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We Bought A Zoo (PG)

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DVD: Contagion

Contagion has all the clichés of a typical disaster movie, but none of the excitement.

Moustaches: There's no bushiness like movie bushiness

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Chalk Talk: Yee hah! The cowboy spirit that's driving our headteachers

It seems the trend of headteachers likening themselves to famous American cowboys is continuing.

Boost for BT Vision customers after Miramax deal

Movies including Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction will be made available for BT Vision customers to watch on-demand after a tie-up with film studio Miramax.

Lisa Markwell: New talent comes in more than one shape or size

Breasts continue to be debated, frequently in an unhelpful way, most often by people who don't have them; photographs of women on holiday are making great sport for headlines about shifting weight for the New Year; and – although it's funny – the viral video doing the rounds for a fake beauty ad for an improving product called "Fotoshop, by Adobé" has a shifty undertone about a lady's supposed obsession with looking perfect.

Happy Feet Two (U)

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Margaret (15)

Starring: Anna Paquin, J Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo

Wallonia: A kaleidoscope of sights

Head to Southern Belgium for a huge array of attractions, says Harriet O’Brien

Soderbergh ends movie career to focus on painting

The American film director Steven Soderbergh's career has had more twists and drama than the kind of Rat Pack remake that made his name.

The Bourne ultimatum: was it all a PR stunt?

The mother-in-law-from-hell saga which tickled Britain last week may be no more than an elaborate publicity stunt, it was suggested yesterday.

DVD: The Adjustment Bureau, For retail & rental (Universal)

A young politician (Matt Damon) catches a team of strange men in hats wielding mind probes. As one of them later puts it to him, he has just "seen through a curtain you weren't even supposed to know existed".

DVD: The Adjustment Bureau (12)

The first 15 minutes of this sci-fi hokum are perfectly acceptable, suggesting a Matrix-style paranoid thriller with a whiff of The Parallax View, but then the crux of the tale kicks in.

DVD: Hereafter (15)

Clint Eastwood's wonderfully crafted supernatural drama follows the lives of three people touched by death.

DVD: Hereafter, For retail & rental (Warner)

Working from a rare duffer of a script by Peter (Frost/Nixon) Morgan, Clint Eastwood directs this soggily religious, three-stranded ramble around the topic of life after death.

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