DANIEL Craig, Harrison Ford and football referee Howard Webb feature in films showing at the Picture House this week.
Webb, who provoked controversy after his performance at the 2010 World Cup final, appears in “The Referees”, which exposes fans to a new dimension of the beautiful game.
For the first time, film makers have been given unfettered access to go behind the scenes at an international tournament, following the refereeing teams on and off the pitch as they compete for the prize to officiate the final.
In “The Guard”, showing from Friday until Sunday, Brendan Gleeson takes on the role of Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a small town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett (played by Don Cheadle) to his door.
But when a fellow police officer disappears, Boyle is forced to work with Everett to solve the case that has disrupted his working life.
Jim Carrey stars in “Mr Popper’s Penguins” on Saturday and Sunday. The story revolves around Mr Popper, who writes letters to Arctic explorers.
One of them sends him a penguin. When another female penguin arrives from the zoo, they mate and Popper now has 12 penguins on his hands.
He forms a stage act with the penguins dubbed “Popper’s Performing Penguins” that goes on tour and features the animals causing mayhem at every stop.
An all-star cast appears in “Cowboys and Aliens” from Sunday to Tuesday.
Set in New Mexico Territory in 1875, Daniel Craig plays a stranger with no memory of his past who stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution.
He discovers that the people there do not welcome strangers and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford).
But when the desolate town is attacked by marauders from the sky, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation.
On Wednesday night, the Picture House will be screening “In a better world”, winner of the 2011 Oscar and Golden Globe for best foreign language film.
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