Today's films in London

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(P) = also outside London. Nos 071 unless noted.

A few films left out on grounds of age or quality.

Times subject to the odd late change.

THE FIVE BEST NEW RELEASES

GROUNDHOG DAY (PG). Humorous humdinger with Bill Murray. MGM Shaftesbury Ave (836 6279) 2.40 5.50 8.40; Odeons Ken (371 3166) 7.05 9.35, Mezz (930 3232) 1.50 4.10 6.25 8.50, Swiss Cott (722 5905) 7.15 9.15. (P)

JURASSIC PARK (PG). Stunning saurians, so-so script. Camden Pkway (267 7034) 3.15 6.00 8.45; Clapham Pic Hse (498 2242) 1.30 4.00 6.30 9.00; Empire (437 1234) 12.25 3.10 6.05 12.00; MGMs Baker St (935 9772) 12.30 3.05 5.40 8.20, Chelsea (352 5096) 2.10 6.10 9.15, Fulham Rd (370 2636) 1.15 4.00 6.45 9.35, Trocadero (434 0031) 12.15 3.00 5.45 8.35; Nott Hill Coronet (727 6705) 3.00 5.35 8.30; Plaza (437 1234) 1.15 4.00 6.45 9.30; Screen Green (226 3520) 2.55 5.45 8.30; Whiteleys (792 3324) 12.10 12.50 3.05 3.40 6.10 6.30 9.00 9.25. (P)

THE LAST BOLSHEVIK (no cert). Chris Marker's richly layered life of Russian director Alexander Medvedkin. ICA (930 3647) 6.30.

MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART (15). Vincent Ward's near-masterpiece: beauty, romance, and a flying Inuit. Minema (235 4225) 3.00 5.00 7.00 9.00; Plaza (437 1234) 1.30 3.50 6.15 8.45. (P)

RED ROCK WEST (15). Cage v Hopper in drolly slick slice of noir. Camden Pkway (267 7034) 6.10 8.20; MGMs Haymkt (839 1527) 8.25, Oxfd St (636 0310) 8.20. (P)

THE THREE BEST REVIVALS

BARRY LYNDON (PG). Kubrick's cold, painterly account of Thackeray's 18th-century Irish rake. Everyman (435 1525) 2.00.

HENRY AND JUNE (18). Philip Kaufman's lavish, literary look at the lives of Anais Nin and her circle. Riverside (081-748 3354) 5.00.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (18). Leone's century-spanning epic of dashed American dreams. NFT 1 (928 3232) 2.15.

ALSO SHOWING

APRES L'AMOUR (15). See main paper. Curzon Mayfair (465 8865) 1.15 3.35 6.00 8.35.

THE ASSASSIN (18). Bridget Fonda trained for terror in implausible thriller. MGMs Fulham Rd (370 2636) 7.00 9.30, Trocadero (434 0031) 12.10 3.00 5.50 8.40l 11.20; Whiteleys (792 3324) 7.15 9.45. (P)

BAMBI (U). Disney classic still going strong if sentimental at 51. MGMs Chelsea (352 5096) 1.50 4.10, Panton St (930 0631) 2.00 3.55; Odeons Ken (371 3166) 1.00 3.10 5.20, Mezz (930 3232) 1.55 3.50, Swiss Cott (722 5905) 1.45 4.00; Whiteleys (792 3324) 11.20 1.30. (P)

BARAKA (PG). Eye-popping eco-documentary. MGM Tott Ct Rd (636 6148) 2.20 5.40 8.25.

CHAIN OF DESIRE (18). Manhattan love carousel, after Schnitzler: a poignant tinge of blue. MGM Piccadilly (437 3561) 1.30 3.45 6.10 8.30.

CHAMPIONS (PG). See main paper. MGMs Haymkt (839 1527) 1.10 3.35 6.00, Oxfd St (636 0310) 1.10 3.40 6.05; Odeons Ken (371 3166) 2.05 4.35 7.05, Mezz (930 3232) 1.20 3.35 5.55, Swiss Cott (722 5905) 1.30 4.15; Whiteleys (792 3324) 12.00 2.25 4.55 7.25. (P)

UN COEUR EN HIVER (12). Tangy trio for violin, lover and frosty impostor. MGM Swiss Ctre (439 4470) 2.15 4.45 7.15 9.45; Screen Baker St (935 9772) 4.00 6.30 8.45.

