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11 September: With its gory opening half-hour, Steven Spielberg's Second World War drama Saving Private Ryan paints a powerful picture of men at war. What follows is the story of Captain Miller (Tom Hanks, ably supported by Edward J Burns and Tom Sizemore), dispatched behind enemy lines to rescue Private Ryan (Matt Damon). The running time is 170 minutes, so take a cushion.

18 September: Lethal Weapon 4 hits the screen having done big business in the US, which doesn't come as much of a surprise - as the poster boasts, it has the faces you know and the action you expect. Mel Gibson (right), Danny Glover, Rene Russo and Joe Pesci all return for another bout of action-comedy: this time, they take on the Triads. For the more unadventurous cinemagoers only.

Also: Love is the Devil, John Maybury's acclaimed film about Francis Bacon (played by Derek Jacobi).

Later: Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow star in the Warner Bros thriller, Perfect Murder, which is loosely based on Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. Meanwhile Ken Loach's My Name is Joe marks a comeback after the disappointing Carla's Song.