May 2000

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#Ants In His Pants

For all their wit and frothy glamour, Preston Sturges' brilliant comedies - Sullivan's Travels, Hail the Conquering Hero - are tart with satirical pungency. Philip Kemp reviews his career and Terry Jones, Clare Kilner, Peter Farrelly and Baz Luhrmann salute his best films.

#Sick City Boy

The new American Psycho movie revisits the decadence and moral turpitude of the 80s. Nick James traces what it has in common with Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and wonders if it's possible to satirise the decade that some say never ended

A Law Unto Herself

In Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts, playing a crusading, mini-skirted, working-class legal aide, has finally found a vehicle worthy of her underrated acting talent. By Roger Wade

Howard's Way

Remembered chiefly as Brief Encounter's quintessential reticent Englishman, Trevor Howard was a more versatile and consummate professional actor than his image would allow. By Geoffrey Macnab

This Gun For Hire

Some of the prolific Miike Takashi's movies are too tough for his fellow Japanese. Hired to make genre pictures, he reshapes the material with a wickedly black wit. It's time the international film world took notice, says Tony Rayns

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Cradle Will Rock

Tim Robbins' backstage quasi-musical about the ill-fated Orson Welles production of Cradle Will Rock joyfully recreates an era while saluting the men and women involved. By Philip Strick

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