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Taking a "Shine" to the LA Irish Film Festival

It's the third outing for this cinema gathering.

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    True, this is its third year, not its tenth (although we suspect that'll be just around the corner). And there aren't dozens of films playing, but a few choice selections (meaning you can catch just about everything you want, always welcome).

    But the nicely sized LA Irish Film Festival, which is running from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, is an excellent way to see what's happening in cinema across the ocean, what's racking up accolades at the festivals in Belfast and Dublin and Cork, and what lauded directors like Jim Sheridan are presently working on.

    Plus, "Camelot" and "The Field" fans: LAIFF will be saluting the work of Richard Harris on Sunday, Oct. 3. Of course, Mr. Harris also originated the role of Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" films, too. "The Field" will screen that evening.

    There are many good movies ahead -- family film "A Shine of Rainbows" will play as a matinee on Saturday, Oct. 2 -- and the still from "Cup Cake," which nabbed Audience Award at Cork, already pre-tickles. It plays later that same day.

    All films will be at the Aero Theatre, save the opening night program, which is at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Vine.