2012’s Frances Ha.

Riffing on her kooky persona once more, Gerwig plays free spirited Times Square resident, Brooke, the hyperactive antidote to lonely freshman Tracy’s (Lola Kirke, sister of Girls’ Jemima) disillusionment with city life.

This looks to continue Baumbach’s winning run and once again, further establishing him as this generation’s Woody Allen.