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A sim­ple rope trans­ports broody young­ster Jess ( TheHungerGame’s Josh Hutch­er­son) and his kooky neigh­bour Les­lie (An­naSophia Robb, TheCar­rieDiaries) into Ter­abithia, a myth­i­cal land full of won­drous crea­tures in this delightful adap­ta­tion of Kather­ine Pater­son’s 1978 book. De­spite the Chron­i­cles ofNar­nia over­tones, this is less a fan­tasy ad­ven­ture and more a look at the power of imag­i­na­tion and the im­por­tance of friend­ship. Di­rec­tor Ga­bor Csupo, an an­i­ma­tion vet­eran, makes an im­pres­sive live-ac­tion de­but, while Zooey Deschanel ( 500 DaysofSum­mer) pops up as a mu­sic teacher who be­comes the ob­ject of Jess’s first crush. ★★★★ Storm clouds gather over the world’s most fa­mous boy wizard in the fifth film to be adapted from J.K. Rowl­ing’s lit­er­ary saga. Not only must griev­ing Harry (Daniel Rad­cliffe, above) deal with the usual teenage angst, a grow­ing sense of iso­la­tion and an epic show­down with his evil neme­sis Lord Volde­mort (Ralph Fi­ennes), but – per­haps just as scary – he faces his first kiss. It’s lucky trusty side­kicks Ron (Ru­pert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Wat­son) are around for moral sup­port. New di­rec­tor David Yates does a re­spectable job of keep­ing Rowl­ing’s in­creas­ingly darker tale on course, while Imelda Staunton ( Ver­aDrake) is exquisitely dis­lik­able as

Friend­ship and fan­tasy: An­naSophia Robb in Bridge ToTer­abithia.

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