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The Critics: Video

Titanic (12). James Cameron's vapid historical epic prioritises spectacle over substance, and verges on crassness throughout; it's also, as you know by now, the highest-grossing movie in history. The film's many fans and defenders seem not to care that Cameron's script is virtually sub-literate in parts, and that the first half of this three-hour-plus movie is lethally dull (not to mention clogged with some of the most ridiculous cliches ever seen on screen). Predictably, the film kicks into high gear as soon as the ship goes down, though it's worth noting that in Cameron's version of events, the lookouts fail to notice the looming iceberg because they're busy watching Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet snog. Winslet emerges unscathed, which is saying something since she's required to quote Freud and babble on about Picasso. The same cannot be said for DiCaprio, who, on the basis of this film, Total Eclipse, and The Man With the Iron Mask, should never be allowed to appear in any movie that is set before 1980.

Titanic videos sail ahead

TITANIC, THE biggest grossing film of all time, is now smashing records for video sales. In its first week of release it achieved twice the sales of the previous record-holder, The Full Monty.

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Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (above) finds the director at the height of his film-making powers, and on course for Oscar glory.

Fan facts KATHY BATES, star of AMY FOSTER

Unsinkable: Kathy may have played The Unsinkable Molly Brown in Titanic, but she often plunges the darker depths of character in other acting parts. Think of the baby alligator cook in The Waterboy, the fanatical fan in Misery and the therapy-obsessed woman in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Long Love Spike - an ode by Adrian Mitchell

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The ultimate sequel: plans to build a new Titanic

A SWISS-US partnership, hoping to cash in on the global mania generated by the film Titanic, says it has plans to build a full-size replica of the doomed ship in time for an Atlantic crossing on 15 April 2002, the 90th anniversary of the disaster.

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