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As 1994 fades, catch up on some of the year's best films. At London's wonderful Prince Charles cinema, the coming week brings the first two parts of Kieslowski's Three Colours trilogy, plus the wistful and touching What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Mar tin Scorsese's hypnotic The Age of Innocence and Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, the year's most sprightly treat.

The ICA is re-running two films by the Japanese actor-director Takeshi Kitano, including the masterly Sonatine. Unlike the overrated John Woo, Kitano is a talent worth shouting about. His films are sometimes stately, always wry, executed with immaculate style and precision, and with a fragile, human heart. Sonatine, one of 1994's best, concerns a gang of mobsters hiding on a tropical island. It's wild and unpredictable; you leave believing cinema can do anything.

On wider release, Speed continues its run, and seems as unstoppable as . . . well, as a bus wired to go kerboom! if it drops below 50mph, actually.

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