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THIS WEEK'S RELEASES

Fortunes of War (15). Age has notwithered this 1987 BBC series of Olivia Manning's Balkan and Levant Trilogies. Branagh and Thompson first met as the newly-married Pringles, who arrive in Romania as Germany invades Poland. Branagh's lecturer Guy, with his precocious pomposity and nave idealism, is a kind of holy fool. Thompson's Harriet is a proto-feminist blue stocking. They've never been better, both wonderfully funny, as is Ronald Pickup's sponging Irish- Russian aristocrat, Prince Yakimov.

A Bronx Tale (18). Robert De Niro's likeable, competent directing debut, an account of a boy's rites of passage in a gangsterish Italian neighbourhood. De Niro, incongruously, plays the lad's dopey dad, a bus-driver.

Mr Wonderful (PG). Dull romantic comedy with Matt Dillon as the working-class guy who discovers education is an aphrodisiac.

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Laura (PG). Preminger's noir classic of unrequited love.

Citizen Kane (U). Welles's legendary study of American legend-making.

TheAge of Innocence (U). Scorsese's gorgeous take on Wharton's tale of suffocation.

Le Jour se leve (PG). Carne's poetic melodrama with Gabin as the man driven to murder.

The Piano (15). Jane Campion's majestic, wrenching romantic epic. Quentin Curtis

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