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The series will follow black Britons from the Sixties to the present day

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The actress, director, producer, photographer and vinter adds ‘editor’ to her CV, as she takes on the role of as editor-at-large at Refinery29

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The actors are pictured lying on an autopsy in David Pincher's creepy cover

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Jehane Noujaim’s film is inspirational and dispiriting by turns. It follows the Egyptian protest movement in Tahrir Square from 2011 until late 2013. The enormous idealism of the young protesters campaigning for President Mubarak’s fall is self-evident. The film-makers are there in the Square at what seems the start of a revolution. Then, the politics kick in. The Muslim Brotherhood win power in an election that leaves many of the protesters feeling betrayed. The army lurks menacingly in the background. Noujaim very skilfully interweaves the intimate  stories of half a dozen main protagonists with the bigger story of what is happening in Egyptian society as a whole.

1: Life On The Limit (12A) - film review

Paul Crowder’s very well-researched feature documentary about Formula One racing, made alongside Ron Howard’s drama Rush and narrated by Michael Fassbender, has a strangely morbid undertow. The first part of the film follows the “travelling circus” of Grand Prix drivers in the 1960s and 1970s. They’re very dashing figures (likened by some to Spitfire pilots) who lead glamorous lives but stand a fair chance of being killed. Their cars are “mobile bombs” that grew faster and faster, even as the safety standards of the tracks stayed the same.

Cobie Smulders and Vince Vaughn in 'Delivery Man'

Delivery Man (12A) - film review

The premise seems funny enough: Vince Vaughn is a hapless delivery driver, in debt to the mob, who discovers that he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made 20 years before. Now, many of these children are suing to discover his identity and his cop girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with his first “real” child.

Media coverage of ethnic minority Britons 'promotes racism'

Poll finds 78 per cent of respondents shared deep concerns about the impact of the media's portrayal of minorities

Gerard Butler is eyeing up his surfboard once again for a role in the forthcoming Point Break reboot

Gerard Butler to star in Point Break remake?

The Scottish actor is in talks to star as thrill-seeking surfer Bodhi in the film

Things You Didn’t Know About Tupac Shakur: He once auditioned to be a Jedi in Star Wars

More than eight years after his death, he’s still making headlines. This time? Because he apparently auditioned for the role of a Jedi Master

Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films have been added to a UNESCO archive

Alfred Hitchcock Facts: 10 Not So Hidden Secrets About The Master Of Suspense

As it's revealed that an unseen Hitchcock documentary is set to be screened today, we uncover some little-known facts about the famed director

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Steve McQueen receives apology after heckler labels him 'garbage man'

The written apology said the heckler would receive 'disciplinary action'

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as kidnapped slave Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave'

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McQueen confronts what few filmmakers have been prepared to address

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Baftas 2014: List of film nominees in full

'Gravity' leads the nominations with 11 nods, including best film

Space drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, leads the pack with 11 nominations

Baftas 2014: Gravity leads pack as Chiwetel Ejiofor gets best actor nod for 12 Years a Slave

British actor faces stiff competition from veteran Bruce Dern and Hollywood stars Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks

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