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Avatar (12) PARAPLEGIC war veteran Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) signs up for a tour of duty on the planet Pandora, home to the peace-loving Na'vi, including a tribe led by Eytukan and wife Mo'at.

Jake works alongside scientist Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), who has developed a method of fusing the minds of human "drivers" with Na'vi avatars, to help move them away from the site of lucrative underground deposits. As his Na'vi alter-ego, Jake falls in love with Eytukan's daughter, Neytiri. When the company employing Jake decides to clear away the Na'vi using force, Jake and Neytiri join forces to repel the attack. If ever a film demanded to be seen on a big screen it's James Cameron's blockbuster. On DVD, this special effects extravaganza doesn't pack half as much punch and, without the dazzling 3-D, Avatar falls rather flat second time around. Villains are crudely sketched and underlying messages about the pillaging of Earth's resources are hammered home with Cameron's typical bluntness. No extras either, with other discs to come later. FILM ... EXTRAS None Tropic of Cancer (15) FOLLOWING Equator and Tropic Of Capricorn, author Simon Reeve embarks on his latest expedition by following the line that marks the northern border of the Earth's tropical region. In this six-part BBC series, Reeve begins his journey in Mexico, ventures through 17 other countries to examine the devastating environmental and social pressures on the region, and finishes on the beaches of Hawaii. FILM .... EXTRAS .

Mad Men - Series 3 (15) THE quality just shows no signs of dropping in this the third season of life at New York advertising agency Sterling Cooper.

The times are a-changing here in 1963, and the company is under new British management, so executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) heads on a business trip with Sal (Bryan Batt), hoping to land new business but discovers even more about his colleague's private life. Don's lovely wife Betty (January Jones) gives birth to a baby boy but soon finds her attention straying to a new man, while Pete puts an au pair in a compromising position. Beautifully shot to resemble the best issue of Reader's Digest you never read in a dentist's waiting room, the season also allows us to see the growing importance of TV in American life. The assassination of John F Kennedy, meanwhile, brings divisions within the company into sharp relief. Stunning TV drama with social history everywhere you look, it's unmissable.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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