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The Italian Job (12) Rating lllmm

F Gary Gray's version of the classic Michael Caine caper is effortlessly entertaining with two thrilling heists and a tense car chase around the streets and sewers of Los Angeles.

Mark Wahlberg plays Charlie Croker, a top thief who leads his team in the daring theft of gold bullion in Venice.

His plan unfolds perfectly, only for one member of the team to turn out to be a greedy double-crosser.

When Charlie tracks down the back stabber to Los Angeles, he plans to re-steal the gold with the help of sexy safe-cracker Stella (Oscar-winning Charlize Theron).

There are some pithy one-liners and excellent rapport between the gang members. Also available to buy (DVD pounds 19.99 or two-disc box set with original The Italian Job, pounds 26.99; VHS pounds 14.99)

Rugrats Go Wild (U) Rating llmmm

Stu Pickles takes wife Didi, son Tommy and good friends on a summer cruise. Things turn nightmarish when their boat is caught in a tropical storm and they are shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted Polynesian island.

By chance, Sir Nigel Thornberry, his wife Marianne, daughters Debbie and Eliza, with wild-child son Donnie, are on the very same island to film their latest nature documentary.

Battling against the fierce heat, the Rugrats and the Thornberrys join forces in a series of hilarious misadventures, which bring each of the families closer together.

Rugrats Go Wild isn't on a par with either The Rugrats Movie or The Wild Thornberrys Movie, but there are some nice moments amidst the mess. Also for sale (DVD pounds 15.99; VHS pounds 12.99)
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2004
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