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Something unusual happened on American television last week: a drama finished its first season with all the loose ends tied up. There were no cliffhangers. No teasing hints at stories to come. The show in question was Hostages, which started on Channel 4 last night, and it is adding to the stirrings of a television revolution.

Shining star: Neil Maskell in Ben Wheatley's horror / thriller 'Kill List'

Why Britain's got talent once again on the big screen

The renaissance in British film-making is down to daring directors

Critic and novelist Gilbert Adair, who died on Friday

Gilbert Adair – acerbic, astute and a true cinephile

Mike Higgins pays tribute to former IoS film critic

DVD: Hanna (12)

Hanna is right up there among the very silliest of Hollywood thrillers, along with Derailed, The Long Kiss Goodnight and the impossibly silly 8 Million Ways to Die. Perhaps, two decades from now, Joe Wright's nonsensical actioner will be viewed as a cult classic. But, right now, it's a stinker.

Stoke close in on Birmingham duo Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome

Stoke are close to agreeing a fee with Birmingham for Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome but chairman Peter Coates admits personal terms may still be a stumbling block.

DVD: The Resident, For retail & rental (Icon)

A doctor (Hilary Swank) rents an apartment in an otherwise empty New York building, but comes to suspect that she's being spied on, perhaps by her landlord (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Soderling survives thriller with Hewitt

Fifth seed Robin Soderling came back from the brink of becoming the biggest casualty so far at this year's Wimbledon as he recovered from two sets down to beat Lleyton Hewitt in a thriller under the Centre Court roof.

The Shadow Line: When shots in the dark are right on target

Hugo Blick's new conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, promises to be a classic of the genre, says Gerard Gilbert

DVD: The American (15)

George Clooney has, essentially, three acting settings: 1) Gurn and grin like a hyperactive Cary Grant (Burn after Reading, Intolerable Cruelty); 2) Smile slyly and play cocky (One Fine Day, Ocean's Eleven); 3) Grimace an awful lot (Michael Clayton, Syriana).

DVD: Unstoppable (12)

George Clooney has, essentially, three acting settings: 1) Gurn and grin like a hyperactive Cary Grant (Burn after Reading, Intolerable Cruelty); 2) Smile slyly and play cocky (One Fine Day, Ocean's Eleven); 3) Grimace an awful lot (Michael Clayton, Syriana).

Adjustment Bureau: Exclusive interview with Matt Damon

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realises he wants something else.

Cuckoo (15)

Starring: Laura Fraser, Richard E Grant

Exclusive video feature: The Tourist

Watch exclusive interviews with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, stars of ‘The Tourist’ action movie, due to hit UK cinemas on Friday.

The American, Anton Corbijn, 104 mins (15)

Anton Corbijn's handsome second feature leaves its superstar stranded between God and 'amore'

The American (15)

A hit-and-miss Italian job for gorgeous Georg

Predators (15)

Arnie battled with this extraterrestrial lot – invisibility-cloaked, infra-red equipped, ugly as hell – way back in 1987, and their recent duelling with Aliens suggests they're not going away.

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