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Route Irish, directed by Ken Loach

A disappointingly missed opporunity to explore recent developments in the military-industrial complex.

Nurse Jackie, BBC2

A rare example of television fiction doing some outrageous justice to the modern work/life (im)balance

Neds, directed by Peter Mullan

This tale of disaffected youth trades in traditional rhetorical flourishes but succeeds in avoiding easy answers.

The Crimson Petal and the White, by Lucinda Coxon, BBC2

An unusually lucid, lurid costume drama goes straight for Victorian hypocrisy’s jugular ... Too straight, perhaps?

Classless, by Carl Neville

This entertaining exposure of late capitalist culture’s class denialism doesn’t quite convince

Biutiful, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

Iñárritu’s latest slice of urban transcendentalism shamelessly exploits underclass suffering in search of salvation

Never Let Me Go, directed by Mark Romanek

Funny how film fictions aspiring to profound philosophical insight often fall so flat.

The Promise, by Peter Kosminsky

Channel 4’s showpiece drama presents a revealingly limited portrayal of Palestine.

Mammoth, directed by Lukas Moodysson

Another potentially interesting film tackling the human downsides of globalisation falls victim to superficial preaching

The Lindisfarne Shelter, by Sally Madge

The Lindisfarne Shelter

Tom Jennings reports on the eventful life and death of an outstanding work of anonymous, autonomous public art

Accused, by Jimmy McGovern, BBC1

These tightly-wound fables describing inadmissible and extenuating circumstances around fictional crimes muddle moral and legal judgmentalism

Review: One dimensional woman - Nina Power

Feminism is back, and a new book sets out to help prevent it falling victim to the mistakes of the past, according to Tom Jennings

Another Year, directed by Mike Leigh

A gentle pantomine, where nothing much happens, to arguably profound effect? Must be another Mike Leigh film!

Made in Dagenham, directed by Nigel Cole

Its producers claimed inspiration from resistance to injustice, but this film’s sentimental spin is fundamentally flawed.

This Is England ’86, by Shane Meadows

Two heavily-hyped British media events – this TV series and the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ – link economics and social reproduction with sharply contrasting uses of nostalgia.

The Real Broken Society: the Cinema of Bourgeois Misery

Must ordinary people pay for not only the financial fiascos of the rich, but their social failures too?

Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik

Flirting with heroic individualism, this story insists instead on age-old community bonds that everyone else seems to have written off

The Secret In Their Eyes, directed by Juan José Campanella

Tom Jennings finds that there’s rather more than meets the eyes in this entertaining, if excessively clunky, Argentine crime drama

Labour Intensive, by Sally Madge & Carole Luby

This performance artwork powerfully evokes the blood, sweat and tears of the nurturance underpinning social reproduction, according to Tom Jennings

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Another simplistic Manichean exploration of good and evil helps explain neither violence against women nor what to do about it