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Matt Damon feels 'lucky'

Matt Damon feels he has had a lot of "luck" in his career.

Biutiful, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, 147 mins (15)<br/>Hereafter, Clint Eastwood, 129 mins (12A)

Javier Bardem has so many troubles, some not of this world, even he can't rescue this artsy flop

Hereafter (12A)

Starring: Matt Damon, Cécile de France

King's Speech leads Oscar field with 12 nominations

After a confusing year, marked by uncertainty about both the financial and creative futures of their industry, Hollywood’s great and good must choose between the forces of tradition and modernity when they sit down to cast their votes for next month’s Academy Awards.

Matt Damon blasts 'charlatan' psychics

Matt Damon thinks that psychics are "charlatans".

Matt Damon: No need to go hunting for his happy place

Matt Damon's latest role sees him dealing with life after death, but right now this contented superstar is only concerned with the present, as Gill Pringle finds out

The critical list guide to 2011

What to watch, read and listen to - and everything else that's hot in the arts this year

True Grit: Back in the saddle

What possessed the Coen brothers to remake the classic, which starred the greatest screen cowboy of all time? Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, says John Walsh, the new movie captures thoroughly modern themes of moral redemption

Geoffrey Macnab: Selections are bland, timid and baffling

When it comes to the awards season, we are invariably left with just two movies slugging it out against each other for the major honours. Last year, the main bout was The Hurt Locker vs Avatar. This year, if the Golden Globe nominations are an accurate measure, the antagonists will be The King's Speech (seven nominations) and The Social Network (six). It is the stuttering Brits against the Yankee nerds. The battle between them will only finally be resolved on Oscar night in February.

From here to eternity: Clint Eastwood puts death on screen in his latest film 'Hereafter'

Clint Eastwood's eagerly awaited new film approaches the subject of death and the afterlife in an uncanny, unusual and very moving way. Geoffrey Macnab celebrates the Hollywood veteran's boldness and laments cinema's frequent reluctance to face the hereafter

It's that time of year again. Let Oscars battle begin

Hollywood is usually not receptive to what you might class as 'indie films', but as awards fever hots up, they are in the running for the big prize, says Guy Adams

First Night: Hereafter, Toronto Film Festival

Eastwood may be 80 &ndash; but latest film shows he's not stuck in his ways

DVD: Green Zone, For retail & rental (Universal)

Having made two excellent Bourne movies together, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon reunite for an Iraq War thriller which doesn't work quite so well.

DVD: Green Zone (15)

Bourne is back, and he's better than ever. Well, not quite. This time, the Bourne Ultimatum duo – the director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon – have moved beyond their critically acclaimed franchise and teamed up to belt out a provocative and action-packed thriller.

Simon Usborne: Was I dazzled into defeat by the movie star looks?

It's funny, because among all the excuses I could find for my hopeless defeat at the unshakeable hands of the world's best chess player – my ineptitude, the flimsiness of the fold-up board I pulled out of my pocket – Magnus Carlsen's devastating good looks didn't feature.

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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