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EN­CHANTED

Di­rected by Kevin Lima. Star­ring Amy Adams, Pa­trick Dempsey, James Mars­den, Ti­mothy Spall, Susan Saran­don PG cert Dis­ney’s de­light­ful ro­man­tic com­edy has fun re­work­ing classical fairy­tale el­e­ments. Af­ter an an­i­mated pro­logue, live ac­tion takes over when the sweetly in­no­cent hero­ine (ra­di­antly played by Adams) is despatched to New York by a wicked step­mother (Saran­don).

FU­TU­RAMA: BEN­DER’S BIG SCORE

Fu­tu­rama, Matt Groen­ing’s late lamented sci-fi car­toon, have de­liv­ered the first in a se­ries of three straight-to-DVD fea­tures. Fol­low­ing Ben­der, the hi­lar­i­ously self­ish ro­bot, as he bur­gles his way through Earth’s past, the film is a hoot and comes packed with spiff­ing ex­tras. DC

YOU KILL ME

Di­rected by Dwayne Carey-Hill. Voices of Billy West 12 cert De­fy­ing the laws of physics (or, at least, TV), the mak­ers of Di­rected by John Dahl. Star­ring Ben Kings­ley, Téa Leoni, Luke Wil­son, Bill Pull­man 15 cert Kings­ley – now more of­ten a mob­ster than a ma­hatma – stars as a Pol­ishAmer­i­can hit­man who, af­ter sleep­ing through an ap­point­ment to an­ni­hi­late a ri­val boss, is sent to San Fran­cisco for rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Dahl’s flimsy com­edy has just about enough jokes to sus­tain its short run­ning time. DC Di­rected by Car­los Rey­gadas. Star­ring Cor­ne­lio Wall 15 cert This lu­mi­nous, un­hur­ried drama, which de­tails an adul­ter­ous ro­mance among the Men­non­ite com­mu­nity of rural Mex­ico, fi­nally con­firms Rey­gadas, di­rec­tor of Bat­tle in Heaven, as an enor­mously gifted film-maker. Watch it with the lights off, then check out the de­cent Mak­ing Of… fea­turette. DC

SILENT LIGHT/STEL­LET LICHT LOVE SONGS/LES CHAN­SONS D’AMOUR

Di­rected by Chrstophe Honoré. Star­ring Louis Gar­rel, Lu­di­vine Sag­nier, Chiara Mas­troianni, Clotilde Hesme 15 cert This bit­ter­sweet mod­ern mu­si­cal is set among the self-ab­sorbed young bour­geoisie of present-day Paris as they try to deal with their (very) com­pli­cated sex lives. All the ac­tors pro­vide their own singing voices and ac­quit them­selves re­spectably in this ap­peal­ing di­ver­tisse­ment. MD

DON’T TOUCH THE AXE/NE TOUCHEZ PAS LA HACHE

Di­rected by Jac­ques Rivette. Star­ring Jeanne Bal­ibar, Guillaume Depar­dieu PG cert Bal­ibar stars as an in­do­lent duchess who be­comes the sex­ual prey of a Napoleonic war hero (Depar­dieu) in early 19th-cen­tury Paris, un­til he even­tu­ally re­verses their roles. The film is lo­qua­cious, repet­i­tive and ul­ti­mately over-stretched. MD A record pro­ducer ex­ploits Alvin and his vet­eran ro­dent chums. The film is scrap­pily writ­ten, in­dif­fer­ently acted and bur­dened with iffy dig­i­tal ef­fects. Yet it be­came one of the sur­prise hits of the Christ­mas pe­riod. Your kids de­serve bet­ter, so buy them Ben­der's Big Score in­stead. DC

ALVIN AND THE CHIP­MUNKS Di­rected by Tim Hill. Voice of

Ja­son Lee PG cert

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