I THINK THAT Ed Wood (left) suffers from the same flaws as most Tim Burton films (the nasty and entirely wonderful Batman Returns and Mars Attacks! excepted, of course). It's rather burdened by the director's affinity with his subject - in this case, the king of trash, B-movie director Edward D Wood Jr. But the film is very sweet-natured, and blessed with some cherishable performances - in the lead role, Johnny Depp; Martin Landau, who deservedly won an Oscar for his tragic portrayal of Bela Lugosi; and Bill Murray in a great cameo as a dumpy transsexual.
NFT, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-928 3232) 8.30pm
The Alan Clarke retrospective at the Edinburgh Film Festival was a terrific success, and now selections from it are appearing on the repertory circuit. Tonight, The Firm, his last film, and one of his fiercest, with Gary Oldman as an estate agent whose real love is soccer hooliganism.
ICA Cinematheque, London SW1 (0171-930 3647) 6.30pm, 8.30pm