10:43am Thursday 18th November 2010
Toy Story 3 (U)
98 mins, Disney DVD, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray & Combi-pack £23.99/Three-disc Blu-ray & DVD Combi-pack £25.99/The Complete Toy Story Collection DVD Box Set £30.99
ANDY (voiced by John Morris) prepares to leave for college by setting aside Woody (Tom Hanks) for life on campus, while the other toys are bound for the attic in a black bin liner.
Unfortunately, the toys go to Sunnyside day care centre, where Buzz, pictured, (Tim Allen), Jessie the cowgirl (Joan Cusack) and the gang are warmly welcomed by Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty). But Woody meets a stuffed hedgehog called Mr Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) who reveals the truth about the day care centre and the cowboy races to the rescue. Third time’s most certainly a charm for Pixar because Toy Story 3 surpasses the 1995 original and its 1999 sequel for thrills, spills and belly laughs, delivering the most satisfying journey of the rootin’ tootin’ trilogy.
100 mins, Optimum, DVD/Blu-ray £19.99
Alex (Romain Duris) runs a company with his sister Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and her surveillance expert husband, Marc (Francois Damiens), which specialises in terminating relationships that are doomed to fail. Millionaire industrialist Van Der Becq (Jacques Frantz) hires the trio to stop the impending wedding of his daughter, Juliette (Vanessa Paradis), to suave British charity founder, Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln). Posing as the socialite’s new bodyguard, Alex lets his feelings cloud his judgement and for once, he has to consider breaking his own heart to complete the job. Heartbreaker is the perfect tonic for the winter gloom, held together by Duris and Paradis’s compelling lead performances.
101 mins, E1 Entertainment, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray & Combi-pack £24.99)
In overcast Coventry, teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) reluctantly takes charge of the nativity play at St Bernadette’s primary school as a farewell gift to outgoing headmistress Mrs Bevan (Pam Ferris). Paul lies about a big Hollywood company coming drawing the attention of the mayor (Ricky Tomlinson). Shot without a script as a safety net, Nativity! is a feel-absolutely-wonderful treat steeped in festive cheer that delivers tidings of comfort and boundless joy for the entire family. The central character’s redemption echoes George Bailey in the classic It’s A Wonderful Life.
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