Monday 09 August 1999
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West End: ABC Tottenham Court Road, Clapham Picture House, Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Camden Town, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Marble Arch, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Plaza, Ritzy Cinema, Screen on Baker Street, Screen on the Green, The Tricycle Cinema, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Chelsea, Virgin Fulham Road, Virgin Haymarket, Virgin Trocadero, Warner West End And local cinemas
BRIDE OF CHUCKY (18, 89 mins)
The latest graduate from the Scream school of self-referentiality, Bride of Chucky strings together a series of humorous asides and knee-jerk shock tactics. Local: Acton Park Royal Warner Village, Warner Village North Finchley
CRUEL INTENTIONS (15, 97 mins)
Cruel Intentions transplants Les Liaisons Dangereuses to chi-chi Manhattan for a toxic little tale of two scheming half-siblings (the impressive Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe) who embroil their peers in all manner of sexual machinations. West End: Odeon Mezzanine, Virgin Trocadero
LE DINER DE CONS (THE DINNER GAME) (15, 100 mins)
Francis Veber's lightning-quick French farce about a smug publisher whose life falls apart when he recruits an "idiot" accountant. The rat-tat-tat subtitled dialogue requires a spot of speed-reading at times but it's well worth the effort. West End: ABC Piccadilly, ABC Swiss Centre, Clapham Picture House, Odeon Camden Town
ENTRAPMENT (12, 112 mins)
Catherine Zeta Jones makes her bid for Hollywood stardom as half of the honey-trap baited to snare Sean Connery's art thief. Flirty intrigue and acts of derring-do dominate this cut-price To Catch a Thief. West End: Empire Leicester Square, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Marble Arch, Odeon Mezzanine, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Virgin Fulham Road And local cinemas
THE HI-LO COUNTRY (15, 114 mins)
Hailing from the dying days of the Old West, The Hi-Lo Country sees cowboy brothers Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup adrift in an increasingly modernised New Mexico and falling out over a foxy femme fatale (Patricia Arquette). The acting rings tough and true and the photography is endlessly beguiling. West End: Metro, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Warner Village West End
HUMAN TRAFFIC (18, 95 mins)
One wild weekend with the Human Traffic crew: a quintet of Cardiff clubbers wrestling with jealous boyfriends, impotence and the hidden codes of the Star Wars pictures.
West End: ABC Panton Street, Plaza, Warner Village West End Local: Acton Park Royal Warner Village, Warner Village North Finchley
IT ALL STARTS TODAY (CA COMMENCE AUJOURD'HUI) (12, 117 mins)
An impassioned cri de coeur, Bertrand Tavernier's film tells the story of an idealistic schoolteacher at a forlorn township in northern France. This is a rigorous, intense and committed piece of work.
West End: Curzon Soho, Renoir, Ritzy Cinema
THE KING AND I (U, 118 mins)
Richard Rich's animated take on The King and I tinkers with the plot and shaves off most of the original songs.
West End: Ritzy Cinema, Warner Village West End Local: Acton Park Royal Warner Village, Edmonton Lee Valley UCI 12, Warner Village North Finchley, Peckham Premier
LAST NIGHT (15, 94 mins)
The latest hit from the current Canadian film boom is perhaps the most unlikely film ever made about the end of the world. A lushly human, intimate tale that effectively relegates the apocalypse to the role of a support player. West End: Ritzy Cinema, Virgin Haymarket
THE MATRIX (15, 120 mins)
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West End: ABC Panton Street, Clapham Picture House, Odeon Camden Town, Ritzy Cinema, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Fulham Road, Virgin Trocadero, Warner Village West End And local cinemas
THE MUMMY (12, 115 mins)
The Mummy is this year's Godzilla: a cheesy monster-mash that sees Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz uncovering a lost city and battling a bandaged bogeyman. West End: Empire Leicester Square, Odeon Kensington, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Trocadero And local cinemas
NOTTING HILL (15, 124 mins)
Hugh Grant reprises his bumbling Brit persona, this time as a middle- class bookseller who becomes the unlikely object of desire of a billionaire Hollywood actress (Julia Roberts). West End: ABC Shaftesbury Avenue, Clapham Picture House, Odeon Camden Town, Odeon Haymarket, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Marble Arch, Odeon Mezzanine, Odeon Swiss Cottage, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Chelsea, Virgin Fulham Road, Virgin Trocadero, Warner Village West End And local cinemas
SHE'S ALL THAT (12, 95 mins)
For a jokey wager, Freddie Prinze Jr's high-school heartthrob invites an ugly duckling (Rachael Leigh Cook) to the prom. A synthetic trifle that wraps everything up too neatly. West End: Virgin Trocadero Local: Peckham Premier
STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE (U, 132 mins)
Only at the century's end could the world's most eagerly anticipated film turn out to be such a gaudy exercise in nostalgia. George Lucas sets about telling his tale in a languid, ruminative fashion but one is never allowed to forget that this prequel is merely a protracted introduction to what's to come. West End: ABC Tottenham Court Road, Barbican Screen, Clapham Picture House, Notting Hill Coronet, Odeon Camden Town, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon Marble Arch, Odeon Mezzanine, Odeon Swiss Cottage, Ritzy Cinema, Screen on Baker Street, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Chelsea, Virgin Fulham Road
And local cinemas
TANGO (12, 115 mins)
An ambitious meta-movie in which Miguel Angel Sola's anguished film director embarks on an affair with Mia Maestro's tangoing tigress. In the meantime, you gaze on in fretful admiration, marvelling when Tango gets away with it, wincing when it doesn't. West End: Curzon Soho, Curzon Minema, Richmond Filmhouse
TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (12, 98 mins)
A canny riff on The Taming of the Shrew: re-titled, re-worded and re- routed to prom night at an American high-school. A neat marriage of high and low culture in a tale of two sisters whose dating rituals are overseen by their meddlesome dad. West End: Odeon Swiss Cottage, UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Fulham Road, Virgin Trocadero, Warner Village West End And local cinemas
THE THIRD MAN (PG, 95 mins)
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West End: Clapham Picture House, Virgin Chelsea, Virgin Haymarket, Repertory: Phoenix Cinema
WEST BEIRUT (15, 105 mins)
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