This week’s movie releases

Jesse Eisenberg heads a group of Robin Hood-style magicians in Now You See Me

Magic man: Jesse Eisenberg plays a stage conjuror in Now You See Me.
Magic man: Jesse Eisenberg plays a stage conjuror in Now You See Me.BEN PRUCHNIE (GETTY IMAGES)

In Now You See Me Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Isla Fisher, Dave Franco (brother of fellow actor James) and Woody Harrelson join forces to become The Four Horsemen, a quartet of talented stage magicians with a penchant for injecting their performances with a dose of Robin Hood flair. During their stage acts they use their powers of illusion to rob the rich and corrupt and give to their audience, showering banknotes all about them. Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) play the baffled agents following their trail; Morgan Freeman is the old illusionist who helps them out; while Michael Caine is the group’s manager. French director Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) calls the shots.

The latest from horror king James Wan, co-creator of the Saw franchise, The Conjuring is the supposedly true story of married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) — those of the famous Amityville haunting case — who are called in by a Rhode Island family to investigate some petrifying goings-on in their isolated farmhouse.

Beginning in 1997 New York, Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On is a gay drama charting the complicated long-term relationship between Danish documentary filmmaker (Thure Lindhardt) and a publishing house lawyer (Zachary Booth), who struggles with drug and sex addiction.

From the producers of 2011 hit The Intouchables, French comedy Un plan parfait stars Diane Kruger as a woman trying to overcome an ancestral curse. Every first marriage in her family seems to end in divorce, so she attempts to break the pattern by wedding a random stranger (Dany Boon) before tying the knot with her beloved boyfriend.

All shook up

In Argentinean drama El último Elvis, Presley obsessive Carlos Gutiérrez (John McInerny) is all shook up by his approaching 42rd birthday — the age his beloved King shuffled off his immortal toilet seat. Living in a rock‘n’roll dream world, he’s forced to confront reality when he suddenly finds himself with custody of his estranged daughter, who — naturally — goes by the name of Lisa Marie.

Zarafa is a French animation based on the true story of the giraffe that Muhammad Ali of Egypt gave to King Charles X of France back in 1827. Playing rather fast and loose with historical fact, it follows orphan Maki and the titular giraffe as they travel from Sudan to Paris, partly by hot-air balloon, encountering slave traders, pirates and more en route.

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