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In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

THE FILM The Portrait of a Lady

overview Jane The Piano Campion directs Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan in a

Film: Not a pretty picture

The Portrait of a Lady Jane Campion (12) by Adam Mars-Jones

War crimes

FILMS: Some Mother's Son Terry George (15) The Starmaker Giuseppe Tornatore (18) Beyond the Clouds Michelangelo Antonioni (18) Robinson in Space Patrick Keiller (PG)

Shopping: As modelled by Mel McGibson

When the makers of the Oscar-winning Braveheart wanted to tog out their (Australian) leading man in authentic tartan, there was only one man they could call: Gordon Covey. Fiona MacAulay reports

Film : CLINT EASTWOOD INTERVIEW National Film Theatre, London

Before Clint Eastwood arrived in person on Tuesday night, the audience was treated to three clips from his films: the scene in The Outlaw Josey Wales where Wales treats with the Indian chief ("Dyin' ain't so hard for men like you 'n' me. It's living that's hard"); the big shoot- out from Unforgiven ("You shot an unarmed man." "Well he shoulda' armed himself"); and the scene from In the Line of Fire where Eastwood's old secret service hand is chaffing his woman colleague about the tiny number of women agents ("Pure window-dressing").

FIRST NIGHT: Laughs without the menace

OLD TIMES,

Marcus Thompson wanted to make a film of the Jacobean tragedy 'The Changeling'. He wanted stars. The only problem: no money.

Lucinda, the PA on The Changeling, the first movie ever to have received it's premiere at the Glastonbury Festival - on Saturday - sits in the canteen at Pinewood Studios and explains the catalogue of incredible coincidences that have blessed this strange production since Day One.

He should have been a contender

First he let a brilliant career slip into overblown, overpaid roles. Then his family slid into self-destruct. Where did Marlon Brando lose the plot, wonders David Shipman

Film: All that glisters could be gold

Three British film directors were asked to give a masterclass. They delivered a vision. By Kevin Jackson

The Rake's Progress

Poet, boozer, bisexual and now a play. Paul Taylor on the Earl of misch ief

CINEMA / A premise that promises too much: In Keanu Reeves, the action genre may have found the hero it has been holding out for. He assumes so little, and beguiles so many

JAN DE BONT'S action-thriller Speed (15) opens to the sound of clanging machinery and the sight of sleek, metallic surfaces. We are down a lift shaft, but at least, thanks to De Bont's sinuous camera, we are moving, which is more than can be said for the lift's passengers. They are stalled in a cage primed by Dennis Hopper to blow up - caught between an explosion and a hard place. This drama is merely the prelude (at 30 minutes, rather a lengthy one) to the main action. But it sets the tone. For Speed is a machine itself, a lurching juggernaut, providing a bus-ride into an unreal world where the laws of logic and likelihood are replaced by those of suspense.

Centrefold: Roeg to nowhere: The ups and downs of Theresa Russell's husband

In 1990, Nicolas Roeg appeared on BBC2's Moving Pictures programme to bemoan the fact that his (then new) film Cold Heaven was languishing without a distributor. Four years on, the situation remains unchanged, though the NFT's Roeg season, entitled 'Stranger in a Strange Land', brings a chance to see this film, as well as his recent cable-TV adaptation of Conrads Heart of Darkness starring Tim Roth as Marlowe and John Malkovich as Kurtz.

FILM / Up where she belongs: A decade ago Debra Winger had the film world at her feet. A year ago her career seemed to be on its last legs. Now she is back, with an Oscar nomination. David Thomson is a fan

TOWARDS the end of Shadowlands, there is a love scene in a Hereford meadow. It's raining, and the light is bullet-grey. The man and woman know she's dying, but they kiss, and Debra Winger's hand slips magically up inside Anthony Hopkins's jacket. What a Winger touch - you are sure she did it on impulse, and likely tickled Sir Anthony to make him real and embarrassed.

FILM / Bang, bang, you're alive: If death did not exist, the cinema would have had to invent it. Seldom is the screen so animated as when some actor is breathing his last. David Thomson considers dying in the movies, from the original 'Scarface' to 'In the Line of Fire', and nominates Hollywood's greatest expirer

THE SEVEN screenwriters are decent men and women. Their children have been in Non- Violence Awareness programs. They are devout in the faith that there are too many guns in America. Not to mention greater Los Angeles. But they have a problem with this script.

FILM / Sharing the myth: Sheila Johnston looks at the latest releases, including In the Line of Fire, which stars Clint Eastwood, and Blue

Where were you when JFK was shot? As Frank Horrigan, the Secret Service agent and former Presidential bodyguard of In the Line of Fire, Clint Eastwood was approximately six inches away and failed none the less to stop the fatal bullets. The result: the failure of his marriage and a personal guilt for the decline of a once-proud nation.
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