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(15) Dir. Scott Cooper; Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, 117mins

Hollywood learns to grow up

As young crowds drift away from cinemas, producers are targeting the 'Back To The Future' generation

DVD: Iron Man 2 (12)

Jon Favreau's enjoyable first installment benefited enormously from a wisecracking, ad- libbing, force-of-nature performance from Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark, the playboy billionaire also known as superhero Iron Man.

Robert F Boyle: Oscar-winning art director who created some of Hitchcock's most memorable settings

Robert Boyle was an Oscar-winning art director whose early architectural training was instrumental in his success.

DVD: Crazy Heart (15)

Was Jeff "The Dude" Bridges owed an Oscar? Absolutely. For many exquisite performances, from Starman to The Big Lebowski to Fearless.

DVD: Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart is somewhere between a hardluck and a good-luck story. Jeff Bridges may be a chain-smoking, bourbon-soaked country music has-been, reduced to playing shows in bowling alleys.

DVD: The Men Who Stare at Goats, For retail & rental (Momentum)

Jon Ronson's book about the Pentagon's secret experiments in psychic combat has been turned into a film in the most unsatisfying possible manner.

DVD: The Men Who Stare At Goats (15)

Jon Ronson's droll and troubling exposé of the US military's bizarre practices – which included forming an experimental unit that employed paranormal techniques (such as killing goats by just staring at them) to train a legion of "Jedi warriors" – has been adapted into this weak satire.

Bigelow scores historic first for female film-makers

In the end, like a well-made film, it all went according to the script: a David versus Goliath battle saw the little guy triumph, Kathryn Bigelow scored a historic first for female film-makers, and The Hurt Locker walked away with six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

'Precious' sweeps indie film awards

"Precious," the harrowing tale of an incest survivor's struggle for self-acceptance, swept the Spirit Awards yesterday, taking home five prizes at the independent film world's version of the Oscars.

Melody maker: T-Bone Burnett

The Texan musician and producer has dug out the best of Americana for a string of acclaimed movies. Now he's tipped for a Bafta – and an Oscar – for his most recent soundtrack

Crazy Heart (15)

Tender with a twang of regret

Album: Various Artists, Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (New West)

In Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges's character is clearly prey to the same kind of demons that afflicted Cash at times during his career.

Jeff Bridges - A triumph against all odds

That Crazy Heart was made at all is a miracle. And now its star, Jeff Bridges, is hotly tipped to win the Best Actor Oscar. Guy Adams reports on how it happened

Life begins at 45: Bullock wins best actress award at Golden Globes

She used to be the girl next door. Now she's a woman with the gravitas to rival Meryl Streep, says Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab: Golden Globes underline absurdity of the gong season

The 67th Golden Globes was a lopsided awards event. James Cameron carried off both the Best Picture and Best Director prizes for Avatar, which is now being talked up as the front-runner for the Oscars and is mowing down all competitors at the international box-office. At the same time, Jeff Bridges won the Best Actor award for his wonderful performance as the grizzled old country and western star in Crazy Heart.

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