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The Dead

John Huston, 83 minutes, 1987

Always the most literary and philosophical of the great Hollywood directors, Huston used this adaptation of the James Joyce story to furnish a portrait of his own artistry as an old man, turning the film into a serene song of…

Deadly Cuts

Rachel Carey, 90 minutes, 2020

A black comedy set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community. Notes courtesy of Screen Ireland

Death of a Ladies Man

Matthew Bissonnette, 90 minutes, 2020

Samuel O’Shea, a hard-drinking womaniser, has seen better days. His second marriage is ending, his first wife and grown children have turned against him, and he has begun seeing strange things. Looking for answers, Samuel discovers he has a terminal…

Death of a Superhero

Ian Fitzgibbon, 97 minutes, 2011

This warm, funny and surprisingly uplifting story of terminally ill teenager 15-year-old Donald (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) has proved director Iain Fitzgibbon’s most acclaimed film to-date. Donald works through his feelings on his prognosis in sessions with therapist Dr.King (Andy Serkis) and…

December Bride

Thaddeus O'Sullivan, 88 minutes, 1991

A compelling story of an open conflict between freedom and tradition, director Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s film sees a nineteenth century Protestant community scandalised by the actions of the fiercely independent Sarah Gomartin (Saskia Reeves). In opposition to convention, Sarah enters into…

The Delinquent Season

Mark O'Rowe, 104 minutes, 2017

Two couples appear content in their middle-class Dublin lives: rewarding jobs, good work/life balance, happy kids and entertaining friends. Cracks begin to appear when Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Danielle (Eva Birthistle) discover that Yvonne (Catherine Walker) and Chris (Andrew Scott)…

The Devil’s Doorway

Aislinn Clarke, 76 minutes, 2018

Two priests are sent to a 1960s Magdalen laundry to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a found footage film whose setting adds a level of genuine horror to proceedings.

The Dig

Andy Tohill
Ryan Tohill, 97 minutes, 2018

This debut feature from the Tohill Brothers will no doubt prove to be one of the year’s strongest Irish releases, a downbeat but canny mix of thriller and western tropes. Callahan (Moe Dunford) has just finished his prison sentence for…

Disco Pigs

Kirsten Sheridan, 93 minutes, 2001

Imaginative, shocking, and wholly unlike any coming-of-age narrative Ireland had seen before, Disco Pigs is the story of two teenagers whose lifelong partnership suffers an almost Edenic fall from grace. Runt (Elaine Cassidy) and Pig (Cillian Murphy), known to their…

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