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  1.  Good green fun


    A bright and lively satire of fairy tales and Disney movies, this cheery CGI animated tale finds ogre Shrek on a quest to save a princess from the clutches of a dragon. Subversion is the name of the game with her situation being something very different from first appearances. Myers has fun as the voice of the Scottish ogre and Lithgow is hilarious as the diminutive baddy but this show really belongs to Eddie Murphy, riffing madly as the most garrulous donkey in the world.

  2.  Wartime propaganda artefact


    Presumably a bracing melodrama for wartime audiences, this comes across as largely offensive anti-Japanese propaganda with more modern eyes. Cagney plays a newspaperman in pre-war Tokyo who uncovers a plot for world domination and single-handedly sets out to foil it. Aside from the novelty factor of Cagney punching and martial arts kicking his way through the proceedings, its overt reactionary political stance makes this film quite hard going.

  3.  Meaty stuff


    At first this starts off as a rather disjointed and run-of-the-mill programmer of a man trying to make ends meet and falling into a life of crime. So far, so ordinary. And then the focus of the film shifts and it becomes a polemic on the rampant and dangerous power of the press, becoming a much more interesting film in the process. It all leads to a shattering climax that you will not soon forget.

  4.  Quite the opposite of fantastic


    Just what the world needs: Simon Pegg running around in his underpants. He plays an author of childrens books going a bit batty in his flat, thinking a killer is on the loose. Aiming to be a slightly offbeat and comedic riff on Repulsion, instead this is just a mess, not helped by the overblown and very irritating performance from its lead.

  5.  Strong Fincher version


    A very swift American remake of the Swedish film might seem a little unnecessary but it is actually a slightly different beast. The material actually plays right into the wheelhouse of director Fincher, as it is a cold, clinical investigation of some evil crimes told in a stark yet rather beautiful style. The fact that it is set in a wintry Swedish landscape makes it all the more appropriate. Craig is the disgraced journalist who accepts an assignment to investigate the disappearance of a favourite niece of rich man Plummer, uncovering all sorts of nasty things under rocks in the process. Helping him is a maladjusted Goth hacker, a part that gives Mara as big a chance to shine as it did Noomi Rapace in the original. Perhaps a little overlong, but Fincher packs his version full of telling detail and a superb cast.

  6.  Just about salvagable


    A curiously broken-backed thriller: it starts off well with a gripping introduction, veers wildly off course into some courtroom theatrics in the middle and then regroups for a seemingly misplaced action climax. Good thing then that Cooper and Heston strike sparks off against each other, with the former found mysteriously wandering around on board an abandoned ship in the English Channel. The reason why turns out to be nowhere near as interesting as you might have hoped.

  7.  An old man's musings


    10 years earlier, Antonioni had suffered a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak. Undeterred, he set out to make more films and this is the first result, with Wenders weighing in to help out. It is a very typical Antonioni movie, languidly filmed, filled with impenetrable characters doing impenetrable things. If that is your cup of tea, then this should do the trick with Malkovich standing in for the director, trying to figure out what his next film should be. However, for many others, this is glaringly pretentious and the penchant of Antonioni for having beautifully nubile young women stripping off to bed down with middle-aged men is a little on the pervy side.

  8.  Rotten Raj tale


    Wincingly bad wannabe adaptation of The Letter by W. Somerset Maughan with Hurt as the philanderer in an undisclosed East Asian plantation getting involved with a bored housewife. Bowker is just dreadful as the so-called femme fatale, ridiculously miscast, while the overwrought music gets totally overpowering and cloying after a while.

  9.  Great cast meh film


    Dark Shadows was a cult daytime TV show in the 1960s that fans Depp and Burton have resurrected. And they certainly seem to be having fun with the property, with Depp laying it on thick as an arcane vampire who finds himself awakened in the bewildering world of the 1970s. There, he re-encounters his arch-nemesis, a horny witch played with crazed glee by the delectable Green. Some good period jokes and some fantastic production design are somewhat mitigated by a complete disinterest in plot and an underused cast.

  10.  The birth of the epic


    Yes, this may be the first genuine epic for the cinema, a big, bold and expensive account of the American Civil War and its aftermath. And yes, despite its rather primitive film-making, you can still see some then-trailblazing techniques that are now common place today. But the film is way too long, not inherently all that interesting and its now notorious depiction of negroes (white actors in blackface) and celebration of the Ku Klux Klan make it decidedly uncomfortable viewing.