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The choice of director, The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer, lifts this above night. Where the original was an The 980 DaC'K iOU' 8‘8" "'9 E”"»"-©""- 9' the usually dire big-screen adaptation of any comic book; he treats the excuse for a mammoth 40-minute car Die SWOD 0999_ ("‘3' '38 C‘J‘JC‘ Shem)" subject matter with a realism not usually associated with sci-fi chase, this film makes the baffling 0’03”):er ‘JanJS “351mm aim'w’r‘” blockbusters. The undercurrent of racism is never overplayed, but is still error of not including a suitably OTT 08pm the scenes @3339?" made obvious enough to have an impact. The effects and action sequences chase. Go figure. (Buena Vista) (Miles are also executed with real skill and provide perfectly-timed edge-of-your- Fielder) " 1h

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Another big plus is the inspired casting with Patrick Stewart as mutant (18) 84 mins * if leader Professor X and Ian McKellen as his arch nemesis Magneto. But it is . Stores at Hugh Jackman as the loner, and permanently pissed-off Wolverine who Sometimes you wonder if people Edmburgh Prmces St 8' 5? James t l th h N h d l b t tt' t t 7 t ll d ' t b r H 'n 6'3590‘” My"? 5" Sauch'eha” 5" 5 ea 5 e s ow. ow ow o goa ou ge ing mu an powers ac ua yever rea scrip s e ore. i mi 9 Union St, Braehead Centre (Henry Northmore) them. Despite the saucy title, this a 8, Olympia Centre, East Kilbride FE Available to rent on Fox Pathe from Mon 12 Feb. flat, hammy comedy that only gains its 'adult’ certificate because Bob Hoskins shouts ’prick’ and ’fuck’ a lot. Bob

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The Muss (Temuera Morrison), violent, I rival producer Robert Loggia's daughter Love & Sex alcoholic Maori father. Screenwriter (American Beauty Mena Suvari) to lose Brass . L (15) 82 mins * * * Alan Duff also latches onto a faintly her virginity on TV. Suvari might be ; (15) 87 mms * 7" " Famke Janssen plays a journalist whose ridiculous Mad Max gangland scenario career-ladder climbing, but Hoskins After the blinding critical success of article on the therapeutic properties of involving two of Jake's sons. l and Loggia should know better than to TwentyFour Seven, star director of the i , blowjobs gets her fired, but she’s given Nevertheless, this is a good, solid, 3 stray near bunkum like this. And future Shane Meadows opted for a one last chance if she can write an worthy sequel that deserves a wider ; there's no shagging neither. . similarly bleak and comic look at the appropriate replacement feature on distribution than this straight-to-video ; (Metrodome) (Mark Robertson) T losers, layabouts and well-meaning successful relationships. For this, she release. It was perhaps marginalised f failures on a Midlands estate. The examines all her previous relationships, because it talks so directly and ' Me, Myself, I L amaZihg Paddy COhSldlhe plays the in particular the time she spent with fundamentally to a Maori audience. ) (15) 100 mins * * twisted stranger who steps into the main squeeze Jon Favreau. It makes a (Universal) (Paul Dale) I lives and splits asunder the close hlce Change to 599 a romantic Comedy 3 No, not the Jim Carrey comedy (that’s , friendship of two twelve-year-old White” intelligeht')’ for 3 Slightly The BESt M3“ Irene), but a 50-50 Australian comedy neighbours (Andrew Shim and Ben cynical adult audience, and you can’t (15) 115 mins * it if I drama which mixes Sliding Doors with Marshall). Is the stranger a maladjusted help but warm to the two leads and l Bridgetjones’ Diary. The always and immature buffoon or is he the the performances they give. Malcolm D Lee (whose cousin Spike 3 wonderful Rachel Griffiths is a go- devil incarnate? Bold, harrowrng and (Metrodome) (Henry Northmore) produced this) makes his directorial 3 getter journalist who gets more than ' brilliant. (Alliance Atlantis £15.99;

debut with a moralistic, ensemble i she bargained for when she's knocked £19.99 on DVD) (Brian Donaldson) 1 What Becomes The piece which is a little too cosy and nice , down by a car. By some 'miracle’ she : Broken Hearted? to really work. Novelist Harper's (Taye swaps places with her alter-ego and .

Diggs) ’fictional’ work all too closely ' finds herself married to her childhood STAR RATINGS

(18) 98 mms * * * apes his private life and as the old l sweetheart and raising kids. She rails ::" 32953349 This sequel to the brilliant New Zealand college crowd get back together for against the housewife life until she . s ., ,, Won a Shot domestic drama Once Were Warriors the wedding of Lance (Morris i begins to see the grass is, indeed, -‘ l v * Below average follows the further redemption of lake Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun), greener. (Buena Vista) (Miles Fielder) * You've been WamEd

114 THE lIST 1—15 Feb 2001