Weekly US film releases: mythic tales 'Robin Hood' and 'Letters to Juliet'

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The week's three new major releases in the US lead with the latest version of a mythological adventure starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, plus a story inspired by a classic Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers, and a modern romantic comedy.

Robin Hood
This popular mythical tale, set in 13th century England, follows the adventures of the legendary Robin Hood and his band of mercenaries as they confront corruption and lead an uprising. Stars Oscar-winners Russell Crowe as the heroic archer Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion, who questions the crusader's motivations. Directed by Ridley Scott who worked with Crowe on Gladiator and also made Alien, Thelma & Louise, and American Gangster, the film also features Max von Sydow, William Hurt ( Syriana), and Danny Huston ( Clash of the Titans) as Richard Coeur de Lion.

Letters to Juliet
A romantic drama featuring Amanda Seyfried ( Dear John) and Gael Garcia Bernal ( Babel) in a story inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet about an American girl on vacation in Italy who finds a letter to Juliet - one of thousands left at a Verona courtyard - and she sets off on a quest. Directed by Gary Winick ( Bride Wars, Charlotte's Web), it also stars Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero who starred together as lovers in Camelot in 1967.

Just Wright

Queen Latifah ( Valentine's Day, Chicago) plays a physical therapist assisting an injured basketball player portrayed by rapper/actor Common ( Date Night, Terminator Salvation) when the two fall in love. Directed by Sanaa Hamri ( The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2).