Weekend Picks

St. Patrick’s Day Picks

Cheers,

 

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

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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In the Name of the Father

A true story of one man’s 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Gerry Conlon, a petty thief in 1970s London, who is forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing that he did not commit. When he and his father are both sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the ‘Guildford Four’, he finds a fiercely dedicated lawyer, to help prove his innocence, clear his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

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Hunger

Dramatizes the final days of Bobby Sands, a twenty-seven-year-old Irish Republican Army member who went on a hunger strike at Maze Prison to protest the British government’s refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners.

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Veronica Guerin

Based on the true story of Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin, whose reporting on powerful drug lords cost Veronica her life.

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Once

A Czech immigrant meets an Irish street musician, and together they spend one eventful week writing and recording songs that describe their own unique love.

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The Magdalene Sisters

In Ireland in the 1960s, three women were sent to the Magdalene Sisterhood Asylum because of ‘sinful’ behavior. They all had to work in the laundry, where the strict nuns would break everyone’s wills through sadistic punishment.

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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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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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The Crying Game

A compassionate Irish terrorist risks his own life to seek out the girlfriend of the hostage he held, and discovers that personal relationships are complex and more satisfying than political commitments.

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Waking Ned Devine

When Ned Devine dies from shock 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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