In a week of lacklustre new releases, it's time to take stock of some of the year's biggest and best. Speed is unquestionably the year's most exhilarating action picture. Plummeting lifts, driverless tube trains, a bus with a bomb aboard and Kean u Reeves in a crew cut (above): what more could you ask for?

The Last Seduction is 1994's cleverest thriller; a shot in the arm for modern film noir, boasting a deliciously wicked Linda Fiorentino.

Finally, Three Colours Red is one of the year's best - raw, touching, perceptive; do you really need another reminder to catch up with the work of Europe's finest film-maker, Krzysztof Kieslowski?