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S.W.A.T.

Rik Booth has reviewed Clark Johnson's cinema adaptation of the '70s television show - proving that even cops dial 911. Starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivier Martinez and Michelle Rodriguez, this action-packed fest is now showing to fulfill your appetite before The Return of the King lands...

Saddest Music in the World, The

A failed Broadway impresario, a cuckolded father, an amnesiac with a talking tapeworm, a Serbian cellist with a heart in a jar of tears and musicians from every corner of the world all taking part in musical duels - the winners being bathed in vats of beer - to win the title of The Saddest Music in the World. Noel Megahey reviews eccentric Canadian director Guy Maddin's latest venture into absurdity.

Safe

The Triads, the Mafia and the cops all want a Chinese girl; all that stands in their way is The Stat...

Sahara

Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz and Steve Zahn search for lost treasure and try to thwart an environmental conspiracy in this action-packed adventure movie. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A fish-out-of-water comedy about, er, fishing....

Salt

Angelina Jolie tries to outdo Matt Damon as America's most lethal secret agent. Is Salt the next Bou...

Samsara

Shot over five years in twenty-five countries, Ron Fricke's epic documentary essay reaches British s...

Sapphires, The

An Aboriginal girl group go to Vietnam in The Sapphires, an engaging comedy-drama with music in British cinemas now.

Saraband

Currently receiving a limited theatrical presentation in Paris at the moment, Noel Megahey has the good fortune to see Ingmar Bergman's final masterpiece on the big screen. Featuring the same characters from Scenes From A Marriage made 30 years ago, Bergman shows he has lost none of his powers in the intervening years.

Sarah Prefers to Run (London Film Festival 2013)

Sarah runs without much direction in this bittersweet coming-of-age story...

Sarah's Key

Kristin Scott Thomas stars as a journalist who uncovers a horrifying story related to the Holocaust.

Savages, The

An Oscar-nominated Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in The Savages, a comedy-drama by writer-director Tamara Jenkins, on release in the UK now. Review by Gary Couzens.

Saved!

Gary Couzens has reviewed Saved! a pleasant if insubstantial comedy in UK cinemas now.

Saving Mr. Banks (London Film Festival 2013)

A thousand spoonfuls of sugar and what feels like even more flashbacks...

Saw

A dark blend of suspense thriller and splatter movie, Saw stars Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes as two strangers who wake up to find themselves chained to the walls of a makeshift cell, at the mercy of a devious and unimaginably evil serial killer. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Saw 3D

Jigsaw's back for the final time but does Saw 3D prove to be a satisfying ending?...

Saw II

The inevitable sequel to last year's surprise horror smash. The Jigsaw Killer's up to his old tricks again, this time trapping eight people in a room slowly filling with nerve gas and forcing them to play his warped games to survive. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Saw III

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), the world's first self-help serial killer, is back with more grisly tests designed to make his victims appreciate their lives or die horribly. Usually the latter. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Saw IV

The annual Saw movie turns up like a bad penny, with more intestines than you can shake a scalpel at and a plot that doesn't bear close scrutiny. Why can't film makers forget gore and bring back real horror?

Say When

Keira Knightley fails to launch in Lynn Shelton's comedy about staying young forever...

Scanner Darkly, A

There have been many screen adaptations of Philip K. Dick's work, but this latest from Richard Linklater looks very different to its predecessors. Starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder, it is out on general release now. Review by Roger Keen.

Scary Movie 3

The third film in the Scary Movie franchise sees Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) battle a mysterious videotape that kills people seven days after they view it, while Charlie Sheen pops up as a farmer who is having problems with crop circles appearing in his field. U.K release date TBA.

Scary Movie 4

The popular series of horror film parodies continues. This time the targets are War Of The Worlds, Saw, The Grudge and The Village. Anna Faris once again stars as scream queen Cindy Campbell and she's supported by Leslie Nielsen, Craig Bierko and a number of celebrity cameos. David Zucker directs. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Scary Movie 5

Save your money. And your dignity.

School Of Rock

Gary Couzens has reviewed The School of Rock, an engaging comedy starring Jack Black, on release in UK and Irish cinemas now.

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