Movies in March and April 2014

Winter stinks, especially when it comes to movies. January and February are over, thank goodness, and the months ahead should see a growing onslaught of more interesting films. Here's what's coming our way during the next two months.

WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR MARCH 2014

300: Rise of an Empire (March 7) -- Gerard Butler isn't in this sequel, but Lena Headey is back as Queen Gorgo. Zack Snyder isn't directing it, but Noam Murro is taking over the helm (he's the one who gave us the comedy Smart People.)


Veronica Mars (March 14) -- The Kickstarter crowdfunded phenomenon finally debuts, bringing Kristen Bell's cult-favorite character to the big screen.

Muppets Most Wanted (March 21) -- An all-star cast joins Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and the other Disney-owned Henson creations in an all-new adventure: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek, Christoph Waltz, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, and Zach Galifianakis.

Noah (March 28) -- Brilliant direct Darren Aronofsky brings us a biblical epic that would have likely made Cecil B. DeMille proud, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Nick Nolte, and others.

OTHER KEY MOVIES IN MARCH 2014


Divergent -- The marketing muscle spent on this adaptation of Veronica Roth's young-adult novel series is astronomical. Whether or not it reaches Hunger Games-level success is anybody's guess.

The Grand Budapest Hotel -- Director Wes Anderson has plenty of fans, all of whom should be thrilled to see this quirky story of the friendship between a concierge and a lobby boy in a European hotel. The stellar cast includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Tilda Swinton.

Jodorowsky's Dune -- Here's an interesting documentary that chronicles the failed attempt by filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Frank Herbert's science fiction classic.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman -- For those of you who remember The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the time-traveling canine and his adopted son jump to the big screen in this computer-generated cartoon.

Need for Speed -- Aaron Paul joins Dominic Cooper as a street racer in this Fast and Furious wannabe.

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 -- Lars von Trier, best known for his artsy flicks Breaking the Waves, Dogville, Antichrist, and Melancholia, aims to shock in this erotic drama.

Sabotage -- Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his valiant efforts for a Hollywood comeback in this action movie about an elite DEA task force whose members are hunted down by a drug cartel seeking retribution.

WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR APRIL 2014


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4) -- Marvel Entertainment continues its hot streak with a sequel that brings back familiar faces and introduces some new ones.

Rio 2 (April 11) -- My daughter's been waiting for this follow-up to the 2011 animated hit.

Transcendence (April 18) -- Johnny Depp stars as a terminally ill scientist who downloads his consciousness into a computer. Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, and Paul Bettany also star.

The Other Woman (April 25) -- Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton star in this comedy about a wife and mistress who team up to exact revenge on their cheating man. It's directed by Nick Cassavetes.

OTHER KEY MOVIES IN APRIL 2014

A Haunted House 2 -- Marlon Wayans returns for another round of horror movie spoofing.


Island of Lemurs: Madagascar -- No, this isn't a cartoon spin-offs of the Madagascar cartoon blockbusters. Instead, it's an IMAX nature and wildlife documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Walk of Shame -- A reporter, played by Elizabeth Banks, is stranded in downtown Los Angeles after a one-night stand. James Marsden also stars.

OTHER TITLES IN MARCH AND APRIL 2014


Here are some of the other movies scheduled for release during the next two months.

Bad Words
Bears
Dom Hemingway
Enemy
Grand Piano
Heaven Is For Real
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
St. Vincent De Van Nuys

Which ones are you most looking forward to seeing?

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