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DVD: The Burning Plain

The directorial debut from the screenwriter of Babel and 21 Grams,The Burning Plain is, like his other films, a ponderous, politically freighted drama which jumps disorientatingly from country to country,and from time period totime period, before itsstorylines dovetail at the end.

Ari Emanuel: 21st century Hollywood mogul

He's a super-agent who is as glamorous as the stars he represents, the inspiration for a TV series and the envy of countless wannabe moguls. Now, says Guy Adams, he's planning to change the movie business for ever

Kim Basinger's burning desires

A string of raunchy roles made her a star in the 1980s. Now Kim Basinger can't even watch her own movies. By Kaleem Aftab

The Burning Plain (15)

The directorial debut from the screenwriter of Babel and 21 Grams, The Burning Plain, is, like his other films, a ponderous, politically freighted drama which jumps disorientingly from country to country, from language to language, and from time period to time period, before its storylines dovetail at the end. Charlize Theron is a sexually voracious, emotionally withdrawn restaurant manager in grey, rainy Oregon (a locale which looks just as uninviting here as it did in last week's Wendy and Lucy). Kim Basinger is a desperate housewife having a tender affair in New Mexico. Also in New Mexico, two teenagers bond after the deaths of their parents. And in Mexico, a girl goes in search of the mother she has never known.

DVD Review: Hancock (12A)

Peter Berg (92 mins)

DVD: Hancock, Retail & Rental, Sony Pictures

Will Smith stars as an unshaven, alcoholic superhero who's redeemed by a PR guru, Jason Bateman, and his wife, Charlize Theron.

Fashion: Go white for Christmas

At least half the secret to being hailed as a style leader lies in simply being a little unexpected with one's fashion choices. Witness the example of Ms Moss, who regularly reconfirms her coveted spot in the fashion firmament by going against the grain in a minimalist shift on the red carpet, for example, or plumping for super-sized flares when the rest of the world has just slimmed into its skinnies.

Untimely slip could cost Theron £1.75m

Raymond Weil seeks damages after actress breaks brand endorsement contract

Diamond geezer: Michael Caine goes back to his roots

With two Oscars and more than 100 films to his credit, Michael Caine is perhaps our greatest living movie star. In his latest role, he plays a disgruntled Cockney con man in seedy Sixties London. Sounds vaguely familiar? Here, he tells James Mottram about a peculiarly personal project – and explains why he's going back to his roots

Heartthrobs get Venice Film Festival started

The 65th Venice Film Festival gets under way today, with the premiere of a film starring heartthrobs George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Hancock, 12A

Hancock is another film which doesn't live up to its potential, but it is tantalisingly close. It stars Will Smith as an unshaven, unhygienic superhero.

In the Valley of Elah (15)

Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah explores the consequences of a tough patrimony, which is all the more desolate for being nobly intended. It has a quite towering performance at its centre. Tommy Lee Jones, his face as iconically craggy as Clint's, plays a Vietnam vet and former military policeman, Hank Deerfield, whose son, recently returned from duty in Iraq, has gone missing.

Charlize Theron: A chameleon who can chill or charm

The actresses' latest role requires her to do both, says Stephen Applebaum

Monster (18)

Patty Jenkins' film is a disquieting portrait of a soul in stress
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