FILM CHOICE

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THE MUSE (15)

Albert Brooks, probably best known in this country for being the untelegenic, pithy one in Broadcast News, is a well-loved comedian in America. As writer-director-star of The Muse he plays a Hollywood scriptwriter who has "lost his edge" spending strictly platonic time with Sarah (Sharon Stone) who claims to be a bona fide muse. The film has a dig at Hollywood absurdity; there are some great moments.

THE LIMEY (18)

Terence Stamp plays an ageing Cockney ex-con who travels to LA to find out precisely how his daughter died. He stalks her ex-boyfriend, a slick record producer played by Peter Fonda, and gets into all sorts of downbeat, witty, and melancholy trouble. The Limey is a delight. Who cares if Stamp still can't act - the pleasure to be had here is in simply watching him walk his young man's walk only to be suddenly reminded that he is in fact a pensioner. And Soderbergh is obsessed with Stamp's face. Much of the time he shoves his camera right up against it, amazed.

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MUPPETS FROM SPACE (U)

Heaven is Miss Piggy in silver lame. But what has happened to Kermit the frog? To infinity and beyond ("Hi-yaargh") ...

DOGMA (15)

The Catholic Church in America hated it, but audiences weren't sure. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon star in a religious parody from the director of the award-winning Clerks.

MYSTERY MEN (PG)

Uber-spoofy Christmas viewing with a terrific cast, including Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and the redoubtable William H Macy.

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