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

Eyes on the prize

The battle for the Palme D'Or is wide open this year. Leslie Felperin and Ryan Gilbey assess some of the contenders

Books: Snowstorms in the city of cocaine

Give way, Ellroy and Leonard, to the duo from DC . Peter Guttridge;The Sweet Forever by George P Pelecanos Serpent's Tail, pounds 9.99, 298pp discovers the Next Big Thing in crime writing

Film: A farewell to arms?

The Evil Dead established Sam Raimi as the king of lo-fi gore. But his new film is a moral thriller, his next a baseball movie. Has he lost the taste for splatter, stalk and slash?

Arts: The book and the box office

A film of a novel can make its author rich, but it's a tortuous business - especially for good ones.

Film: Video News

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.

Film top 10s

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5 days in the life of ... Alex Kingston

The British star of the medical soap 'ER' reflects on a celebrity's life in LA

Album Review: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Big Lebowski

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Just sit back and enjoy...

You probably thought that the Coen Brothers' movies were intricately woven, philosophically abstruse meditations on life, death and madness. You couldn't be more wrong. They're all about showing you a good time. By Ryan Gilbey

Funniest Film Poll; Hulot, Hulot, Hulot!

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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