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(15) Dir. Joel Coen + Ethan Coen; Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, 105mins

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The Big Lebowski (18)

Words: mucilaginous, adj.

IN A gettable quiz one would not posit a link between the author of Urne-Buriall and such movies as Blood Simple and Fargo. Ethan Coen, their co-director, has now published a volume of stories, its Dylanesque title Gates of Eden. Some are good, and all show a penchant for words that would be swiftly slung out at a script conference. Even the toniest multiplex must contain many ears puzzled by mucilaginous.

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Just sit back and enjoy...

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To Mark the recent re-release of Jacques Tati's classic comedy Jour de Fete, we asked IoS readers to nominate their funniest films of all time. The 112 films mentioned at least once certainly reflected the diversity of what makes us laugh, but the one that topped the poll did so by a huge margin: Tati's Mr Hulot's Holiday, which, under our scoring system, gained twice as many points as the runner-up, Some Like It Hot.

That Turturro feeling...

From 'Miller's Crossing' to 'Barton Fink', John Turturro has given some memorable performances. His latest, Al in the 'Box of Moonlight', is more haunting and intriguing than ever. He talks (guardedly) to Ryan Gilbey

Best of British

So it's three cheers for `The English Patient', nine times Oscar- winner for Britain. And another three cheers for those two other Great British successes: `Fargo' and `Kolja'. Come again?

Another honour for `Secrets' star

Secrets and Lies actress Brenda Blethyn was named Best British Actress by the London Film Critics' Circle last night and Mike Leigh's darkly comic study of a family in crisis was Best British Film. Blethyn was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival last year and at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, precursors to this month's Oscars, in which she also has a Best Actress nomination.
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