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PUBLISHED: 11:58 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 06 May 2010

Open Season (PG) It might not strike you as the most original film in the world, but this light-hearted animation about a spoilt bear stuck in the wilderness in the hunting season has a reasonable amount going for it. Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing, Aston

Open Season (PG) It might not strike you as the most original film in the world, but this light-hearted animation about a spoilt bear stuck in the wilderness in the hunting season has a reasonable amount going for it. Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing, Aston Kutcher, Gary Sinese and our very own Billy Connolly provide the voices. 3/5

* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (18) Set up as a prequel to the 1974 original, The Beginning works OK as a horror film in its own right, but don't expect to be dazzled. Neither camp nor humorous, it provides background on Leatherface's life, for those who are still interested. 2/5

* The History Boys (15) A successful screen outing for Alan Bennett's award-winning play about sixth formers being prepared for their Oxbridge entrance exams. There are excellent performances from the younger cast as well as more senior members like Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison and Stephen Campbell Moore. 4/5

* Stick It (PG) Jeff Bridges as a tough-talking gym coach is about the only redeeming feature in this tale of a repeat young offender who is given the option of prison or picking up her former hobby of gymnastics. 2/5

* The Devil Wears Prada (PG) Anne Hathaway plays Andy, an aspiring journalist who applies to be second assistant to Meryl Streep's egomaniacal magazine editor Miranda in this formulaic sweet-girl-in-the-big-city tale. The film lacks a sharp cutting edge but Streep's performance makes it tick. 3/5

* The Departed (18) Director Martin Scorsese is on form with this star-studded film full of crime and corruption. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon star as troubled young men on undercover missions. Damon is a mob member posing as a cop and DiCaprio is his opposite - a rookie cop forced into the murky underworld. Good performances abound from other stars including Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen in this cracking film. 4/5

* World Trade Centre (12A) An almost reverential treatment of the true story of two heroic police officers, played by Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena. The right wing in America, who were worried about how director Oliver Stone would tackle the film, were actually pleased with the result but we are left with a movie that is almost a feel-good take on the events. 3/5

* Accepted (12A) Justin Long (who comedy fans may recognise from Dodgeball) plays Bartleby Gaines, a teenager who invents a fake college when he is rejected by the real ones. Accepted boasts a sharp script in places but is let down a little at the end when it strays into a moralising show-down. 3/5

* Click (12a) Adam Sandler plays Michael Newman, an architect who works hard to keep his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and kids happy. One day he finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. 2/5

* Hoodwinked (U) Little Red Riding Hood - a classic story but there is more to every tale than meets the eye. Furry and feathered cops from the animal world investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's cottage involving a girl, a wolf and an axe. With Anne Hathaway voicing Red Riding Hood and Glen Close voicing the granny, the film has some hilarious moments. 2/5

* Children of Men (15) In 2027, as humankind faces its own extinction, a cynical government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of mankind. Starring Sir Michael Caine, Julianne Moore and Clive Owen. 3/5

* The Queen (12A) Stephen Frears's luxurious film about the relationship between HM Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair following the death of Princess Di. All the plaudits will go to Helen Mirren but Michael Sheen's performance as Blair, visiting a character he played in Frears's The Deal, is once again sensational. 4/5

* Little Man (12A) Dumb comedy is taken to new heights in this film about a vertically challenged criminal Calvin Sims (Marlon Wayans). If you liked cross-racial drag flick White Chicks by the same people you will like this. 1/5

* Cars (PG) A flash and brash racing car, voiced by Owen Wilson, gets stuck in a small town and comes to appreciate the slower pace of life. Not a bad film but it doesn't quite have the magic of Pixar's other CGI tales. 3/5

* Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (12A) The sequel to Johnny Depp's last film. Wildly silly and over the top,this sees more of Captain Jack Sparrow's misadventures including his battles against villain Bill Nighy's Davy Jones. 4/5


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