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Bruce Almighty: Starring Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston. Direc-tor: Tom Shadyac.

Bruce Almighty: Starring Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston. Direc-tor: Tom Shadyac.

Having put his rubber-faced antics behind him to tackle serious acting roles instead in the likes of Man On The Moon, but without ever troubling the Academy for an Oscar nomination, it became noticeable that Mr Carrey's star was beginning to wane.

So what better way to regain Hollywood cred and box office status than to get back to what he knows best, appearing in a low-brow comedy flick that allows him to gurn for his life.

Yes, it's a return to wacky form for Jim, aided by the director who set him on his way to superstardom in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

The concept sees local TV reporter Bruce Nolan (Carrey) given God's powers and the chance to see if he can do a better job than the Almighty himself.

Does this mean he sets out to tackle the problems of humanity, or at least that bit of it that resides in his neighbourhood of Buffalo? No, it means he enlarges his girlfriend's breasts, gets revenge on those who have ticked him off in the past and ensures traffic jams fail to trouble him.

It's not divine comedy, but it's pretty good if you're a Carrey fan. Entertaining.

Nicholas Nickleby: Starring Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall. Director: Douglas McGrath.

Top British thesps form a fine ensemble to tackle a greatly condensed screen version of a Dickens classic. Timothy Spall compared cutting down the 800-page literary opus into a two hour film as "getting an ostrich into a thermos flask", but it's done with flair, focusing on the conflict between the eponymous Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) and his mercenary Uncle Ralph (Christopher Plummer) who cross paths when Nicholas' father dies, and his mother (Stella Gonet) turns to Ralph for support.

Ultimately, it's good triumphing over evil in a Reader's Digest version of the book that seems a little sentimental, but there's plenty of acting quality and larger-than-life characters to produce a film that you wouldn't have minded running longer.



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