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I’m writ­ing about the news that Shia LaBeouf’s lat­est film Man Down took hardly any­thing at the box of­fice… but if you can’t get a chance to see it, how can it make any money? I live in Sus­sex and, be­tween five cin­e­mas, that film was nowhere to be seen – in fact half the films you re­view aren’t re­leased in any of th­ese cin­e­mas, which are tied up with kid­die films and block­busters that go on for weeks. I re­alise cin­e­mas have to make money, but surely some screens can be opened up for smaller films? Two of the more in­die-ori­ented cin­e­mas used to show art­house/smaller films, but now even they have gone along the same route as the chains. TERRY HAR­RIS, BRIGHTON

This phrase doesn’t trip off the tongue, but I feel com­pelled to stick up for Shia LaBeouf and his new movie Man Down. I saw the re­port in your is­sue [TF259] that on its open­ing week­end it took only £7. How­ever, I can con­firm I went to see the film on its first Satur­day, ac­com­pa­nied by my dad. We spent £17.50. Ad­mit­tedly, there were only the two of us in the cinema, and ac­tu­ally I’d left my dad to get tick­ets for Mind­horn! But th­ese fig­ures were at least one man down! JH, VIA EMAIL

Per­haps the £7 was a ‘pro­jected’ fig­ure, or maybe who­ever crunched the num­bers lopped off the pre­ced­ing ‘1’. Ei­ther way, we’re not likely to see Man Down 2: Man Up any­time soon. Here’s a philo­soph­i­cal poser for you: if a movie played in a cinema where no one was watch­ing, would Kevin James ac­tu­ally get more laughs?

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