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You write the reviews: RocknRolla, 15, NATIONWIDE

Early in RocknRolla, the latest film from Guy Ritchie, we're informed that London is fast becoming "the financial and cultural capital of the world". Over the last 10 years, Ritchie, with Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, has already constructed his vision of London as a virtually womanless landscape littered with violent and witty gangsters, strangely lacking in any effective law enforcement. In his newest crime-soaked, London-set film, Ritchie may have added a leading lady and borrowed a few of his characters from the headlines, but the result adds little to commend and plenty to lament. Less a cultural capital than a playground for armed sociopaths, Ritchie's London, while admittedly fresh and exciting in his earlier efforts, has regrettably gone stale.

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When Boris Johnson recently appointed Anthony Browne, a director at Policy Exchange, to the role of head of policy at City Hall, many assumed that it marked a further closening of ties between the Tories and the right-wing think tank.

Pandora: A challenger who could teach Davis a thing or two about terror

The result of the by-election in Haltemprice and Howden on Thursday looks like a foregone conclusion, with David Davis expected to regain his seat with a sound majority.

Osman Yousefzada is reinventing the little black dress

The perfect wardrobe, we are often told, is built around a core of garments known as "investment pieces". Expensive, timeless and perfect-fitting, the theory goes that these items will carry us seamlessly from one season to the next with the help of a judicious update in the form of a chunky bangle here, a platform wedge there. Jeans are one example of these elusive basics, the white shirt another, but it is surely the little black dress (LBD) that tops the list of sartorial priorities.

Men, women & the secrets of skin colour

For him, the female ideal is fair-complexioned and pure; but for her, it's the wild, dark Heathcliff types who attract

Huge rise in number of home births

More women want to have babies at home, despite a chronic shortage of midwives

Theatre stars unite for reform of 'brutal' UK asylum system

Young Vic to stage play about life in notorious detention centre to show plight of women and child migrants

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And the winner is... shiny: Bafta glam

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Film: The gospel according to Noah

Australian actor Noah Taylor enjoys rubbishing his past efforts. Does this make him mature or just mouthy?

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Film: Tasteful, all too tasteful

The Big Picture; BELOVED (15) DIRECTOR: JONATHAN DEMME STARRING: OPRAH WINFREY, DANNY GLOVER, THANDIE NEWTON, KIMBERLEY ELISE 171 MINUTES

Cinema: Middlebrow, middle-class, magical

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