Out in cinemas this week: Two very different kind of fantasy movies this week: On the one hand, a demigod hero fighting with the monstrous side of the divine; on the other, a slightly lighthearted take on the Snow White legend.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
This latest gods-n-mortals blockbuster is a pure-blooded action flick, but with a story by Greg Berlanti it's not going to be as empty-headed as some recent entries in the category.
The story: Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
Starring: Sam Worthington (Perseus), Liam Neeson (Zeus), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), Edgar Ramírez (Ares), Toby Kebbell (Agenor), Rosamund Pike (Andromeda), Bill Nighy (Hephaestus), John Bell (Helius), Lily James (Korrina), Alejandro Naranjo (Mantius), Freddy Drabble (Apollo), Kathryn Carpenter (Athena), Matt Milne (Elite Guard No. 1), Kett Turton (Elite Guard No. 2), Sinead Cusack (Clea), Spencer Wilding (Minotaur).
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman.
Mirror Mirror (2012)
The first of two major Snow White features this year, this one's more of a comedy (hint: the queen is played by Julia Roberts, and the cast includes scene-stealers like The Cape's Martin Klebba and Nathan Lane), though with Tarsem Singh directing it's still going to have scale and atmosphere.
The story: An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
Starring: Julia Roberts (The Queen), Lily Collins (Snow White), Armie Hammer (Prince Alcott), Nathan Lane (Brighton), Jordan Prentice (Napoleon), Mark Povinelli (Half Pint), Joe Gnoffo (Grub), Danny Woodburn (Grimm), Sebastian Saraceno (Wolf), Martin Klebba (Butcher), Ronald Lee Clark (Chuckles), Robert Emms (Charles Renbock), Mare Winningham (Baker Margaret), Michael Lerner (Baron), Sean Bean (King).
Directed by: Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (Immortals, The Cell).