Confessions of a Shopaholic is an adaptation of the novels ‘The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic’ (renamed ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ in the US) by British chick lit author Sophie Kinsella. In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping–a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door–until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future.
When is it showing? Feb 14 – Movies @ Dundrum
10/ Religulous The director of ‘Borat’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ returns with chat-show host Bill Maher and together they take on the current state of world religion in this no-holds barred documentary.
When is it showing? Feb 18th – Cineworld, Parnell Street
11/ American Teen
American Teen intimately follows the lives of four teenagers in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. Using cinema vérité footage, interviews, and animation, it presents a candid portrait of being 17 and all that goes with it. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, the experimentation with sex and alcohol, the parental pressures, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. Nanette Burstein filmed daily for 10 months, developing a remarkably close rapport with these students and their families. The kids open up in her presence and lay bare their lives. The end result is a film that goes beyond the stereotypes of high school – the nerd and the jock, the homecoming queen and the arty misfit – to capture the complexity of young people trying to make their way into adulthood.
When is it showing? Feb 13th – Cineworld
12/ Gran Torino Gran Torino is a film that will amuse, anger and ultimately move you — due in large part to Clint Eastwood’s sheer magnum force. Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski an angry, racist ex-Marine — recently widowed and living alone with his dog in his old neighbourhood, now overrun with mostly Asian gangs. When the next door youth, named Thao (Bee Vang) tries to steal his beloved Gran Torino, he strikes up a relationship with the boy that profoundly changes both. As Thao and his sister, Sue Lor (Ahney Her) are threatened by gang members, Walt springs into action and sets out to clean up the neighborhood, using his gun and anything else at his disposal. Meanwhile, his son (Brian Haley) and daughter-in-law (Geraldine Hughes) show up trying to convince Dad that it is time to move away from the ever-changing suburb he has lived in for so many decades and try a retirement community, a prospect Walt will have nothing to do with.
When is it showing? Feb 15th – Savoy
13/ Anvil the story of Anvil
Formed in Toronto by two school friends, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner, the band gained some fans and respect by their second album, 1982’s Metal on Metal, but from there they drifted into obscurity. Now in their 50s, the two men are touchingly still dedicated to following their rock dreams, even as each glimmer of encouragement they get is being snuffed out. Filmmaker Sacha Gervasi is allowed incredible access to the band, portraying their eccentricities, anxieties, confrontations and meltdowns with frankness, but never without affection, and you can’t help but admire the crazed conviction they have, no matter how many setbacks they face. Get ready to raise a devil horns salute to Anvil; long may it rock!
Special Guests : Anvil will be attending this screening.
When is it showing? Feb 19th – Cineworld
14/ I Sell The Dead Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman star in Glenn McQuaid’s tale of grave robbing. With the spectre of the guillotine looming him, a young grave robber confides in visiting clergyman Father Duffy, recounting fifteen years of adventure in the resurrection trade. His tale leads from humble beginnings as a young boy stealing trinkets from corpses, to a partnership with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes as they hunt creatures unwilling to accept their place in the ground.
When is it showing? Feb 14th – Cineworld, Parnell Street
15/ Let the Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In)
Possibly the most anticipated Swedish movie of all time?
Let The Right One In is a story both violent and highly romantic, set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other peoples blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive?
When is it showing? Feb 21 – Cineworld, Parnell Street