The best games of the film

Videogames based on blockbusters are often poor imitations of the cinematic originals. So what does it take for a title to make the grade? Michael Plant investigates

Games Review: Ghostbusters:
the Video Game

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'Sexy' Sigourney Weaver is first lady of sci-fi

Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver's character from the Alien film series, has been named the number one Sci-Fi Woman Of All Time by leading genre website Totalscifionline.com.

Observations: The cinematic secret that's proving too good to keep

Secret Cinema shouldn't really be a secret, despite the society's website warning attendees to "tell no one". It's the best night out at the movies in Britain, especially now that going to the local multiplex has become a celebration of bland and brand, the same overpriced confectionery and an overdose of adverts and trailers.

The Girl in the Park (15)

There's a prissy self-congratulation about early parts of David Auburn's family-bereavement drama, though it got to me eventually. Sigourney Weaver plays a mother who has never recovered from the abduction, now 16 years ago, of her three-year-old daughter. She invites a young drifter (Kate Bosworth) to stay, wondering if she might be her long-lost child, then hoping she is. Unfortunately, the film's practical and psychological implausibilities never disappear.

Calendar Girl Mirren does it again

It was only a bikini. But it had the power to set tongues wagging and pulses racing around the globe. Pictures of Dame Helen Mirren luxuriating on the beach at Puglia in southern Italy last Tuesday sent media commentators into a frenzy. Some have applauded the 62-year-old for her figure, while others blanched at the prospect of myriad wrinkly copycats trying to emulate her this summer.

The Orphanage, 15

This Spanish horror is stewed so thick you expect lumps of chorizo and garlic to float to the surface. Not for the weak-stomached or faint-hearted

Be Kind Rewind (12A)

Be Kind Rewind is the latest offering from the French director Michel Gondry, best known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his innovative promos for bands such as the White Stripes, whom he animated with the clever use of Lego.

AVPR (15)

The modish shortening – for Aliens vs Predator Requiem – is a hopeful attempt to align the franchise with the likes of T2 and MI:2, but it's nothing more than a tawdry cash-in. We are assured that the directors, Colin and Greg Strause, know the original movies inside out, "know the AVP comics and play the AVP videogames". Whether this qualifies them to make anything of the smallest originality is severely in doubt.

Kevin McCloud: Interview with a space man

Kevin McCloud is passionate about architecture's power to change the world, his TV show 'Grand Designs' is the most compelling thing on the box and he's quite dishy as well. It's all just too much to bear

Liverpool 3 Bolton Wanderers 0: Pennant wings it as Reds outflank Allardyce

What had threatened to turn into an embarrassing start to the new year for Rafael Benitez evolved instead as a satisfyingly emphatic victory for the Liverpool manager over an opponent with whom he has developed something of a fixation.

Tissue firms accused of falling short on recycling

It may sound like an impertinent question: does your loo paper really need to be quite so bright and fluffy? But it's serious, according to the green pressure group WWF, which says that too much virgin fibre from the world's forests is being used in lavatory tissue, when recycled fibre would be just as good.

Hundreds protest at murder of Putin's fiercest critic

Anna Politkovskaya's intelligent bespectacled face stared back from a small portrait pinned up outside her Moscow apartment block yesterday. Russia's most famous and controversial crusading investigative journalist was dead, cut down by two shots from a hitman's pistol.

Shalimar the Clown, by Salman Rushdie

Noman - the name of a killer

FILM: THE STORY OF THE SCENE: `Alien' (1979)

Raised from their stasis-like sleep, the crew of the spaceship Nostromo have stopped to investigate a mysterious distress signal. It's not a good move. In the ruins of an ancient craft in a windswept planet they discover a cargo of giant eggs. John Hurt bends over to peer at one. In a flash, a terrifying organism has attached itself to his face. Taken back to the ship, he remains unconscious until the creature appears to die and fall off. But in the mess hall of the Nostromo he convulses - and a gruesome junior alien bursts from his chest, spraying the onlookers with blood. It's gone down in film legend as the event that Ridley Scott concealed from 28-year-old Sigourney Weaver and her co-stars, hoping to catch real expressions of fear and revulsion.
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Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

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Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
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Isis takes a big step back

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The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Sex on the brain

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