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Film: Trouble With The Curve

Eastwood’s new film sees the grizzled Hollywood veteran stepping back in front of the camera and allowing someone else to call the shots for this sporting analogy father-daughter drama.

The legend’s long-time second unit/assistant director, Robert Lorenz, who’s worked on the likes of Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River, makes his feature debut, so too scriptwriter Randy Brown.

But the duo steer things down as cliched a path as you’ll find. All the film is missing is a home-run, final credits freeze-frame.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake | 12A | 111mins

 

Film: Sightseers

Brit filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s Kill List was one of the most scary-as-fuck movies of recent years.

His follow-up here adds humour into its none-as-dark black-comedy about a pair of caravan-holidaying serial killers.

It won rave reviews when it screened for the gorehounds at this year’s Cannes, and marks Wheatley out as a true British talent to watch and enjoy.   

Starring: Ali Lowe, Steve Oram| 15 | 88mins | On general release November 30

 

Film: Great Expectations

Mike Newell, the director of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, helms this big budget, all-star adaptation of Charles Dicken’s famous tale.

Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter star alongside War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine as the young orphan Pip, whose life is changed forever more by an inheritance that takes him to London’s monied elite.

On general release from November 30.

 

Exhibition: Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams photographed the great outdoors of the US and composed a body of work that portrayed the rugged vastness of the country.

This exhibition allows his fascination with water to take centre stage and shows some of his more famous works (Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite) with lesser known photos, too.

Royal Museums Greenwich
Romney Road, SE10 9NF. Until Apr 28. £7
Tube | Greenwich 
rmg.co.uk

 

Comedy: Ross Noble – Mindblender

He is one of his generation’s weirdest, wackiest, most surreal, unpredictable and downright ace comedians.

A firm favourite with fans and performers alike, his breathless shows are prone to oddball flights of fancy (Cunningham Lindsey? Plates of meat?), with no two shows ever alike.

Here with newly ‘prepared’ material.

Hammersmith Apollo
W6 9QH. Nov 29-Dec 1. £25
Tube | Hammersmith 
hammersmithapollo.com

 

Theatre: Uncle Vanya

If you’ve never seen Chekhov’s heart-breaking account of lives going nowhere, Lindsay Posner’s straightforward production makes a serviceable introduction.

But slowed by interminable scene changes and a lack of directorial inspiration, it isn’t destined to be memorable.

Features Laura Carmichael (or Edith from Dowton Abbey).

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand, WC2R 0NH. Until Feb 16. £25+
Tube | Charing Cross 
nimaxtheatres.com

 

Theatre: Constellations

University Cosmologist Marianne (Sally Hawkins) meets beekeeper Roland (Rafe Spall), and they get together – or do they?

Nick Payne’s poignant and teasing two-hander touches on string theory, quantum mechanics and parallel universes and poses a host of questions, answers and much humour and heartache.

Duke of York’s Theatre
WC2N 4BG. Until Jan 5. £25+
Tube | Charing Cross 
constellationstheplay.com 


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