THE FIVE BEST FILMS

IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (18). See review, page 7. ABC Panton St (0181 970 6021) 1.30 3.50 6.20; Tott Ct Rd (0181 970 6032) 1.40 4.10 6.55; Barbican (0171 638 8891) 3.00 6.15 8.40; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 2.30 4.45 7.00 9.15; Virgin Fulham (0181 970 6011) 12.30 2.50 7.00 9.30. (P)

BOOGIE NIGHTS (18). Paul Thomas Anderson's Iliad of porn offers Seventies cheese with epic majesty. Clapham Pic Hse (0171 498 3323) 3.15 6.15 9.15; Gate (0171 727 4043) 1.55 5.00 8.10; Odeons Camden (0181 315 4229) 1.30 5.00 8.15, Ken (0181 315 4214) 1.40 5.05 8.30, Swiss Cott (0181 315 4220) 12.45 4.25 7.50; Plaza (0990 888990) 1.10 4.25 7.50; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 2.00 5.10 8.20; Screens Baker St (0171 935 2772) 2.25 5.20 8.25, Green (0171 226 3520) 2.00 5.10 8.25; Virgins Chelsea (0171 352 5096) 5.15 8.30, Haymarket (0181 970 6016) 1.00 4.50 8.20; Warner (0171 437 4343) 11.00 2.10 5.50 9.00; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 2.15 5.30 8.45. (P)

LA CONFIDENTIAL (18). Despite a hollow romantic plot, Curtis Hanson's stylish, brutish film noir was the most riveting crime thriller of 1997. ABCs Baker St (0181 970 6036) 2.10 5.15 8.05, Panton St (0181 970 6021) 2.00 5.00 8.00; Odeon Swiss Cott (0181 315 4220) 5.20 8.15; Virgins Fulham (0181 970 6011) 2.20 5.20 8.20; Warner (0171 437 4343) 11.30 2.40 5.40 8.50 11.50. (P)

TITANIC (12). James Cameron's Ozymandian work is a breathtaking spectacle stuck with a scandalously bad script. ABC Tott Ct Rd (0181 970 6032) 12.15 4.10 8.10; Barbican (0171 382 7000) 3.00 7.30; Clap Pic Hse (0171 498 3323) 12.30 4.15 8.00; Coronet (0171 727 6705) 3.00 7.10; Odeons Camden (0181 315 4229) 11.45 3.45 8.00, Ken (0181 315 4214) 12.25 4.25 8.25, Leicester Sq (0181 315 4215) 11.55 3.50 7.50, Marble Arch (0181 315 4216) 11.40 3.50 8.00, Swiss Cott (0181 315 4220) 12.00 3.50 7.45; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 12.00 3.45 7.45, Screen/Baker St (0171 935 2772) 2.55 7.35, Hill (0171 435 3366) 3.00 7.25, Virgins Chelsea (0171 352 5096) 12.00 4.00 8.00, Fulham (0181 970 6011) 12.15 4.15 8.15; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 11.20 12.00 3.05 4.00 4.15 7.00 8.00 8.15. (P)

THE WINGS OF THE DOVE (15). Softley's radical take on the Henry James novel features strong performances from Helena Bonham Carter and Linus Roache. Minema (0171 369 1723) 3.00 5.00 7.00 9.00; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 2.15 4.30; Virgins Fulham (0181 970 6011) 1.10 3.40 6.10 8.40, Haymarket (0181 970 6016) 1.00 3.30 6.05 8.35; Warner (0171 437 4343) 3.40 6.10 8.40. (P). Matthew Sweet

THE FIVE BEST PLAYS

DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN? Totally daft comedy from the Right Size duo Sean Foley and Hamish McColl about two guys getting stuck in a bathroom.Vaudeville, WC2 (0171 836 9987), to 14 Feb. Mon-Sat 7.30. Sat 4.00.

CHICAGO. The best musical in London, since the National's 'Guys and Dolls' presents US trials as a branch of showbiz. Adelphi, WC1 (0171 344 0055), to 18 Apr. Mon-Sat 8.00. M: Wed & Sat 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 11 March. Wed-Sat 7.30. M: Sat 2.15.

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 & Tues 7.30. M: Tues 2.15.

A LETTER OF RESIGNATION. Edward Fox is Harold Macmillan in Hugh Whitmore's persuasively sympathetic account of the Macmillan marriage and the Profumo affair. Comedy SW1 (0171 369 1731), to 11 April. Mon-Sat 7.45. M: Wed 3.00 Sat 4.00. Robert Butler

THE FIVE BEST EXHIBITIONS

ART TREASURES OF ENGLAND. Revelatory anthology of work from regional museums - though 20th-century works are thin - with a good catalogue. Royal Academy, W1 (0171 300 8000), to 13 April. Daily 10-6.

JAN VAN EYCK. The NG owns three of his paintings, and they have borrowed a few more. A small but very potent glimpse of the 15th century. National Gallery, WC2 (0171 747 2885), to 15 March. Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat 10-6 Wed 10-8 Sun 12-6.

SIR DENIS MAHON COLLECTION. Baroque masterpieces, all destined for public galleries, 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. Large retrospective of the great Scottish portraitist. Many unfamiliar works, but his famous 'The Skating Minister' remains his best picture. National Portrait Gallery, WC2 (0171 306 0055), to 1 Feb. Sun 12-5, Mon-Sat 10-5.

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES EXHIBITION. The country's most popular painting competition, interesting as ever. 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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