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Tensely circling each other on Syria today, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were like a warring couple forced to meet but determined not to unleash their pent-up rage because they have too much to lose. Cameron, you felt, was itching to say: “You treacherous bastard. You not only sabotaged my foreign policy last week, but you couldn’t even take a stand one way or the other.” And Miliband to answer: “You authorise your spin doctors to use industrial language about me as if I’m to blame for the full-scale revolt in your own party. It’s pathetic.”

A high-class fairytale in New York

A LITTLE PRINCESS Alfonso Cuaron (U) DESPERADO Robert Rodriguez (18) THE HARVEST David Marconi (no cert) LOCH NESS John Henderson (PG) JOHNNY MNEMONIC Robert Longo (15) RENDEZ-VOUS IN PARIS Eric Rohmer (PG)

TICKET OFFER: RESERVOIR DOGS

You've got the shades, bought the suit, dug the soundtrack, now own the movie, as Quentin Tarantino's acclaimed Reservoir Dogs (right) finally makes it to video. We have 15 copies to give away. To enter send a postcard to: Reservoir Dogs Comp, Coalition, Devonshire House, 12 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH

FILM:The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause Yes, I loathed Home Improvement too, but when you see that dull sitcom's star Tim Allen on the big screen, you know that's where he belongs. The plot is a spaghetti junction of twisted logic in which Allen, as a divorced father, dons a Santa Claus suit (right) and finds himself sprouting silver whiskers and a beer belly. Against the odds, this looks like being the most winning comedy of the season.

GOING OUT : THE FIVE BEST FILMS

CRIMSON TIDE (15). Smartly written submarine thriller with Washington and Hackman. Barbican (638 8891); Coronet (727 6705); MGMs Baker St (0181 970 60360), Chelsea (0181 970 6010); Odeons Leic Sq (930 3232), WE (930 7615); Whiteleys (0990 888990). (P)

TICKET OFFER: RESERVOIR DOGS

Fans of Reservoir Dogs (right) can now get their hands on a retail copy of the film, in widescreen version, but only in the shape of two boxed sets. The Collectors Edition (pounds 24.99), gets you the film, car stickers, badges, a pen and a copy of Joe Cabot's Little Black Book, while Mr Blonde's De Luxe Edition, contains Tarantino's guide to the making of the film, plus shades, Zippo-style lighter, switch-back comb, hair grease, dog-tags, cufflinks and toothpick-holder. All for pounds 49.99.

An unhealthy intimacy with violence

After a two-year wait 'Reservoir Dogs' is finally available on video. Tim de Lisle thinks it shouldn't be

The good, the bad and the retro

Tales from the Crypt (18) Ernest Dickerson Somebody to Love (15) Alexandre Rockwell Nana (no cert) Jean Renoir

TELEVISION / Tarantino, star of the show

Monday 13 June The Omnibus team propose to 'do' Tarantino, with me as producer. No problems with his media friendliness; just as Reservoir Dogs is garrulous, wild, referential and energetic, so is the man. But has he broken the sophomore jinx with his second film, Pulp Fiction? The Cannes Festival Palme d'Or suggests yes.

Killers on the loose: Slick, sick and dangerous to play, Doom is Sonic the Hedgehog meets Reservoir Dogs. Rupert Goodwins plays the computer game from hell

On the 10th of December 1993, an army of hell-spawned monsters appeared in Texas. Within minutes, they'd spread across the world's networks and invaded thousands of computers; Christmas saw otherwise placid people knee-deep in alien corpses as they battled to save the world in Doom, the computer game. Now, the full version is out and word-of-mouth alone has made it one of the hottest new entertainment products on the PC.

BEST-SELLERS - Top 10 Film Posters

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FILM / The dog it was that died: The Dostoevskian violence of Reservoir Dogs

Violence is on our screens, big and small, every week; we are habitual visual carnivores. What we eat up with our eyes, though, is almost always carrion, inert imagery for all its pretensions to a pulse. It's a short list of films that sidestep the conventions and show something that can't be consumed so easily, something that doesn't slip right down. Add Reservoir Dogs (18), Quentin Tarantino's gruelling but exhilarating first film, to the list.

FILM / Crimes and misdemeanours: Quentin Tarantino doesn't lie like he used to, thanks to his spectacular debut, Reservoir Dogs. The director puts the record straight for Sheila Johnston

The first thing I found out about Quentin Tarantino was that his filmography, in which he claimed to have worked with Jean-Luc Godard, was phoney. 'What happens in America when you haven't done anything, is you lie and put stuff on your resume,' he says with the confidential air of an old industry pro revealing a neat dodge to a wide-eyed newcomer. 'I'd played an Elvis impersonator on one of the episodes of The Golden Girls, but basically I didn't have much of an acting career. Then I saw King Lear, one of the few people in America who actually did, and I go . . . aw, no one's ever gonna see this movie, I'll say I was in that. And it looked really good - King Lear directed by Jean-Luc Godard, with Woody Allen and Molly Ringwald. It was, like, this really cool credit.'
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