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Byline: IAN STURGESS

CD: VICTORIA BECKHAM Victoria Beckham (Virgin) Posh may crave respect as a serious artist, but you'd be hard pressed to find another album which contains material as soulless as this. There are cliched love poems to darling David ("You can give me diamonds, you can give me pearls") and even gurgling Brooklyn gets a look in, but the whole thing lacks any sense of warmth, fun, excitement or sophistication. In fact, so devoid of emotion is it that when, on the supposedly raunchy Midnight Fantasy, VB promises, "Gonna take you places that you've never been before", it might as well be a new branch of Gucci as anywhere else.

FILM: ENIGMA (15, 117mins) An all-British movie directed by Michael Apted, co-produced by Mick Jagger and scripted by Tom Stoppard. It tells the story of the heroic efforts made by the Second World War Bletchley Park staff whose job it was to crack Hitler's secret codes and thus provide intelligence for the Allies. Dougray Scott plays maths graduate Tom Jericho who, while trying to help win the war, is infatuated with Claire (Saffron Burrows, above with Scott) and falling in love with code clerk Hester (Kate Winslet).

VIDEO: THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE (PG, 126mins) Matt Damon stars as one-time golf pro Rannulph Junuh whose liking for the bottle has ruined his career. Enter caddy Vance (Will Smith, right with Damon), who dispenses spiritual advice along with the clubs. His help enables Junuh to rebuild his life via a journey of self-discovery. Typically wholesome stuff from director Robert Redford.

DVD: MANHUNTER (18, 124mins) Superbly menacing thriller from director Michael Mann which centres around FBI forensics expert Will Graham (William Peterson, below). He is tormented by the psychic powers which enable him to empathise with the criminal mind and is brought out of retirement to hunt the serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy. Also featuring the screen debut of Hannibal Lecter, it's taut, nightmarish and a great suspense movie.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2001
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