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A high time with the eco-terrorists

DVD & Blu-ray review: To Rome with Love (12)

Woody Allen DVD/ Blu-ray (112mins)

Madonna deal to last beyond 60

Madonna has signed a new record deal with Universal that could see her releasing albums past the age of 60.

DVD: Super (18)

You can see what James Gunn wanted to do with his vigilante "comedy". In a movie world dominated by Hollywood superheroes, he's turned his satirical eyebeams on what might happen if some schmo (Rainn Wilson) donned a lurid outfit and took justice into his own hands.

Periscope up: Richard Ayoade and Alex Turner unite their talents in hot new Brit flick Submarine

One is a notoriously nervous comedian, the other a pop star renowned for his reticence. Craig McLean mediates a meeting between the men behind this month's hottest Brit flick

DVD: Inception, For retail & rental (Warner)

Christopher Nolan's Inception is that rare thing, a science-fiction blockbuster that isn't based on a comic or a videogame, but on the writer-director's own bracingly brainy, swaggeringly ambitious, uncompromising ideas.

DVD: Inception (12)

An impressively imagined, complicated turn through a Borgesian skein of nightmares, Christopher Nolan's latest mind-meld involves a team of adventurers venturing into people's dreams in order to plant ideas in people's heads. Sound complicated? It is, but Nolan manages to drip-feed exposition to make such conceits digestible.

DVD: Whip It, For retail & rental (Lions Gate)

A Texan schoolgirl (Ellen Page) finds fulfilment by taking up the underground, all-female sport of roller derby, without telling her strict mother (Marcia Gay Harden).

DVD: Whip It (12)

This film is like a woolly Christmas jumper. It's warm, inviting and has no pretensions to sophistication.

Inception, Christopher Nolan, 148 mins (12A)

Christopher Nolan had the concept, the budget and the CGI – what a shame he fell asleep at the wheel

Inception (12A)

Christopher Nolan's Inception, like Pixar, works at the cutting edge of technological sophistication.

Leonardo DiCaprio - New beginning for the master of reinvention

As Leonardo DiCaprio makes his sci-fi debut in British director Christopher Nolan's Inception, the one-time heart-throb tells Lesley O'Toole why he's happy in darker, more cerebral roles

Whip It (12A)

Impossible to dislike Drew Barrymore's directorial debut or Ellen Page's feisty teen heroine, though as a comedy about a minority sport it doesn't have the hectic energy and laughs of Dodgeball, the standard by which I judge all such movies.

Liz Hoggard: The workplace can be tough on all of us

Go on, admit it. Are you too thin-skinned to take criticism at work?

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