The Straight Story (U)
David Lynch steadies the wheel and dabs on the brakes for this warm, folksy road-movie with a difference. Richard Farnsworth is the genial old salt heading Wisconsin way atop his little green tractor.
The Limey (8)
Steven Soderbergh's cinematic jigsaw amounts at times to a sort of soulful, art-house Austin Powers. Terence Stamp headlines as the sour Sixties hangover at large in Nineties LA.
The World Is Not Enough (2)
Leaping off a dazzling pre-credits sequence comes the best Bond in decades. Pierce Brosnan has his hands full tackling Sophie Marceau's lissom heiress and a shaven-headed Robert Carlyle.
Fight Club (8)
David (Seven) Fincher's anarchistic roller-coaster of a movie is flawed but fascinating; almost Ali-like in its loud-mouthed wit and quicksilver-cool. Ed Norton and Brad Pitt play their roles at top volume.
Cinema Paradiso (5)
Ah, Paradiso. Oh, love-song to cinema. Ah, cute nipper, loveable- grump projectionist; bumbling rustics, sugary sentiment. Oh, go see it, why don't you?
THE FIVE BEST REVIVALS
Strangers On a Train (Thur 23, 8.50pm, NFT)
Perhaps the most quintessential Hitchcock picture - a dashing, populist thriller with dark Freudian trappings. Farley Granger is the wholesome tennis ace who inadvertently criss-crosses murders with Robert Walker's psychotic playboy.
It's a Wonderful Life (Wed 22, 8.45pm, Riverside)
The Yuletide film par excellence, with James Stewart as the heroic everyman suffering a crisis of faith amid his snowy, picket-fence hometown. Truth be told, Capra's classic is more complex, more melancholic than legend would have us believe.
Mouchette (Thur 30, 9pm, NFT)
Robert Bresson's stark, lyrical tale of a neglected teen run wild amid the towns and forests of a fairytale rural France. Lynne Ramsay lifted the ending for her own (very Bressonian) Ratcatcher.
The General (Sun 9, 7.45pm, Riverside)
Seventy-odd years on, Buster Keaton's train-chase outing stands out as the silent era's finest hour - a sustained stretch of comedic genius which simply cries out to be seen with an audience.
The Ice Storm (Sat 8, 8.45pm, NFT)
The Watergate crisis rumbles as an ominous counterpoint to a more intimate meltdown in Ang Lee's sculpted, delicate, perfectly pitched essay on suburban malaise. All this and Christina Ricci in a Dick Nixon mask.