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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILMLISTINGS - DON­ALD CLARKE

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.

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