Arts and Entertainment A still from the new Disney film Frozen

Disney's Christmas offering took £4.7 million in its opening UK weekend

DVD review: Looper

Like a melancholy remake of The Terminator, Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hitman whose targets have been sent back to him from the future ... which is fine until he finds himself face to face with his older self (Bruce Willis).

Holy Motors

Review of 2012: Film (part 2)

Fine thrillers, quality documentaries, a top Bond villain ... and some pop disasters

IoS paperback review: The Hour of the Jackal, By Bernhard Jaumann (trs John Brownjohn)

Truth, guilt, morality, vengeance and murder ... so, sue me

Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Make my Dane: Lund, the new Clint, is back

The Nordic detective was modelled on Dirty Harry

The Murder of Halland By Pia Juul translated Martin Aitken

Bess, a writer, lives in a small Danish town with her second husband Halland, who is found shot dead in the market square on page three. Nobody knows who shot him; Bess herself is the initial prime suspect.

The Black Path by Åsa Larsson

There is a piece of sleight-of-hand at the beginning of this novel by Swedish crime queen Asa Larsson.

Last night's viewing - Death Unexplained, BBC1; Alex Polizzi: the Fixer, BBC2

It's always pleasing when programmes contain practical advice and Death Unexplained delivered fairly early. It came from the police and was passed on by coroner Alison Thompson: "If by any chance you do kill your partner without meaning to, of course the best thing you can do is actually ring and say you've done it as soon as you can. Once you start prevaricating you've had it." Very understanding, the police. These things happen, just don't tell fibs about it. What's the best thing to do if you meant to kill your partner, they didn't say, but then you can't have everything.

'The Song of the Rain', directed by Aygul Bakanova

New stars shine at Küstendorf Film and Music Festival

The hamlet of Küstendorf is like a Disneyland for cinema auteurs. Built by double-Palme d'Or-winning director Emir Kusturica, the village has streets named after Federico Fellini and Jean Vigo. The cinema is called the Stanley Kubrick Theatre and the restaurant carries the moniker Visconti. It's also been home to the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival since 2008.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Black Dahlia, By James Ellroy

As a reader I define a book as "great" if I'm still thinking about it long after I've finished it. As a writer, I'm tougher. A great book is one that makes me re-evaluate what I'm doing, dig deeper, try harder, raise my own bar. But James Ellroy's 'The Black Dahlia' was something else entirely, far more than just a great book. It changed my life.

DVD: The Killing (18)

For anyone who claims that UK TV drama's lack of ambition is down to a lack of US-size budgets, The Killing makes for rather damning contradictory evidence.

Readers review Rango (PG)

Readers review this week's big film

The Convent, By Panos Karnezis

The Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, a hilltop fastness located in a remote part of the Spanish sierra, is the setting for this unusual ecclesiastical whodunit.

Album: Herrmann, Psycho Suite – Tippett Quartet/Julian Bliss (Signum)

Pigeon-holed by his fame as a film composer, Bernard Herrmann would have heaved a weary sigh at the shower on the cover. But the "Psycho Suite" is only the coda to a disc that otherwise focuses on the lyrical abstractions of Herrmann's European-influenced "Echoes", and the extended "Souvenirs de Voyage".

Red April, By Santiago Roncagliolo (trs Edith Grossman)

Dark shadows cast by the Shining Path

DVD: Mother

Quirky doesn’t begin to describe this Korean tale of a woman who will do anything to save her mentally challenged son from spending life in jail for a murder she is convinced he didn’t commit.

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