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Byline: by Roz Laws

IT'S a scandal that Peter O'Toole has never won a Best Actor Oscar. He came close with his wonderful performance in Venus (15), only losing out because of Forest Whitaker's amazing turn as Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland.

O'Toole and Leslie Phillips form a great double act as ageing actors, their banter full of pithy one liners.

O'Toole falls in lust with Jessie (the excellent Jodie Whittaker), the teenage great-niece of his friend. As their friendship grows, he treads, and occasionally crosses, a fine line between being a charming rogue and a dirty old man.

Breaking And Entering (15) reunites writer/director Anthony Minghella with his favourite actors, Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Ray Winstone and Juliet Stevenson.

Architect Law finds himself falling for Bosnian widow Binoche, even though her son has broken into his offices. Unfortunately, what could have been an edgy thriller descends into a contrived, earnest melodrama.

The Number 23 (15) stars Jim Carrey as an unconvincing schizophrenic murderer in this melodramatic film about a man obsessed with the number 23. And Jennifer Garner fails to win us over in Catch And Release (12), a forgettable romantic comedy in which she tries to get over the sudden death of her fiance by falling for his friend Timothy Olyphant.

Orlando Bloom puts in one of the best performances of his career in Haven (18), a film set in the Cayman Islands of the West Indies. There's action, romance and gangsters as we watch the transformation from unspoilt oasis to playground for the rich and unscrupulous.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2007
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