With a team of professional con-men as sharp as this lot, there had to be another outing for Ocean's band of polished thieves and this time director Steven Soderbergh goes back to the winning formula that made 'Ocean's Eleven' such a hit.

Danny Ocean (Clooney), Rusty Ryan (Pitt) and their handsome crew of bandits have a beef with the dripping-in-gold Las Vegas casino tycoon Willie Bank (Pacino). Bank has double-crossed their mentor Reuben (Gould) and left him for dead, after he suffers a heart-attack, and Ocean's crew aren't likely to walk away and leave him counting his millions. So they plan the biggest heist yet, in an attempt to bankrupt Bank on his first night of business in his new casino. But the stakes are raised when former rival Terry Benedict (Garcia) agrees to fund the risky operation.

The latest instalment sees Ocean's crew return to Las Vegas, where all good gambling heists should take place. The neon lights and fan fare of sound capture the casino business and the lifestyle of the people who propel it perfectly, setting up a sense of the real soul of the city from the off.

The chemistry between Clooney and Pitt has never been more obvious as they throw witty one-liners at each other throughout, seeming for all the world like best mates captured squabbling. Al Pacino also gets to grips with his hard-faced, merciless character quite well, while Eddie Izzard proves that he can do straight equally as well as he does his more natural comedy. And in this instalment Ellen Barkin comfortably takes up the role of the distracting female, while the able Matt Damon ups the comedy levels as her unlikely seducer.

'Ocean's Thirteen' is as slick as you could hope for, taking us back to all the elements that appealed about the first in the franchise. And while it doesn't have quite the same level of charm, nor does the actual heist engage you on such a dramatic level, it does resurrect what is most appealing about the genre, capturing the camaraderie and crooks' honour in the underbelly of Vegas society and the humour with which the best heists are pulled off.

Linda McGee