Bridge to Terabithia (PG)

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Bridge to Terabithia (95 mins, PG) is about two young friends, a boy and a girl, who play together in the woods behind their houses, and overcome the worries of school by dreaming up a magical kingdom they call Terabithia. It's so didactic that the characters might as well just keep saying: Be yourself! Explore your creativity! Value your friends! Go to museums! In fact, that's pretty much what they do so say. In Goya's Ghosts (113 mins, 15), Milos Forman does historical drama in a way that's rather historical in itself. Opening in Madrid in 1792, it doesn't have any CGI, just lots of wigs, horses, cobbled streets and angry mobs. A Spanish Inquisitor (Javier Bardem) and a merchant's daughter (Natalie Portman) are both painted by Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard), so when the girl is imprisoned, Goya asks the cleric to intercede on her behalf. At first, the film is like a detailed portrait, but then a caption appears, bearing the dreaded phrase "15 Years Later", and the characters get lost in a vast canvas of revolutions and counter revolutions.

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