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DVD: Shutter Island, For retail & rental (Paramount)

Martin Scorsese has great fun with this OTT gothic thriller, set in the trench-coated 1950s, in which an unstable detective (Leonardo DeCaprio) investigates a disappearance from an offshore mental hospital.

Screen Talk - Enemy agent

Following the death of Hollywood uber-agent Ed Limato a few days ago, the usual platitudes rolled in. But so did a slew of rather less kindly views on the 73-year-old agent's career, whose client roster has boasted some of the highest- profile actors in the business, including Richard Gere, Denzel Washington, Steve Martin and Mel Gibson.

DVD: The Lovely Bones, For retail & rental (Paramount)

When a 14-year-old (Atonement's Saoirse Ronan) is murdered by the world's most obvious serial killer (Stanley Tucci), she wakes up in a surreal CGI limbo, and peeks back through the ether at her grieving family (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon).

DVD: Up in the Air, For retail & rental (Paramount)

George Clooney stars as an executive who has rejected all the worldly attachments – a family, a nice house – that might stop him racking up air miles on business trips.

Sacha Baron Cohen sells 'goat film' to Paramount after bidding war

He achieved fame as the white gangster-rapper Ali G, before wowing Hollywood as Kazakh TV presenter Borat and gay fashion journalist Brüno. Now Sacha Baron Cohen is preparing to unveil a fourth alter ego. No one is entirely sure of the new character's name yet, but his job description will almost certainly involve goats.

Sarah Sands: Yes, the voting age should be changed – to 25

Gordon Brown has got it wrong about youth

Last Night's Television: Who Needs Fathers?, BBC2<br />Canoe Man, BBC4

Fondly looking at video footage of his four sons, Alex voiced a commonplace of parental fondness. "They make it all worthwhile," he murmured. "All the shit, all the crap." The irony in this case being that without his boys, Alex's portion of shit and crap would be a fraction of what it is. Alex and his partner, Juliette, couldn't bring themselves to stay together for the sake of their children but – for the sake of the children – they can't now make a clean break either. And that's where the crap bubbles up from – the septic fissure in their own cracked relationship. They provided one half of a sharply contrasted pair of case studies in Who Needs Fathers?, the first of a series about broken homes, and they conspicuously weren't the ones you'd have filed under the "How To" heading.

Power dressing: the politics of the Oscars dress

In 1951, actress Marlene Dietrich stole the show at the Oscars in a slim-fitting black satin cocktail dress by Christian Dior. She didn't even win one of the coveted statuettes.

Tim Walker: This summer's cinematic trend is the light-hearted ensemble action thriller

The Couch Surfer: We should expect one bad film, one good film, and one so-bad-it&rsquo;s-good-film from the genre

Erich Segal: Classics professor who shot to fame as the writer of 'Love Story'

Erich Segal, professor of classics at Yale, made an unlikely icon for the Age of Aquarius. But as the author of the worldwide best-seller Love Story, in effect the novelisation of the massive hit movie, and previously as one of the writers of the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine, Segal was a celebrity of the pop culture mainstream, though critical response was almost invariably harsh. By contrast, his scholarly reputation was first-rate, though the perception of easy success in the mass market worked against that, and his popularity with students in the wake of his celebrity often seemed to irritate his fellow academics.

DVD: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount)

Fair enough, GI Joe is a noisy, frenetic, CGI-laden blockbuster that exists to advertise a range of paramilitary toys, but compared to its peers (ie, the dreaded Transformers movies) it’s orchestrated with tremendous skill.

Lessons in ambition as more teachers aim for the top

Mr Chips says 'goodbye' and it's hello 'Waterloo Road' as thousands aspire to the head's job

DVD: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, For retail & rental, (Paramount)

Without wishing to overstate the case, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the pretentious, nonsensical, sexist, jingoistic, militaristic, CGI-dependent, product- placement-packed, hectically edited, punishingly loud, wearyingly long, eye-wateringly expensive and phenomenally profitable exemplar of everything that is most repulsive about Hollywood today.

A Sideways look, from East to West

For years Hollywood has remade Japanese films. Now the Japanese are reversing the trend, with remakes of Sideways, Ghost and Working Girl. Francesca Steele reports

DVD: Star Trek XI, (Paramount)

This Star Trek prequel, directed by J J Abrams (Lost, Alias), has a host of young actors filling in for Shatner, Nimoy, et al.

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