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Our new film club is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. To kick things off, here’s a selection of readers’ views on Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated movie

DJ Taylor: No through road

Depression in commuterland, and not just because of the snow; protesters on the streets; strikers at the picket lines have we been here before?

Pandora: Dame Judi berates Bale

Theatrical legend Dame Judi Dench has little tolerance of tantrum-throwing thesps.

Best on earth: It's time to get serious about your spuds

Need a potato to help you lose weight or one you can grow in a bucket?

Award season - what a prize mess

The award-season shenanigans surrounding Kate Winslet's multiple nominations reveal a flaw at the heart of the system, says Kaleem Aftab

Slumdog star dedicates award to child actors

Rags-to-riches tale new favourite for best film Oscar after Screen Actors Guild win

I'll prepare a speech for the Baftas (assuming you're a winner, Kate)

Winslet promises to avoid a repeat of her toe-curling performance at the Golden Globes

Kate Winslet: The golden girl

She's beautiful, self-deprecating, hearty and a little bit posh. But is Kate Winslet really the perfect English rose she seems?

Coming Soon: Oscar’s big hitters prepare for battle

For you and me, February’s Academy Awards might just be an opportunity to ogle some over-priced frocks, but Hollywood is utterly obsessed with them, judging by the shameless way it’s cramming all of its most Oscar-worthy releases into the next few weeks.

Kate's blonde ambition

Winslet could finally be a winner at tonight's Golden Globes, but are her 'downbeat' roles what America wants to see? Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles

Sophie Heawood: Winslet's jaffa-cake days are numbered

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. But even that wasn't as spectacular as the one where Kate Winslet convinced the world that she was just your average, can't stay off the jaffa cakes, baby-sick down my top, oops don't you just hate it when the sodding pushchair gouges yer leg, type of gal.

Deborah Orr: The shocking price paid by those not perfect enough to be treated

‘What haunts parents of disabled children is what will happen when they are no longer around’

The Word On... The Reader

"This film is emotionally inert. At the very least, it could be objectionable and offensive – I'd hoped it would be offensive, when I first heard the plot – but no, that would interfere with Stephen Daldry's Prestige Machine." - Tim Brayton, http://antagonie.blogspot.com/

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