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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Guy Ritchie, 129 mins (12A)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird, 132 mins (12A) (released 26 Dec)

Guy Ritchie's second Sherlock Holmes film improves on the first one in every respect.

Travel Agenda: The Bell at Ticehurst; Rotterdam; Helvetic Airways; Dubai's International Film Festival; Chris Davenport

Today: Cosy up at The Bell, a newly-refurbished country inn at Ticehurst, East Sussex. Inglenook fireplaces and wooden beams have been restored, while new additions include bowler-hat light fittings, iPads in each of the seven bedrooms and copper bathtubs (thebellinticehurst.com).

Fans have been outraged by the selection of Tom Cruise to play Reacher. ‘When you have a million satisfied readers, you don’t worry too much if 100 are bleating’, says Child

Killer instinct: Is Tom Cruise the right man to play Lee Child's savage anti-hero on screen?

He’s a global bestseller, his palatial office overlooks Manhattan, and Tom Cruise is set to immortalise his brutal anti-hero on film. But, as the crime writer Lee Child tells Andy Martin, it all began with a picture book he found as a boy in the Midlands...

Teenage kicks: The Inbetweeners leaps from sitcom to cinema

Its makers are banking on the eternal appeal of teenage humour.

Rob Lowe had on set fight with Tom Cruise

Rob Lowe once had a fight with Tom Cruise on a film set.

Katie Holmes hires Tom Cruise's daughter

Tom Cruise's daughter is working for Katie Holmes.

Nicole Kidman reveals fertility struggle

Nicole Kidman went through "pain, loss and disappointment" during her fertility struggle.

Nicole Kidman besotted with baby

Nicole Kidman "can't stop kissing" her new baby daughter.

Nicole Kidman's daughter excited by baby

Nicole Kidman's two-year-old daughter is excited to be a big sister.

Nicole Kidman overjoyed with new baby

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are "on cloud nine" with their new baby.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome daughter

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have become the proud parents of a baby girl.

DVD: Knight and Day (12)

"Sometimes things happen for a reason," Tom Cruise's Roy mysteriously points out to Cameron Diaz's sweet-natured June at an airport.

No more heroes any more: Are Eighties Hollywood beefcakes capable of anything else?

There's nothing quite as unedifying as watching Eighties Hollywood beefcakes still trying to muscle in on action films

Aisle 16 invites poets to find inspiration in Tom Cruise's Cocktail

I am the world's last barman poet/ I see America drinking the cocktails I make/ America's getting stinking on things I stir or shake." So begins the worst performance-poem ever. When Tom Cruise hopped up on to the bar in the 1988 film, Cocktail, little did he know he was damning a whole generation of young men into believing that performance-poetry was a no-talent-necessary route to getting girls. When Tom rhymes "snazzy" with "kamikaze", a beautiful woman yells: "Give me a kiss you sexy beast!" If we're being generous to the film, it's readable as a critique of both cocktail waiters and performance poets: all flare, no content. At the end of the poem, the bar erupts in to a chant which, in all my years of attending readings, I'm still waiting to experience first-hand: "More poems! More poems!"

Culture Club: Knight and Day (12A)

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