Winter and Spring Movie Preview: 10 to Look Out For

From January through April is one of the worst times of the year to release a movie. This is mostly because people tend to try and see the awards movies before Oscar night. However there are always a few gems that come out of the months leading right up to the summer blockbuster season. Here are my ten picks of what could potentially be good in the first third of 2012.


10. 21 Jump Street

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this buddy cop comedy that brings these two back to high school. Based on the hit 1980’s TV series, the trailer has some funny moments and it also stars Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, and Johnny Depp. This is a movie that if written well can be a decent comedy to take us away from the serious nature of all the nominated films. (Mar. 16th)



9. The Woman in Black-

Recently we get to see how Emma Watson handles herself outside of a Harry Potter film in My Week With Marilyn. This February, Daniel Radcliffe will get the same opportunity in this creepy looking horror movie. It is rare to find a solid horror movie this time of year, but the trailer shows promise and you can’t help but root for Harry Potter himself to see further success. (Feb. 3rd)



8. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

You cannot go wrong with Dr. Seuss. It also helps that this adaptation comes from the director of Despicable Me. Danny DeVito will be voicing the title creature with Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Ed Helms also all acting for the film. This is going to be a fun time at the movies and is sure to deliver all the charm of a Dr. Seuss story. (Mar. 2nd)



7. Underworld Awakening-

Is this actually going to be a good movie? No, probably not but you know what? After all the Oscar movies I am going to need something simple and mindless. The fourth installment in this vampiric franchise is sure to deliver. Kate Beckinsale returns after taking off for the third installment as Selene, the werewolf killing vampire. And it’s in 3D. Should be great fun. (Jan. 20th)



6. The Divide

Here’s an interesting one, the plot sees survivors of a nuclear attack having to survive together with big personalities that might tear them apart. The film has no A-list stars and is coming out just two weeks after the New Year, but the trailer shows a lot of potential. It looks a bit overacted but this could still be a movie that makes you think. (Jan. 13th)



5. Chronicle

Another cool concept that had a cool trailer showcases what could be 2012’s first film about superheroes. It takes the hand-held camera technique from Blair Witch Project and uses it on teenagers with powers instead of your typical horror movie. This movie has true potential to be an early phenomenon of 2012. (Feb. 3rd)



4. The Five-Year Engagement

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are two of today’s brightest stars. The trailer shows that they have chemistry in the film. The plot sees these two constantly having to put off their wedding date for their careers. It is also directed by Nicholas Stoller who also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, two hilarious films that give his third outing true potential. (Apr. 27th)



3. American Reunion

It has been almost a decade since the characters of American Pie last graced movie screens leaving us in stitches. This April, everyone is returning for a reunion that is sure to please fans who grew up with the original trilogy. The movie itself does not even have to be that good as long as they hit all the right nostalgic notes it will be worth seeing. (Apr. 6th)



2. Movie 43

This movie currently lacks both a poster and a trailer. However, it sounds like a hysterical piece of filmmaking. It will feature a variety of segments that feature different characters and actors. So basically SNL just not live. The cast is said to include Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Sean William Scott, and Jason Sudeikis. Yup. (Apr. 13th)


1. The Hunger Games

The big action blockbuster of the Winter/Spring season is based on the best selling novel about a fight to the death for society’s entertainment. Rising star Jennifer Lawrence is headlining the film with such co-stars as Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci. The trailer is awesome and leaves very little chance of the film being bad. (Mar. 23rd)



Are there any other movies coming out between January and April that you think might be better than any of these? Post in the comments section! But be warned, if you say anything about the sequel to Ghost Rider not making this list I will be forced to take violent action…


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~ by mattsmoviethoughts on December 21, 2011.

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