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Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG

3:10 TO YUMA (15)

VERDICT: *****

FARMER Evans (Christian Bale) tries to escort outlaw Wade (Russell Crowe) to justice in James Mangold's extended remake of the Glenn Ford classic. Evans and Wade both learn things about each other and themselves, but the film's contrived extra length on the way to a different ending makes the dialogue wordy. Also available to buy for pounds 19.99.

NO RESERVATIONS (PG)

VERDICT: *****

CHEF Catherine Zeta-Jones has to look after her niece, then cope with cocky kitchen newcomer Aaron Eckhart.

Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine) and beautifully shot by Britain's own Stuart Dryburgh, No Reservations lacks the engaging brilliance of Sandra Nettelbeck's original foreign film, Mostly Martha. But it's still ideal for a girly night in and is also available to buy DVD for pounds 16.99 (Blu-ray pounds 27.99/HD DVD pounds 27.99).

A MIGHTY HEART (15)

VERDICT: *****

MICHAEL Winterbottom's film is about a US journalist (Dan Futterman) who goes missing in Pakistan - to the horror of his pregnant French wife (Angelina Jolie). Nobody captures the Third World better than Blackburn-born Winterbottom. The amazing cityscapes are a career-best, only let down by a monotonous series of indoor scenes and a distracting number of mobile phone rings. Also to buy for pounds 19.99 (HD DVD pounds 24.99), complete with a featurette about the making of the film.

THE KINGDOM (15)

VERDICT: *****

THE FBI pursues terrorists in Riyadh in this over-edited, explosive thriller starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner. The Kingdom emphasises suicide bombings as a means of trying to make 'progress' on one side, and for the Americans to have gun-ready attitude in return. The over-edited action scenes are often dizzyingly unwatchable, but the score is by Danny Elfman. Also available to buy for pounds 19.99 (HD DVD pounds 24.99).
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 26, 2008
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