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SHUTTER ISLAND (15) Verdict: US MARSHALS Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating the disappearance of murderess Rachel Solando from a remote island asylum off the Boston coast.

"All I know is that it's a mental hospital for the criminally insane," Ruffalo says to a seasick DiCaprio en route in Martin Scorsese's impressive but slightly overblown thriller.

Will Dr Cawley (Ben Kingsley) be able to shed any light inside the island's hospital for the criminally insane when he simply says: "It's as if she evaporated through the walls"? And what's Dr Naehring (chilling cameo from Max Von Sydow) up to when he asks: "Going somewhere?" It turns out that Rachel Solando may or may not have killed her three children. And that Teddy Daniels may or may not be a WWII veteran haunted by images of Dachau and the fiery death of his wife (Michelle Williams).

Based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, DiCaprio tries his best to carry this uncertainty off, but Jack Nicholson in his pomp would have been even better.

THE BLIND SIDE (15) Verdict: THE essence of this story is that underprivileged children can give more to 'rich' families like the Tuohys (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw) than they could ever give to him. As mum Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Oscar-winning Bullock provides a welcoming roof for one of her daughter's black classmates - homeless teenager Michael Oher, played by Quinton Aaron, aged 25!

Despite their physical, material and cultural differences, Leigh brings out the best of him on the American Football field.

Kathy Bates as tutor Miss Sue helps to make The Blind Side heartfelt and inspirational, but it's a film which also feels (likeably) cliched, as if it's The Green Mile without heavy Death Row complications.

THE INFIDEL (15) Verdict: OMID Djalili plays a Moslem taxi driver who discovers he's Jewish. Despite David Baddiel's weak, foul-mouthed script, Djalili comes over as warm-hearted and the comedy's subject matter feels strangely topical.

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Date:Aug 13, 2010
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