Critics Chioce: Film

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Besieged (PG)

Bernardo Bertolucci's film, with Thandie Newton and David Thewlis.

Message in a Bottle (12)

Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn are brought together by a love letter stuffed in a discarded bottle.

Happiness (18)

Todd Solondz's suburban epic.

Return to Paradise (15)

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a young American sentenced to death for drug offences in Malaysia.

High Art (18)

Lisa Cholodenko's brilliant debut, starring Ally Sheedy.

Opening on Friday

Black Cat, White Cat (15)

Emir Kusturica (Underground, Arizona Dream) returns.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (18)

We're still ripping-off America's slasher-fixated youth.

Forces of Nature (12)

Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck in an iffy love story.

Orphans (18)

Winner of Best Film at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.