DVD: Green Zone (15)
Bourne is back, and he's better than ever. Well, not quite.
Bourne is back, and he's better than ever. Well, not quite.
The fourth and, we are assured, final instalment of the Shrek saga finds the ogre-hero in pin-sharp 3-D but suffering a loss of mojo.
"My father's Poseidon? Why didn't anyone tell me?" Yep, hokum. And Chris Columbus-directed hokum to boot.
"I'm going to die a virgin," maintains Michael Cera's Nick Twisp in this patchy adaptation of C D Payne's novels.
Russell Brand, hirsute imp of the perverse, gets to play at extended length (ahem) a rock star "legend" he first incarnated in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Legions of films promise the "feel-good factor", few provide it. Peter Yates's sun-drenched coming-of-age 1979 movie is a lovely exception.
"You can do anything you set your heart to," Tiana's papa tells her when she's a little girl. So, years later, Tiana sets about fulfilling her late father's dream of running a restaurant in New Orleans.
A ponderously paced but poignant story about an ageing beekeeper, who follows the pollen trail around a drearily grey Greece that is far from the picture-postcard vision usually seen on screen.
There's no escaping the World Cup in South Africa, but for one of the most talked about movies of the year it's about the rugby World Cup 14 years ago.
Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell's two children have Pompe disease, a rare and fatal genetic disorder.
Grégoire, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing's charming art-house film producer, spends the first six minutes of Mia Hansen-Løve's skilfully paced drama attached to his mobile, consoling work colleagues and family ("say something nice," he prods his daughter before their chat ends), all the while chain-smoking and driving over the limit without a seatbelt.
A crackpot revenge tale of a group of misfits living in a scrap heap who take on two arms manufacturers, Micmacs aims for idiosyncratic charm.
The title, bleak with irony, refers to three Brooklyn cops whose individual stories crisscross through Antoine Fuqua's violent and overlong study of moral squalor.
Was Jeff "The Dude" Bridges owed an Oscar? Absolutely. For many exquisite performances, from Starman to The Big Lebowski to Fearless.
It's once more into Wonderland with Tim Burton's attempt to give the children's classic a makeover for the 3D age.
Mel Gibson's devoted cop daddy goes on the rampage when his 23-year-old "activist" daughter is blasted on his porch.
Here's a real puzzler. This farce, made three years ago in the UK, was a dead dog, but Hollywood has bafflingly resuscitated it, with different fleas.
Kingsley Amis used to divide lookers and non-lookers into "smashers" and "duffers". In this American romcom, wouldn't you know, it's boiled down to numbers.
The wolf is the thing in Joe Johnston's take on George Waggner's 1941 film, but there's enough ham here for at least three little pigs, too.
Petty criminal Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) enters prison as a blank canvas – he has little education, no family, no friends and no enemies – and apart from one clue ("what do you do besides attacking cops?") it's not clear why he's been given a six-year sentence.
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Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini and a second man have been re-bailed until March after their arrests as part of the national investigation prompted by abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.
One of the personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi has accused them of lying under oath as she gave evidence in her trial.
Lea Michele has told how she is trying to "make something positive" of her life following the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith.
Sharon Osbourne has admitted she lied about having cosmetic surgery on an intimate part of her body.
Britney Spears' fans are campaigning for the full version of the video to Perfume to be released after it emerged scenes had been cut.
It has been a triumphant year for reformed heavy metal titans Black Sabbath.
Miley Cyrus has said her controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this year is the biggest moment of her career, and she's not sure it will ever happen again.
Mel B has hinted at a Spice Girls reunion in 2014.
Spider-Man bosses have announced details of two spin-off movies set in the web-slinger's world.
Tom Hardy has revealed Sir Elton John has been giving him advice about playing him on the big screen.
Jason Segel is to play late author David Foster Wallace in a new film.
James Franco has signed up for indie drama The Fixer.
The bar tzar Bill Wolsey, who owns one of the biggest portfolios of pubs, restaurants and hotels in Northern Ireland, can trace the roots of his vast empire back to Bangor. In the heady days of the Sixties and Seventies, Bangor was the seaside resort of choice for the middle classes. Later it became an oasis of relative peace and calm which remained largely immune from the Troubles and as a result of its blessed position was able to offer night time entertainment as Belfast's bars and clubs closed their doors at 6pm for security reasons.
There's a lot to be said for the efficiency of European city centre mid-range restaurants geared up for feeding shoppers, office workers and museum visitors. Pick any city between Amsterdam and Albufeira and in their centres you will find clean, formica-clad, brightly lit, food businesses offering a small range of dishes of the day at reasonable prices. They generally don't have much character or charm. They are there to service, not to entertain.
New restaurants should be treated with the same patience you would show a toddler taking his first steps. The nightmares experienced by owners choosing the cutlery, furniture and glassware are one thing. But the horror show which an executive chef will have suffered before finally agreeing the menu (strike the last one if you're opening a burger bar, fish and chip counter or pie stall) is worse than any torture.
Holywood, Co Down. The town with its own accent (pronounced: ex-sent) is a lovely little community of aspiring and arrived done-wells. Comedian Nuala McKeever immortalised them in her character, Hilary Hamilton.