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CATS & DOGS (PG) Lawrence Guterman's fourlegged family adventure is the most shameless piece of antifeline propaganda. Cats are evil, conniving creatures with a propensity for cold-blooded murder; dogs are noble, if slightly dim-witted beasts.

FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (PG) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within uses cutting-edge computer graphics to transfer the PlayStation role-playing game on to the big screen.

Visually it is superb with astounding detail but the screenplay suffers badly despite vocal strong performances. Rating

THE FORSAKEN (18) A feeble excuse for a vampire flick in which Sean (Kerr Smith) drives from LA to Florida to attend his sister's wedding and picks up a hitchhiker, Nick (Brenden Fehr). But Nick is a vampire hunter suffering from a rare blood disease. The Forsaken is an apt title, forsaking plot and logic for gore. The cast also forsake decent performances, bringing little emotion to their teens in peril.

HEARTBREAKERS (15) Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a mother and daughter con team who have their scams down to a fine art.

Weaver puts in a blistering comic turn while Love Hewitt is self-mocking. Great fun.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (15) John Cameron Mitchell's screen adaptation of the cult off-Broadway musical he created is unspeakably good fun. East German loner Hansel (Mitchell) agrees to a sex change in order to marry his American soldier lover.

The tunes in this film rock, the action is interspersed with witty animations and Mitchell's performance is mesmerising. Rating

A KNIGHT'S TALE (PG) First-time director Brian Helgeland attempts to marry ancient and contemporary influences in this actioncomedy but, unfortunately, the modern rock and pop soundtrack jars with the olde worlde tale and Heath Ledger's performance lacks pizzazz. Rating

LUCKY BREAK (12) Peter Cattaneo's follow-up to The Full Monty is a romantic comedy laced with tragedy and social realism. The cast is flawless, especially James Nesbitt as the charming rogue and Timothy Spall who plucks the heart strings as a despondent father in prison.

THE PAROLE OFFICER (12) Steve Coogan and co-writer Henry Normal take the botched bank heist as the inspiration for their debut film.

A good blend of slapstick, action and romance that makes for cracking comedy.

PLANET OF THE APES (12) This new version of Planet Of The Apes sees Pilot Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) crash-land on a world inhabited by barbaric talking apes in the year 2029. This is a bold film, shot with director Tim Burton's trademark brio.

The violent battles and production design are astonishing - but the interspecies love story between Leo and Ari is unconvincing and the ending outlandish.

RUSH HOUR 2 (12) The fastest hands in the East and the biggest mouth in the West join forces once more in this tepid sequel. Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) and Detective James Carter of the LAPD (Chris Tucker) are both in Hong Kong when terrorists bomb the US Embassy. Many of the gags sound

frighteningly familiar and there's a very real sense that much of Rush Hour 2 has been recycled from its predecessor. Rating

SWORDFISH (15) Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) is a techno-terrorist waging a secret campaign. Swordfish opens in spectacular style with an astonishing set-piece, in which Shear detonates a bomb which razes an entire city block but the rest of the film can't really match this big bang. Rating


READY BREAK: Great prison comedy
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 9, 2001
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