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Picture - Frank Marshall - Premiere of... New York City New York United States, Tuesday 31st March 2015

Frank Marshall - Premiere of HBO's 'Sinatra: All or Nothing at All' at the Time Warner Center - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 31st March 2015

Frank Marshall, Tina Sinatra and Alex Gibney
Frank Marshall, Tina Sinatra and Alex Gibney
Frank Marshall, Tina Sinatra and Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall

Picture - Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy... Beverly Hills California United States, Saturday 31st January 2015

Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy - 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015

Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy

The Armstrong Lie Review

This biographical documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong feels eerily gentle compared to filmmaker Alex Gibney's recent films, the WikiLeaks doc We Steal Secrets and the Catholic priest expose Mea Maxima Culpa. But then it was originally conceived as a celebration of Armstrong's comeback at the 2009 Tour de France, which is still at the heart of the film.

It was during this comeback that Armstrong's stellar image started to slip, with old rivalries and gurgling rumours surging to the surface. Gibney intercuts interviews he shot at the time with more recent chats, including a conversation immediately after Armstrong taped his notorious confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. So we vividly see Armstrong's two-faced personality. Along the way, Gibney also traces the cyclist's remarkable rise to fame, his near death from cancer and the secret doping system he used to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong's rationale is that everyone else was doing the same thing, so it was actually a level playing field.

Only of course it wasn't, because many cyclists remained clean and were edged out of the winning position as a result. Gibney also talks to a wide variety of experts, journalists and fellow riders who discuss the sport's culture of omerta (a mafia-style code of honour). From the news reports, we already know about the many years of deception, which is why society no longer holds professional athletes to such high, clean standards. It's clearly more about the money now than the human achievement. And there's so much cash to be made that competitors will break every rule there is if they think they'll get away with it.

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Pre Oscars Lunch: Jennifer Lawrence, Champagne, 66-Year-old Dance Music DJ?

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The pre-Oscars luncheon is clearly the favourite event for the Academy nominees. They get to feel important and respected, they get to sip good coffee before slurping down great champagne, they get to talk to the media about how they're just happy to be nominated and don't really want to win.

This year's luncheon was no different and saw the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck walking around like people who knew they were probably going to win a very big award, very, very soon. "It's my favorite day of the year," said Harvey Weinstein, the producer behind best picture nominees Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook,  "You see all of the achievement and no one is competing." A typically swanky affair, the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton hotel was decked out with silver tablecloths and "mirrored orchid centrepieces," according to the Los Angeles Times. "It looks like a nightclub," quipped former academy president Tom Sherak.

After the lavish lunch, the star-studded audience were met with a fairly unusual sight - 66-year-old producer behind the likes of Indiana Jones and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button got behind two decks and a laptop and deejayed the whole affair. "Call me DJ Master Frank," said Marshall, who wasn't nominated this year. "It was the only way I was getting in."

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Picture - Frank Marshall , Tuesday 13th November 2012

Frank Marshall Tuesday 13th November 2012 The premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

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The Bourne Legacy Review

Writer Gilroy adds directing to his Bourne chores, shifting the franchise into a cerebral thriller punctuated by plodding action sequences. It's watchable, but doesn't have enough sense of character or purpose to make us care about anything that happens.

Genetically altered government agent Aaron Cross (Renner) is part of Outcome, a parallel programme to Treadstone, which created Jason Bourne. Since Bourne's antics have lifted the lid on Treadstone, Outcome director Eric (Norton) decides to terminate his programme by brutally killing everyone involved. But Aaron slips through the net, as does geneticist Marta (Weisz), whom Aaron needs for the meds that keep him going. As Eric's team hunts them down, they head to Manila to find a solution.

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