Spring Movie Preview: 25 Key Films (and 75 Others)

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Below, we pick out the most noteworthy films arriving in theaters between now and May. You can also find short descriptions of all of the other films also scheduled for release in the spring (that's 100 movies in all).

Friday, March 2

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

A Dr. Seuss tale was last seen in theaters in 2008 with the computer animated Horton Hears a Who 71. This week,  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax will try to take the world of Dr. Seuss to the next level by adding 3D and IMAX to the equation. In this version of the story, Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) goes searching for a tree to impress Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, only to learn about the story of The Lorax and his nemesis, the tree chopping Once-ler. Danny DeVito provides the voice of The Lorax, and Ed Helms is the Once-ler, while Rob Riggle voices the evil mayor bent on keeping Ted’s hometown treeless.

Project X Watch Trailer

So how does producer Todd Phillips attempt to reinvent the “lets throw a massive party to become popular” genre? By turning it into a found footage document of debauchery, a formula Chronicle 69 recently employed to reinvigorate the superhero movie. Nima Nourizadeh’s debut feature follows high school losers JB, Costa, and birthday boy Thomas as their party becomes increasingly out of control. Project X has it all, if your definition of "all" encompasses flying dogs, little people stuck in ovens, cars driven into pools, zip lines, bouncy houses, tasers, fireworks, flamethrowers, and Miles Teller from Rabbit Hole.

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie LIMITED Watch Trailer

Comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have developed a (deserved) cult following for their subversive and squirm-inducing humor evidenced on Adult Swim shows such as Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job and Tom Goes to the Mayor. How will their style of comedy play out over 90 minutes instead of 15? That question will be answered this week with the release of their first feature film, which finds fictional Tim and Eric given a billion-dollar budget to make a movie, only to blow it immediately. Fortunately, they get a second chance when given the opportunity to rescue a derelict shopping mall. Plot, of course, is not the primary reason for seeing Billion Dollar Movie, but a guest lineup that includes Ray Wise, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and William Atherton certainly doesn't hurt.

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Badly Drawn Boy supplies the soundtrack, and Robert De Niro and Paul Dano star as father and son writers, in Being Flynn LIMITED, Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

The rockumentary Last Days Here NY; LA on 3/23 looks at three years in the life of Bobby Liebling, the lead singer of the heavy metal band Pentagram, who were destined for stardom in the 1970s before addiction derailed Liebling's career.

Chow Yun Fat joins writer/director/actor Jiang Wen in the action-packed Chinese western Let the Bullets Fly LA/NY.

Boy LIMITED is a coming-of-age tale set in rural New Zealand in 1984, where a Michael Jackson-obsessed boy deals with the release of his father from jail.

South African poet Ingrid Jonker is the subject of the Dutch-made biopic Black Butterflies LIMITED, which stars Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer and features English dialogue.

The Salt of Life LIMITED is writer/director/actor Gianni Di Gregorio’s follow-up to his surprising debut Mid-August Lunch.

Action-drama The Assault LIMITED is based on the true story of a 1994 incident where terrorists hijacked a plane from Algeria and planned to fly it into the Eiffel Tower, but were thwarted by a French SWAT team.

A teen boy forms a friendship with an older man who turns out to be a serial killer in The Snowtown Murders NY, which is based on the true story of Australian murderer John Bunting.

Friday, March 9

Friends with Kids Watch Trailer

Writer/actress Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein 72, Ira & Abby 62) makes her feature directing debut with this romantic comedy about two best friends (Westfeldt and Adam Scott) who decide to have a baby together while maintaining a platonic relationship. Their relationship fears are reflected by those of two other couples—the Bridesmaids pairings of Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph—while Megan Fox and Edward Burn act as temptation for the friendly couple post-baby. Will they remain “just friends?” We'll give you one guess.

