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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

Film: The Charts

Complacent male-bonding rituals continue to enthrall the public, but this time in Spielberg's Second World War Europe as opposed to Guy Ritchie's East End. Stateside, Something About Mary improves - having slipped to number 2, the Farrelly Brothers' wilfully dumb flick is back on top.

Cinema: Oh, what a Spielberg war!

Saving Private Ryan 15

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Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (above) finds the director at the height of his film-making powers, and on course for Oscar glory.

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BABYMOTHER (15)

Film: The Big Picture: Killing time killing Nazis

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN(15) DIRECTOR: STEVEN SPIELBERG 170 MINS STARRING TOM HANKS AND TOM SIZEMORE

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Video: Is it or isn't it? (Really bad, that is)

In & Out (12). As if Tom Hanks's weepy Oscar speech for Philadelphia wasn't bad enough, this stubbornly nonsensical film, written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Frank Oz, puts a what-if twist on it. A character played by Matt Dillon wins an Oscar, and in namechecking his teacher, inadvertently outs the man. Even though the movie opens amusingly enough (the Oscar ceremony shows Steven Seagal being nominated, for something called Snowball in Hell), it degenerates into a mess of unfunny stereotypes, creating a stupidly coy fantasy world in which sexuality is directly connected to appreciation of Barbra Streisand and Gloria Gaynor. The normally wonderful Joan Cusack is stuck with an unflattering role as Kline's needy fiancee (though, admittedly, she turns "Fuck Barbra Streisand!" into one of the year's funniest lines). This is the kind of film that thinks the sight of two men kissing is by definition, funny. It may have made homosexuality that much easier for Middle America to handle, but at what cost?

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For his devotees, the best memory of the fashion designer is the perfection of his tailoring

No sex, no drugs, and too much rock'n'roll

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