Voices

It's enjoyable, and its intentions are beautiful, but if the show wants to depict the reality of life as a gay person in today's world, it is far off the mark

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The Crucible Nicholas Hytner (12) Mars Attacks! Tim Burton (12) Bound Larry and Andy Wachowski (18)

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Zwigoff proves Crumb does pay

Cinema

To Forrest Gump: an evil twin To Woody Allen: a clone

Crumb Terry Zwigoff (18) Arizona Dream Emir Kusturica (15) Miami Rhapsody David Frankel (15) Innocent Lies Patrick Dewolf (18) Friday Gary Gray (15) Who's the Man? Ted Demme (15)

FILM / Fearless, lacking nerve: Other new releases - Fearless (15), Director: Peter Weir (US); Striking Distance (18), Director: Rowdy Herrington (US); Stalingrad (15), Director: Joseph Vilsmaier (Ger); That Night (12), Director: Craig Bolotin (US); White Angel (15), Director: Chris Jones (UK)

In the run-up to Fearless (15), there have been some efforts to tout Jeff Bridges as one of the great lost talents of Hollywood - why is such a versatile actor not a huge star, the question goes. The answer is surely that his range is actually very restricted, to characters who don't cover the full gamut of human emotion - amoralists, drifters and cynics in The Fisher King, Cutter's Way, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge. Even when he gets to play sympathetic, as in Starman, it's as a creature who has to learn how to feel.

FILM / To love, honour and dismay: She stands by her man. She keeps the family together. She is patronised by both screen husband and screenwriter. She does what she's told. John Lyttle on the roles of the Hollywood wife

Now is not a pleasant time to be a woman in mainstream movies. Consider the suspiciously similar plights of actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman and Demi Moore. In Honeymoon in Vegas, Parker is the card game prize James Caan 'borrows' from loser Nicolas Cage. Mad Dog and Glory sees Thurman out on loan from Bill Murray to Robert De Niro. As feminists have noted, two's company, three's a trend. Indecent Proposal, out next week, completes the menage a trois and has proved the most controversial of the trio. And for one almost insultingly simple reason. Unlike Parker and Thurman, Demi Moore plays the Good Wife.

FILM / Search for oil strikes gold: Lorenzo's Oil (12); Honeymoon in Vegas (12); Under Siege (15); Romper Stomper (18); Leon the Pig Farmer (15)

STRIDENT but sincere, Lorenzo's Oil is an illness movie that jerks thoughts as well as tears. Early on we see the ailing Lorenzo, aged five, paraded before a lecture theatre of medical students. Tier upon tier of starchy white uniforms stare at him. He stands on the stage, alone save for a doctor asking him to take a few paces. His walk is tortured and unbalanced. When he calls to his mother, his speech is a faltering blur. His head, with its few wisps of hair, resembles a coconut. At first you're unsettled by this exploitation, but you come to believe the end justifies the means: Lorenzo's exposure may advance science; scruples won't. The movie is the same, worrying you, and then winning you over. It's about the uneasy relationship between suffering and science.

FILM / Bad soldier meets a worse actor: Under Siege Andrew Davis (US); Sniper (15) Luis Llosa (US); Romper Stomper (18) Geoffrey Wright (Aus); Leon the Pig Farmer (15) Vadim Jean / Gary Sinyor (UK); Honeymoon in Vegas (12) Andrew Bergman (US)

As the American military-industrial complex begins to lose ground as a credible movie villain, a new breed of bad soldier is popping up: the dedicated warhawk who, suddenly finding himself without a role in the world, goes mentally AWOL in spectacular, over-the-top fashion. Jack Nicholson's mad Marine was one of these loose cannons in A Few Good Men, and this week sees a fine, ripe example in the form of Tommy Lee Jones, the cackling villain of Under Siege.
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