I had a real feeling last week as I was buying a ticket for the EuroMillions draw. "This is it," I thought, as I walked to the car. "I'm actually going to win this thing." It was the strangest feeling - tangible; like a pre-sneeze tickle in the nose.

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De Niro and Pacino. No contest

Big Bob and little Al. What a pairing. The masters of grunt, fidget and shrug do the Method thing in Heat: one's the good guy, one's the bad guy, but how else can you tell them apart?

CINEMA / More than we'll ever know: The check-out girl from Santa Ana is now the most sought-after actress in Hollywood. But where does Michelle Pfeiffer go from here? And what's behind those smog-laden eyes?

YOU WOULD hardly be surprised if, in a movie called Wolf, starring Jack Nicholson, the leading actress had little more to do than stand back and look fearful, or fascinated. But the actress cast in that role is Michelle Pfeiffer - so there is more to be said, as well as stray, warning apprehensions that go unuttered but which linger in our mind, like the calm grief in her smog-laden eyes. Wolf is a silly picture (though it doesn't quite bury an intriguing idea), and Pfeiffer might have regarded it as just a photo-opportunity with a famous co-star and some cool clothes. (Her character also sleeps beneath a Velasquez Infanta - which begins to explain such ancient, experienced eyes. And she snores a little - when did a beautiful actress ever snore?) But she makes so much of the slight role, we want to know more about her character, the subversive loner daughter of a plutocrat publisher.

FILM / DIRECTORS CUT: A compelling argument, The Godfather III: Martha Coolidge rediscovers the lost art of domestic drama in The Godfather Part III

A scene I've looked at quite frequently is the big argument between the two parents in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III, in which Diane Keaton tells Al Pacino that she's had abortions. This is going to turn into one of the most powerful moments in the movie. It's a tough argument - it splits the marriage. There's beautiful work by the actors in it: that kind of sudden violence is something Al Pacino excels at. The scene erupts at the end and it's terrifying.

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FILM / Watching us, watching him: The first big film of 1994 is by Brian De Palma. To some, that means nasty, brutish and short on originality. To others, it means thrillingly stylish. Does either view do the man justice? And does he care?

THE TRIAL of Brian De Palma has been long, bitter and public - a show trial of an alleged show-off director. Every sort of expert has taken the stand - critics (film and literary), other journalists, politicians, psychologists, feminists. It's an open and shut case - open for over 20 years, but closed in the minds of most of those trying it. Supporters hail him as a genius; detractors portray him as a monster. His reputation is highest at home in America, and near its nadir in Britain. The most influential postwar film writer, Pauline Kael, set the tone for a generation of rhapsodic American critics. Martin Amis, profiling De Palma in 1984, seemed to conclude that the emperor, like most of his leading ladies, had no clothes.

FILM / Video rental

JACK THE BEAR (Fox Video 15 94mins). Danny De Vito is a horror show host and widower in this coming-of-age Californian Gothic: his son must learn to cope with loss, De Vito must cope with adulthood. The tone is short story sensitive, and there are jarring good vs evil elements - from puppy love to child molestation - yet this lingers in the memory; it has the tart moodiness of a troubled adolescent.

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