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Homeland: so well-made, well-acted, but in the end, at the mercy of the unsubtlety of its form

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

John Walsh: Killers aren't created by what's on TV

The horrific details of how Daniel Bartlam murdered his mother with a claw hammer must have been music to the ears of the anti-video-games lobby. It seemed that the teenager's homicidal onslaught can be held up as proof – at last! – that the depiction of violence leads to acts of violence.

Hammer horror films loomed large on the British movie landscape until the 1970s. Simon Oakes has brought new life to the genre

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He gave depth to the characters that was often missing in other productions by Hammer

Terry is is at risk of being found guilty of a crime that would make his leadership of England's Euro 2012 campaign entirely inappropriate

James Lawton: One-eyed tribalism of supporters who fail to see the harm

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Knowing me, knowing you: Saam Farahmand and Pegah Farahmand

A relationship under the microscope

DVD: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, For retail & rental (Icon)

A revisionist take on the Santa Claus story which veers a long way from Arthur Christmas, this ghoulish Finnish oddity features some reindeer trappers who catch a strangely familiar feral old man with a long white beard.

The Horror of Love, By Lisa Hilton

At the heart of Lisa Hilton's new book is the relationship between English writer and teasing perpetrator of the U- and non-U debate of the Fifties, Nancy Mitford, and her long-term lover, the French Resistance fighter and later minister, Gaston Palewski. Like that relationship itself, from time to time this heartbeat is difficult to discern. Over three decades, Mitford occupied a singular but not the single place in Palewski's roving heart.

Final Destination 5 (15)

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The 10 best horror films

There are few cinematic experiences as involving as a good scary movie as long as you watch with a friend - so here are 10 of the scariest...

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Starring: Joe Egender, Cory Knauf, Tiffany Shepis

Hobo With A Shotgun (18)

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells

Sam Raimi to remake The Evil Dead

Sam Raimi is set to remake 'The Evil Dead'.

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