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OPENING NEXT WEEK GAMBIT A strange one, this. An artefact of the 1960s – a Hollywood heist comedy starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine – gets rewritten by the Coen brothers, but they don’t direct. Instead, it’s Michael Hoffman directing Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK David O Russell directs Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (left) in an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel concerning a man trying to get his life together after spending time in a mental institution. Lawrence is early fave for the best actress Oscar. END OF WATCH David Ayer won over connoisseurs with his excellent 2005 police drama Harsh Times. His new film features Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LAPD cops who encounter trouble after pocketing some money from a drugs cartel. NATIVITY 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER of everybody who saw it, that soppy British comedy about a school nativity play seems to have made enough money to inspire a sequel. This time round David Tennant is in charge.
OPENING NOVEMBER 30th GREAT EXPECTATIONS Isn’t this a bit late for the Dickens bicentennial? Mike Newell’s adaptation of the great man’s most cinematic novel casts Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham. What larks, Pip! ALEX CROSS Tyler Perry, the hugely successful African-American director and actor, takes over the role of James Patterson’s most famous creation in a thriller by Rob Cohen. SIGHTSEERS Don’t miss the latest film from Ben Wheatley. A bizarre amalgam of Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May and serial killer shocker, the picture is funnier than Wheatley’s superb Kill List (what isn’t?) but every bit as dark.