For a book by a writer so fascinated by Hollywood, big-screen translations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby have never captured public imagination in the same way as the source novel; from a lost 1926 silent adaptation and the almost-forgotten 1949 Alan Ladd version, to the dismissed 1974 Robert Redford movie. Now trying to put that right is Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann with a digitally enhanced 3D extravaganza starring Leonardo DiCaprio as literature’s most famous one-percenter; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the girl for whom he pulls out all the stops; and Tobey Maguire as writer-narrator Nick Carraway. Seeking to bring the story alive for a 2013 audience, the Aussie filmmaker ditches the Jazz Age tunes for an anachronistic soundtrack of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey and Jack White.
Thriller Dark Tide stars Halle Berry as a shark expert haunted by the death of a colleague who’s persuaded to get back in the boat by an offer from boyfriend Olivier Martinez. All she has to do is take a rich businessman out on a risky out-of-the-cage dive in deadly Shark Alley. What, you ask, could possibly go wrong?
Witchcraft-themed The Lords of Salem stars musician-turned-director Rob Zombie’s other half, Sheri Moon Zombie, as a Massachusetts radio disk jockey who receives a record of chants that prompt visions of the town’s past.
Ali, from Spanish director Paco Baños, stars Nadia de Santiago as the titular 18-year-old struggling to deal with a depressive mother (Verónica Forqué) and her feelings for a supermarket co-worker.