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THIS LAST WEEKS GROSS

Best Sellers: UK Films

THIS LAST WEEKS GROSS

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Has the cliche come true again? Has age mellowed the sometime angry rebel Nicolas Cage? Perhaps. But he's still dangerous to interview. By Shane Danielson

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JOHN MALKOVICH (right) has always impressed as a baddie - remember his insinuating seducer in Dangerous Liaisons, or his creepy psycho-killer in In the Line of Fire? He gets to play the villain again in Con Air (10pm Sky Premier), an exciting roller-coaster of an action-picture. The premise is quite straightforward - a single good guy (Nicolas Cage) attempts to wrest control of a plane from a group of desperate criminals (a top-notch bunch of actors led by Malkovich and featuring Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames). But where Simon West's thriller scores is the sheer panache with which he handles the action sequences.

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Feeling a draught? It'll be angels' wings

THIS IS the season of angels. Christmas is the time when these heavenly messengers come into their own, and never more so than this year. They are on stamps, cards, the internet, and gifts.

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The Big Picture

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The big picture: The angel who fell to earth

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