May Need Adjusting on Tues Am; New Openers

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May Need Adjusting on Tues Am; New Openers

Angela's Ashes (15) Alan Parker's disappointing, emotionally unengaging adaptation of Frank MCourt's best-selling memoir of growing up in the Limerick slums with an irresponsible alcoholic father (Robert Carlyle) and stoic ma (Emily Watson). Twinges of poignancy, flashes of humour, and both burning anger and determination.

The Bone Collector (18) Glossy but lazy treatment of Jeffery Deaver's bestseller cobbles together aspects of Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and Copycat with Denzel Washington as the brilliant but paraplegic criminologist (white in the book) who joins forces from his bed with rookie patrol cop Angelina Jolie to track down a serial killer.

The Clandestine Marriage (15) Rickety version of Garrick's 18th century farce about arranged marriages, social climbing, romantic misunderstandings, class envy and ornate landscape gardening. Dreary, though Nigel Hawthorne's old lech has his moments.

Dreaming Of Joseph Lees (15) Thomas Hardy style tragedy set in 50s Somerset with Samantha Morton torn between the man she lives with and the man she loves, her one-legged cousin. Jealousy, madness, the whole melodrama. (Until Mon, mac)

Summer of Sam (18) Spike Lee back on form in community unrest during heatwave mode as simmering neighbourhood prejudices about anyone 'different' boil over in the paranoia accompanying the Son of Sam killings.


Anna And The King (12) A straight retelling of the not entirely true story, best known from the King and I musical, about an Englishwoman who becomes governess to the King of Siam's children. Out go the songs, in comes a culture clash story where one woman's British colonialism and plain speaking seeks to alter the destiny of Asia. Romance, political unrest, Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, sweeping historical epic grandeur, great scenery - what more can you ask for?

Anywhere But Here (12) Wayne Wang does the mother-daughter thing again with Susan Sarandon's brassy mom dragging reluctant teenage daughter Natalie Portman away from smalltown contentment in search of the American Dream in Beverly Hills and finding the streets paved with broken glass. Overly melodramatic, but Portman has scenes that take your breath away.(From Fri, mac)

L'Appartment (15) Inventive, Hitchcock indebted romantic intrigue twist on the French amour fou formula as a man sets out to track down the girl he loved and lost, and finds nothing is quite what it seems.Double bill with Place Vendome. (From Fri, Electric)

The Blair Witch Project (15) Psychological horror movie presented as faux documentary about three film students who get lost in the wood, stalked by something creepy. It doesn't live up to the hype as the scariest film ever. (From Fri, Electric)

Blue Streak (12) Fresh out of jail, Martin Lawrence returns to where he hid the loot and finds they've built a police station on the site. So he poses as a cop to get it back and naturally accidentally becomes the precinct superstar. Great opening sequence, after that it's turkey all the way.

Bringing Out The Dead (18) Scorsese returns to the New York mean streets with Nic Cage as a paramedic losing it under the weight of too many lost lives. Too episodic and it loses its grip in the final stretch but its Taxi Driver flavour and grim humour ensures it remains fitfully compelling.

Cabaret (18) Bob Fosse's magnificent screen version of the musical set against the rise of Nazism in 30s Berlin with Minnelli's Sally Bowles in search of fame. Double bill with Deitrich's Blue Angel. (Tue-Thu, Electric)

Dogma (18) Kevin Smith casts Alanis Morissette as God in wickedly irreverent satire on the Roman Catholic Church in particular and organised religion in general. Fallen angels Ben Affleck and Matt Damon plot to get back into heaven, an event that will trigger the apocalypse, abortionist Linda Fiorentino, Christ's last living descendant, being recruited to stop them. …

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