The 2016 Almost-Summer Movie Preview

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(Image Credit: Universal)

Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time to start looking forward to all the movies that are coming out. Contrary to popular belief, every month is a great month for movies, and the almost-summer months of April and May are definitely not exceptions. Check out what’s coming out this year below!

April

The Boss – April 8

In order to start your April off right, go see Melissa McCarthy’s newest movie, The Boss. McCarthy stars as a woman convicted of insider trading who is released from jail and ready to resume her high-status place in the business world. But not everyone is willing to forgive and forget, so she decides to start a brownie empire with the help of Kristen Bell and the Girl Scouts. The Boss is sure to be hilarious and a great beginning to the almost-summer movie season.

The Jungle Book – April 15

The first of two upcoming Jungle Book movies, The Jungle Book is the Disney version, a reimagining of the animated classic. The movie will be live-action with CGI animals, and if you have any problems with snakes or tigers, it might be too realistic for you. The Jungle Book features a stellar voice cast, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. Fans of Oz the Great and Powerful and Maleficent, this one’s for you.

Criminal – April 15

In a movie that sounds reminiscent of Face/Off and Source Code, Kevin Costner stars as a former death row inmate who gets a CIA operative’s memories implanted in his head. The CIA operative is played by Ryan Reynolds, so we hope he gets plenty of screen time as well, even if he’s dead. But it’s likely we’ll see more of Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones than Reynolds. If you love Gal Gadot in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and can’t wait for the Wonder Woman movie, it looks she’ll have a pretty significant role in Criminal as the operative’s wife.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War – April 22

A spinoff of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War focuses on Eric, the Huntsman, played in both movies by Chris Hemsworth. The movie tells the story of how Eric came to fight by Snow White’s side, but it also features a new threat in the form of the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt), the Evil Queen’s (Charlize Theron) younger sister. The Ice Queen’s story will bring in elements of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” also the basis for Disney’s Frozen. In addition to Hemsworth and Theron, Sam Claflin will reprise his role as William in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

 

May

Captain America: Civil War – May 6

It wouldn’t be the beginning of May without a movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this year, we’ve got Captain America: Civil War. Set one year after Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie will see the Avengers split into two factions, one side supporting superhuman regulation, led by Tony Stark/Iron Man, and the other against it, led by Steve Rogers/Captain America. Practically every actor in Hollywood is in this movie, with Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Rudd all returningCaptain America: Civil War will also introduce Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the latest version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to the MCU.

The Nice Guys – May 20

A mystery comedy, The Nice Guys looks like a buddy-cop film, which makes sense given director Shane Black’s previous work. The titular “nice guys” are a down-on-his-luck private detective (Ryan Gosling) and an enforcer (Russell Crowe). Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the two must team-up to solve the mystery of a missing girl and the death of a porn star. If you liked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or Iron Man 3, you should give this one a try.

X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27

The latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, made itself buzzworthy by casting younger versions of several members of the X-Men team we already know and love, including Game of Thrones’s Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. A sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the movie will be set in the 1980s with Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), finally-bald Professor X (James McAvoy) and the young team going up against Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and new villain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Mutants on the good side will include Cyclops, Beast, Havok, Nightcrawler and Jubilee while mutants on the villains’ side will include Storm, Psylocke and Archangel.

Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27

In this sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland where things are not as she left them. With the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) growing “darker,” Alice travels back in time to save him. Other actors reprising their roles will be Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the voice talents of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall as Absolem the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and Bayard the Bloodhound. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the cast as the part-human, part-clock character Time while Rhys Ifans will play the Mad Hatter’s father.

 

Almost-summer movies  pave the way for summer movie season, and every year, they are some of the most popular ones. Don’t miss out on the April and May movies, especially with all these sequels! You might still be busy with school, but these movies will definitely be worth your time.

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5 Live-Action Disney Movies We’re Looking Forward To

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(Image Credit: Disney)

When you think Disney, is the first thing that comes to mind animation? Well, you’re not alone, but don’t forget Disney has done some amazing live-action movies over the years. From Mary Poppins and The Love Bug to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Hocus Pocus, live-action Disney movies were just as much a part of my childhood as their animated counterparts. So, I’m excited that Disney has a lot of live-action in the works.

Not only are we getting Pirates of the Caribbean and Maleficent sequels, but Disney is returning to the classics with live versions of Dumbo and Pinocchio also announced. Those all sound good, but they aren’t even the best parts. Read on to find out which five live-action Disney movies we’re looking forward to the most.

The Jungle Book – April 15, 2016

Coming pretty soon to a theater near you, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI remake of the animated classic. The trailer was intense, pitting Mowgli against tiger Shere Khan and python Kaa. But it also made sure we saw plenty of good times with Mowgli and his friends, black panther Bagheera and, of course, Baloo the bear. The cast is full of all-stars like Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johannson and Christopher Walken, but the real highlight is the debut of Neel Sethi, who has already won over hearts as Mowgli.

Pete’s Dragon – August 12, 2016

I’m not entirely sure that I saw the original Pete’s Dragon, but after watching the just-released trailer for the live-action remake, you can bet I’m going to see the new one. The movie is a reimagining, and judging by the trailer, the tone has chanegd, which is probably appropriate for the story of an orphan living alone in a forest. Sadly, the movie is no longer a musical, but the dragon looks pretty darn cool.

Beauty and the Beast – March 17, 2017

Even more star-studded than The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast will feature Emma Watson and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens in the title roles. Then, we’ll all be the guests of Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – which is just about the coolest dinner party I could ever dream up. Even better, the movie will feature classic songs we all love as well as new material with Alan Menken returning to do the music with Tim Rice, whose work includes Aladdin and The Lion King, joining him.

Mary Poppins Sequel – TBA

People began buzzing about this movie recently when it was announced that Emily Blunt was in talks to play the title role. The sequel is said to be set in London 20 years after the first movie with the now grown-up Banks kids needing help with children of their own. If you’re still kind of leery about a Mary Poppins sequel – and trust me, I understand – maybe the news that Lin Manuel-Miranda of Hamilton fame is in talks to play Mary Poppins’s friend, the lamplighter Jack, similar to the role played by Dick Van Dyke in the original. Manuel-Miranda is supposed to also help develop new songs for the musical sequel.

A Wrinkle in Time – TBA

It’s still early days for the A Wrinkle in Time movie with director Ava DuVernay (Selma) only just announced, but my expectations are already very high. The movie will, of course, be based on the classic novel by Madeleine L’Engle, a book that I devoured in elementary school. Frozen’s writer and director Jennifer Lee will pen the script, which is not an enviable task, because the book focuses a lot on math and science and has been called unfilmable. But no matter what happens, it has to be better than the 2003 television adaptation.

Whether you want to see all of these movies or just some of them, keep them in mind, because if I know Disney, there’ll be more greatness where that came from. See you in the theater, reliving our childhoods!