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TEN BLOCKBUSTERS COMING OUR WAY

With a bumper bunch of big-budget movies waiting in the wings, we'll be spoilt for choice at the cinema in the weeks and months ahead.

>THE AVENGERS Released: April 26

Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson.

Plot: Superheroes save the Earth.

Hype: All the fans from the different franchises will come together.

Caution: Some of the movies being incorporated weren't great.

>DARK SHADOWS Released: May 11

Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter.

Plot: Barnabas Collins (Depp) is turned into a vampire.

Hype: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp reunite for big screen TV soap opera.

Caution: Burton can go too dark and put people off.

>MEN IN BLACK 3 Released: May 25

Stars: Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones.

Plot: Agent J travels back to the '60s to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K.

Hype: Smith is back in his black suit and shades and the time-travelling aspect is an interesting hook.

Caution: It has been 10 years since MIB2, which wasn't any good.

>SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Released: June 1

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron.

Plot: The Huntsman ordered to kill Snow White becomes her protector.

Hype: Kristen Stewart proves whether she can hold a movie when she's not flanked by a werewolf and vampire.

Caution: It's the second Snow White film of the year.

>PROMETHEUS Released: June 1

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron.

Plot: Explorers go on a journey to dark corners of the universe.

Hype: Ridley Scott returning to sci-fi.

Caution: Can Scott do dark and nasty in 3D?

>THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Released: July 4

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans.

Plot: Peter Parker discovers a clue about why his parents disappeared.

Hype: This is being sold as a reboot rather than a remake.

Caution: The villain is The Lizard.

>ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Released: July 6

Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo.

Plot: Intrepid explorers set adrift.

Hype: It's one of the few animations in the summer schedule.

Caution: The films are always predictable, but the kids will love it.

>THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Released: July 20

Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway.

Plot: New villain Bane threatens to overwhelm Gotham.

Hype: Final film in trilogy.

Caution: I can't work out what Bane is saying in the trailer.

>THE BOURNE LEGACY

Released: August 17

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen.

Plot: CIA operative Aaron Cross tackles a myriad of adventures.

Hype: It is hoped success of the earlier films is replicated.

Caution: Can it work without Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass?

>BRAVE

Released: August 17

Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson.

Plot: Princess Merida defies a law that brings chaos to her kingdom.

Hype: It's a Pixar, pure and simple. Caution: Cars 2 proved Pixar can slip.


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