This week’s new cinema releases

It’s one of the better weeks of the year, film-wise at least, with at least two highly anticipated movies to be released in cinemas at the weekend.

First up is ‘Saving Mr. Banks’. Desperate to adapt her novel for the big screen, Walt Disney invited the cold, unfeeling and unfriendly author P. L. Travers to Los Angeles in an effort to persuade her to allow Mary Poppins - his daughter’s favourite book - to be made into a film. Unforunately, she was unconvinced by his plans.

We all know that remakes can either be a great hit or a dismal miss, and with classic films of the stature of ‘Carrie’ the risk is even greater.

But early reviews suggest that this might just be one of the rare hits.

Carrie White is a lonely and awkward teenage who is constantly bullied at school by her classmates, and beaten at home by her deeply religious mother. But Carrie has a secret, she has been blessed with telekinetic powers, which she terrifyingly unleashes when she is pushed too far at her senior prom.

‘Dirty Wars’ might just be one of those documentaries that everyone needs to watch .

It follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill’s journey to uncover America’s covert conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond. In the process he unearths some disturbing facts about what has been sanctioned by the US.

And finally, the animation ‘Free Birds’ has a typically demented premise. Two turkeys from different walks of life must work together to travel back in time and change the course of history, thus removing their kind from the Christmas menu for good.