Critics' Choice: Film

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Central Station (15) Walter Salles's road movie about an ageing letter-writer and her trip across Brazil.

Festen (Celebration) (15)

A family party disintegrates into drama, retribution and grief.

The Thin Red Line (15)

Terrence Malick returns with this epic drama set in Guadalcanal during the Second World War.

This Year's Love (18)

Kathy Burke as one of a group of thirtysomethings trying to have relationships with each other.

Opening on Friday

Mighty Joe Young (PG)

King Kong with smiles.

Payback (18)

Mel Gibson smokes like a chimney in this sub-noir thriller.

American History X (18)

Tony Kaye examines the life of a young American Nazi.