Spring Movie Preview!

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Winter is the worst season at the movies. January and February continually pump out half-assed action flicks and romantic comedies riddled with cliches. Luckily, Spring is right around the corner. It is a season that typically delivers at least a few decent blockbusters before the summer hits and superheroes retake the silver screen. For both March and April, I have chosen five movies that have the most potential.



The reason that March is the month that we see the quality of films start to turn around is that the Oscars are over and done with. That means that moviegoers can finally start to focus on 2012. March typically delivers animated movies (Ice Age and How To Train Your Dragon were both released in March) and edgy action blockbusters that wouldn’t quite cut it as summer fare (Watchmen, V for Vendetta). 2012 looks to be more of the same, but there are some diamonds in the rough.


Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455323/5. Being Flynn (limited release Mar. 2nd)-

This movie features a stellar cast of Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano, who you will recognize as the mute teenager from Little Miss Sunshine. De Niro’s character is both a convict and a poet, with much of the plot having to do with his son, Dano, trying to reconnect with him and fix the problems in his own life. With the cast and plot, Being Flynn could be an uplifting drama and a crowd pleaser, despite its limited release.



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Here’s a movie that brings together a group of rising TV stars who have begun to break into the world of cinema. It also reunites a fair amount of the cast of last summer’s smash hit Bridesmaids, including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Chris O’Dowd. The trailer is funny, even though the plot is a bit stereotypical. This should be a fun comedy just based on this phenomenal cast.




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I know, sounds like a cliche-ridden horror movie right? Look again, this movie is one take. ONE TAKE! Everything is in real time. Cliches aside, this has to be at least a little scary. It also stars Elisabeth Olsen who gave a brilliant turn in last fall’s Martha Marcy May Marlene. This is a horror movie that expands the found footage craze even further, which could make for one terrifying film.




Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1683526/2. Detachment (New York Mar. 16th, Los Angeles Mar. 23rd)-

So unless you live in New York or L.A. you might have trouble finding this one for a while, but the wait looks to be worth it. Starring a wonderful cast of Adrien Brody, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, William Peterson, Blythe Danner, and Tim Blake Nelson, the plot follows the lives of several teachers and one substitute teacher, played by Brody. The trailer is gripping and this one has been talked about for some time. See it if you can.



Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/1. The Hunger Games (Mar. 23rd)-

2012’s first major blockbuster is based on the bestselling novel about a battle to the death between teenagers run by the government. Dark stuff, but based on the cast and the awesome trailer, Hunger Games will be as awesome as everyone expects it to be. Jennifer Lawrence has proved herself more than once now with both Winter’s Bone and X-men: First Class under her belt. This is a film event not to miss.


April is a bit of an awkward month at the movies. Most studios are too busy promoting the big summer blockbusters starting in May to worry about the smaller movies coming out in this month. But, April does have one great type of movie that always breaks through: R-rated comedies. Perhaps one of the most memorable of these was 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We’ll be seeing plenty more of those in 2012.


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Jason Statham is considered one of the biggest action stars of our era. He can kick more butt faster than any other star in Hollywood right now. Need proof? Just check out the Transporter or Crank movies. Safe is more or less the same, but it certainly looks to fulfill expectations of being an awesome Jason Statham action movie. Premiering just seven short days before The Avengers, this could be a great way to get yourself into the mindset of an action movie.



Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383010/4. The Three Stooges (Apr. 13th)-

You have to know what you’re going to get when you go see this movie. The Farrelly brothers, the minds behind Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, are at it again with an adaptation of the classic TV show. The main cast are pretty much all unknowns, but based on the trailer they got the characters down pat. Don’t expect excellent cinema, but The Three Stooges should be a fun reminder of that great television show.



Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/3. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Apr. 27th)-

The creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit are coming out with a pirate movie. This should be an excellent animated feature, perhaps one of the best of the year. The voice cast is fantastic and includes Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, and Brendan Gleeson. The trailer is absolutely hysterical by itself so don’t miss this one.




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Everyone is back for the fourth entry in the American Pie series. After almost ten years since American Wedding, many of our favorite graduates from Great Fall High School’s lives have changed. Jim and Michelle have kids, Kevin is married, and Stifler, well he hasn’t changed much. American Reunion should be a great nostalgic treat for those who grew up with these hysterical films.




Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1195478/1. The Five-Year Engagement (Apr. 27th)-

From the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek comes this comedy starring the delightful Jason Segel and the witty Emily Blunt. Sure, the plot seems a bit typical, but so did the aforementioned movies and they were comic gold. The plot chronicles the a couple’s extremely long engagement. The trailer is pretty funny, making this one not to miss come April.




So there you have it! Are there any movies you’re more excited for than the ones I have chosen? Or are you just super excited for another superhero summer? Sound off in the comments’ section!


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