Monday 09 August 1999
Director: Claude Lelouch
Starring: Alessandra Martines, Pierre Arditi
Lelouch's giddy globe-hopper skips around after Martines' bereaved ballerina; gallivant-ing from Venice to Canada to Alaska to Acapulco, leaving a trail of narrative loose-ends in its wake. Charm, plus a rare emotional honesty, finally sees it through.
West End: Curzon Soho Repertory: NFT
DOUG'S FIRST MOVIE (U, 87 mins)
Director: Maurice Joyce
Starring: Thomas McHugh, Fred Newman
"First" because Joyce's animated fancy is the inaugural feature based on the life of American TV favourite Doug, an amiable cartoon kiddy who discovers an equally amiable monster residing in his polluted local lake.
West End: UCI Whiteleys, Virgin Chelsea, Virgin Trocadero And local cinemas
GOODBYE LOVER (15, 101 mins)
Director: Roland Joffe
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney
"No one's ever been so good at being so bad", quips the strapline to Goodbye Lover in what is surely a veiled dig at Joffe, here chasing up his inept The Scarlet Letter with a startlingly awful spot of film-noir histrionics. Arquette is the peroxide tease who cheats on her husband (Mulroney) with duplicitous Don Johnson in a yarn that's plagued throughout by a kind of film-maker's epilepsy: all counter-bluffs, nutty camera moves and sudden plot twists.
West End: ABC Shaftesbury Avenue Local: Streatham ABC, Walthamstow ABC
THE MATCH (15, 96 mins)
Director: Mick Davis
Starring: Max Beesley, Richard E Grant
Once upon a time, in a quaint Scottish village, there lived a good pub (warm beer, cheerful locals) and a bad pub (chilled wine, Richard E Grant tending bar). Every year bad pub beats good pub at football, but this year good pub simply has to win. Cue salt-of-the-earth whimsy, knee-jerk nostalgia and hammy playing from the celebrity B-team (Neil Morrissey, Sam Fox). Entertainment-wise, it's a no-score draw.
West End: Odeon West End
PLACE VENDOME (15, 117 mins)
Director: Nicole Garcia
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Seigner
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West End: Chelsea Cinema, Curzon Mayfair, Renoir
PLAYING BY HEART (15, 121 mins)
Starring: Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands
Carroll's airbrushed fresco on amour and glamour in 1990s LA is carried by a top-notch cast, stoked by lush sound and visuals and propelled by a script that seems to delight in its own ingenuities.
West End: Odeon West End
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
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