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Director: Maria Ripoll

Starring: Douglas Henshall

Mix Twelve Monkeys with Four Weddings and a Funeral, and you get Maria Ripoll's mainly dreadful Anglo-Spanish comedy. Henshall stars as a dumped boyfriend transported back in time by some mysterious Spanish dustmen. As dopey as it sounds, but a lot less fun. Countrywide


Director: F Gary Gray

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Kevin Spacey, JT Walsh

Two of modern cinema's current favourites go head to head in Gray's thrilling drama about a negotiator forced to kick up a hostage situation of his own. Originally written for Sylvester Stallone, the script has a predilection for lunk- headed swearing that sounds uneasy in the mouths of such articulate, rhetorical performers, but it doesn't disrupt the wonderfully louche chemistry between them. Countrywide


Director: Stephen Soderbergh

Starring: George Clooney

Elmore Leonard is the source for Stephen Soderbergh's irresistible slice of pulp fiction involving eccentric low-lifes, comic cops, intrigues and heists. George Clooney plays the jail-breaking hero, Jack Foley, as a down-and-dirty version of Cary Grant, and turns in the best performance of his career so far. Suddenly, he seems to be a grown-up film star at a time when most of Hollywood's male heartthrobs don't look old enough to get served in a pub. Countrywide


Director: George Cukor

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

Sublime cinema. Cukor's movie - in which Hepburn's imminent wedding is disrupted by the appearance of her former fiance (Grant) and a scandal- sheet reporter (Stewart) - has a strange, melancholy heart. You never doubt that it'll be the one who loves her most who'll lead her to the altar, but between the rounds of screwball bickering, Hepburn's unsatisfied heiress sheds real tears. Limited Release


Director: Tamara Jenkins

Starring: Alan Arkin

Tamara Jenkins's fictionalised account of her own teenage years in the outskirts of Beverly Hills has many moments that - after The Ice Storm and Boogie Nights - seem rather overdone. But Jenkins has a sure instinct for crippling social embarrassment, an impeccable sense of comic timing, and a superb central performer in Alan Arkin - a relic of the decade currently enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. Limited Release


Director: Brett Leonard

Starring: Peter Horton

I-Max 3-D dinosaurs are the kind of cute sensation for which cinema was invented, and Leonard's simply-scripted effects showcase lets the reptiles roar in your face, swoop over your head, and pursue you through the trees. But while you see every scale of the tyrannosaurus in living colour, you also get a pin-sharp view of Liz Stauber's zits. Limited Release


Director: Mark Peploe

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Irene Jacob, Sam Neill

This Euro-funded Conrad adaptation takes us to a sleazy hotel in the South Seas where well-known character actors (Simon Callow, Bill Paterson, etc) favour extravagant facial hair, and the mid-price stars (Jacob, Neill, Dafoe) do some safe, literary acting. Archers fans should take a look, as one of the hairier patrons is played by Edward Kelsey, better known as the voice of Joe Grundy. Limited Release


Director: Po Chih Leong

Starring: Jude Law, Elina Lowensohn, Timothy Spall

Jude Law stars as a contemporary vampire in a designer anorak, who has the decency to wine and dine his victims before he goes for their jugular. A well-intentioned attempt to give the genre an adult twist is undone by a script that can't tell the difference between sophistication and pretentious rambling. Limited Release