Three popular films hit the big screen this week

PUBLISHED: 15:35 16 December 2010

Christina Aguilera stars in Screen Gems' BURLESQUE.

Christina Aguilera stars in Screen Gems' BURLESQUE.

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THREE eagerly-awaited films hit the big screens at cinemas nationwide this week.

Burlesque (12A), starring pop stars Cher and Christina Aguilera, is a tale of a small-town girl who follows her dreams to LA.

Ali (Aguilera) escapes hardship and an uncertain future and stumbles across The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theatre that is home to an inspired musical revue.

Ali lands a job as a waitress from Tess (Cher), the club’s owner and headliner.

The outrageous costumes and bold choreography encompass Ali and she vows to perform there one day.

Soon she builds a friendship with a featured dancer (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer (Kristen Bell) and gains the affections of Jack (Cam Gigandet), a bartender and fellow musician.

With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager, Ali makes her way from the bar to the front of house.

n Also released this week at cinemas across the UK is Disney’s Tron: Legacy (PG).

A 3D action adventure, it is set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen.

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hdlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father, video game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges).

When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn’s arcade that he could have only come from his father, he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years.

n The third film to be released this week is animated adventure Animals United (TBC).

In the Okavango Delta, Billy, the little mischievous meerkat, and his best (and only) pal Socrates, the friendly lion, wait for the annual flood, essential to the Delta and all the animals living there.

Wanting to prove to his adoring son Junior that he’s not the screwball loser everyone, sometimes justifiably so, thinks he is, Billy sets out to find water, accompanied by Socrates.

On their journey, they meet a truly wild and funny bunch of animals from all over the world, who have flocked to Africa in search of a new home.

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