Exclusive Trailer: Award winning Japanese film ‘Departures’

The latest film from acclaimed Japanese director Yojiro Takita beat off stiff competition earlier this year to take the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Watch extracts from Michael Caine's new film Harry Brown

Set in modern-day Britain, Harry Brown follows one man’s (played by Sir Michael Caine) journey through a chaotic world where drugs are the currency of the day and guns run the streets.

All About Steve: Trailer Now Available

"The Proposal's" Sandra Bullock, Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church, and "The Hangover's" Bradley Cooper star in a hilarious tale of a woman who, after falling hard for a guy, thinks they're an item; unfortunately, he thinks she's stalking him!

Simon Carr: A blatant crime – but no justice

There’s blood everywhere, and the attacker walks away nonchalantly

Adoption: Meet your family

Bigotry is being hardened and children put at further risk by Hollywood's 'Orphan', says Lisa Markwell, an adoptive mother of two

In video: The End of the Line

A new documentary looks at the dangers of the fishing industry

Tim Walker: Zowie Bowie's first feature film, 'Moon' gets a trailer

A trailer for low-budget sci-fi Moon, which stars the fantastic Sam Rockwell. It went down very well at Sundance, and is also the debut feature from British director Duncan Jones, the artist formerly known as Zowie Bowie, son of Dave.

Tim Walker: Where the WiId Things Are trailer #1

Here it is, finally. Long overdue and, on this evidence, worth the wait...? The first trailer for Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's stone cold classic children's book, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. And with an Arcade Fire song on it, too.

Observations: The cinematic secret that's proving too good to keep

Secret Cinema shouldn't really be a secret, despite the society's website warning attendees to "tell no one". It's the best night out at the movies in Britain, especially now that going to the local multiplex has become a celebration of bland and brand, the same overpriced confectionery and an overdose of adverts and trailers.

Why I Love: Heavy hardbacks

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Eagle eye (12A)

DJ Caruso (117 mins) starring Shia LaBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, Michelle Monaghan

The House Bunny (12A)

This comedy of female empowerment is written by the team behind Legally Blonde, and boy, can you tell. It reruns the very same ditz-in-academe schtick, only this time she's played by Anna Faris as a goofy Playboy Bunny, chucked out of Hef's mansion on reaching the age of 27 – "59 in Bunny years".

Films of the week: Gomorrah (15), Mirrors (15)

Matteo Garrone's remarkable film Gomorrah is about a society living in fear. It is a Mafia movie, specifically the Neapolitan branch, the Camorra, yet it makes a decisive and courageous break from the traditions of the genre in revealing how very unglamorous life under the Mob can be.

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