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Producers are scrambling to make 'gran-coms' for older audiences

Jake Williams is the enigmatic, real-life subject of Ben Rivers' film, more of a poem than a portrait

Two Years at Sea, Ben Rivers, 88 mins (U)

This black-and-white documentary, following the doings and dreamings of a recluse in the Cairngorms, is almost wordless – and is quietly extraordinary

Luke Blackall: Curtis tips an unlikely hat to Animal House

Man About Town: The film might not have been the first of its kind, but its success made a big impression

Sorrell apologises for 'unacceptable' ad

Sir Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of advertising and media group WPP, apologised last night for the fact that one of his companies had made the advertisement for the Argentinian government.

Disney’s orphan Mowgli dancing with Baloo

A rumble in the jungle: Disney favourite to be remade

Two new versions of the Mowgli stories are in production – but will either match the animated version?

Sevigny as Mia in Hit+Miss

Indie kid: Chloë Sevigny on sex scenes, internet lies and loneliness

In movies since her teens, Chloë Sevigny can afford to be picky about her career choices – so how did she end up spending four months in Manchester? She talks to Gerard Gilbert.

Robert Redford opens Sundance London at the 02 Arena yesterday

Cameron should stick to politics, says Redford

Who would filmgoers rather trust behind the camera, David Cameron or Robert Redford?

Zac Efron in 'The Lucky One'

A novel approach to making blockbuster movies

The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and out next week, is not just another Hollywood romance, it's another Hollywood romance from author Nicholas Sparks.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival

Cinemas battle to put bums on seats

As unemployment and ticket prices both rise, will young adults continue to be able to afford trips to the movies? Geoffrey Macnab reports

Screen Talk: Unkind cuts

Hollywood is mulling the impact of a small yet impactful number of job losses recently felt at DreamWorks, Steven Spielberg's studio.

The Bad and the Beautiful (PG)

Starring: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon

Monetary frights at the movies

As unemployment and ticket prices both rise, will young adults be able to afford a trip to the cinema? Geoffrey Macnab reports

The Life of Rebecca Jones: A Novel, By Angharad Price, trans. Lloyd Jones

In 1964, BBC Wales made a short film about three brothers, blind from birth or infancy, raised on a farm in the lovely and remote valley of Maesglasau, east of Dolgellau in Merioneth. Their genetic fate both closed and opened doors. Special education away from home meant that Gruff went to Oxford and became an Anglican clergyman. William – who returned to the farm – worked as a polyglot Braille editor. Lewis, the Benjamin of the family, would programme computers and, in retirement, become a prize-winning blind artist.

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Cannes contest

The two stars of the Twilight films will be competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Making waves: Rihanna in the special-effects sci-fi thriller ‘Battleship’

Why girl power is outgunning the mega-buck movie

A run of expensive box-office flops could spell the end of the macho supermovie, says Francesca Steele

DVD: Dream House

When Daniel Craig moves to the suburbs with his wife, Rachel Weisz, his life seems to be perfect. But is it? Well, no, of course it's not.

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