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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

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.

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