Indyplus video: Independent's film choice 07.10.2013

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Conservative party Co-Chairman Grant Shapps delivers his speech in the main hall on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference

Tory Party Conference Sketch: At conference, even Thatcher’s ghost gets a standing ovation

Daringly, the Conservative conference started with its inspirational highlight, Thatcher: the movie – a nostalgia vehicle which brought the audience to their feet in what may prove the one unequivocally enthusiastic standing ovation of the week. The iconic images included Mrs T be-goggled and all in white in the turret of a Challenger tank: a 20th century Boadicea as played by Isadora Duncan. Or the lady at her shimmering sexiest at a 1976 meeting in Finchley: “I stand before you in my red star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the iron lady of the western world.” By this point you had begun to fear for the pulse rate of older party representatives.

DVD & Blu Ray: Magic Mike (15)

Matthew McConaughey, after his louche turn in Killer Joe, once again excels as an ageing, preening stripper in Steven Soderbergh's lightweight drama.

Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror

Pretty Woman has ugly side – but still comes out smiling

Julia Roberts is cast against type as a wicked queen in her new film, Mirror Mirror. The Hollywood favourite tells Lesley O'Toole how acting is now more like a hobby

Album: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, How I Go (Roadrunner)

The world is never short of decent blues guitarists, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a bit special, combining a deep knowledge of the form with a genuine Southern upbringing in a way which brings to mind Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The secret life of Terrence Malick

Most directors would bask in the limelight of a Palme d'Or win, but Malick did what he always does – watch from the shadows. Luke Blackall profiles the reclusive genius

Lucrezia Borgia, Coliseum, London<br/>Manchester Camerata, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester<br/>Los Angeles Philharmonic, Barbican Hall, London

It's all very beautiful, but if film-man Figgis wants to direct opera he should pay his dues with the touring companies

Whatever happened to the girl next door?

Hollywood seems obsessed with synthetic female stars. Ben Walsh watches Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie and the rest, and pines for the days of Carrie Fisher and Teri Garr

DVD: Brooklyn's Finest, For retail &amp; rental (Momentum)

This doom-laden cop drama comes from the director of Training Day, but while it has that film's urban toughness, it doesn't have the electrifying plot that went with it.

DVD: Brooklyn's Finest (18)

Things are far from fine in Antoine Fuqua's determinedly humourless policier.

Brooklyn's Finest (18)

The title, bleak with irony, refers to three Brooklyn cops whose individual stories crisscross through Antoine Fuqua's violent and overlong study of moral squalor.

Ethan Hawke joins the NYPD and leaves criminals star-struck

It's a beautiful character," Ethan Hawke enthuses, "who in the first scene commits a murder, and in the second goes to confession and then can't confess. He feels he's got 200 pounds on his shoulders, a giant gorilla on his back, which is that he's failed his wife."

DVD: Spread (18)

"I don't want to be arrogant, but I'm incredibly attractive," Ashton Kutcher's preening lothario, Nikki, assures us at the start of David Mackenzie's smutty morality tale. Nikki, jobless and feckless, targets LA's wealthiest single women, sleeps with them, lets them buy him expensive clobber (mainly, it seems, appalling scarves and, more horrifyingly, braces) and then lounges around their swimming pool. Anne Heche's glacial lawyer is his latest "victim". This flimsy look at shallowness and avarice in LA was captured much better in American Gigolo, and reminds you just how good a young Richard Gere was in these narcissistic roles.

Diary of a call girl

Julianna came to Britain to work in the 'exotic' industry and fund her studies when she returned to Hungary. She may have been naive but few would have foreseen what happened to her

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (U)

Bland beyond endurance. Based on a Japanese story of canine fidelity, this stars Richard Gere as a music professor (yeah, right) who picks up a stray dog on the way home from his railway commute.

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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