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

The Men Who Stare at Goats (15)

The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson's book about the Pentagon's secret experiments in psychic combat, has been adapted into a film in the least satisfying way possible. It stars Ewan McGregor, as a small-town reporter who hears about the experiments from George Clooney's retired sergeant, far right, while the pair of them are driving through Iraq. Shown in flashback, these goofball anecdotes are all very watchable, but the film is ultimately neither one thing nor the other.

The Men Who Stare at Goats, Venice Film Festival

Psychic soldiers lose the plot

Ewan McGregor: 'I would never bad-mouth religion'

Ewan McGregor is startled by accusations of anti-Catholicism in his new film. Causing offence is alien to him, he tells James Rampton

Dom Joly: Trouble with faking Iron Man is...

Weird World of Sport: It's about machismo and bragging rights – something I totallyunderstand

DVD: Iron Man, Retail & Rental, Paramount

This summer's second most acclaimed superhero blockbuster stars Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, playboy industrialist turned one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Iron Man, 12A

Robert Downey Jr is suited and booted in what may be the best blockbuster of the summer – but it's not as good as the trailer

Iron Man, (12A)

Heavy metal hero

Terrence Howard: Talk of the town

'Crash' star Terrence Howard has a theory about everything – including the hidden meaning of his new film 'Iron Man'. Stephen Applebaum tries to keep up

Tourist bluffs his way into Paltrow film

As a Brit on holiday in Las Vegas, Carl Kelly might be forgiven for daydreaming about a role in a blockbuster opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. However, the salesman from Knebworth, Hertfordshire, decided to make his dream a reality.

What drives a director to remake their own film?

Michael Haneke is remaking Funny Games in English. He's just the latest director to revisit his work, as Leigh Singer discovers

FILM: The Dude is back...

Jeff Bridges has never worked hard at being a star, but he's no slouch when it comes to delivering the goods. By BOB FLYNN

FILM: Staring into the abyss

NEW RELEASES Reviewed by Anthony Quinn

Seabiscuit (PG)

Gary Ross (140 mins), starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper

The Critics: Cinema: He's the spy-next-door type really, isn't he?

Arlington Road (15) Mark Pellington; 117 mins Waking Ned (PG) Kirk Jones; 91 mins A Night at the Roxbury (15) John Fortenberry; 82 mins Seul Contre Tous (18) Gaspar Noe; 93 mins Southpaw (15) Liam McGrath; 77 mins

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