THE LAST SAMURAI
8.45PM, GO! ★★★★
Despite its breathtaking showpiece skirmishes, there is more to this Oscar-friendly epic than merely rolling out the battles. Tom Cruise stars as a haunted American exsoldier hired to train a new and modernised Emperor’s Army in 19th-century Japan. After his capture by a renegade Samurai warlord (a stand-out Ken Watanabe), allegiances change and a showdown between culture and progress looms. A big movie with a little something always up its sleeve.