Recommended: THE FIVE BEST FILMS

THE FIVE BEST FILMS

THE APOSTLE (12). As its writer, director, producer and star, Robert Duvall completely dominates this extraordinary Bible-belt melodrama. His wild-eyed central performance is in perfect gospel harmony with his easy, unfussy direction. A big, difficult film from an idiosyncratic talent. Farrah Fawcett and Miranda Richardson also star. Clap Pic Hse (0171 498 3323) 2.45 5.45 8.45; Empire (0990 888990) 3.00 5.45 8.30. (P)

POINT BLANK (15). John Boorman's effortlessly cool modernist thriller - his first Hollywood movie - looks as shiny and new as it did in 1967, and star Lee Marvin is a reminder of what tough guys used to be. Cinema rarely gets as glamorous as this. Gate (0171 727 4043) 1.55 4.15 6.35 8.55; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 2.30 4.45 7.05 9.20; Screen/Green (0171 226 3520) 4.50 9.00. (P)

TASTE OF CHERRY (PG). Ripping out fripperies like incidental music, self-conscious performance, metaphor and symbolism, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has pared down movie- making to its barest essentials. Utterly unpretentious, this is a masterpiece of rare honesty and quiet lyricism. Renoir (0171 837 8402) 2.20 4.30 6.40 8.50.

THE WEDDING SINGER (12). A brilliantly bruised Adam Sandler chases fresh- faced Drew Barrymore (so saccharine she'd make Doris Day look like a porn queen) to the altar in Frank Coraci's irresistibly tacky Eighties-revival comedy. ABCs Baker St (0870 9020418) 6.10, Tott Ct Rd (0870 9020414) 1.50 4.20 6.50 9.25; Odeons Camden (0181 315 4229) 12.00 2.20 4.35 6.50 9.15, Marble Arch (0181 315 4216) 12.50 3.15 6.10 9.00, West End (0181 315 4221) 1.30 3.55 6.25 8.45; Ritzy (0171 733 2229) 2.25 4.35 6.50 9.05; Whiteleys (0990 888990) 2.05 4.00 7.00 9.30; Virgin Chelsea (0870 907 0710) 2.00 5.20 8.00. (P)

MIMIC. See review, page 9. Odeons Camden (0181 315 4229) 12.20 3.20 5.55 9.10, Marble Arch (0181 315 4216) 12.45 3.30 6.20 9.05; Virgins Chelsea (0870 907 0710) 1.00 3.30 6.15 9.00, Troc (0870 907 0716) 12.50 3.20 6.10 9.00; Warner (0171 437 4343) 1.20 3.55 6.30 9.10. (P)

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