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DVD/Blu-ray: The Muppets (U)

"I'm gonna shoot straight: you guys aren't famous anymore," a film executive informs Fozzie Bear and Kermit.

Viv Groskop: Did you know Miss Piggy is really a man?

No cartoon is complete now without some ball-breaking girl who proclaims her independence

The Muppets (U)

Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

DVD: Leap Year (PG)

Amy Adams's credit rating plunges in this offensively unfunny dross. She plays Anna, an uptight Bostonian who pursues her smug doctor boyfriend (Adam Scott) to Dublin in order to propose to the dullard.

DVD: The Stepfather (15)

The original Stepfather was a guilty pleasure, full of sly wit, an exquisitely deranged turn from Terry O'Quinn and no little tension.

Leap Year (PG)

Did you know that once every four years, on leap-year day, 29 February, women in Ireland can propose to their boyfriends? No of course you didn't; you thought it was the prerogative of women anywhere in the world.

Amy Adams: No longer Miss Innocent

Amy Adams has cornered the market in wide-eyed ingenues, so news of her pregnancy caused some surprise. But, as she tells Rosamund Witcher, she's not as pure as she looks

Win preview screening tickets to 'Leap Year'

To celebrate the release of the highlight anticipated Leap Year, starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode, The Independent has a pair of tickets to a preview screening of the film this Wednesday (January 20) – over month before the film hits cinemas.

Julie & Julia (12A)

Nora Ephron's movie is a salute to Julia Child, "the woman who taught America how to cook", and, in Meryl Streep's impersonation of her, a relentlessly jolly person whose sing-song twitter became a staple of American TV in the Sixties.

DVD: Doubt (15)

Set in early 1960s New York, this is a sombre account of a priest accused of child abuse who is hounded out of his parish by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the dragon-like headmistress of the local Catholic school.

The Independent Film Forum: 16 - Night at the Museum 2

Our Film Forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on the comedy sequel to the comedy Night at the Museum: 'Battle of the Smithsonian'

Night at the Museum 2 (PG)

As a blockbuster that's intended to turn history into, like, fun for kids, this is not as irksome as Nicolas Cage's two National Treasure movies.

The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'

The next film up for discussion in the Independent Film Forum will be Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Does the sequel to the 2006 family hitmovie, starring Ben Stiller, really warrant another night at the movies? And does former indie queen Amy Adams (above) as his love interest create any sizzling chemistry? Add your comments and we'll print the best in next week's paper

Oscars' unsung heroes: The not-so-famous contenders for Hollywood's most glamorous awards

Tomorrow is the glitziest date in the movie calendar. For some nominees – like Meryl and Kate and Brad and Angelina – it’s just another awards ceremony. But for the less fancied contenders, it’s the biggest night of their lives

Amy Adams: Not so innocent abroad

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams tells Lesley O'Toole that although she's genetically happy, she is nothing like the wide-eyed naif of her roles
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