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TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE (U, 76 mins) THE STORY? The animation sees Tinker Bell, voiced by Mae Whitman, and her fairy friends winging their way from Never Land to the lush meadows of the English countryside to bring summer to the Mainland. Forever curious and distracted by the sight of her first ever automobile Tinker Bell wanders away from fairy camp and flies alongside an oblivious Dr Griffiths (Michael Sheen) and his nine-year-old daughter Lizzie (Lauren Mote). Lonely and looking for entertainment, Lizzie, an ardent believer in fairies, wanders out into the fields and sets up a home for them, inadvertently catching Tinker Bell. While the two form a firm friendship, Tinker Bell's friend Vidia organises the fairies to embark on a brave mission to rescue her, believing Tinker Bell is in grave trouble.

ANY GOOD? While there are lots of details to feast your eyes on with the likes of Toy Story 3 setting the bar for animation these days, even the youngest of children who this film is aimed at might leave the cinema in need of a little pixie dust pick-me-up.

THE LAST AIRBENDER (PG, 103 mins) THE STORY? Orphaned siblings Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) and Katara (Nicola Peltz) discover a young boy called Aang (Noah Ringer) frozen in the ice near their village. The tyke is covered in strange tattoos and the siblings surmise that Aang must be the Avatar, destined to manipulate the four elements (air, water, earth, fire). No sooner have the children arrived back at their village than outcast Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) from the Fire Nation and his soldiers capture Aang and hold him hostage aboard their ship.

Thankfully, the prisoner escapes and begins the journey back to his temple, accompanied by Sokka and Katara. Meanwhile, Zuko's father, Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis), entreats trusted Commander Zhao (Aasif Mandvi) to find Aang and prevent the boy from achieving his destiny.

ANY GOOD? M Night Shyamalan is an odd choice to direct this special effects-laden adventure based on the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Regrettably, in the battle for our hearts and minds, Shyamalan comes up short.

KNIGHT AND DAY (12A, 109 mins) THE STORY? June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is an unassuming Midwestern gal, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Boarding a flight bound for Boston, June is unexpectedly caught in the crossfire of a mid-air shoot-out between paranoid government agent Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) and gun-toting assassins. June wakes the next morning, in her bed, believing that her high-altitude adventure was nothing more than a bad dream, only for Miller to abduct her from a diner in front of would-be suitor, Rodney (Marc Blucas). The young woman is now marked for death and must quickly learn the tricks of the spy trade to stay alive and avoid an early grave at the hands of Antonio (Jordi Molla) and his henchmen.

ANY GOOD? If these two Hollywood stars ever think of venturing onto the big screen together again, maybe it will be a case of third time lucky for the photogenic pairing. However, on the basis of Knight And Day I wouldn't imagine that scenario playing out anytime soon.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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