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classic The Straight Story (U) 107 mins

The phrases 'David Lynch movie' and ‘U certificate' are as extricably linked as they come. The intense violence, creepy sex and base weirdness of the X- men and women in the likes of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Lost Highway all add up to what fans recognise as ‘Lynchian'. How could he be risking this hard—earned identity just for the sake of gaining a few billion extra admirers? The fans needn't have worried; The Straight Story has all the key elements of archetypal Lynch.

The 73-year-old Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) lives a lonely existence with his troubled daughter (Sissy Spacek), haunted by the tragic accident he caused during World War II and miffed at losing the emotional tie with his brother Lyle, whom he hasn't spoken to for a decade. When Alvin learns that his sibling has suffered a stroke, it becomes his mission to kiss and make up. The only difficulty is that Lyle lives hundreds of miles away and Alvin's sole mode of transport is a lawnmower. Plus, there is the problem of his dodgy hips. Cue a series of on-the-road strange encounters which the director's fans will recognise instantly.

If you can get past the all-American homily that if you ain’t got family, you ain’t got nuthin’, and the nagging feeling at the beginning that it's OK to laugh at the misfortunes of the old, you will find David Lynch’s film a most enduring and endearing tale of spirit and generosity. (Brian Donaldson)

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Carrie 2: The Rage

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26 years after Brian De Palrra’s adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel abOut a telekinetic adolescent giri, B-mowe director Katt Shea helms this belated segue!_ This time round the telekinetic terror is teen Goth Rache. lBr-tish actor Emily BE’in_ When the local IOCkS start shagging there way through the schoolgirls, Rachel brings her awesome powers to bear. Not a much on the origna , though the c'imax is spectacolar, and watch out for American Beauty’s Mena Swan in an early role. “Warner; (MIPS Fielder,


Wild Strawberries

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A mserabie old academic i’V ctor Siostrorn Superb, sets 0“ on a road trip across Sweden to pick up a Unix/ersin award. Accompaned by his estranged daughter-in-iaw and various beatn'ks along the way, he 'ellVQS nis past by way 0‘ d'eams, memOnes and enc0unters with others. What can you say about Ingmar Bergman's warmest and nnost dearly loved rnov-e7 Part Dickens, part Freud and whoiy charming A generous Open-hearted meditation 0" r‘ature, youth and lost love. Brill ant. iTartan £15.99, 'Paul Dale

The Corruptor

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Chow Yon-Fat, o‘tcaf King 0‘ Hong Kong rnowes, teams .ip with. Mark Wahiberg in this brutal tale ot police corruption in New York's Chnatown, Chow plays a top-ran-<:ng detect ve with close ties to the Triads, Wanéperg is a naive nechnner to the Chinatown ‘orce who has some tough lessons to learn about the way things are run there. SI-cxiy produced and VlSLuBIy arresting, with both leads On top torn“, thus s a stunner o” a movie. IEnterta'nnnent £14 99; 'K rsty Knaggs,


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