John Carter Watch Trailer

Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter, a Confederate captain who wakes up to find himself on Mars and stuck in the middle of another, completely different civil war in this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, the first novel in his 11 volume Barsoom series. The film, originally titled John Carter of Mars, has been under the microscope since reports of weak tracking added doubts to its (hoped for) blockbuster status; nevertheless, a sequel is still in development. With a new world and a new action star to introduce to audiences, director Andrew Stanton’s (WALL-E 94) road to success is a bit more difficult than fellow animation turned live-action director Brad Bird’s was with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 73.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen LIMITED Watch Trailer

Director Lasse Hallström's career has been heading downhill over the past decade, with only one film during that timeframe (2007's little-seen The Hoax 70) earning decent reviews. While we're not expected another What's Eating Gilbert Grape or Cider House Rules 75, his latest film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen does encourage us with its strong cast; the romantic comedy about a British government scientist who is prodded by the British government to join a project to introduce salmon to the wadis of the Yemen stars Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, and Kristin Scott Thomas. It also features a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire 86), based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Torday.

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The long-shelved Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words will likely be one of the frontrunners for next year's Razzie Awards, if the trailer and early buzz is any indication.

Elizabeth Olsen follows her acclaimed performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene with a turn as a woman terrorized by unseen forces at a secluded lake house in the single-take horror film Silent House, a remake of a recent Uruguayan film.

Winner of best screenplay at Cannes 2011 and nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote LIMITED is a wry look at the relationship between father and son Talmudic professors.

Looking a bit like a Michel Gondry film (especially with all that drumming), the Swedish-French crime dramedy Sound of Noise LIMITED follows a group of anarchist percussionists who wreak havoc on a city by using parts of it (including a hospital patient on an operating table!) to create" music," all while being pursued by a tone-deaf policeman.

In early reviews, the strange coming-of-age story Attenberg NY earned many comparisons to another odd Greek film, Dogtooth.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi LIMITED looks at the life of 85 year-old sushi master Jiro Ono and his relationships with his work and with his son and eventual heir.

Kelly Macdonald plays The Decoy Bride LIMITED for Hollywood actress Alice Eve in this romantic comedy also starring Dr. Who’s David Tennant.

An assistant district attorney played by Jamie Kennedy resorts to Bending the Rules LIMITED when his father's classic car is stolen in this action-comedy that also features Philip Baker Hall and WWE wrestler Edge.

The unconventional New Zealand-made western Good for Nothing LIMITED centers on a cowboy with erectile dysfunction.

A Drummer's Dream LIMITED (3/7) documents the gathering of some of the best drummers in the world to teach at a drum camp on a remote farm in Canada.

A group of high school students awaken an evil force in Playback LIMITED, a horror film starring Toby Hemingway and Christian Slater.

Friday, March 16

21 Jump Street Watch Trailer

In this reimagining of the late '80s TV crime drama (that launched the career of Johnny Depp), Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play a dim-witted pair of cops enlisted to go undercover at a high school to expose a drug ring led by Dave Franco. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 66) direct from a script by Hill and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 69). The supporting cast includes Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Nick Offerman, and Rob Riggle.

Casa de mi Padre LIMITED Watch Trailer

A Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell? ¡Muy loco! The feature directorial debut for former SNL writer Matt Piedmont, Casa de mi Padre ("House of My Father") finds Ferrell's Armando Alvarez falling in love with his brother's (Diego Luna) fiance but teaming with him to save their family ranch from an evil drug lord (Gael García Bernal). If that sounds like the storyline to a telenovela, well, that's the point (though this, of course, is intentionally funny). Ferrell's not the only gringo to show up, by the way; Nick Offerman also has a small role.

Jeff Who Lives at Home LIMITED Watch Trailer

The writer-director-brother tandem of Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus 74, The Puffy Chair 73) return with another quirky indie comedy, this time centering on a 30-year-old stoner (Jason Segel) who still lives with his mother (Susan Sarandon) and helps his more career-oriented brother (Ed Helms) investigate whether his wife (Judy Greer) is cheating on him. That cast is probably the film's biggest asset; critics who reviewed the film at its festival premiere in Toronto last fall were a bit divided on the picture (or at least some aspects of it, like its ending), though many enjoyed it.

