It’s another great week for Dublin cinemagoers, with one of the year’s best new releases and a bunch of classics returning to the screen, the best of which is The Third Man, playing all week at the Irish Film Institute in a newly restored 4K transfer. Considered by many to be the greatest British film of all time, it features arguably Orson Welles’ most iconic screen role as Harry Lime, the notorious trickster tracked down by his friend, played brilliantly by Joseph Cotten. The final shot is one of the best you’ll witness. Be warned though, you’ll have the theme tune stuck in your head for days.
Sam Peckinpah’s sensational sweaty contemporary western Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia plays Friday night at the Lighthouse. Warren Oates gives the performance of his career as a bounty hunter who turns the tables on his employers.
A Bill Murray season is underway at the Lighthouse, with the comic gem Groundhog Day playing Friday night and Ghostbusters on Saturday afternoon. You can also opt for a double bill of both Ghostbusters and its sequel on Saturday evening.
On Sunday afternoon the IFI plays host to a double bill of films starring the iconic silent star Louise Brooks – Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl.
Let’s not forget the week’s new releases. Slow West is one of the best westerns to mosey into town in many a year, featuring a great Eastwood-like turn from Michael Fassbender as a bounty hunter who befriends a lovelorn teenager, all the while planning to kill the girl he loves for reward money.
The Overnight is a mediocre sex comedy heavy on prosthetic penises and low on humour, while the ironically titled farce She’s Funny that Way is anything but funny. A shame, as it’s the comeback movie of respected director Peter Bogdanovich.
By Eric Hillis