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The Israeli-born actress has previously starred in three Fast & Furious films

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Deep Impact (12). Though admittedly nowhere near as asinine or assaultive as this year's other meteor movie (Michael Bay's execrable Armageddon), Mimi Leder's second feature (following the nuclear-weapon thriller, The Peacemaker) represents Hollywood at its most

Interview: Matt Damon: The talented Mr Damon tries on the Emperor's new clothes for size

At 28 he looks as if he should be in shorts. Sheila Johnston talks to Matt Damon

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The Critics: Who said that xenophobia never pays?

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Hollywood cashes in on family values

IS THERE money in morality? Its least likely purveyor, Hollywood, seems to hope so. In recent months, a spate of action movies gracing American cinemas have interspersed wham, bam, shoot 'em up scenes with more tender moments of familial reconciliation and pregnancy. Is Tinseltown softening? Hardly.

Cinema: It crashed down from outer space

SINCE James Cameron used this year's Oscars ceremony to proclaim himself King of the World, every Hollywood director has been dreaming of his own massively overlong, cash-harvesting blockbuster in which a group of poorly realised characters get the living daylights bashed out of them by an enormous heavy object. In Titanic, Cameron belted Leonardo DiCaprio with an iceberg. In Deep Impact, Mimi Leder chucked a comet at Vanessa Redgrave. And now, in Armageddon (12), Michael Bay sends Bruce Willis hurtling into a giant asteroid. One day - if we're really unlucky - all films may be as stupid as this.

Party on: The week I was really really super-duper nice

I'M SLIGHTLY TROUBLED by the fact that my father read Party On last week. Usually he's totally bemused by my social life ("clubbing" for him means "thing that caveman does" - which is probably quite accurate if you go down Oxford St. for your fun). Anyway, during our weekly phone call he proudly announced that he'd managed to "get through the whole thing", like he'd conquered some sort of SAS mental assault course.

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New Films: Good Will Hunting (15)

Director: Gus Van Sant Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver

Film: Boys and girls come out to play, but for some it's time to grow up

From love interest in a low-key indie hit, Ben Affleck has blazed into the limelight as a renaissance man. Janie Lawrence is charmed

His own private idealism

Some will say he's gone commercial, but Gus Van Sant is subverting movies from the inside. James Mottram investigates

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Film Interview: Chasing a dream in his own back yard

Director Kevin Smith had a hit with his low budget film 'Clerks'. And he is about to have another with lesbian-love-triangle comedy 'Chasing Amy'. But, he tells Nick Hasted, all he really wants to do is hang out in New Jersey with his ten and only friends, and save Hollywood for a rainy day
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform