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Article Date: December 31, 2006 | Publication: Sunday Mail | Author: Editors
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SEQUELS and remakes might give a feeling of deja vu to big screen outings but there are still lots of goodies for 2007.

JOHNMILLAR checks out 20of the biggestHollywood original releases and runs the rule over the best of the sequels.

WHITAKER is in top form as Idi Amin, Uganda's demonic dictator. The performance is terrifying - Amin's moods swing from benign to barbaric in the twinkle of an eye.

Scots star James McAvoy shines as a doctor who leaves Glasgow for Kampala but is corrupted when he becomes Amin's favourite.

Rating: *****


AFTER his success with The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio begins 2007 the way he ended 2006, with a powerful performance that suggests he is blossoming into a truly great screen actor.

He plays a South African smuggler whose greed alters dramatically when he falls for idealistic journalist Jennifer Connelly and gets caught up in the bloody civil war in Sierra Leone.

Rating: *****


AN all-star cast that includes Sharon Stone, Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez and William H. Macy feature in this story of the lead-up to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

Powerful and heartfelt cinema, this film features one of the most emotional finales you will ever see.

Rating: *****


THIS is based on a Broadway musical loosely inspired by the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes.

Starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, it is a knock-out, packed with great songs.

It will also shoot pop wannabe Jennifer Hudson to stardom after she failed to win American Idol.

Rating: *****


ROBERT DE NIRO directs this tale about the early days of the CIA. Matt Damon stars as an idealistic recruit who becomes a top operative.

As his distrust of everyone increases, his dedication eventually costs him his ideals and his wife, Angelina Jolie.

Rating: *****


ANNE HATHAWAY stars with James McAvoy in a romance based on the life of Jane Austen before novels like Pride And Prejudice earned her eternal fame.

Rating: *****


COMICbook fan Nicolas Cage teams up with Eva Mendes in the latest film from Marvel's back catalogue of superheroes.

Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to fight against power hungry Blackheart.

Rating: *****


FULL-ON thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo. It is based on the true story of the Zodiac serial killer who terrorised San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rating: *****


SCOT Gerard Butler plays Spartan king Leonidas in this graphic retelling of the battle of Thermopylae when 300 Spartans defied the Persian army. A must for sword and sandals fans.

Rating: *****


COULD be the comedy hit of the year. The plot sees the FBI mixed up in the cut and thrust world of - wait for it - ping pong! Christopher Walken looks a hoot as an Oriental mobster who is a table tennis fanatic.

Rating: *****


MISSIONARY Hilary Swank has a conflict of faith after her family is killed. Now she debunks religious phenomena and is called to a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues.

Rating: *****


NOstar names but bags of epic potential in a story of Indians versus Norsemen. After he is raised by a tribe of native Americans, a Viking boy finds himself in the middle of a conflict between the warring nations.

Rating: *****



BRAD PITT is the legendary outlaw in this western. Robert Ford, the coward who shot Jesse in the back, is played by Casey Affleck - Ben's wee brother.

Rating: *****


THE smash-hit TV cartoon finally makes it to the big screen and there's big trouble in Springfield when Homer accidentally pollutes the river with toxic waste.

Rating: *****


AFTER Flushed Away comes another rodent-based cartoon. This time it's a Parisian rat who dreams of becoming a top chef.

Rating: *****


ANTHONY HOPKINS and Angelina Jolie head the cast of this Norse legend of warrior Beowulf's battle against the monster Grendel.

Rating: *****


RUSSELL CROWE and Denzel Washington in a gripping drama about a drug boss who smuggles heroin inside the coffins of US soldiers returning from Vietnam.

Rating: *****


EMILY WATSON and Ben Chaplin star in the tale of a boy who discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a legendary Scots sea creature.

Rating: *****


NICOLE KIDMAN teams up with new 007 Daniel Craig in a sci-fi thriller.

A psychiatrist discovers that a mysterious epidemic has an extraterrestrial source. Her son becomes infected and she has to find a cure or the world is doomed.

Rating: *****