A Week In Movies: Beautiful Creatures opens, Tom Cruise visits a post-apocalyptic Earth and Billy Crystal and John Goodman reunite in Monsters University
Being Valentine's Day week, cinemas are flooded with romantic movies like the new teen franchise-launcher Beautiful Creatures. US audiences can also weep their way through the new Nicholas Sparks drama Safe Haven, while in the UK couples instead can laugh at Judd Apatow's epic rom-com This Is 40 and the clunky British farce Run For Your Wife. And for alternative viewing, there's the ultimate date movie A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis' fifth instalment in the crashing, exploding franchise.
And this kind of action dominates the week's new selection of trailers, starting with the very explosive-looking Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent trying to retake the White House after a terrorist invasion. The muscly cast includes Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. It opens in March.
Into the future now for a much more detailed trailer for Tom Cruise's next big action movie Oblivion, which also costars Morgan Freeman, this time as the head of some sort of secret society on a post-apocalyptic Earth after all humans were supposed to have been evacuated to live in the sky. Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough and Nikolai Coster-Waldau costar in the thriller, which opens in April.
There's more trouble from space in the supernatural thriller Dark Skies, which looks pretty harrowing. From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, it stars Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as suburban parents whose home is invaded by something seriously freaky. It opens next week in America and two weeks later in Britain.
But of course the movie we all want to see is Monsters University, the prequel to 2001's Monsters Inc. It reteams Billy Crystal and John Goodman to voice Mike and Sulley in their university days. We also see a younger Randall, the villainous chameleon-like critter again voiced by Steve Buscemi. It opens this summer.
And finally, we have the news that Peter Dinklage is set to join the action in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the hotly anticipated sequel that combines the casts of First Class (Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, etc) and the original X-Men trilogy (Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, etc), plus original director Bryan Singer. Filming starts soon, and a summer 2014 release is planned.