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DVD review: Cradle Will Fall(18), Lars Jacobson/ Amardeep Kaleka, 85 mins

Based on true events, Lars Jacobson and Amardeep Kaleka's Cradle Will Fall tells the story of a mother with post-natal depression so severe that she goes on a killing rampage.

DVD: Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are forced to go on the run across America at the bidding of a mystery woman who can remote-control every piece of technology in the country.

DVD: Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles or More, (Decca/Rounder)

An hour "in the studio" with the purest musician in America, watching her do songs from her last, elegant but over-finessed album. For a woman who places so much emphasis on naturalness and authenticity, she must really like her make-up artist, who appears to have done the job with a spatula and blowtorch.

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In the last years before his death in 2000, Walter Matthau gave good grumpy old man.

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Decline in dollar to take toll on UK giants

Fears are growing that market volatility could continue long into the summer as the slide in the US dollar starts to hit earnings at some of the FTSE 100's biggest stocks.

Charles Arthur: The Geek

Sticky fingers, and other reasons to rip

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 50: The Guillotine

So here it finally is, No 50, just a few days away from the millennial deadline. And what could be more appropriate for this, the last of the series, than to have the Guillotine guillotine itself, like a serpent swallowing its own tail. A new century is almost upon us, but this column, perhaps fortunately, won't be around to take note of just how mortifyingly few of its predictions come to pass.

Enslaved to Lady Luck

The more honest business executives have always admitted the role luck can play in their success.

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IN THESE days of knowledge management and e-commerce, you might assume that huge numbers of companies must already be operating in an interconnected world, writes Roger Trapp.

People and Business: What a racket

"SUCCESSFUL RACKETEERS and marketeers have more in common than we think," says Roger Gaspar, the deputy director general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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