DENNIS (PG). A menace to your sanity, apart from Walter Matthau's glorious curmudgeon. MGMs Fulham Rd (370 2636) 1.40 4.30, Haymkt (839 1527) 1.25 3.50 6.15 8.40, Oxfd St (636 0310) 1.10 3.35 5.55 8.30, Trocadero (434 0031) 12.10 2.25 4.40 6.50 9.00; Whiteleys (792 3324) 11.50 2.10 4.30 6.50 9.30. (P)

EQUINOX (15). Alan Rudolph's meandering meditation on good, evil and duality. Metro (437 0757) 4.15 6.30 8.45. (P)

A FAR OFF PLACE (PG). See main paper. MGMs Chelsea (352 5096) 1.40 4.05 6.45 9.10, Shaftesbury Ave (379 7025) 2.10 5.25 8.10, Trocadero (434 0032) 12.10 3.00 5.45 8.25; Odeon Swiss Cott (722 5905) 1.00 3.45 6.45 9.15. (P)

IN COLD BLOOD (18). Richard Brooks's superbly shady portrait of Capote's 'natural-born killers'. ICA (930 3647) 3.30 6.15 8.45.

JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE IRT (15). A Brooklyn brush with pregnancy, both touching and grating. Clapham Pic Hse (498 2242) 4.30 9.15; MGM Panton St (930 0631) 5.50 8.30. (P)

MADE IN AMERICA (12). See main paper. MGMs Baker St (935 9772) 1.20 3.35 6.00 8.30, Fulham Rd (370 2636) 1.40 4.35 7.05 9.40, Haymkt (839 1527) 2.15 5.15 8.15, Oxfd St (636 0310) 12.50 3.20 6.05 8.30, Trocadero (434 0032) 12.10 3.10 5.50 8.40, Whiteleys (792 3324) 11.30 2.00 4.30 7.05 9.40. (P)

NUIT ET JOUR (15). Taxi drivers share hours and lover in empty Parisian triangle. Renoir (837 8402) 2.40 4.45 6.50 9.00.

PUERTO ESCONDIDO (15). Snail's-pace Italian escapist fantasy set in Mexico. Curzon WE (439 4805) 1.30 3.50 6.15 8.45.

SAVAGE NIGHTS (18). Living it up with Aids: Cyril Collard's frank, flawed farewell. MGM Piccadilly (437 3561) 2.30 5.15 8.10; Renoir (837 8402) 12.50 3.25 6.00 8.35.

THE SNAPPER (15). Raucous, perceptive comedy of a teenage Dubliner 'up the pole'. Clapham Pic Hse (498 2242) 5.30 7.30 9.00; MGMs Tott Ct Rd (636 6148) 2.05 5.55 8.30, Trocadero (434 0032) 4.30 6.40 8.50; Odeon Ken (371 3166) 2.45 5.00 7.15 9.30; Plaza (437 1234) 2.30 4.30 6.40 8.50; Screen Hill (435 3366) 2.50 4.45 7.00 9.00. (P)

TANGO (15). Patrice Leconte's refined, slightly empty comic trio on misogyny. Barbican (638 8891) 2.30 5.00 7.30; Camden Plaza (485 2443) 2.40 4.45 6.50 9.00; Chelsea (351 3742) 2.40 4.45 6.50 9.00; Gate (727 4043) 5.00 7.00 9.00; Lumiere (836 0691) 2.40 4.45 6.50 9.00.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III (PG). Frog-faced adventurers sent to medieval Japan - not far enough. MGMs Chelsea (352 5096) 1.40 3.55, Oxfd St (636 0310) 12.10 2.05, Trocadero (434 0032) 12.20 3.10; Odeons Ken (371 3166) 2.00 4.30, Mezz (930 3232) 1.30 4.05, Swiss Cott (722 5905) 1.30 4.05. (P)

TOM AND JERRY: THE MOVIE (U). A travesty: the old foes united and talking in sugary adventure. Clapham Pic Hse (498 2242) 1.00 3.00; MGMs Oxfd St (636 0310) 2.10 4.10 6.20, Trocadero (434 0032) 12.10 2.20, Odeons Ken (371 3166) 1.55 4.10, Mezz (930 3232) 2.15 4.25, Swiss Cott (722 5905) 1.20 3.15 5.15; Whiteleys (792 3324) 12.30 2.55 5.10. (P) Listings: Siobhan Dolan

Comments: Quentin Curtis

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