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Belgian thriller The Salamander is out this week

DVD Reviews: Salamander, Wake in Fright and the Essential Jacques Tati

From Belgian thrillers to a lost Australian gem and the 30th anniversary of the ultimate mock-doc, Barry Forshaw reviews this week’s DVD releases:

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Best supporting actress and 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Oscars 2014: Best and worst dressed

It’s the biggest night of the year for the mainstream film industry, so the pressure for celebs to look their best (or just simply make an impression) is on at the Oscars.

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The project will see the cinema's period features restored alongside the introduction of modern film display technology (Picture: Tim Ronalds Architects 2014/PA Wire)

Revamp plan for UK’s oldest cinema in London given green light

A £6million project to restore London’s Regent Street Cinema, the UK’s oldest, has been given the go-ahead by Westminster council, with broadcaster Sandi Toksvig also throwing her weight behind the plans.

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St John church in Bethnal Green is hosting a scary movie triple bill

Horror film triple by BFI in creepy Bethnal Green church

Horror fans can relive their childhood nightmares watching scary movies with a creepy film triple-header inside an eerily beautiful church in Bethnal Green.

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Steve McQueen arriving with Bianca Stigter at The EE British Academy Film Awards this evening (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

Baftas 2014: The awards in numbers

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is tipped to continue its award season success at tonight’s Baftas, with the slavery drama taking 10 nominations into the ceremony in Covent Garden.

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Members of the cast of the Monuments Men, including John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin, pose in front of 'Cupid Complaining to Venus', a painting once part of Adolf Hitler's private collection  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

George Clooney calls on Britain to hand back Elgin Marbles

George Clooney has today defended his call for Britain to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece as he launched his latest film at the National Gallery in London.

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The Tunnel is an inferior remake of The Bridge, says Barry Forshaw

DVD Reviews: The Tunnel, Dead of Night and Le Weekend

From Swedish TV to classic French cinema, Barry Forshaw picks the best DVDs out at the moment in his round-up of recent releases:

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Mecia Simson in a Lego dress (Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA)

Stars and their kids attend Lego Movie screening - pics

Celebrities and their children walked red carpet in the West End yesterday for a special screening of The Lego Movie, with some more appropriately dressed than others.

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A Cornel Lucas shot of Brigitte Bardot from 1955

Cornel Lucas photo exhibition to open at the National Theatre

Work by the only stills photographer to be awarded a Bafta for his services to British film will go on show at the National Theatre later this month, it has been announced.

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Steve McQueen had another succesful evening at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

12 Years A Slave celebrates more success at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is continuing its seemingly unstoppable march to Oscars glory with further success at last night’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

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Felicity Jones, who plays Charles Dickens' romantic interest Nelly Ternan in the film (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The Invisible Woman London premiere: Red carpet pictures

The English Patient’s Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes were reunited on the red carpet last night at the London premiere of The Invisible Woman.

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12 Years A Slave actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, with director Steve McQueen (Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Oscar nominations: 12 Years A Slave leads British hopes

British film 12 Years A Slave, from London director Steve McQueen, leads British chances at the Oscars with nine nominations, including one for Newham-born actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Steve McQueen's film12 Years A Slave missed out on six nominations but picked up the big one at last night's awards, winning Best Motion Picture - Drama (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Golden Globes: 12 Years A Slave takes best drama but British acting talent misses out

The big winner at last night’s Golden Globes was 12 Years A Slave but the anticipated British invasion failed to materialise with many stars missing out on awards.

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Lupita Nyong'o has been getting rave reviews for her debut performance. Picture: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF

Bafta Rising Star nominees: Lupita Nyong’o heads list including Lea Seydoux and Dane Dehaan with debut in 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o heads an incredibly strong list of nominees for this year’s EE Bafta Rising Star Award.

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Martin Freeman's character Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit gets plenty of sunlight. Researchers say the reason bad guys in Peter Jackson's fantasy films always lose is down to a vitamin D deficiency. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Want to know why hobbits and dwarves beat orcs and Smaug? A London university thinks it knows the secret

Scientists say they have discovered why forces of good like hobbits always beat evil orcs, and say it’s nothing to do with morals and is all about sunlight.

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