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TV pick of the week: Mary and Martha

On a mission: Hilary Swank, right, and Brenda Blethyn as Mary and Martha

Heads Up: Curtis wheels out some big guns to target malaria

What are we talking about? A 90-minute, one-off drama from the BBC – and HBO – about two women, one American, one English; they have little in common, but both have lost sons to malaria, picked up in Africa.

Sevigny stars in the new Miu Miu campaign

Chloë Sevigny: A suitable girl for Miu Miu

Chloë Sevigny has always followed an alternative path, making her the perfect new face of Miu Miu, says Gemma Hayward

DVD: The Resident (15)

When doctor Juliet stumbles upon a cheap but stunning loft apartment in Brooklyn, it seems too good to be true. As she looks to overcome a painful break-up, she finds herself being drawn towards her charming landlord who slowly reveals a darker side.

DVD: The Resident, For retail & rental (Icon)

A doctor (Hilary Swank) rents an apartment in an otherwise empty New York building, but comes to suspect that she's being spied on, perhaps by her landlord (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

DVD: Conviction, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

Hilary Swank stars in this true-life drama as Betty Anne Waters, a high-school dropout and a mother of two who decides to qualify as a lawyer, just so that she can overturn her brother's murder conviction.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Black Dahlia, By James Ellroy

As a reader I define a book as "great" if I'm still thinking about it long after I've finished it. As a writer, I'm tougher. A great book is one that makes me re-evaluate what I'm doing, dig deeper, try harder, raise my own bar. But James Ellroy's 'The Black Dahlia' was something else entirely, far more than just a great book. It changed my life.

Fair Game, Doug Liman, 106 mins (12)<br/>The Company Men, John Wells, 104 mins (15)<br/>Battle: Los Angeles, Jonathan Liebesman, 117 mins (12A)

A true story, compellingly acted &ndash; but I don't remember the Iraq war being this predictable

The Resident (15)

Starring: Hilary Swank, Christopher Lee

The Green Hornet, Michel Gondry, 119 mins (12A)<br/>Conviction, Tony Goldwyn, 107 mins (15)

A superhero crime caper that has plenty of buzz but lacks any sting

Conviction (15)

Starring: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell

Still haunted by the ghosts of the past

The return of Hammer sees the house of horror leave the Home Counties behind. Geoffrey Macnab welcomes new blood

Meet Oscar, the misogynist

Hollywood's leading women say movies tipped for Academy Award success are biased towards male actors

Insomnia: Sleepless at the Serpentine

Insomnia and artistic expression have always been strongly linked, says Hannah Duguid. Now a major London gallery is hosting a unique all-night investigation into the subject

Starstruck: Intandem takes on Swank

Intandem Films, an AIM-listed group, is expected to announce tomorrow that it is to co-produce and sell to distributors the latest movie starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Curse of the Oscar

Even solid relationships do not seem to survive the apparent triumph of the Best Actress Academy Award. The winner gets a gong but loses her husband
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