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Rob Roy (15). Unexpectedly, one of the movies of the year. Michael Caton-Jones's beautifully crafted epic has all the salt and style that Braveheart lacked. Liam Neeson plays the Highland chieftain, as resolute as an oak against the squalls of English oppression. Tim Roth and John Hurt are superb as his Sassenach adversaries. Jessica Lange is the one disappointment as Rob's bonnie lass. Best of all is the earthy script, by Alan (Night Moves) Sharp. It sounds as if it might have been given a polish-up by a writer named James Boswell. Not one for the more squeamish though.

Alien fixation

This weekend belongs to the aliens. Manchester plays host to the International Conference on Alien Abduction, while Channel 4 gives lesbianism a rest and screens pictures claimed to be of dead space folk being dissected in Roswell, New Mexico, circa 1947.

I Was an Alien Sex God

Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41), 19 Hill St (0131-226 6522), 11.05pm; to 2 Sept (exc Mons)

OBITUARY : Robert Bolt

The author of A Man for All Seasons and the writer of the screenplays for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, Robert Bolt occupied a place in the history of the modern British theatre that is difficult to define. He belonged to no school, but continued a tradition that was declining when he began to write, revived it and took it forward to new successes.

BOOK REIVEW / Mellow tunes and firing squads: 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' - LOuis de Bernieres: Secker & Warburg, 15.99

LOUIS DE Bernieres' Latin- American trilogy of novels was a trail-blazing flare that took his name into the Granta pack of the Best of Young British Novelists of 1993. But what might be missed, blanked out by the dazzle, is that all three books - The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (which he thinks is his best book, though now it's eclipsed), Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman - are, in effect, a single stretch-limo novel, all ingenious versions, highly polished and purring, of each other.

BOOK REVIEW / Occupied by a bitter mystery of war: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres: Secker pounds 14.99

IN THIS country we tend to remember the Second World War as a series of famous battles - Dunkirk, El Alamein, Salerno and Normandy: first the heroic retreat from the continent, then the triumphant return. Most war novels follow the same trajectory. It takes a Len Deighton in

INTERACTIVE / Spawning a monster: The Aliens set has been recreated at the Trocadero. Dominic Cavendish prepares to hyperventilate

Down a dingy basement corridor in the Trocadero, Picadilly, a dozen men and women clad in combat gear are grimly clasping M41A pulse rifles. Whenever a shopper passes, they leap forward, all smiles, and hand out a leaflet. The sight is faintly ridiculous. But then the idea of people posing as space marines in order to lead members of the public through a mock-up of the Aliens set, while all hell breaks loose around them, sounds a tricky one to pull off.

Law Update: Saintly revival

ROBERT BOLT'S A Man for All Seasons is being performed in Lincoln's Inn next week. The production, by the Bar Theatrical Society, will be staged in the Old Hall - where Sir Thomas More, the play's subject, would have eaten as a member of the inn. More, the publicity literature points out, was the last Lord Chancellor to be executed, and probably the only member of an inn of court to become a saint.

Letter: An alien cubed

Sir: Gilbert Adair need not fear for the talent of those who name films in Hollywood, for Alien 3 is in fact much more clever than the 'Son of' and 'Return of' sequels he mentions (Arts; 'The last detail', 28 August).
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