The Kid with a Bike LIMITED Watch Trailer

Last year at Cannes, the Dardenne brothers (Jean Pierre and Luc) won another in a long string of prizes when the jury awarded The Kid with a Bike a tie for the Grand Prix, the festival’s second-place prize. The film charts the relationship between a 12-year-old boy who has been abandoned by his father, and the hairdresser, played by Cecile de France, who looks out for his wellbeing despite tremendous odds. It looks like another triumph from the directors, who have an average Metascore of 82.

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After his wife (January Jones) is assaulted, Nicolas Cage makes a dangerous deal with a vigilante group led by Guy Pearce in the Roger Donaldson-directed thriller Seeking Justice LIMITED.

Tony Kaye (American History X) directs Detachment NY, a look at the lives of public school teachers, administrators, and students starring Adrien Brody.

Destined for midnight movie cult status, Drafthouse Films' dark comedy The FP LIMITED finds rival gangs battling over Frazier Park the old-fashioned way: via a game of Dance Dance Revolution.

Free Men NY stars Tahar Rahim from A Prophet as an Algerian immigrant who joins the resistance in WW II Paris.

Documentary Gerhard Richter Painting NY (3/14) provides an unprecedented look at the process of one of the world’s best living painters.

British family comedy Reuniting the Rubins LIMITED finds a Jewish man attempting to bring his family (including BSG's James Callis) back together for Passover to appease his ailing mother.

Another UK comedy, The Understudy LIMITED has been floating around the festival circuit since 2008; the cast includes Richard Kind (Luck) and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show).

French romance Delicacy LIMITED stars Audrey Tautou as a widow who finds new love at the office.

Friday, March 23

The Hunger Games Watch Trailer

In a dystopian future controlled by the Capitol, each district must offer up a girl and a boy tribute to participate in a televised battle to the death: The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy finally makes it to the big screen with a freight train’s worth of hype and expectations. Trying to satisfy fan’s desires will be Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Supporting players include Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville 71, Seabiscuit 72) will be tasked with setting the visual tone of the planned trilogy (though rumors have it stretching to a possible four films).

The Raid: Redemption LIMITED

For the best pure action movie of the spring, you'll have to look to Indonesia. Already the recipient of intensely positive buzz thanks to festival screenings over the past six months (when it was known simply as The Raid), this hyperkinetic martial arts import is almost more videogame than movie: it follows a police SWAT team as they storm an Indonesian drug lord's apartment complex, going from room to room and floor to floor to clear out the baddies. Don't worry about the subtitles; the plot is minimal, and violence is universal, especially when it is as well-executed as it is here. An American remake is already in the planning stages (naturally), as are a pair of sequels, beginning with The Raid: Retaliation.

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4:44 Last Day on Earth LIMITED is one of many end-of-the-world movies scheduled for release in 2012, though it's also one of the more intriguing entries; it comes from director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) and stars Willem Dafoe.

Stephen Dorff plays a secret service agent imprisoned in the trunk of a car (it's Buried ... on wheels!) in the thriller Brake LIMITED.

Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston star in Terence Davies’ (Distant Voices, Still Lives) adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s 1950s-era play The Deep Blue Sea LA/NY.

In The Trouble with Bliss NY, Dexter's Michael C. Hall stars as the unemployed Morris Bliss, who makes the poor life choice of entering a relationship with the young daughter of a former classmate.

Despite the title, rom-com Musical Chairs LIMITED is actually set in the world of competitive ballroom dancing, not competitive musical chairs (for the latter, there's The CW's upcoming Oh Sit!).

A college student discovers that she was adopted (after a failed abortion) and sets out on a road trip to seek answers in October Baby LIMITED.

