Letting yourself go

Jason Biggs gets over the death of his fiancée by proposing to the first woman he meets in Wedding Daze, while in Brazil, the unhappy campers of Paradise Lost just want to escape with all their organs intact. By Declan Burke

Black, white and grey Berlin

Superbly acted and beautifully shot, The Lives of Others is a tale of rebellion against the crushing fist of the state, while The Good German is as good a neo-noir as Chinatown, says Declan Burke

Defending despair

Matt Damon unswayingly defends the American way despite the corruption and betrayal that surrounds him, while in Letters from Iwo Jima, Japanese troops sell their lives for one more day of freedom. By Declan Burke

Cinema: Struggling to be heard

With three concurrent stories happening on three continents, Babel explores the limits of human endurance while over in Philly, Rocky proves that he still has what it takes. By Declan Burke

Destruction from within

Mel Gibson's latest epic, Apocalypto, tells the story of a Stone Age village attacked, its people murdered in sacrifice to a Mayan god. Beautifully shot and powerfully written, it nonetheless slips into melodrama in its efforts to make a point about contemporary society. By Declan Burke 

Cinema: Raising the bar

Clint Eastwood's attempts to demystify the heroism of war in Flags of our Fathers, are unusually clunky for such a talented director, but Woody Allen's Manhattan, now showing on the big screen, is still picture-perfect. By Declan Burke.

Cinema: We've seen it all before

The aptly-titled Deja Vu offers nothing the cinema-goer hasn't seen a million times before , while The Wizard of Oz, remastered and showing in all its big-screen glory, proves that they don't make ‘em like this anymore. By Declan Burke


Down there for dancing

In the South Pole, a solitary penguin sets out to save the environment, while back in the city a traffic warden deludes himself into thinking he can save the whole world. By Declan Burke



Cinema: Magic and mayhem

Pan's Labyrinth explores the inherent darkness that lies behind every fairytale, while Jackass Number Two is... well, the answer is in the title. By Declan Burke

Cinema: challenging times

Despite a great performance by Daniel Craig and its exciting action scenes, Casino Royale fails to deliver anything different from previous Bond movies. Starter for Ten, meanwhile, is cheesy but likeable, says Declan Burke