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From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.

Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in Stoker
For over a quarter of a century, Catholic priest Lawrence C Murphy preyed on and sexually abused pupils at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin

The Catholic Church on film: When the men in black lost their role as the good guys

Priests were once movie symbols of decency and heroism. Scandals in the Catholic Church have ended that, says Geoffrey Macnab

The reel thing: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma

Film review - Jonathan Romney on Hitchcock: Mrs H makes a lunge for the scissors

Anthony Hopkins is fine as the Master, but it’s Helen Mirren who provides the suspense

Watch with mother: Anthony Hopkins’ Hitchcock looks on as Jessica Biel’s Vera Miles meets Mrs Bates

Hitchcock from the archive: BFI releases five exclusive online films about the director

Hitchcock is famous for films such as Psycho, The 39 Steps and Birds, but he is less well known for his first film, silent picture The Pleasure Garden.

Bafta special: Barry Norman's top 49 British films of all time

The film critic reveals his top British films from The 39 Steps to Skyfall

The best critics are heartless, clear-eyed and not in the least compassionate

Helen Mirren said to see a bad review leaves actors feeling “angry and resentful and upset and disheartened”. But that doesn't mean critics should be kinder

Hitchcock director, Sacha Gervasi
'Hitchcock', left, starring Anthony Hopkins, shows a very different image than 'The Girl'
Downton Abbey

Restless, BBC1, Thursday and Friday / The Girl, BBC2, Boxing Day / Downton Abbey, ITV, Christmas Day

Hayley Atwell's on a suicide mission in a tense spy drama; she must match Charlotte Rampling

Last Night's Viewing: The Girl, BBC2
Miranda, BBC1

Toby Jones’s performance as Hitchcock was pitch-perfect in the clotted vocal delivery

Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench to compete for best actress gongs

Dame Helen Mirren will vie with Dame Judi Dench and Emily Blunt for best British actress at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

Benjamin Zephaniah, poet: 'Our political system is close to collapse. I want a new system that makes every vote count'

Honours refusenik Danny Boyle joins illustrious roll call of rebels...

In rejecting an honour Danny Boyle joins a select, and sometimes surprising group of individuals

Rachel Weisz: 'I had the experience of working with him, but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work'

Brits Helen Mirren and Rachel Weisz nominated for best actress Golden Globe

The Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a dramatic film have been announced.

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'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

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