Weekend Picks

Keep the celebration going this weekend with our St. Patrick’s Day picks:

Sing Street

See 1980s Dublin through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Conor, who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool Raphina. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band yet.

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Brooklyn

It is the emotional tale of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant building a new life in 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland for the shores of New York City and is soon swept up by the intoxicating charms of new love. But when her new life is disrupted by her past, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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Philomena

In 1952, a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the Irish freedom fighters bold tactics bring the British to a breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

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Waking Ned Devine

When Ned Devine dies from shcok after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Michael and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket – but first they must convince the townfolk to go along with their plan.

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In the Name of the Father

Based on Gerry Conlon’s autobiography, Proved Innocent, Jim Sheridan’s In The Name Of The Father tells the tumultuous and wrenching tale of a man wrongfully imprisoned in 1974 for the bombing of a London pub.

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The Commitments

Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin’s gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom!

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Ondine

Follows the story of a fisherman who pulls up his nets one day to find a woman inside, which his daughter believes to be a selkie, but as they fall in love, a figure from her past threatens to disrupt their happiness.

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Angela’s Ashes

Based on the best-selling memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt. The moving story of his impoverished childhood in 1930s and 1940s Ireland.

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Albert Nobbs

A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

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The Quiet Man

When an American prize-fighter kills a man in the ring, he returns to the Irish village where he was born to find peace and there he meets and falls in love with the sister of the village bully.

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