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24 FRIDAV AUGUST 26 2005 THE DAILY TELEGRAPH artsteleqraphcouk Film SHOWING All in the jeans Tim Robey The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants PG CERT 119MIN The Cave 12A CERT 97 MIN No one who saw Neil Marshall's taut subterranean nightmare The Descent will be seared by The Cave which is almost exactly the 12A version and has clearly been cut to ribbons to make it so A very dull C-list American cast play professional underwater explorers recce-ing uncharted caverns beneath a 13th-century abbey in until they start being gobbled up by sightless demons going for a reptilian HR (Alien) Giger look It's not wholly unenjoyable but any real thrills have been pruned away by those editing shears which go into a squeamish frenzy whenever anything exciting threatens to happen The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D CERT 93 MIN Robert Rodriguez is a busy man too busy to make this migraine -inducing superhero fantasy seem like anything other than a sop to his kids after Sin City Written by his eight-year-old son Racer and shot using the same dire process that made Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over one of the most isually oppressive experiences I've ever had in a cinema this has if any thing even less to recommend it The dream-world of Max (Cayden Boydi is visualised in a hyperactive see -what-sticks fashion that's mainly just irksome and the desire to take those flimsy red-and blue specs off and fling them at the screen nearly got the better of me Summer Storm The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is better than it sounds How could it not be? The word "sisterhood" is such an instant guarantee of unwatchably mawkish fempowerment it's a wonder reviewers didn't have to be handcuffed to their seats on arrival But it's important that your chick-flick-resistant critic single out the occasional one that's honest enough to work and perhaps thanks to the well-liked source novel by Ann Brashares this is just such an example My inner 14-year-old girl came out snuffling and elated By "pants" we mean a magic pair of one-size-fits-all jeans by "traveling" we mean "travelling" and by "sisterhood" we mean a quartet of independent-minded teenage friends: bubbly Puerto Rican Carmen Real Women Have Curves's America Ferrera) athletic blonde Bridget (Blake Lively) softly-spoken Lena (Alexis Bledel) and alternative cynical Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) Heading off their separate ways one summer they decide to share said totemic trousers to keep the friendship going by wearing them for a week each and then FedExing them on to the next girl (It's the longest advert for the global delivery giant since Cast Away) Will the pants change their lives forever? No prizes for guessing but The Mighty Celt 12ACERT 88MIN Four girls and a screenplay is the unlikely recipe for a chick flick that works Great lines: Alexis Bledel and Michael Rady in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ken Kwapis's film lays on plenty of educational heartache first The gifted America Ferrera roundly transcends her role's you-go-girl cliches particularly in a shovvstopping phone monologue to her dad And Amber Tamblyn scowls with a fierce and funny integrity: she should have had the Thora Birch part in Ghost World Given that the screenplay comes from the pens of Delia Ephron (You've Got Mail) and Elizabeth Chandler (What a Girl Wants) it's unpretentious drama is basically about letting bygones be bygones drawing a veil and moving on The main character is 14-year-old Donal (Tyrone McKenna) a mouthy lad with a passion for greyhound racing who helps local trainer Good Joe (Ken Stott) with everything except the summary execution of dogs that have outgrown their winning streak The same fate looks set to befall Donal's favourite dubbed The Miehtv Celt after a comic-book amazingly un-toxic never selling these girls out to peddle a shrink-to-fit message and giving the actresses dialogue they can actually get their talents round The Mighty Celt begins with Union flags fluttering in West Belfast and everyone looking thoroughly glum Shoot a film here and one thing's for sure you won't want for back-story But although Robert Carlyle stars as a former IRA gunman returning home to his past this hero of his until the animal comes good on the racetrack It's familiar turf think Ken Loach's Kes with a greyhound But first-time director Bearse Elliott manfully reins in the blarney and there is something doggedly heartfelt about the movie's commitment to unextraordinan lives As Donal's mother Gillian Anderson pitches in with a note-perfect Belfast brogue and swigs Guinness with the best ol them All hail the mighty Gillian Oliver Twist (1948) DIRECTED BY DAVID LEAN MOVIES hen David Lean embarked on another Dickens HP Ja BnSwM So naively earnest it's almost of a guilty pleasure Marco Kreuzpaintner's German coming-out drama has Robert Stadlober as Tobi a oung Bavarian cox who hasn't told anyone he's steering for the other team There literally is another team and obligingly they 're called "Oueerstrokes" No Rest for the Brave performances it's one of Lean's finest achievements and one of the best films of a particularly fecund period in British mov ie-making It grips from the very start as a young heavily pregnant woman staggers across a terrifying storm-lashed landscape towards the parish workhouse where she dies bringing our hero into the world This sequence daringly more than six minutes pass without a word of dialogue -was devised by Kay Walsh aka Mrs David Lean who appears in the film as the tragic Nancy The scene depicting Nancy's death at the hands of psychopathic brute Bill Sikes is also inspired and look out too for youngsters Anthony Xewley as the Artful Dodger a teenage Diana Dors as Charlotte and as Oliver eight-year-old John Howard Davies combining fragility and resilience with extraordinary assurance The perfect casting is matched by the look of the film The expressionistic sets interiors and exteriors -induce vertigo and the lighting what there is of it -conjures up a dark nightmarish mood Squalor and deprivation have rareh been so realistically depicted: nor have goodness and the triumph of hope Marc Lee breathtakingly powerful -and ingeniously realised Rather than showing the assault Lean focuses instead on Sikes's dog as it scrambles and scratches at the door trying desperately to get out of the room It is a chilling sight Robert Newton plays the drink-maddened Sikes with all the authority of an actor who was actually drunk for much of the shoot He's the perfect Dickensian grotesque and not the only one here: Francis Sullivan is brilliant as the appallingly cruel Mr Bumble but most memorable of all is Alec 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