I Went Down (15) 104 mins -

Whrle c’rrme-norr crnema corrtrnues to pummel the brg screenwth tough body blows, there's st;ll room for the bumblrng crook wrth a soft heart TI‘ns Irrsh caper walks the lrne between danger and comedy, spurred on by the rnterplay between rts two leads Peter McDonald plays the recently released, rnnocent-of-hrs-c'rrme Gil, who rather unfortunately falls rn wrth some hoods from Dublrn, :nc Iudrng the src‘feburned, streeIWrse Bunny :Brericlan Gleesom (Buena Vrsta) (AIle

Gattaca (15) 102 mins

In the future, cirscr:'rrr"at:c)rr Isn’t based on COIOur of sk-n bat genetrc make-up, so 'naturally born' Ethan Hawke rnfrltrates the e’;te world of ’desrgner’ people by talc'r‘g on the rclentrty of crrppled Jude Law Wr ter-d'rector Andrew Nrccol rs hot stuff at the moment he wrote the screenplay for The Truman Show and here he washes hrs future-retro crvrhsatron :r‘. coloured frlters that 'nai-ce the sc reer‘, beautrful to Eoo-c at lntr.cate?y 'ayered, \Vltlt bold :deas whrc n arotx' Gattaca to emerge as a tn: 3 r'rdrVrdua' from an Industry 0‘ clones (Columb a irsstar: (AM)

Hard Rain

(15) 97 mins

Re-edrctecf, r‘e-rrarrred, re-jrgged, Hard Rain comes complete w;th a;' sorts of handrcaps It's also bogged dox‘nr by rank dralogue and rntolerab‘e c'che When a rriass've storm Ints Huntrrrgburg, petty crook Ittorgan Freeman and “Its gang attempt a herst, Wrth o'riy arrnoared ca' guard C hr'rstran Slater and dodgy sherr“ Rar‘Uy Quard rn the way Oh, and the eier‘er‘ts Way too preachy rn rts mora to"e (POIyGrarrtl (Ai‘yl)

Mrs Dallowa

(PG) 97 mins y

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(PG) 94 mins

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The Real Blonde

(15) 101 mins

A more success?” cart ‘gu‘e " tr‘e UK tl‘a" at "o"‘e " t"e US, Ior" I)'( o John/r", Suede, Lhrrrrg /n ()f).’.'.'ron "as

r‘ s pest c"ar‘ce yet of' stepp "g c ose" to t"‘e "a "strearr‘ \‘.'t" t"'s "src;"t‘1. cor"ecry i‘clatthet'. Mod "e pays a s‘.";.c;c;”".g ac to" \.'."ose g r er‘cr '(‘at'ter r‘e Keene" massages t"e egos of ‘."e "‘()(l(‘ "g " rastry It's ‘..""y \‘-.'t"‘o..t "av "g a"y oo‘; oas y cor“ c o"e- "ers, or "c pa y because I) C 'o's \.~e\.'.'po "t o" ha'r‘a't ‘o 1) es s y on t"e "ose fox Pat'e 'AI'.I

The Last Seduction 2 (18) 96 mins

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Water, water everywhere: Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio make a dash for the lifeboats in Titanic (12, 189 mins, *t t t). Surely due to be the biggest sell-through video smash to date, it's released by Twentieth Century Fox on Mon 19 Oct, priced £16.99 fullscreen/ £17.99 widescreenI£24.99 box set).

See page 112 to win a copy.

RETAIL Happy Together (15) 94 mins «v t,

Wong Kar—Wai's films, with the incisive input of cinematographer Christopher Doyle, demand to be seen in the cinema for full depth of colour and masterly use of camera angles and framing. Is the effect totally diminished on the small screen? Clearly not; in fact, when the visual impact is lessened to a degree, the viewer has more opportunity to consider the film thematically. Here the detail dazzles as much as the big picture.

When gay pair Ho and Lai relocate from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires, their on/off relationship falters again. Cocky, confident Ho wants to play around on the scene; the more tormented Lai yearns to return home. They need each other for support more than they will admit and, as the film develops, very different character traits emerge from beneath the surfaces they show the world.

Happy Together is a film that will leave you drunk from soaking in its

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style, but it also lands an emotional punch as the men's fragile, self- destructive intimacy takes its course. This is a film about contrasts: personalities, slow motion/speeded-up film, black and white/colour, Hong Kong cool/South American passion. (Alan Morrison)

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Grease: 20th Anniversary Edition (PG) 105 mins

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Love Etc (15) 105 mins

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Junk Mail (15) 83 mins

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The Whispering Chorus (PG) 82 mins

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