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Recommended: THE FIVE BEST FILMS

THE FIVE BEST FILMS

LONDON TOP 10 FILMS

1 / CITY OF ANGELS

Top films

1 (1) The Wedding Singer (12) 2 pounds 2,474,614

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Cinema: The Eighties revival starts here: and praise be, it's going to be funny

THE BEST THING about retro is that it comes with built-in wisdom - you know, for instance, that this time round pedal pushers are OK, but leg warmers are not. We can laugh in a world-weary, Nineties way at the effusive octogenarian photographer in The Wedding Singer (12) who tells a couple, "you'll be one of those who stays together for ever and ever, like Donald and Ivana, Woody and Mia." While we in the real world live through this decade of retro trying to avoid the nightmare bits of the recent past, cinema revels in all their hideous glory.

Film: Fan Facts: Drew Barrymore star of 'The Wedding Singer'

Cutey pie: The 23-year-old has worked hard to earn her reputation as Hollywood's No 1 reprobate tearaway. She got off to a bad start, starring placidly in a dog food ad at the age of three and cutely in ET at the age of seven (director Steven Spielberg must have been very proud of his god-daughter).

Film: The New Romantics of Hollywood

The Wedding Singer

The platter of tiny feet

PJ the DJ is turning the tables in more ways than one. At 12, he's already spinning for the big boys.

What is it with Wes Craven and teenage girls?

There's a specific moment in the horror film Scream, when you just can't believe that it was written and directed by two middle-aged men and not a teenage girl. Unmasking as a psychopathic killer the nice boy she happily lost her virginity to only three reels earlier, Sidney (Neve Campbell) spits, "F*** you". "No," replies her grinning tormentor, "we already played that. You lost."

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Bridget Jones reaches fever pitch

Our celebrated diarist is in Rome - and with Mr Darcy, tra la tra la. But why does he insist on talking football?

A genius for the average Just your average genius

profile: Nick Hornby

And where does the Bulger murder come in? It's Blake Morrison's equivalent of coming out

There's been so much flak and flap, cries of "obscene" and "How dare he?" that I'm beginning to feel that I'm alone in appreciating As If, Blake Morrison's controversial book about the murder of Jamie Bulger and the subsequent trial of his 10-year-old killers, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. I am probably alone in my reasons for appreciating it. Which are all the reasons why its critics - many and loud - apparently detest it. I like, they loathe: the style - or, more precisely, the styles (part-journalism, part-autobiography); the mode (confessional) and the subject-matter. The last of these, of course, is objected to both in itself - what's to be gained from reminding us? - and (this circles back to style) because Morrison has been accused of appropriation: of stealing the subject for his own (dead) ends. What, nay-sayers thunder, entitles Morrison to fuse, with disturbing, misplaced candour, his life, his children, his upbringing, his parents, with the Bulger murder? Why would a nice, well-brought-up lad want to - morbidly choose to - tell us of piddling stones he chucked as a boy, as if there were a vital connection between such naughty high spirits and savage acts committed with bricks and iron bars? As if. As if: Morrison's point, exactly.
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