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The World is Not Enough (12) Michael Apted; 128 mins Scrooge (U) Brian Desmon Hurst; 86 mins The Astronaut's Wife (18) Rand Ravich; 109 mins Dreaming of Joseph Lees (12) Eric Styles; 91 mins The Children of the Marshland (PG) Jean Becker; 115 mins The Secret Laughter of Women (12) Peter Schwabach; 120 mins Taxi (15) Luc Besson; 85 mins

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Monday Book: My Movie Business: a memoir by John Irving (Bloomsbury, pounds 12.99)

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Celebrity Director: Woody Allen Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Melanie Griffith, Judy Davis (114 mins; 18)

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Cinema: It's alive! It's alive! But only just

Bill Condon's adaptation of Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein won him an Oscar last Sunday. Gods and Monsters is a sad, insular film. It tells the story of the last months in the life of the movie director James Whale (Ian McKellen), who was born working-class in Dudley, England, but reinvented himself as a gentleman in the trenches of the First World War, and went on to make the 1931 film of Frankenstein, and other artistically odd horror movies like The Invisible Man.

Fame is a funny business

The cult of celebrity is Woody Allen's latest target.

Life with an exorcise fiend

Listen to the voice of pure evil in the new release of 'The Exorcist'

Cinema: Boogie Nights: the best in town

OK, so Boogie Nights (18) is a film in which Burt Reynolds plays Jack Horner, a permatanned porno director who coos things like "Goodnight, honey-tits, stay beautiful." OK, so its scenes are bulging with lary shirts, flary dancing pants and big bad bouffants. But don't mistake it for candy-floss kitsch. There's more to it than the sentimental archaeology of consumer bygones, or a soundtrack of Commodores and Boney M hits. Paul Thomas Anderson's movie is an ambitious, substantial work that has formal grandeur and stately grace.

Film: Dancing with the devil

Devil's Advocate (18)

THE RISE OF KING ALFREDO

If you thought Michael Corleone in `The Godfather' was a bad guy, wait till you see Al Pacino in his latest film, `Devil's Advocate'. This time, he's taken on the biggest baddie of them all, while treading the fine line between horror and farce

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THE DEVIL: A Biography by Peter Stanford, Heinemann pounds 20

The interview / DARCUS HOWE, TV PRESENTER TALKS TO BEN THOMPSON

Channel 4 calls him the Devil's Advocate. That's a polite description for the most immaculately scary man on British TV

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Review:Down will come cradle and nanny and all

This hasn't been a good week for those thinking of hiring a nanny. First, Devil's Advocate (BBC1) raised the possibility that your little darlings might be flambeed by a witch (never mind that she wasn't a witch and nobody got flambeed anyway; th e guilty parent is given to dire imaginings). Then, just as you were calming down, Tears before Bedtime (BBC2) turns up, a grimly watchable lampoon on the agonies of the career couple.
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