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OK. Normal service has been resumed. Last week things got so busy here at the Sun that the music column had to be moved online due to an unavoidable constriction of the entertainment section. You can find it there, but I'll give you a quick summary...

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PhilomenaStarring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham Dir: Stephen FrearsThe film category “True Story” has always been the hardest to accept. There are so many interpretation of the words “based on” that the entire genre...

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20 Feet from Stardom Starring: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer - Dir: Morgan NevilleI must confess to have being deeply disappointed when this film won the Best Documentary Oscar at this year's awards. Which was a bit unfair...

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The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of SmaugStarring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage - Dir: Peter JacksonEveryone criticised the first Hobbit flick for being a bit long and boring, but the second one certainly makes up for it. Not by being shorter...

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CarrieStarring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde - Dir: Kimberly PeirceEven after nearly every horror film from the seventies has been remade – generally in mediocre fashion – the bar for Carrie is a bit higher, in part...

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BIG ASS SPIDER! Starring: Greg Grunberg, Ray Wise, Lombardo Boyar Dir: Mike Mendez (****) A few times recently I've bemoaned the fact that so few films can successfully find and walk the tightrope required for comedy horror. Well, hot damn, if this...

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The Hunger Games: Catching fireStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth - Dir: Francis LawrenceI was a bit down on the first Hunger Games flick, but this round is a big improvement, ditching some of the more straight-ahead teen tropes...

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The CouncelorStarring: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt - Dir: Ridley ScottVery few people I know like The Counselor. It is not an easy film to like, though part of the negative reaction is because most people...

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Captain PhillipsStarring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Max Martini - Dir: Paul GreengrassIf any proof was needed that this year's crop of Oscar nominees was an exceptionally strong field, it comes in the form of Captain Phillips. Last year it could...

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GravityStarring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney - Dir: Alphonse Cuarón Gravity is a true wonder of filmmaking. Occasionally films come along which seem to push the visual boundaries of the medium – Life of Pi did that a couple of years back...

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