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Review 7 January
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Alexander

Alexander
It has lots of weakness and lots of strengths.
Rosie Boycott

Director Oliver Stone leaves America for Macedonia to follow his hero Alexander, and faces a hail of spears from the US critics.

Stars: Colin Farrell, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jessie Kamm, Connor Paolo, Christopher Plummer

On general release from 7 January 2005.

Certificate 15.

Oliver Stone talks to Kirsty Wark on BBC Four at 10pm on Tuesday 18 January.


Villages

John Updike
He can write beautiful sentences that you just want to sit and bath in.
Ian McMillan

John Updike's new novel Villages describes Owen Mckenzie, an early and successful computer programmer, who started life in the rural settlements of Willow in Pennsylvania, and will end it in the village of Haskells Crossing in Massachusetts, with his second wife Julia. But his years from newlywed to middle aged divorcee were spent in rampant and apparently guilt free promiscuity in the small town of Middle Falls in Connecticut.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Published: 3 February
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton / St George's Press
ISBN: 024114308X

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The Passage

Andy Goldsworthy
...very fascinating.
Tom Paulin

Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's new exhibition The Passage at the Albion Gallery.

Goldsworthy has produced numerous site-specific works and commissions that have allowed him to experiment with the altering climates and differing geographical materials of places as varied as the Lake District, Grize Fiord in the Northern Territories of Canada, the North Pole, Japan, the Australian outback and even the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, returning each time to the landscape around his home in Dumfriesshire, south-west Scotland.

11 January - 24 March
Open from 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturday.
Telephone: 0207 801 2481

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Yasmin

Yasmin copyright Channel 4
It's a very important film - very, very important.
Rosie Boycott

The story of a British Muslim woman whose life changes in the aftermath of September 11. Written by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty), the film was developed out of months of research and workshops with Muslim communities across the North of England.

Director: Kenny Glenaan

Cast: Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson, Syed Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed, Badi Uzzaman, Amar Hussain, Joanna Booth, Emma Ashton, Rae Kelly

Yasmin is on Channel 4, 13 January at 2200.


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