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MARY MAG­DA­LENE Novem­ber 24

This might not be the big­gest-gross­ing film of the next few months, but it’s likely to rank high in terms of the pub­lic de­bate it gen­er­ates. Rooney Mara takes on the role of Mary Mag­da­lene, the bib­li­cal fig­ure rep­re­sented as be­ing close to Je­sus, played here by Joaquin Phoenix. Plot de­tails are still scant, but pre­sum­ably it will fo­cus on Mary Mag­da­lene’s re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus, even if it doesn’t go as far as The Last Temp­ta­tion Of Christ’s dream se­quence which had the duo con­sum­mat­ing their bond.

EPISODE VIII – THE LAST JEDI De­cem­ber 15

This is the one where Luke re­alises he can’t fight any longer against the might of the mar­ket­ing force of the Wild At­lantic Way, so he re­tires to help his dad run a surf shop in Kil­kee that’s called Darth Boards. Per­haps not, but the Ir­ish lo­ca­tions are ex­pected to fea­ture more promi­nently than ever in the sec­ond in­stal­ment of the se­quel tril­ogy. The film will also be a poignant watch for longterm fans, as it’s the last fea­tur­ing the late Car­rie Fisher, present since the very first Star Wars back in 1977.

THE PA­PERS De­cem­ber 22

This his­tor­i­cal drama unites Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights Steven Spiel­berg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the tale of how the so-called Pen­tagon Pa­pers came to be pub­lished, and thus ex­posed the gov­ern­ment cover-ups around the Viet­nam War. Streep is in the role of pioneer­ing fe­male news­pa­per pub­lisher Kay Gra­ham, while Hanks plays her Wash­ing­ton Post ed­i­tor, as they bat­tle to lift the lid on the state’s se­cret ex­pan­sion of the war.

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