A look at the things we're most excited about watching, reading, browsing, and listening to:
In theaters Friday: Disney hopes its sci-fi epic John Carter will launch a Star Wars-level film dynasty, but cost overruns and cheesy marketing have a lot of critics predicting a flop. But with a screenplay from Pixar genius Andrew Stanton and a few promising early reviews, there may be hope yet.
Elizabeth Olsen follows up her magnetic turn in Martha Marcy May Marlene with Silent House, a high-concept horror flick seemingly filmed in one, continuous shot.
For sale Tuesday:
Hilarious, heartsick indie-pop songwriter Stephin Merritt has never been more hilarious or heartsick than on the Magnetic Fields' Love at the Bottom of the Sea, whose wry lyrics touch on meth-out murderers, mariachi obsessives, and more.
Break It to Yourself, the latest from the melody-whistling, violin-playing, thesaurus-reading Andrew Bird "blooms into something beautiful" after a few listens according to NPR, which is streaming the album.