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Study found volunteers showed a leftward shift in their political opinions, regardless of their views prior to watching

Rounders, chips and whisky

Poker jargon is so dense you wonder if you're listening to Albanian concrete poetry

My Week: Adrian Wootton

SEVEN DAYS IN THE LIFE OF ADRIAN WOOTTON, THE DIRECTOR OF THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Interview: Matt Damon: The talented Mr Damon tries on the Emperor's new clothes for size

At 28 he looks as if he should be in shorts. Sheila Johnston talks to Matt Damon

Film: Queer vision, straight talking

Unprotected gay sex, S&M, Aids-revenge fantasies - the New Queer Cinema had no time for PC ethics. But now that generation of directors is moving with the times and making queer films to embrace straight audiences. By Liese Spencer

Film: How to make a film take off: just add wings

Hollywood's celestial craze is a reaction against materialism (and it really pulls in the punters).

Back to the day job for cardsharp Matt Damon

SOME pretty colourful characters normally take part in the annual world poker championships here, but they do not, as a rule, attract yearning teenage girls, let alone 20 television crews. So other players were unaccustomed to the fuss when they were joined last week by Matt Damon, high-school heart-throb, Oscar winner and star of the recent movie Good Will Hunting.

Film: Keeping her head above water

British actress Minnie Driver is kicking up a storm in Hollywood. Ivan Waterman talks to her about her new film `Hard Rain'.

Charmed life

Is it just me? Or does anyone else feel like blowing Leonardo DiCaprio's nose for him, and telling him to get upstairs and finish his homework? Tucking him in, I can see, but bedding him is just unthinkable.

Let's hear it for Britain's un-British star

Is there any stopping Minnie Driver? John Lyttle charts the career of a formidable alternative to the English Lady

ARTS: CINEMA: A night not to remember

The Academy Awards are 70 this year - and as institution and event, surely fading fast. David Thomson sorrowfully presents his annual Oscar tips

Cinema: No wonder it knocked them for six

A FILM about a genius can rarely hope to be as smart as its lead character. But Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (15) has a brave try - and when it runs out of cleverness, it makes such an effective appeal to your tear-ducts that you barely notice you've been fobbed off with sentimental platitudes.

New Films: Good Will Hunting (15)

Director: Gus Van Sant Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver

Film: Boys and girls come out to play, but for some it's time to grow up

From love interest in a low-key indie hit, Ben Affleck has blazed into the limelight as a renaissance man. Janie Lawrence is charmed

New films: Self-discovery, by way of mathematical genius

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Film: Good talent-hunting

Gus Van Sant talks to David Eimer about his new film, `Good Will Hunting' - up for for five big Oscars - about Matt Damon, its hot new star, and about the late River Phoenix
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Save us from small screen superheroes

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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