Now that all the Oscar movies have made their way out of the theaters, we are starting to see some of the B-list (or lower) movies come out this spring anticipating the summer blockbusters. It seems that production companies try and sneak in their lackluster films of the year during the March and April slump- it’s all downhill after Valentine’s Day! I love going to the movies so I’ve been trying to figure out what are the best movies to see that are coming to theaters soon- especially since it is still cold here in Chicago and I’ve found a theater that charges $3 for a matinee screening. Now there may not be a ton of great movies out, but I have found the ones I think we can all get excited about- and also some to skip.
The Woman in Gold
- April 1- PG-13
I’ve been seeing previews of this film for months and as always it seems Helen Mirren can do no wrong- especially if paired with Ryan Reynolds. Early reviews kind of say otherwise, but the story looks intriguing enough to make my screening list, just for the true story alone.
The Short Story: Based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Holocaust survivor and a young lawyer fight the government of Austria for nearly a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was seized by the Nazis from her family home in Vienna prior to World War II.
- April 3 - Rated R
Call me crazy, but I’ll see any movie starring Liam Hemsworth. I even saw “The Last Song” where he met his ex- Miley Cyrus and I have to say- he even made that movie worth seeing. I’m really excited to see him in a dramatic role as the lead. I think he actually has the acting chops to carry a film without directors just relying on his rugged good looks. Hopefully we will see both those things in this movie!
The Short Story: Cut Bank is a town in Montana that Dwayne (Hemsworth), a mechanic and former high school football star wants to leave behind. Things change when Dwayne accidentally films a murder in the small town where Billy Bob Thornton plays a cop.
- April 3 - PG-13
Oh look, the 7th movie of the franchise where the fancy cars race each other, or chase a bad guy. Essentially, it is the same plot over and over again- and yet still slays the box office every year and continues to give jobs to actors who rarely star in anything else. Honestly, the only reason this is on my See list is because I think they’ll make this one extra special after Paul Walker’s death. They even used his brothers to finish some of his scenes. I think there will be more touching moments than any of the other installments.
The Short Story: After “defeating” the Owen Shaw crew in the last movie, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and friends go on with their normal lives until- of course- they come seeking revenge. Oh and it’s in 3-D.
- April 17- Rated R
A movie starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, you’d probably guess it was a comedy these days, but guess again. This psychological drama and true story
also stars this years Academy Award Nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything). I was creeped out just from the trailer, but also really captivated. Moving this to the top of my See list.
The Short Story: After being recently fired as a New York Times reporter, Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) after he tries to take on Finkel's identity. His investigation becomes a pursuit to uncover the real story of a sociopath and the death of his family.
The Age of Adaline
- April 24 - PG-13
A sort-of period piece movie starring Harrison Ford and Blake Lively and I am sold. This sad but also romantic drama is right up my alley and I’ll definitely shed some tears before the credits roll.
The Short Story: After remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has never allowed herself to get close to anyone who would reveal her age defying secret. But after meeting a new friend, her passion for life is reignited. When his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) realize their prior relationship with Adaline, it forces her to make a decision that will change her life forever.
The Longest Ride
- April 10 - PG-13
No, please not another Nicolas Sparks movie. Guy has got himself a niche. The world can’t take another story of star-crossed lovers- even if Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) stars in the film. Unless, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.
The Very Short Story: Girl meets Cowboy, falls in love, seeks advice from an elderly widower who’s love story somehow connects to the cowboy couple.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
- April 17 - PG
Now obviously if you saw the first one and liked it, you can move it to your See list, but if you are like me and thought the trailer of the first one looked exceptionally un-funny, then by all means - don’t even watch this trailer.
The Very Short Story: After years of mall cop duty, Paul (Kevin James) earns a vacation to Vegas where he bites of more than he can chew when security isn’t up to his standards.
What upcoming movies are you looking to see? Let me know in the comments!