Director: Ventura Pons
Starring: Rosa Maria Sarda, Nuria Espert
Cult Spanish director Pons rustles up a googly-eyed bit of cinematic navel-gazing in this ode to the acting lark. Actresses details the earnest research of an aspiring thespian - interviewing three old hands about their life and times.
HAPPINESS (18, 134 mins)
Director: Todd Solondz
Starring: Dylan Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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AN IDEAL HUSBAND (PG, 100 mins)
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver
Politico Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam) is being held to ransom by Julianne Moore's blackmailer. Wife Cate Blanchett looks on while Rupert Everett and Minnie Driver provide the comic relief. A proficient but mechanical overhaul of Wilde.
PROMETHEUS (15, 130 mins)
Director: Tony Harrison
Starring: Michael Feast, Walter Sparrow, Fern Smith, Jonathan Waistnidge
Tony Harrison's dense film-poem kicks off with a visit from Hermes (Michael Feast) to a mining town in Yorkshire, before journeying through the smokestack landscapes of Eastern Europe. Harrison's verse stokes the narrative into life, but it's too long.
RETURN TO PARADISE (15, 109 mins)
Director: Joseph Ruben
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad
Eden takes on a definite whiff of sulphur in the course of Ruben's fact- based saga, as two travellers (Vince Vaughn and David Conrad) return to the scene of their former crimes when a buddy (Joaquin Phoenix) is busted for drugs possession in Malaysia. A classic morality play, Return to Paradise suffers from a pedestrian second half.