FILM CHOICE

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RUSHMORE (15)

Wes Anderson's film about an unusually committed high-school student is touching, peculiar and hilarious. A critical hit, and a genuine original.

DOUG'S 1ST MOVIE (U)

Genuinely sweet children's animation from Disney with an eco-friendly edge and none of the back-sniping of most children's films.

MOTEL CACTUS (15)

Set in one room in a Seoul hotel, Korean director Park Ki-Yong's film follows four intimate encounters with four separate couples. In so many ways, Motel Cactus is like Harold Pinter's Betrayal - infected all over with a bacterial calm. Like Pinter, Ki-Yong knows precisely when to bring in dialogue and when to hold a silence, forcing us to sit in the grave with these people, discover their ailments through things unsaid, watch them wearing their grief like stars. An intimate, quietly passionate film.

SOUTH (U)

Documentary film record of the 1914-16 trans-Antarctic expedition lead by Sir Ernest Shackleton. His ship the Endurance was frozen and crushed in the polar ice forcing Shackleton to leave behind most of his men, and make the 800-mile journey in an open boat to South Georgia to seek rescue. Australian photographer Frank Hurley followed the expedition's astonishing diasters in a manner so polite, so sweet, shooting the local wildlife with particular empathy.

OPENING THIS WEEK

EYES WIDE SHUT (18)

Cruise and Kidman in Kubrick's swansong.

RAVENOUS (18)

Robert Carlyle in Antonia Bird's cannibal drama.

THE ITALIAN JOB (PG)

Re-release of the Michael Caine classic. But they were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off. AQ

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