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In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

The Mutant Chronicles (18)

This chaotic and unusually profane action movie is set in 2707, though from the look of its rain-sodden trenches and gas attacks, it could be 1917. A territorial war becomes so violent that it summons an army of bald-headed mutants from (I'm guessing here) the very maw of Hell. Cue more slashing, skewering and spouting of cartoonishly red gore as a rainbow coalition of warriors set out to save humanity, led by Ron Perlman in a scarlet cowl. Almost worth watching for a hilariously awful cameo by John Malkovich, whose line, "The absence of gravity interferes with my digestion", got one of the few laughs in an abject week for cinema. The world economy is not the only thing going down the pan.

John Cusack: Still pale and interesting

From goofy teen star in 'Say Anything' to eccentric Hollywood hero in 'Con Air', John Cusack makes any role seem just that little bit edgy. Kaleem Aftab meets the actor during filming in London, and discovers that he's as sharp as ever

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Coens' latest is dark, convoluted, chaotic &ndash; and extremely funny

Clint Eastwood - the stardust cowboy

The 78-year-old Clint Eastwood is being honoured by a major retrospective at London's BFI. No wonder, says James Mottram, as this is a career that shows no sign of slowing down

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A back-to-front narrative should never come to halt &ndash; but a disappointing evening of vaudeville should

The Portrait Of A Lady/A Doll's House, Theatre Royal, Bath

A Doll's House was first published in 1879, The Portrait of a Lady first performed in 1880, giving Peter Hall the idea of directing in one season these varying perspectives on female freedom – one ending in escape from domestic tyranny, the other in submission. But which heroine ends up better off? The answer isn't straightforward, much less predictable, but it's muddled further by confused and cryptic dramatisations.

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The Man in the Iron Mask

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Tears and prayers as Khmer Rouge 'torturer' is taken back to the Killing Fields

Twice he stopped and twice he fell to his knees, hands clasped in tearful prayer for the terrible crimes committed three decades ago.

That old caravan magic...

It gets the Foreign Secretary's vote, but caravanning doesn't appeal to everyone, says James Ruppert

FILM OF THE WEEK: Stand back - this guy's packing irony

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Muralitharan seeks to rebuild his reputation in deepest Hertfordshire

He is not quite The Man in the Iron Mask, but this week Muttiah Muralitharan became the off spinner in the steel brace as he set out to prove once and for all, to the cricketing public at least, that he is not a "chucker".

Charlie Kaufman: An extra-normal, extraordinary scriptwriter

Charlotte O'Sullivan meets the writer they all want to work with. And who isn't afraid to make an enemy of George Clooney
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