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WHIT STILLMAN is a maker of anthropological comedies. His previous features, Metropolitan and Barcelona, focused on the attempts of the intellectual middle-classes to control their environment through a manipulation of codes and etiquette that could reasonably be described as Jamesian. His new film, The Last Days of Disco (left), continues the theme. It's set in "the very early Eighties" and follows the insecure Alice (Chloe Sevigny) and her benignly narcissistic friend, Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale), as they gravitate toward the hippest nightclub in town.

On general release

School starts again next week. Perhaps the youngsters in your life deserve to see Lost in Space if they haven't already. They may not be able to keep up with all the time-travel nonsense in the last half, but that's alright because it doesn't make sense anyway. There are other things to enjoy here - the platoon of metal spiders, or Matt LeBlanc being cocky.

On general release

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