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Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays (1920-1970) | A nostalgic treasure trove from cinema's Golden Age that's fit for every occasion

Illustrated with more than 200 rare images from the silent era through the 1970s, this nostalgic tome features Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses from the Golden Age celebrating the holidays, big and small, in lavishly produced photographs. From New Year’s to Valentine's Day to Christmas and everything in between, legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn spread holiday cheer in iconic, ironic, and illustrious style. A real must-have for lovers of the glory days of old Hollywood.

Available from Gazelle Books in the UK (CLICK HERE)

Deadpool | Film review - Ryan Reynolds' antihero is snide, snarky and wickedly funny

Bursting at the seams with dick jokes, boob shots and larky splatter, Deadpool is simultaneously the most ‘adult’ Marvel movie to date and the most supremely juvenile. Like a smart-ass teenager, this is a movie that revels in its snarky irreverence.

Ryan Reynolds does glib and snarky better than most, which makes him a perfect fit for the lead role of former Special Forces operative turned disfigured mercenary Wade Wilson, aka “the Merc with a Mouth”, aka Deadpool.

The character was briefly glimpsed in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but this solo outing couldn’t be more different from that...

A Bigger Splash | Film review - Smouldering melodrama finds Swinton & Fiennes in flamboyant form

Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are on flamboyant, imperious form in this smouldering melodrama set in a sun-scorched villa on the volcanic Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

Swinton is Marianne, a stadium rock star hiding out there with her younger filmmaker partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) while she recuperates from an operation on her vocal chords. And Fiennes is her former lover Harry, the brash, roiling, larger-than-life figure who invades her retreat with his newly discovered American daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) in tow. Soon enough, desires and jealousies are simmering in the Mediterranean haze.

Reuniting Swinton with Italian director Luca...

Zoolander 2 | Film review - Spoof sequel is discount knockoff rather than high-class couture

Rarely has the fashion dictum 'more is less’ seemed so apt. Ben Stiller and his fellow satiristas deck out Zoolander 2, belated sequel to 2001’s cult fashion spoof, with gags and cameos galore, but the resulting getup is a gaudy mess.

Stiller’s absurdly dim male model Derek Zoolander remains an endearingly silly comic creation – the notion that a face one might find peering from the side of a medieval cathedral could be a catwalk sensation is a scream in itself – and so is Owen Wilson’s Hansel, Derek’s equally addle-brained and narcissistic rival. But Stiller and co’s high-camp...

Pan | Film review - Peter Pan gets a Steampunk makeover in Joe Wright's boisterous prequel

Peter Pan gets a Steampunk makeover with Pan, a boisterous but often bewildering prequel that starts off by plonking JM Barrie’s dashing young hero (Levi Miller) in a grim orphanage in Blitz-era 1940 Lambeth and then has him kidnapped by pirates and whooshed in a flying ship to Neverland.

There he enjoys a series of scrapes and adventures involving Hugh Jackman’s ruthless pirate leader Blackbeard, Rooney Mara’s tribal princess Tiger Lily and the young James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), here bearing a full complement of limbs.

Joe Wright, making quite the strangest of his literary adaptations to date following...

Alphaville (1965) | Blu-ray release - Jean-Luc Godard's film-noir sci-fi homage

Having appeared as novelist Peter Cheyney’s private eye Lemmy Caution in a series of French films in the 1950s and 1960s, US actor Eddie Constantine reprised his screen persona for Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 futuristic homage, Alphaville, which is now available as part of StudioCanal’s Jean-Luc Godard The Essential Blu-ray Collection.

When a fellow secret agent disappears, Lemmy Caution sets out to the über-modernist city of Alphaville. His mission: to locate his old pal; destroy the sentient Alpha 60 computer, which is holding the city under totalitarian control; and apprehend its creator, Professor von Braun (Howard Vernon). With the assistance...

Gemma Bovery | Film review - Gemma Arterton enchants in wry Anglo-French romance

Gemma Arterton is ideally cast as the alluring heroine of wry Anglo-French comedy drama Gemma Bovery, the second time she has taken the lead in an adaptation of a Posy Simmonds’ comic book.

2010’s Tamara Drewe found her playing an updated version of the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd; this time she’s a modern-day incarnation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th-century provincial wife Madame Bovary.

That at least is what Fabrice Lucchini’s fretful local baker decides when Arterton’s English expat and her husband (Jason Flemyng) move in opposite his Normandy home. Mutely besotted with his luscious new...

The Martian | DVD review - Mark Damon's plucky astronaut proves there's life on Mars

Tackling daunting challenges with nerdy ingenuity and can-do zeal, Matt Damon’s desperately imperilled astronaut is a space age Robinson Crusoe stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott’s gripping sci-fi epic The Martian, an action movie that, for a change, celebrates brain over brawn, geeky savvy over gung-ho derring-do.

It’s terrifically enthralling watching Damon’s NASA botanist, left behind by his crewmates following a rogue sandstorm, take apart and solve a series of knotty science problems as he strives to survive on the red planet. And the various dilemmas faced by his former astronaut colleagues (led by Jessica Chastain and Michael Peña)...

Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) | Jean-Luc Godard's delightful comedy is a colourful confection

Parisian striptease dancer Angela (Anna Karina) yearns to have a child, but her bookseller husband Emile (Jean-Claude Brialy) is only interested in cycling. Angela then turns her attentions to Emile’s best friend Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who ends up falling in love with her.

This delightful light comedy from 1961 was Jean-Luc Godard’s second feature, but his first to be shot in colour and in a studio. It also earned him and his then wife Anna Karina awards at the Berlin Film Festival. Channelling the spirit of American screwball comedies and musicals of the 1930s, with an affectionate nod to...

Point Break | Film review - Bigger isn't better for extreme sports thriller remake

Back in 1991 Keanu Reeve’s rookie FBI agent went undercover to infiltrate bank-robbing surfer Patrick Swayze’s gang in Kathryn Bigelow’s breathless, bonkers thriller Point Break.

The plot remains nonsense on stilts in cinematographer-turned-director Ericson Core’s glossy remake, but new stars Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez can claim only a fraction of their predecessors’ chemistry and charisma. Indeed, Bracey’s emotionally scarred Johnny Utah is so wooden he makes Keanu look like Kenneth Branagh, although Ramirez makes a better fist of the nirvana-seeking Bodhi.

The new Point Break tries to raise the stakes by turning its antagonists into extreme sports athletes...