Film: Coming attractions

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21 August: Those sci-fi fans not sated by Lost in Space or Armageddon may find The X-Files movie more to their liking. Eschewing migraine-inducing set-pieces for that brand of concentrated eerieness which has made the television series a cult hit, the film promises to elaborate on themes and story-lines introduced in the show, while being accessible enough to be viewed by X-heads and newcomers alike. David Duchovny is Mulder, Gillian Anderson is Scully. Metroland, an adaptation of Julian Barnes's first novel, directed by Philip Saville and starring Emily Watson and Christian Bale, finally gets a release.

28 August: Robert Redford directs and stars in The Horse Whisperer, a film of Nicholas Evans' best-selling novel about a man who applies his healing gifts to a young girl traumatised by a riding accident. Also: The Spanish Prisoner, David Mamet's enigmatic thriller, stars Steve Martin. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a tough British gangland thriller with the unique pairing of Vinnie Jones and Sting.

Also this year: Steven Spielberg's Second World War epic Saving Private Ryan is released here next month. And watch out for Love is the Devil, with Derek Jacobi as the visceral artist, Francis Bacon.

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