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'Can’t we just show a load of movie trailers to chickens and rabbits?'

9 hours ago

Want to know what small fluffy animals think of the latest movies? Now, thanks to the genius of cinema marketing, you can

When it comes to holidays commemorated in cinema, Easter is a desperately poor cousin. Christmas, if it wants, can go schmaltzy or biblical. It can go sweet or sad or funny. And then there’s Halloween, churning out endless incarnations of horror every year. But what are you left with if you want to watch an Easter film? A movie in which Jesus gets his head kicked in for two hours? Or, worse, the animated Russell Brand Easter Bunny vehicle Hop. Neither exactly spells a fun time.

So, really, you can’t blame Odeon for doing what it’s just done. You can picture the room in the PR company headquarters, full of trashed moodboards and upturned flipcharts, as staff struggle forlornly with the idea of scheming up »

- Stuart Heritage

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Good Night, and Good Luck: attack on McCarthyism simplifies but satisfies

11 hours ago

George Clooney’s film of the battle between journalist Edward R Murrow and senator Joseph McCarthy is Hollwood’s revenge on the 1950s witch-hunts

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Director: George Clooney

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: A–

The American journalist Edward R Murrow became famous for his radio broadcasts from London during the second world war. On Christmas Eve 1940, during the blitz, he finished his programme: “Merry Christmas is somehow ill-timed and out of place, so I shall just use the current London phrase – so long and good luck.” The variant “Good night, and good luck” became his sign-off in later television reports.

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Cannes 2015: 30 films we'd like to see

11 hours ago

The first films for this year’s festival are being announced: ahead of the deluge, here’s a selection of likely titles we predict will be screening

Last week, the exciting news came through that Mad Max: Fury Road is to premiere at this year’s Cannes. Excitement tempered only by the caveats that a) it’d screen out of competition and b) the day before its worldwide release.

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- Benjamin Lee, Henry Barnes, Andrew Pulver, Catherine Shoard

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£25k to share a plane with Al Pacino: who have you flown with for free?

12 hours ago

The Oscar-winning actor is charging £24,500 a seat to fly with him from Glasgow to London. Yet it is possible to find yourself up in the air with celebrities by accident. Which superstar have you had as an aisle buddy?

Al Pacino (The Godfather, Jack & Jill) is no stranger to inviting fans to pay for his presence. The actor was the star of 2013’s An Evening with Al Pacino, an expensively ticketed night where hardcore superfans could listen to him talk on stage about stuff.

But while £250 might have seemed a bit steep, it’s nothing compared to his latest stunt. Pacino will be taking his private plane on a flight from Glasgow to London and he’s offering seats for £24,500, which also includes a flight to Glasgow, a hotel stay in London and tickets to his show in both cities. If that’s too pricey then you can also pay »

- Benjamin Lee

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Ron Mann’s Robert Altman doc: ‘Affectionate but inch-deep’

15 hours ago

A new documentary attempts to grapple with the late, great American auteur. You’d learn a lot more by rewatching his films…

I wish that Ron Mann’s affectionate but inch-deep Altman was the great documentary biography that Robert Altman warrants, but it isn’t. Mann’s biopic would make a fine accompanying documentary to my fantasy box set of The Complete And Utter Works Of Robert Altman, and its use of clips from a solid majority of the director’s movies makes it a mouth-watering appetiser for anyone eager to reacquaint themselves with the master’s entire oeuvre. Sadly, its main effect is repeatedly to seize the viewer with the urge to press eject and slot in any one of the Altman movies invoked – major or minor (still a fluid distinction) – and watch the real thing in lieu of the largely third-hand and obvious insights here gathered.

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- John Patterson

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The film that makes me cry: Steel Magnolias

16 hours ago

This salon-centred tale is an unexpectedly complex study in the power of female friendship and the perspective-enhancing powers of a new hairdo

Last week I went round to my grandma’s house for a cup of tea and a catch-up. The house hasn’t changed much since I was born, and neither, to my recollection, has my grandma. Last week, as she has done every time I have been at her house before, she finished getting ready for the day by standing up in front of the big mirror in the living room, holding a huge can of Elnett hairspray aloft and, aiming it at her newly tonged curls, asking me about my love life.

It’s something that has always baffled and amused me about my grandmother. She survived having her house blown up during the Blitz, bereavement, raising two kids, the cold war, the three-day week, several car »

- Sophie Zeldin-ONeill

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