Friday, March 30

Goon LIMITED Watch Trailer

Sean William Scott stars as a bouncer turned semi-pro hockey player in Goon, the upcoming hockey movie not directed by Kevin Smith. (That one, called Hit Somebody, isn't close to a release yet.) This comedy is based on the life story of Doug Smith, which was captured in the book he co-wrote with Adam Frattasio, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey. Jay Baruchel (who also stars) and Evan Goldberg (Superbad 76) wrote the script, and Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight 42) directs. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, who plays a rival enforcer, as well as Alison Pill and Eugene Levy.

Mirror Mirror Watch Trailer

The first of two "Snow White" films to hit theaters this year is the PG-rated Mirror Mirror. Tarsem Singh (Immortals 46) directs what looks to be a light and campy take on the classic fairy tale. While the makeup of the film's intended target audience is a bit of a mystery, there's no suspense regarding the plot: Lily Collins plays Snow White, who is banished to the woods by her evil stepmother the Queen (Julia Roberts). It is there that Snow White meets the seven dwarves, and they embark on a quest to restore her to her rightful place. Armie Hammer plays Prince Andrew Alcott, who must choose which woman to support, and the cast also includes Nathan Lane and Sean Bean.

Wrath of the Titans Watch Trailer

Well, at least it's not a remake. This 3D sequel to 2010's reimagining of the 1981 Greek mythology "classic" Clash of the Titans (which did not itself have a sequel) returns Sam Worthington as the hero Perseus, who is reluctantly drawn into a war among the gods. Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson also reprise their titanic roles from the prior film, joined by newcomers Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, and Édgar Ramírez. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles 37) directs, and writers have already been hired for a third film.

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Documentary Bully LIMITED is currently embroiled in a dispute over its MPAA rating (R for language), which could prevent much of its intended audience from seeing its examination of bullying in schools.

A shark expert played by Halle Berry attempts to rebound from a horrific shark attack on a diver under her guidance by heading to "Shark Alley" in the apparently shark-ful thriller Dark Tide LIMITED.

The Island President LIMITED (3/28) documents the struggle of President Mohamed Nasheed to keep his country, the Maldives, the lowest lying in the world, above water.

A creepy faceless phantom haunts the family of Clive Owen in the chiller Intruders LIMITED, directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later).

Turn Me On, Dammit! LIMITED is yet another Norwegian teen sex comedy, and it centers on a curious 15-year-old girl with an unbridled sexual appetite who runs up a huge bill calling a phone sex line.

Kat Coiro's comedic debut feature L!fe Happens LIMITED was co-written by Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), who stars as a partier who discovers that she is pregnant after a one-night stand.

Wednesday, April 4

Titanic

Given that this April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, you can expect plenty of media attention (biased, as always; the coverage is rarely pro-iceberg) focused on the disaster in the coming weeks, including a new 4-part ABC miniseries by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). But the Titanic of all Titanic films is James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winner, which will get a chance to reclaim its title of highest grossing film in history (fat chance) when it returns to theaters in a newly converted 3D version. (Warning: Some of the characters remain two-dimensional.)

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The high-concept sci-fi action comedy Iron Sky LIMITED depicts a world where Nazis have been hiding out on the moon since WWII, and the time has come for them to get revenge on Earthlings for their defeat. Did we mention that Udo Kier stars as "the Moon Führer"?

Friday, April 6

American Reunion Watch Trailer

The original American Pie 58 gang was last seen together in 2003’s American Wedding 43, but it’s time for their high school reunion, so Jim (Jason Biggs), Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), Stifler (Sean William Scott), Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Menu Suvari), Vicky (Tara Reid), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) are all returning to East Great Falls, Michigan. Fans can expect more sexual shenanigans from original writer Adam Herz and directors Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, the guys behind the Harold and Kumar films, and it wouldn’t be a reunion without Jim’s dad and Stiffler’s mom, so the brilliant Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge will reprise their roles.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope LIMITED/VOD

Morgan Spurlock's (Super-Size Me) latest documentary is a loving tribute to the die-hard comic, sci-fi, and fantasy fans who flock to San Diego's Comic-Con each summer. Filmed at the convention in 2010, the Joss Whedon- and Stan Lee-produced A Fan's Hope wisely minimizes Spurlock's screen time in favor of telling the stories of five attendees, interspersed with interviews of participants such as Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, and Seth Rogen.

