Secret love affairs and A-list stars

PUBLISHED: 19:24 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

Nine

Nine

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A STAR-STUDDED musical and a secret love affair are the themes running through this week's top two releases at Weston Odeon.

A STAR-STUDDED musical and a secret love affair are the themes running through this week's top two releases at Weston Odeon.

Nine (12A), is based on Federico Fellini's 1963 film called 8 1/2 .

Like the original and subsequent musicals that followed, the new film directed by Rob Marshall focuses on the problems of the suave Italian film director Guido Contini.

Played by Daniel Day-Lewis, he is struggling to complete his ninth film, for which he does not have a script.

He is also juggling seven women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his costume designer and confidante (Judi Dench), his mother (Sophie Loren), an American journalist (Kate Hudson) and a prostitute (Fergie of Black Eyed Peas fame).

His desperate search for inspiration sparks memories of his past stormy relationships.

Will he choose one woman to help him break through his struggle?

If that wasn't enough for viewers then more love and romance can be seen in Bright Star (PG).

An undisclosed love affair between the English poet John Keats and the girl next door is portrayed in this film.

The movie is set in London in 1818 when 23-year-old Keats meets Fanny Brawne, an out-spoken student of high fashion.

This unlikely couple begin at odds. He thinks she is a stylish minx, while she is unimpressed not only by his poetry but also by literature in general.

However, when Fanny hears that Keats is nursing his seriously ill younger brother, her efforts to help touches Keats and when she asks him to teach her about poetry he agrees.

The poetry soon becomes a romantic remedy that works not only to sort their differences but also to fuel an impassioned love affair.

Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers are swept deeply into powerful new sensations at the same time as their troubles mount.

Both Bright Star and Nine will be shown at Weston Odeon from tomorrow (Fri).

For viewing times call 0871 22 44 007.

* The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see a film of their choice, subject to availability.

To enter the competition, simply click on the link below and answer the following question by 10am on January 29: In the film Bright Star what is the name of the English poet?

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final. Please check availability with Weston Odeon box office before arriving with your winning tickets.

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