4th May 2012

With Avengers Assemble already in global cinemas and opening in the US this weekend, distributors are filling leftover UK screens with 17 new films, including ones starring Zac Efron (The Lucky One), Jason Statham (Safe) and the American Pie cast (American Reunion). But none are hugely notable until next week, when the blockbuster season kicks off in earnest, starting a stream of weekly mega-hits that will last through the summer. Read about this week's biggest releases here

Next week's big movie release is Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, an adaptation

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of the 1960s creepy supernatural soap opera. The remake's all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee. But according to the trailer, Burton's version looks much more comical than the original TV show, which is bound to be controversial with fans. Perhaps this is why the studio hasn't shown the finished film to critics before its release. View trailers for this week's biggest releases here

The week's biggest new trailer is for

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Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, which is the conclusion of the trilogy starring Christian Bale as Batman. The dark and moody trailer also includes costars Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. But it left fans shaking their heads over hints, scattered throughout the trailer, that Batman was going to die in this film. Would that be sacrilege?

Meanwhile, Rob Pattinson led the movie news this week with word that he's joined the cast of two new films in his continuing efforts to get away from heart-throb roles. First he'll play the lead character in Mission: Black List, a psychological thriller based on the true story of the army interrogator who lead the mission to capture Saddam Hussein. Then he'll head to Australia to star alongside Guy Pearce in The Rover, a futuristic road movie set in the Outback.

At the Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto,

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Entourage actor Adrian Grenier is also trying to break free from his heart-throb stereotype. He greeted fans at the red carpet premiere of his new film My Name Is Faith, a biographical documentary about a 12-year-old girl who's trying to overcome her troubled past.

And at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, 10 minutes from Peter Jackson's upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit were shown to clamouring fans. The reaction was decidedly mixed, mainly because the 48-frames-per-second footage (twice as detailed as standard film) seemed far too crisp. Jackson responded that he knows the format will take some getting used to - it's a completely new film-watching experience - but that your eyes adjust to it within minutes. The first part of The Hobbit opens in December.

Rich Cline