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Best home movie watches: Who You Think I Am, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn and more

Damon Smith reviews the latest releases and delivers his guide to family films to watch or stream over Easter

Juliette Binoche as Claire Millaud in Who You Think I Am
Damon Smith

WHO YOU THINK I AM (15, 101 mins) Released: March 10 (streaming on Curzon Home Cinema)

IN A digital age when meaningful communications are increasingly funnelled through social media, catfishing is an omnipresent threat to a blossoming friendship or virtual romance. Writer-director Safy Nebbou explores the unspoken bonds of trust between online correspondents in the provocative drama Who You Think I Am.

Fifty-year-old French literature professor Claire Millaud (Juliette Binoche) intends to spy on her lover Ludo (Guillaume Gouix) using the fake profile of Clara Antunes. Instead, Ludo's roommate Alex (Francois Civil) becomes intoxicated by the mysterious Clara and Claire conducts an online affair as her considerably younger avatar.

When feelings intensify and Alex asks to meet with Clara, Claire faces an agonising dilemma of her own making.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN (PG, 107 mins) Animation/Action/Adventure. Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Mackenzie Davis. Director: Steven Spielberg. Screening on Film4 on April 10 at 4.40pm and streaming on Netflix

BELGIAN writer Herge's plucky reporter with the distinctive ginger quiff screeches into the 21st century courtesy of state-of-the-art motion capture, which translates actor Jamie Bell's movements into the performance of an incredibly detailed digital character.

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is a breathlessly entertaining romp, littered with eye-popping action set pieces that would simply be unthinkable – not to mention astronomically expensive – as live action. A dizzying motorcycle chase through the winding alleys of a Moroccan marketplace is accomplished in a single take and booze-sodden Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) takes charge of an explosive bi-plane flight.

The script co-written by Peter Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish delivers some big laughs like when Haddock reveals that one of his crew has no eyelids. "Aye, it was a card game to remember!" growls the salty sea dog.

The unspoken perils of gin rummy.

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (PG, 95 mins) Adventure/Fantasy/Drama. Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Kate Butler, Bailey Madison. Director: Gabor Csupo.

Screening on Sony Movies on April 11 at 12.45pm

ADAPTED from Katherine Paterson's award-winning novel, Bridge To Terabithia is an utterly charming coming of age story, which conjures a magical world of otherworldly creatures and adventure.

Striking computer generated effects, courtesy of the effects team at Weta Digital who won Oscars for The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, realise a world of good and evil, where trees magically come to life and tiny warriors, the size of insects, join forces to thwart allies of the dark.

For all its visual flourishes, director Gabor Csupo's fantasy is grounded in reality, where children inflict unspeakable pain with their cruel jibes in the playground and financial pressures threaten to tear a family apart.

Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb deliver heartbreaking as 10-year-old misfits, who forge the friendship of a lifetime. Like their young heroes, we yearn for escape into a magical kingdom limited only by our imagination.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (PG, 102 mins) Animation/Action/Adventure. Featuring the voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara. Director: Travis Knight. Screening on Film4 on April 11 at 12.35pm

THE stop-motion animation wizards at Laika Entertainment, creators of Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, honour the traditions of ancient Japan in a visually sumptuous and meticulously crafted fable, which offsets moments of heartbreak with flashes of dark and twisted humour that might be too scary for very young viewers.

The emotional heart of the story, fashioned by scriptwriters Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, is the touching bond between a resourceful boy (voiced by Art Parkinson) and his virtually catatonic mother (Charlize Theron). Early scenes of co-dependence tug more than two heartstrings.

Stop-motion precision seamlessly combines with state-of-the-art computer trickery to bring to life a bygone age of feudal loyalty, when men lived and died by the sword.

Impressive set-pieces include a fight with a giant skeleton with fiery eyes and a rain-sodden showdown aboard a ship conjured from swirls of autumnal leaves.

Magic and mystery combine to dazzling effect.

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