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DVD: Whatever Works, For retail & rental (Warner)

We should have known. It turns out that Vicky Cristina Barcelona was a blip, and Woody Allen has slipped back into his usual recent practice of rehashing old scenarios in a slipshod, one-take manner.

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Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola, 120 mins (15)<br/>Whatever Works, Woody Allen, 92 mins (12A)

Two cinema giants do their best to trash their reputations with a story of unrecognised genius &ndash; and old guy gets girl

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Carola Long: 'Fair-weather hat wearers have a sheepish air which suggests the accessory landed on their head by accident'

All it takes is a few sunny days. At the merest glimmer of UV light, the British come out of mass fashion hibernation and start contemplating spray tans, indecently short, scruffy denim shorts, and, of course, hats.

Dylan Jones: 'Elaine&rsquo;s makes you think of Woody Allen, who shot the restaurant scene in 'Manhattan' here'

Elaine's. Just saying it makes you think of New York; of Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and Norman Mailer, quarrelling over their early evening drinks and talking about money and girls. Makes you think of Woody Allen (who shot the opening restaurant scene in Manhattan here), makes you think of Warren Beatty, of Michael Caine and Jackie O. Makes you think of cocktails, of tortoni, spumoni, zabaglione and puntarelle, of large desserts and proper Upper East Side royalty.

Album: Thierry Pécou, Symphonie Du Jaguar (Harmonia Mundi)

French composer Thierry Pécou's group, Ensemble Zellig, was named after the chameleonic hero of Woody Allen's 'Zelig', a derivation which suits his eclecticism.

Tim Walker: 'Leanne Shapton's first novel is a work of meticulous high quirk'

The Couch Surfer: It took me days to recover from reading The Road. Why would I put myself through it all over again?

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'Fish Tank' by Andrea Arnold dazzled, but Richard Curtis seemed to have lost his golden touch

Lucinella, By Lore Segal

This novella, first published in 1976, is as much a part of the New York cultural scene of that era as a Woody Allen film, what with its neurotic, self-obsessed characters, their over-reaching ambitions and their over-articulate conversations.

Leading article: Sexual revolution

"Love is the answer," said Woody Allen, "but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions." Indeed. And in that particular field, few subjects have inspired quite so much inquiry as the female orgasm. Some of the greatest male minds, from Sigmund Freud to Billy Chrystal, have wrestled with the subject. Does it exist? What is its evolutionary purpose? Can it be faked?

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