In cinemas this week – March 9th

There are a few high profile films out this week, featuring the likes of John Cusack, Taylor Kitsch and Robert Pattinson, but just in case you’re unsure of what to go and see, we’ve kindly brought you plot synopses and trailers so you can make up your mind.

 

John Carter

Believe it or not, the character of John Carter dates back almost exactly 100 hundred years, where it was serialised in the pulp magazine The All-Story. Fast forward to today and the plot stays pretty faithful to Edgar Rice Burrough’s original instalment ‘A Princess of Mars’, in which former Confederate captain John Carter is transported to Mars and finds himself caught up in the middle of a war between the planet’s various inhabitants.

The film marks the live action debut of director Andrew Stanton, who has previously only worked on animations such as Finding Nemo and WALL-E. There’s also a pretty strong cast, including Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West and Willem Dafoe, so it should be interesting to see whether they can do such a well-loved tale justice.

 

Bel Ami

Still trying to step out of the shadow of Edward Cullen, R-Patz takes on the role of George Duroy, a brooding and seductive lead who has women falling at his feet. Oh. The film chronicles Duroy’s rise to power in Paris through his manipulation and seducing of some of the city’s most powerful and influential women. Even if Pattinson isn’t your thing, and he is plenty of people’s, the film features an enviable cast of leading ladies.  Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas all fall foul of Duroy’s advances, and it is their interactions that are likely to be the most intriguing.

This is the second time French author Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel has been adapted for the screen, following the 1939 original German adaptation.

 

The Raven

Named after one of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems, The Raven sees the famous author battle to stop a brutal serial killer who is using Poe’s stories as inspiration for his crimes. John Cusack stars as Poe, and has backup in the form of Alice Eve as his wife Virginia, and Luke Evans as Inspector Emmett Fields, a promising young detective ready to take on his biggest case yet.

Many thanks to Empire for letting me pinch their trailers.

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