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The Amazing Spider-Man (Cert 12, 136 mins) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Action/Romance/ Drama/Comedy, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/ Blu-ray PS24.99/3D Blu-ray PS29.99 HIGH school student Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is haunted by the disappearance of his parents (Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz). He lives with his uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and aunt May (Sally Field) and contends with all the usual growing pains, including persistent bullying from jock classmate Flash Thompson (Chris Zylka). A tender romance with fellow student Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), daughter of police chief Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), keeps Peter on an even keel until he is bitten by a genetically modified arachnid.

At the same time, Peter discovers evidence linking his parents' disappearance to his father's business partner, Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). Little does Peter realise that Connors also has a secret alter ego: reptilian menace The Lizard. Rating: **** Brave (Cert PG, 89 mins) Disney DVD, Family/Animation/Action/ Drama/Comedy, also available to buy DVD PS18.99/Blu-ray PS22.99 KING Fergus of Clan DunBroch (voiced by Billy Connolly) and his wife Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) plan to marry off their daughter Merida (Kelly Macdonald) to the first-born son of one of the other clans. However, Merida disrupts the Highland Games, which are designed to test the suitors, then flees into the forest where she encounters a witch (Julie Walters). "I want a spell to change my mum. That'll change my fate," the princess tells the hag. So the witch gives Merida an enchanted cake and when Queen Elinor takes a bite, she metamorphoses into a bear: the same animal which cleaved off King Fergus's left leg. The princess fears her father will kill Queen Elinor in her fearsome new form, so mother and daughter head into the wilderness to break the spell. Brave is a computer-animated fable of female empowerment which signals a return to form for the digital wizards at Disney Pixar.

Rating: **** Ted (Cert 15, 106 mins) Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd, Comedy/Romance/Action, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99/Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray PS29.99 ON Christmas Eve 1985, a boy called John Bennett (Bretton Manley) stares adoringly at his favourite teddy and whispers, "I wish you could talk. Then we could be friends forever and ever." A shooting star passes overhead and the next morning John introduces the exceedingly animated Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) to his dumbfounded parents (Ralph Garman, Alex Borstein). Fast-forwarding to the present day, John (Mark Wahlberg) now works for a car rental company and has a beautiful girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis). When their four-year anniversary dinner ends in a fractious discussion about priorities, John responds by asking his best buddy to move out of the apartment and stand on his own two paws. Rating: ****
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2012
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