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From period dramas to slashers, it's a hot year for Irish movies

Alfred Hitchcock said films should be "a piece of cake, not a slice of life".

And there are plenty of tempting and titillating Irish flicks hitting our screens this year.

Hollywood brought a touch of glamour to Co Fermanagh in 2013 with the arrival of Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain.

The alabaster beauty was teaming up with Colin Farrell in period drama Miss Julie.

The film is full of brooding sexual tension and corsets – but have your hankies at the ready as the ending is harrowing.

Lenny Abrahamson's film Frank starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender is sure to be a box office favourite.

Shot in Bray and New Mexico, the film is already getting plenty of international attention.

It follows aspiring musician Jon (Gleeson) who becomes tangled up with wild-child musician Frank (Fassbender) and his psychotic sidekick Clara.

Calvary is another hot favourite. The dark comedy sees Brendan Gleeson in his element; moody, broody and wickedly funny.

Premiering at Sundance next year, the films focuses on a priest who is told he will be murdered in a week's time. Pat Shortt and Chris O'Dowd also feature in the film.

Get ready for the Irish answer to Silence of the Lambs. Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham will star in gory slasher film Let Us Prey.

An enigmatic stranger is detained in the cells of a remote police station. To kill some time he takes over the minds of the officers and turns them into bloodthirsty monsters.

Irish slasher films are fairly thin on the ground so we're looking forward to this.

Ken Loach's upcoming film, Jimmy's Hall, marks the acclaimed director's last venture into the feature film world.

Set in 1932, the film centres on communist leader James Gralton, who built a dance hall in Ireland in 1921, before decamping to New York for a decade.

Sherlock star Andrew Scott and Barry Ward will star in the film.

From dance halls to flower arranging, Wild tells the true story of Mary Reynolds, an Irish landscape designer who nabbed the top spot at the Chelsea flower show and falls in love along the way.

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Starring the dashing Tom Hughes and Fair City's Lorna Quinn, this will be a popular choice for old romantics and the green fingered.

Dubbed Ireland's answer to The Hangover, The Stag has been doing the festival circuit and receiving rave reviews.

This comes as no surprise given the stellar cast – Brian Gleeson, Amy Huberman and Hugh O'Connor. It premiered at The Toronto Film Festival and with director John Butler at the helm should be a lorra laughs.

John Boorman's Queen and Country, is the sequel to his Blitz based 1987 drama Hope and Glory.

The upcoming film will follow Bill Rowan; a young man conscripted into the military at the tail end of the Korean War.

Filmed in Bucharest and the UK, this film has a knockout cast; Pat Shortt, Love/ Hate's Brian F O'Byrne, X-Men star Caleb Landry Jones, Sinead Cusack and busty blonde Tamsin Egerton.

Last but not least is Academy Award nominee Tomm Moore's Song of The Sea. This animation is filled with swirling sea creatures and magical characters.

The film takes inspiration from Irish folklore, centring on the legend of the Selkies, mythological creatures that are part seal, part human.

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