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"Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth film in the animated series featuring a woolly mammoth and his prehistoric friends, trampled "The Amazing Spider-Man" and took the top spot at US and Canadian box offices yesterday with $46m.

DVD & Blu-Ray: The Vow (12)

The unfortunately named Channing Tatum plays Leo, a musician who is sad because his groovy sculptor wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams), got propelled through a car window and when she awakes from her coma she can't remember him – only the time before him, when she was less groovy and in law school.

DVD & Blu-Ray: Wanderlust (15)

Struggling marrieds George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) lose their careers shortly after buying an overpriced studio flat in Manhattan, so they're forced to move in with an obnoxious relative in Atlanta.

DVD & Blu-Ray: John Carter (12)

Holy Tharks, no wonder Disney lost a packet on this, a po-faced action-adventure that doesn't even have the decency to be Flash Gordon camp.

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True Love, BBC1, Sunday to Wednesday
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A series of plays about love was let down by its USP – that the actors improvise their dialogue

DVD & Blu-ray: Carnage (15)

Jodie Foster and John C Reilly play an earnest couple whose son has been bashed up by a fellow pupil.

Arise, Sir Kenneth: Branagh has been honoured for services to acting

He's played many a king – now Branagh is a knight

Kenneth Branagh is to follow in the footsteps of some of Britain's finest actors after he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List prompting him to say: "My heart's fit to burst."

No doubt Atkinson's first play for 25 years will add to his back catalogue of flawed English stereotypes

Hero or Villain? Rowan Atkinson

On paper, Rowan Atkinson should be easy to hate. A multi-millionaire petrol head, whose brother nearly ran Ukip, a friend of the Prince of Wales, purveyor of hit-and-miss comedy and cash-in spin-offs. A rubber-faced, slimmed down Jeremy Clarkson.

Album: Patti Smith, Banga (Columbia)

Patti Smith's latest album, her best in a while, is held together by a spine of pieces themed around exploration, from the culture-shock encounter of "Amerigo", through the cosmic awe of "Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter)" and the aesthetic strivings of "Constantine's Dream", to her lovely version of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush", with children being rocketed off to seek fertile new planets.

Album: Miloš, Latino Deutsche (Grammophon)

For the follow-up to his hugely popular debut album, Miloš Karadaglic has leapt eagerly into the full breadth of Latin American music, which he considers the heartland of classical Spanish guitar music throughout the last century.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Sting (PG)

Robert Redford and Paul Newman repeated the chemistry they established in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with this hugely enjoyable con-man caper from 1973.

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