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THE FIVE BEST FILMS

THE BORROWERS (U). An enormously clever family adventure in which a minuscule Jim Broadbent cuts John Goodman's monstrous capitalist down to size. Odeons Ken (0181 315 4214) 12.25 2.45; Plaza (0990 888990) 2.10 4.10; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 10.30; Virgins Troc (0181 970 6015) 12.00 1.50 2.40; Warner (0171 437 4343) 11.40 1.40 3.40; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 11.20 1.10 3.10. (P)

CHASING AMY (18). Foul-mouthed but utterly disarming. Kevin Smith's comedy focuses on a romance between a straight boy and a gay girl. ABCs Piccadilly (0181 437 3561) 1.15 3.25 5.55 8.25. (P)

LA CONFIDENTIAL (18). Despite a hollow romantic plot, Curtis Hanson's stylish, brutish film noir is the most riveting crime thriller of last year. ABCs Baker St (0181 970 6036) 2.10 5.15 8.05, Panton St (0181 970 6021) 2.00 5.00 8.00; Barbican (0171 638 8891) 8.40, Odeons Camden (0181 315 422) 3.15 8.40, Marble Arch (0181 315 4216) 8.30, Swiss Cott (0181 315 4220) 5.10 8.00, Virgins Fulham (0181 970 6011) 2.20 5.20 8.15, Haymarket (0181 970 6016) 2.00 5.0 8.00; Warner (0171 437 4343) 11.50 2.50 5.50 8.50 12.00; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 6.05. (P)

SPICEWORLD - THE MOVIE (PG). Acutely obscerved satire on the nature of contemporary celebrity in which the Prefab Five reveal themselves as postmodernists par excellence. ABC Tott Ct Rd (0181 970 6032) 1.45 4.05 6.40; Empire (0990 8889900) 1.50 4.15 6.40 9.05; Odeons Camden (0181 315 4229) 1.05 3.45 6.45 9.25, Ken (0181 315 4214) 5.00 7.20 9.40, Marble Arch (0181 315 4216) 12.15 3.00 5.50 8.30, Swiss Cott (0181 315 4220) 1.00 3.30 6.00 8.30; Virgins Chelsea (0171 352 5096) 2.40 4.45 7.10 9.20; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 11.40 1.40 4.00 6.20 8.40. (P)

THE WINGS OF THE DOVE (15). Ian Softley's radical take on the Henry James novel features strong performances from Helena Bonham Carter and Linus Roache. A darkly irresistible pleasure. Barbican (0171 638 8891) 3.00 6.15 8.40; Clap Pic Hse (0171 498 3323) 2.45 5.00 7.15 9.30; Curzon Mayfair (0171 369 1720) 4.00 6.15 8.30; Gate (0171 727 4043) 1.30 3.40 6.00 8.15; Richmond Film Hse (0181 332 0030) 1.15 3.45 6.15 8.45; Screens Baker St (0171 935 2772) 2.30 4.35 6.45 8.55, Green (0171 226 3520) 3.40 6.40 8.55, Hill (0171 435 3366) 2.30 4.35 6.45 8.55; Virgins Fulham (0181 970 6011) 1.10 3.40 6.10 8.40, Haymarket (0181 970 6016) 1.10 3.40 6.10 8.40; Warner (0171 437 4343) 1.30 4.00 6.30 9.00 11.30. (P). Matthew Sweet

THE FIVE BEST PLAYS

ART. Henry Goodman, Stanley Townsend and Roger Allam step in as the third cast in Reza's award-winning play about the trickiness of male friendship. Wyndhams, WC2 (0171 369 1736), to 25 Jan. Mon-Sat 8.00. M: Wed 3.00 & Sat 5.00.

CHICAGO The best musical in London topically presents US trials as a branch of showbiz. Adelphi, WC1 (0171 344 0055), to 18 April. Mon-Sat 8.00. M: Wed & Sat 2.30.

CLOSER. Patrick Marber's searing follow-up to 'Dealer's Choice' establishes him as the leading playwright of his generation. Lyttelton, SE1 (0171 928 2252), in rep to 3 Feb. Mon-Wed 7.30. M: Wed 2.30.

THE INVENTION OF LOVE. John Wood and Paul Rhys are movingly paired as the elder and younger AE Housman in Tom Stoppard's erudite study of love and the classics. Cottesloe, SE1 (0171 928 2252), to 29 Jan. Mon, Fri & Sat 7.30. M: Sat 2.15.

PETER PAN. Three enchanted hours, with honours going to Alec McCowen, perfect as the narrator, Ian McKellen as a first charming and then devilish Mr Darling and Captain Hook, and John Napier's designs. Olivier, SE1 (0171 928 2252), to 29 Jan. Mon- Sat 7.15. M: Tues, Wed & Sat 2.00. Robert Butler

THE FIVE BEST EXHIBITIONS

DEATH. One hundred artists ruminate about the end of life and, surprisingly, come up with a show that's varied, moving and often funny. Flowers East, E8 (0181 985 8000). LAST DAY. 10-6.

HOLBEIN'S AMBASSADORS. In-depth examination of the artist's recently cleaned masterpiece. Supporting material includes Holbein's wonderful portrait of Erasmus. National Gallery, WC2 (0171 839 3321) to 1 Feb. Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sat 10-6, Wed 10-8, Sun 12-6.

SIR DENYS MAHON COLLECTION. Baroque masterpieces by Guernico, the Carraccis, Guido Reni etc. Edinburgh National Gallery of Scotland, (0131 556 8921), to 15 Mar. Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 2-5.

RAEBURN. Very large retrospective of the great Scottish portraitist. Many unfamiliar works, but his famous 'The Skating Minister' remains his best picture. National Portrait Gallery (0171 306 0055), to 1 Feb. Sun 12-5, Mon-Sat 10-5.

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORE'S EXHIBITION. The country's most popular painting competition, interesting as ever. Besides the first-prize winner Dan Hayes, there are fine canvases by Callum Innes, Pete Ellis, Gwen Hardie and 40 others. Liverpool Walker Art Gallery (0151 478 4199), to 15 Feb. Sun 12-5 Mon-Sat 10-6. Tim Hilton

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