UK Cinema Releases: Friday 9th March 2012


John Carter (Walt Disney): Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Former Confederate captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars (“Barsoom“) where he becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Directed by Andrew Stanton, it stars co-stars Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds and Dominic West. [Nationwide / 12A]

The Raven (Universal): A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack), in which the writer is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in his stories. Directed by James McTeigue, it co-stars Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Bel Ami (StudioCanal): A chronicle of a young man (Robert Pattinson) and rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women (Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci). Period drama directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, it is based on the French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant. [Nationwide / 15]


Trishna (Artificial Eye): Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, set in contemporary India, it is about a young woman (Freida Pinto) who meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, it marks his third Hardy adaptation after Jude (1995) and The Claim (2000). [Key Cities / 15]

A Man’s Story (Trinity Filmed Entertainment): Documentary film covering the last 12 years of designer Ozwald Boateng’s life. Directed by Varon Bonicos. [Key cities]

Cleanskin (Warner Bros): UK terrorist thriller, about a terrorist (Abhin Galeya) and the agent hunting him (Sean Bean). Directed by Hadi Hajaig, it co-stars Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Tuppence Middleton, Shivani Ghai and Michelle Ryan. [Selected cinemas / 15]

The Decoy Bride (CinemaNX): When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. Director by Sheree Folkson, it stars David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Federico Castelluccio [Limited release / 12A]

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