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PUBLISHED: 11:43 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

The Da Vinci Code (12A) Starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, this is an eagerly anticipated film from the worldwide bestselling novel. This proves to be an action-packed adventure with Biblical flashbacks, following Professor Robert Langdon as he struggl

The Da Vinci Code (12A) Starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, this is an eagerly anticipated film from the worldwide bestselling novel. This proves to be an action-packed adventure with Biblical flashbacks, following Professor Robert Langdon as he struggles to unravel an ancient code to solve the greatest mystery of all time. 4/5

* Confetti (15) A great line-up of British comedy talent, including Jimmy Carr, Martin Freeman and Alison Steadman, make this a seasoned production as couples compete to win a luxury home. All they have to do is come up with the most original wedding of the year and ideas include a Broadway musical, a tennis match and a nudist rite... 3/5

* When A Stranger Calls (15) A remake of the 1979 horror flick, the film follows the nightmare evening of a taunted babysitter. As a storm rages outside, Camilla Belle plays Jill, who has to overcome many obstacles and melodramas to ensure the safety of the sleeping children in her care. 2/5

* Mission Impossible III (12A) Tom Cruise reprises his role of ice cool super spy Ethan Hunt under the guiding hand of director Lost creator JJ Abrams. Abrams tries to add in a bit of depth to Hunt's character and is partially successful, but is sure not to leave out a barrage of high-octane stunts and fancy gadgetry. 3/5

* Slither (15) An alien parasite crashes to earth in a sleepy southern American town and possesses the local bully. Nil points for originality but a highly enjoyable horror-comedy nonetheless. 4/5

* 16 Blocks (12A) Thriller starring Bruce Willis, as, refreshingly, a burnt out cop rather than his usual action hero. Willis is tasked with getting a prisoner across Manhattan for a high-profile court case. 3/5

* American Dreamz (12A) The man behind American Pie and the big-screen adaptation of About A Boy lays into easier targets such as Simon Cowell's American Idol programmes and President Buch. Hugh Grant stars as the sarcastic British host of a talent show while Denis Quaid is the recently re-elected by somewhat confused President. 3/5

* Silent Hill (15) A big screen adaptation of a video game that fairs reasonably well and is almost devoutly faithful to its source material. Radha Mitchell stars as a mum searching for her missing daughter in the deserted, spooky town of the title. 3/5

* Eight Below (PG) Dogs are the stars of this remake of Koreyoshi Kurahara's 1983 film Antarctica. A team of sled dogs fight for survival after three scientists are forced to leave them behind. 3/5

* Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (U) Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth and Manny the mammoth are trying to get themselves to the safety of a giant ark before the ice dam melts and drowns their frozen valley. Not quite up there with the likes of Shrek, but a jolly hour-and-a-half's animated entertainment. 4/5

* Scary Movie 4 (15) The fourth of this dire franchise sends up The Grudge, The Village, War Of The Worlds, and for some unknown reason - given that they're not horror films - Brokeback Mountain and Million Dollar Baby. 1/5

* She's The Man (12A) Likeable but unremarkable teen movie re-telling of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. A tomboy banned from the soccer team poses as her brother at his new school, but ends up falling for a team mate. 2/5

* The Shaggy Dog (U) This tale of a man who turns into a dog achieves the ultimate family movie goal of appealing to adults and children alike. Danny Glover, Kristin Davis, Tim Allen and Robert Downey Jnr star. 4/5

* Inside Man (15) A pacy thriller from Spike Lee, staring Denzel Washington as a police officer and Clive Owen as a clever robber who takes hostages at a bank. Jodi Foster takes a super bitchy turn as a dealmaker. 3/5


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