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U.K. box office: And ‘Avatar’ is back at the top

And kiddie flicks do very well indeed: 1. Avatar: £2.8 million 2. The Princess and the Frog: £1.7 million (3rd week in wide release; up 15%) 3. The Lovely Bones: £1.637 million (NEW) 4. Valentine’s Day: £1.583 million (2nd week; drops 58%) 5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: £1.487 million (2nd week; … more…

Astro Boy (review)

It’s creepy, and it’s weird, and it’s something like a mecha minstrel show, particularly in how the film pretends to a ‘robots are people too’ theme yet fails itself to treat them as such.

trailer break: ‘Astro Boy’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Looks like a little bit Iron Giant, a little bit Transformers, a little bit Robocop. The real question is, however: Is it a little bit Pinocchio? Does Astro long to be a real boy? This is from David Bowers, who cowrote and codirected the wonderfully original Flushed … more…