Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALSO SHOWING; 1)monkeying About: Space Chimps Is Ideal for Younger Children 2)spaghetti Star: Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALSO SHOWING; 1)monkeying About: Space Chimps Is Ideal for Younger Children 2)spaghetti Star: Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Cert 15, 72 mins **

SILVERMAN is an attractive young Jewish American who has been compared to Lenny Bruce for her daring comedy. She makes jokes about the holocaust, race, sex and religion during this stand-up show, augmented by some so-so songs and by fictional scenes of her family life where Mum and Dad try to come to terms with her daring.

Her comic persona is that of a clueless and politically incorrect hipster who says terrible things without being aware of their shock value. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. That was also true of Bruce, but he was much sharper and more dangerous at his best.

Married Life Cert PG, 90 mins **

YOU could call this Ira Sachs film an ironic and star-crossed romance. It is about a husband (Chris Cooper) who plans to murder his wife (Patricia Clarkson) in order to leave home with his younger mistress (Rachel McAdams). His strange idea is that, since he's still very fond of her, he doesn't want her to suffer the separation. The story is told through the eyes of the husband's best friend (a louche Pierce Brosnan) who has an eye on the mistress himself.

Each character is occupied largely by their own obsessions but still struggles to avoid the inevitable hurt those passions imply. It's a good cast, with Cooper outstanding, but Sachs's direction is stodgy and the screenplay is grindingly self-conscious. At least, however, there is a good story to be told and Sachs's way of telling it may be deliberately old-fashioned, like a familiar Hollywood love story turned inside out.

Space Chimps Cert U, 92 mins **

THIS one is for younger children and made by Vanguard Animation in a simpler style than

Pixar and with less ambition. It has Ham III, voiced by Andy Samberg, the grandson of the first chimp in space, as a feckless circus performer reluctantly recruited to join a team of ape astronauts to rescue a vessel lost somewhere in space.

They crash on the planet Malgor where a megalomaniac alien (Jeff Daniels) captures them. …

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