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I don't know when a mainstream film sparked off so much argument as The Killer Inside Me, the noir thriller by Michael Winterbottom. I've had so many heated conversations about it, my head is spinning. The film, as you must surely have read, features two scenes in which women (played by Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson) are viciously attacked out of the blue by the baby-faced, castrato-voiced, faux -charming cop, played by Casey Affleck, with whom they've become sexually involved. The violence is extremely graphic, relentless, shocking and hard to watch; but should we criticise Winterbottom for the extreme quality of his depiction? If he were depicting an earthquake, wouldn't we applaud him for making it as graphic and bone-rattling as he, and the sophisticated resources of a film studio, can make it? Isn't there a post-feminist case, that the more realistically you portray violence against women, the more you'll show complacent people how disgusting it is?

The Killer Inside Me (18)

This well crafted, excessively violent story lacks irony – but largely stays true to the 'dime-store Dostoevsky' whose characters it reveals

Tom Sutcliffe: What a Carrie on: will we ever agree?

Another week, another cinematic misogyny row. Last week the silt was stirred up – in a rather intriguing way – by Sex and the City 2, a franchise extension which seemed to unleash an informal contest amongst largely male critics to come up with the most scathing dismissal. I think Philip French probably took gold with his, perhaps debatable, suggestion that "most reasonable people would probably prefer to be stoned to death in Riyadh than see this film a second time". But it wasn't just men who hated the movie. Women writers also weighed in, to lament the way that the characters they loved had been reduced to air-headed clothes-horses capable of nothing more creative than swiping a credit card. The charge of misogyny was aimed squarely at the film itself, with some ingenious bloggers introducing an extra triangulation, pointing out that the writers of series and film are gay, and that this might have fed into less than enlightened views about what women really care about.

Diary: The sultan of sitting

It seems Bono's not the only crocked rocker. The singer was "devastated" after back surgery forced him to pull out of Glastonbury (and 17 dates of the "U2 360 tour, sponsored by Blackberry"). Now news reaches us that Mark Knopfler, mid-way through a series of solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, has been performing from the comfort of an ergonomically-enhanced swivel chair. As he explained to his audience on Monday night, the 60-year-old guitar-stroker and former Dire Straits frontman developed a nasty twinge in his lower back a couple of months ago, and acquired the chair while the problem was being diagnosed. Doctors cured the pain and gave him a clean bill of health, but Knopfler decided he likes the chair and plans to stick with it. Rumours from the backstage camp also suggest his band's bassist is suffering from a spot of arthritis. Knopfler, a decade older than Bono, was once known for doing the "Walk of Life". I guess this is the sit of late middle age.

Jim Thompson: Pulp friction

They're criticised for being violent and misogynistic, but Jim Thompson's Fifties novels make for compelling cinema, as a new version of The Killer Inside Me proves

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Romance coach Matthew Hussey tutors women in the art of attracting – and keeping – a man. Can he teach Charlotte Philby anything about the opposite sex she doesn't already know?

Sin city: show celebrates the Paris brothel that was loved by Cary Grant

A new exhibition in Paris sheds light on the risqué establishments where stars, men of letters and royalty mingled

Screen talk: Jessica Alba to meet the Fockers

Jessica Alba doesn't do ugly. The actress is in negotiations to join the Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro comedy 'Little Fockers'.

Police probe Alba over shark poster protest

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DVD: The Spirit, For retail and rental, (Lionsgate)

Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's 1940s comic strip series is a stylised pulp fiction pastiche, much like Miller's previous film, Sin City.

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DVD: The Love Guru (12)

Guru Pitka (Mike Myers) is the world's second-best guru, but when he's asked by the owner of an ice hockey team (Jessica Alba) to reunite their star player (Romany Marco) with his estranged wife (Meagan Good), he sees the chance to become No 1 and achieve his ambition to appear on Oprah. What results isn't a patch on the Austin Powers films. Even if jokes about erections, dwarfs and faeces might have you chuckling, you're still likely to find this too low-brow. Justin Timberlake's French goalie Jacques "Le Coq" Grande has his moments, but Sir Ben Kingsley should be embarrassed. Even at 85 minutes, it's a chore – and you're a masochist if you stay around for the deleted scenes to see what didn't make the grade.

Holding out for a hero: Frank Miller on his 20-year tussle with the film industry

Frank Miller created the Dark Knight, and the template for the brooding superhero. So why did it take 20 years for Hollywood to give the comics genius a film of his own to make?
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