Trotter in his restaurant in 2011; he closed it last year, knowing he had a brain aneurysm

Charlie Trotter: Chef and restaurateur who led Chicago's rise to become a culinary capital

Of all the chefs who shot to international fame in recent times, Charlie Trotter was the most remarkable, and eccentric. He was entirely self-taught – as a cook and restaurateur – though he was a conventionally well-educated man from a well-off family. Yet when he retired in August last year and closed his Chicago restaurant, aged only 52, he said it was in order to travel and perhaps do postgraduate work in philosophy.

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Mirror Mirror (PG)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins

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Album: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, How I Go (Roadrunner)

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Free the spirit, but don't get carried away

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Readers review this week's film

Eat, Pray, Love (PG)

Julia Roberts smiles on crowds at Eat Pray Love premiere

Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts lit up London with her beaming smile at the gala premiere of her new film, Eat Pray Love.

Eat, Pray, Love: Please don't devour this magical memoir

Is there anything worse than a bad film adaptation of your favourite book? Rebecca Armstrong frets over 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Fireflies in the Garden (15)

In Fireflies in the Garden, Ryan Reynolds heads an overqualified ensemble cast to play a writer who's just finished a warts-and-all novel about his childhood. He then flies to the rural Midwest to visit his parents, Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts (in old-woman make-up), but, just before he arrives, Roberts is killed in a car accident, which is the cue for hugs, recriminations, and numerous flashbacks to Reynolds' formative years. Emily Watson, his aunt, scolds him for writing a scandalous roman-à-clef which will lay bare the family's darkest secrets, so you'd assume that the flashbacks would reveal some pretty juicy traumas. No such luck. The crux of this dawdling, self-indulgent melodrama is that Dafoe is a cold father, but his paternal tyrannies are so insignificant that Reynolds would be lucky to get a short story out of them.

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