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DVD: Toy Story 3 (U)

Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, was among those who took to Twitter to broadcast the fact that they had cried at the denouement of this animation. And there's no denying that this third instalment of the Toy Story series is as affecting as it is funny, philosophical, suspenseful and, at times, scary.

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Continued use of distorted female stereotypes as 'eye candy' blamed on male-dominated industry

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It has left audiences in tears but Disney bosses were celebrating today as Toy Story 3 sailed past Titanic in the all-time UK box office league.

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Are adults finally getting the cartoon capers they deserve?

Anew brand of animated films is coming to the big screen – and there’s not an ogre or talking donkey in sight.

Cats And Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore (3D) (U)

In 2001, Cats and Dogs posited the idea that mutts and moggies could talk and joke like us, or like a bad screenwriter's version of us. This shaggy-dog sequel concerns an evil masterplan dreamed up by creepy hairless feline Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) to send canines barking mad and make the world her "scratching post".

Culture Club: Toy Story 3 (U)

Readers review this week's film

Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, 120 mins (U)<br/>The Concert, Radu Mihaileanu, 120 mins (15)<br/>Rapt, Lucas Belvaux, 125 mins (15)

It's a wonderful comedy, a superb prison thriller, even a pretty scary horror film &ndash; but most of all, the final instalment in Pixar's 'Toy Story' is an unashamed tear-jerker about the poignancy of ageing

John Lasseter: To infinity and beyond

Disney's head of animation has overseen a sequence of films that has redefined the genre &ndash; and defined the digital age.
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