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FILM

Cyclo (right) You'd never believe this ferocious Vietnamese street drama was from Tran Anh Hung, director of The Scent of Green Papaya: its shocking violence is worlds away from that film's austere tranquillity. The Cyclo (Le Van Loc) works a cycle-taxi, but when his bike is stolen, he turns to crime to survive. A haunting journey that suggests Bresson, Schrader and your strangest nightmares.

Get Shorty Travolta's performance in Pulp Fiction was just a warm-up for his turn here as a loanshark who turns up in LA to hassle movie producer Gene Hackman for a debt and ends up pitching him an idea. The laughs are thin but there's a breeziness that's very winning.

Toy Story You already know that this is the first completely computer- generated animation feature. But were you aware that it's the best modern fairy-tale since Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas? Your kids will love it, but you'll love it more.

RYAN GILBEY

THEATRE

Lady into Fox (right) Nicolas Bloomfield writes a score for Neil Bartlett's adaptation of David Garnett's novella about a woman who one morning turns into a fox. A deeply mysterious and dramatic tale directed by movement expert Leah Hausman. Crucible Sheffield to Sat; London Lyric Hammersmith from Wed

Harry and Me The gifted Sheila Hancock graces the cast of the latest comedy by playwright, novelist and TV commissioning editor Nigel Williams (see feature, p8) which dwells in the mad land of the TV chat show. James The Changing Room Macdonald directs. In preview, Royal Court

Skylight David Hare's splendid small-scale drama is suffused with big ideas and performed with grace and gusto by Michael Gambon and Lia Williams. On no account miss this. London Wyndham's

DAVID BENEDICT

EXHIBITIONS

Cezanne (right) The show more than lives up to expectations: the final room, with one wall devoted to The Large Bathers, is one of the all-time epiphanies of gallery-going. Tate Gallery, London SW1, to 28 Apr

Lord Leighton Three London exhibitions celebrate the centenary of the death of the only British artist ever to be given a peerage. While the RA has most of the pictures, from neo-classical set-pieces to quasi-erotic nudes, the V&A and Leighton House host complementary shows. Royal Academy, London W1 to 21 Apr

Young Americans Part II Following the controversy of the chocolate and dynamite works in its paean to young Americans, the Saatchi unveils Part II: Richard Prince, Kiki Smith and Charles Ray who has attached casts of his own genitals to shop-window mannequins. Saatchi Collection, Boundary Rd, London NW8, to 28 Apr

IAIN GALE

COMEDY

Felix Dexter Likeable stand-up with an acute line in character-comedy, Dexter is, with Lenny Henry, perhaps the only black comedian to have achieved "crossover" success. "White audiences have seen these new products called Lenny Henry and Felix Dexter on the shelf," he observes, "and they don't burn their hands." Lewisham Theatre tonight; Liverpool Neptune Wed; Manchester Dancehouse Thur

Julian Clary (right) The comedian who has virtually patented the double entendre has at least two television pilots on the go. But the live arena is still what most turns him on. Plymouth Pavilions tonight; Basingstoke Anvil tomorrow; Hastings White Rock Sun; Reading Hexagon Mon; Glasgow Pavilion Thur

Donna McPhail Acerbic stand-up, dubbed "British comedy's top bird" by the Glasgow Herald, she is in the West End for one night only. Duke of York's Theatre, London WC2 (0171-836 5122) Sun

JAMES RAMPTON

CLUBS

The Emporium boasts London's first Euroclub: Common People. High-energy Eurohouse, uplifting anthems and latin disco served up weekly for a glam and energetic crowd. Hundreds were turned away at last week's opening so it's essential to arrive early. 62 Kingly St, Piccadilly Circus, London W1, Wed 10pm-4am, pounds 10

Miss Moneypenny's at Bond's features John Kelly and Jon Hollis tomorrow. Everyone exhibiting the style and panache of Britain's number one spy is welcome. Five hours of uplifting house and garage. Hampton St, Birmingham B19, Sat 9.30pm-2.30am, pounds 12/ pounds 9.50 members

The Satellite Club celebrates its second birthday. Craig Dimech, Seamus and Bobby & Steve will be distressing the decks in addition to a PA by Sonz of Soul. Secure tickets in advance. Sat 10pm-7am, The Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8, pounds 12 in advance/ pounds 10 members on door

ALISTER MORGAN

DANCE

Adventures in Motion Pictures take their hugely successful rethink of Swan Lake to High Wycombe next week. The Odette/ Odile figure is danced by a man and his gang of swans are also male but this is a million miles away from the "Swan Lake in drag" that some have dubbed it. Swan, High Wycombe, 26-30 Mar

English National Ballet give their last London performances of Alice in Wonderland (right). Ignoring Dodgson's heavier side, Derek Deane's shamelessly popu-list production goes straight for the pudding. Next week, the pro-gramme changes to Cinderella and a Giselle set in a 1920s hotel. London Coliseum to Sat

Scottish Ballet Bournonville's tale of a Scottish bridegroom's fatal passion for a fairy is preceded by Mark Baldwin's Ae Fond Kiss. Edinburgh Festival Theatre to Sat; Her Majesty's Aberdeen 26-30 Mar

LOUISE LEVENE

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