Opening This Week: Cinema

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All Over Me (no cert; in London from Fri). A hit at last year's Sundance festival, Alexandra Sichel's lesbian coming-of-age drama has a riot-grrrl soundtrack.

The Boxer (15; nationwide from Fri). Much-lauded for its acting - especially supporting performances by Emily Watson, Ken Stott, and Brian Cox - Jim Sheridan's ringside drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a pugilist trying to regain his self-respect.

The Postman (15; nationwide from Fri). Kevin Costner directs himself, Olivia Williams, Larenz Tate and Tom Petty in a post-apocalyptic sci- fi set in an environment that looks like Waterworld with the tide out.

The Butcher Boy (15; nationwide from Fri). Neil Jordan's adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel, starring Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw and Sinead O'Connor. Be prepared to scream your socks off.

Mortal Kombatt II: Annihilation (15; nationwide from Fri). From the video game, multi-limbed warriors attempt to prevent the evil Kahn from merging his planet with the rest of the cosmos. Or whatever.

Prisoner of the Mountains (15; in London from Fri). Russian director Sergei Bodrov freely adapts Tolstoy in this tale of two soldiers held captive. See interview, page 10.

Rothchild's Violin (PG; in London from Fri). Shostakovich and Fleischmann have trouble with Stalin's taste police in Edgardo Cozarinsky's political drama.

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