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Review 21 January
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It's a saccharine movie about a character that was anything but saccharine...
Paul Morley

Synopsis: Musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. Born in a poor town in Gergia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven after witnessing his young brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard.

Certificate: 15
Director: Taylor Hackford
Writer: Taylor Hackford, James White
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Sharon Warren, CJ Sanders

Ray opened around the country 21 January.

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Saturday by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan
I can't think of a novel I have liked more...
Julie Myerson

Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, a devoted husband and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn. What troubles him is the state of the world - the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city, its openness and diversity, and his happy family life are under threat.

Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 0224072994


This is much too earth bound and domestic.
Mark Kermode

John Caird directs Simon Russell Beale and Emma Fielding in Shakespeare's dark tragedy at the Almeida Theatre in London.

13th January - 5th March 2005

Box Office: 020 7359 4404

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Team America: World Police

Team America: World Police
It's got one of the greatest vomit sequences of all time.
Paul Morley

Synopsis: Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability, learns that a power hungry dictator is brokering weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. The heroes embark upon a harrowing mission to save the world.

Team America: World Police is an action adventure from the creators of South Park, starring an all-marionette cast.

Team America: World Police is on general release now.

Director: Trey Parker
Writer: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Pam Brady
Certificate: 15

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Newsnight Review, BBC Two's weekly cultural round-up, follows Newsnight on Friday evenings at 23:00 GMT.



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