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ASTRO BOY (E1 Entertainment, cert PG, £17.99)
ACTION loving youngsters will get a real kick out of the adventures of a boy robot who was created by a scientist grieving over the loss of his son. This is a highly-acclaimed feature length animated adventure based on a classic Japanese comic-book hero. Freddie Highmore gives voice to Toby and his re-incarnation as Astro Boy who becomes involved in foiling a sinister plot to exploit a new non-destructive energy source. There’s plenty of thrills and brighterthan-bright animation, with star voices including Nicolas Cage as the scientist, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland and Bill Nighy.
SPIRAL (indi Vision, cert 18, £14.99)
MOODY jazz sets the soundtrack ambience for a sinisterly creepy and slow-burning psychological thriller which plays very much on the fears of viewers. Avatar star Joel Moore plays the possibly unhinged lead character of Mason, an introverted insurance company worker by day, and a talented but frustrated artist by night. There’s something awfully wrong about this guy and there’s a suspicion that he could be dangerous. When co-worker Amber (Amber Tamblyn) gets close to Mason and lets him sketch her, she begins to fear for her own safety. Probably with good reason as the suspense heads to a twist.
Name another psychological suspense thriller. Entries to Alex Gordon, Spiral comp
Name another family film about a robot. Entries to Alex Gordon, Astro Boy competition.