FILM / Mastering the past: The Big Picture: Adam Mars-Jones on Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence

Martin Scorsese's splendid film of The Age of Innocence (U) shows a great director reformulating a much imitated style (there were signs in Cape Fear of even Scorsese imitating it) for a softer subject, an artist tackling an unfamiliar milieu and emerging refreshed from the collision. Scorsese without the dynamism, his love of energy for its own sake, would be unthinkable, but here his dynamism is subtler, altered to suit a world where confrontation hardly exists and everything is done by indirection.

FILM / The films of 1994: Twenty films to watch out for in the new year, selected by Catriona O'Shaughnessy

The Age of Innocence Martin Scorsese's lavish adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about aristocratic New Yorkers in the 1870s stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Michelle Pfeiffer. 28 Jan

FILM / Tears in the cinema, men in the dock: Jim Sheridan claims In the Name of the Father, his 'Guildford Four' film, is about fathers and sons not injustice. But Sheila Johnston, in Dublin for the world premiere - along with Gerry Conlon, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, U2 and the odd supermodel - found the politics impossible to ignore

You would be forgiven for missing the fact that a major world premiere is in progress. True, a smallish crowd is gathered before Dublin's Savoy Cinema, but most locals are busier at the Burger Kings and Body Shops and all the other places that detain people on a late shopping night just before Christmas. No spotlights caress the cinema facade. Across the way, a solemn little knot bears candles and a banner: 'Free the Ballymurphy Seven' 'Who?' asks somebody.

VIDEO / Competition

THE Virgin Megastores have a special offer at the moment on 50 films on video - they are only pounds 7.99 apiece. Titles include Blue Velvet, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Edward Scissorhands, Miller's Crossing, Betty Blue, Dangerous Liaisons, Raging Bull, the Mad Max trilogy, and Reversal of Fortune. The offer runs until 2 April at all 18 Megastores.

Thompson takes a starring role at film awards

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Letter: Irony of English exam regulations

Sir: I find it ironic that one of the passages selected for comprehension in the English examination for 14-year-olds this summer is Christy Brown's My Left Foot.

ARTS / Perplexingly good double act: Film of the Year

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Profile: The inner man takes on the great outdoors: Daniel Day-Lewis, a complex of parts

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