Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Movie Preview

With the Oscars now firmly behind us, it's time to look ahead to the new movies coming out over the next few months. If you haven't been catching up on Oscar movies, there hasn't been a whole lot to see since the new year. But that changes this very weekend with a number of March and April movies that seem potentially worth watching. Will one of these break out the way Memento and Eternal Sunshine did in the past? Or at least entertain us until the Summer of Superheroes Begins?

Happythankyoumoreplease (March 4th)
Yes, it was a hit at Sundance last year, but the real reason I'm excited is that it's directed by and stars Ted Mosby (aka Josh Radnor), meaning this is the closest thing to a How I Met Your Mother movie we have.

Red State (March 5th)
Kevin Smith doing a horror movie? Kevin Smith doing a political horror movie? Definitely has the potential for disaster. But that makes me all the more curious. And I've seen every other Kevin Smith movie (even Cop Out), so why stop now?

Paul (March 18th)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do for nerds what they've already done for zombies and cops. Since the previous two were hilarious, I expect the same for this one.

Win Win (March 18th)
I'm not really sure what it's about, but actor-turned-director Thomas McCarthy's previous two movies were The Station Agent and The Visitor. With a cast featuring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and Jeffrey Tambor, seems like he's up for a third critical hit in a row.

Sucker Punch (March 25th)
I can't say I'm too big of a Zack Snyder fan (though liked Watchmen better than some), but something about his newest looks cool. Maybe it's the largely unknown cast. Maybe it's the promise of crazy-ass visuals. Whatever it is, I figure this will either be the coolest movie of the spring or the lamest.

Your Highness (April 8th)
The trailer didn't wow me the way I hoped it would, but the Eastbound and Down team plus James Franco and Natalie Portman taking on The Princess Bride = something I need to see.

Hanna (April 8th)
Regardless of what you think of a movie about a teen hit girl, you have to admit the trailer is pretty badass.

Rio (April 15th)
With Pixar using its 2011 slot on a sequel to one of its least liked movies, there's room for another studio to take its buzz. As one of the few bright spots among movie trailers during the Super Bowl, Rio seems a good place to start.

Scream 4 (April 15th)
I probably shouldn't admit this, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 Scream movies back in my teen years and am secretly excited about the prospect of a fourth. Will it be terrible? Probably. Will I still see it? Absolutely.

Water for Elephants (April 22nd)
One of the few movies on this list I'm legitimately excited about. I LOVED the book, and the trailers give every indication this movie will do it justice. Plus, who doesn't want to see Christoph Waltz outside a Nazi setting?

And possibly:

Friends with Kids (April TBD) - Skeptical this will actually make it out this spring, but I'm definitely excited for a movie that pairs Don Draper with Adam "Are we having fun yet?" Scott.


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