Damsels in Distress LIMITED

Talk about a rare event. With just four features to his name in a decades-long career, Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona) makes Terrence Malick seem like Woody Allen in comparison. Damsels in Distress, Stillman's first film since 1998's The Last Days of Disco 76, managed to sneak onto a few critic top 10 lists at the end of 2011 despite screening only at festivals. The unconventional comedy adds song and dance to Stillman's usual smart, stylized dialogue as it explores the lives of a group of college girls led by Greta Gerwig. Adam Brody also stars.

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Action-thriller The Cold Light of Day LIMITED stars Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver in a tale of an American whose family is kidnapped in Spain; France's Mabrouk El Mechri (JCVD) directs.

Three co-workers fight for their lives against an unknown assailant who traps them when they make a late-night stop at the bank in horror thriller ATM LIMITED.

Director Guy Maddin brings another unique cinematic experience to the big screen with the Jason Patric-starring Keyhole LIMITED.

Willem Dafoe searches for the last remaining Tasmanian tiger in The Hunter LIMITED.

Mario Van Peebles directs the teen dramedy We the Party LIMITED.

Nanni Moretti, who won the Palme d’Or for The Son’s Room, plays psychoanalyst to the new Pope in We Have a Pope LIMITED.

Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook star in the comedic slasher Detention LIMITED.

Documentary Surviving Progress NY; MORE CITIES 4/20 is based on the book A Short History of Progress.

 

Friday, April 13

The Cabin in the Woods Watch Trailer

Normally when a movie is shelved for over a year, it suggests problems with the finished product, but that's not the case for Cabin in the Woods, which was delayed only due to its studio's (MGM) financial problems and stands as one of the most anticipated horror films of the year. Cabin's script was co-written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Buffy, Cloverfield, Lost), who also directs for the first time, and the film is intended as a tongue-in-cheek homage to classic horror films, though the plot details are being kept under wraps to prevent spoilers. Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) star.

Movie 43

Could Movie 43 be this generation's Kentucky Fried Movie? We're not certain that a theatrical release of a comedy anthology makes sense in a world that has Funny or Die and other online sources of short filmed humor, but there's no denying that the new film has a fairly impressive roster of talent lined up. Directors of the various segments (20 in all) include Peter Farrelly, Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Brill, Griffin Dunne (er, and Brett Ratner), while the cast includes Banks, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Bell, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Jason Sudeikis, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Kate Bosworth, Johnny Knoxville, and virtually any actor who has ever worked in comedy. However, it's already March and distributor Relativity Media has yet to release any still photos or even a trailer, so don't be surprised to see that April 13 release date get pushed back.

The Three Stooges Watch Trailer

Ever wondered how the Three Stooges would assimilate modern society? Or how their particular brand of slapstick comedy would play for modern audiences? Well, wonder no more. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulos play Larry, Curly, and Moe, respectively, in the Farrelly Brothers’ big-screen re-imagining of the long-running vaudeville act. The story involves the Stooges' attempt to save their childhood orphanage only to get wrapped up in a murder plot and end up on a reality TV show. Supporting players include nuns played by Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David(!), and newly crowned Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Kate Upton.

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Nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, Monsieur Lazhar LIMITED tells of the impact an Algerian substitute teacher has on his Montreal classroom.

Michelle Yeoh stars in Luc Besson’s The Lady LIMITED, a look at Aung San Suu Kyi’s quest for democracy in Burma during years of house arrest.

Kurt Russell plays football and life coach to his former star player Brian Presley in the second chance drama Touchback LIMITED.

Danny Trejo is a Bad Ass LIMITED as well as a Vietnam vet turned vigilante in a story loosely based on the internet meme known as "Epic Beard Man."

Based on the best-selling memoir, Blue Like Jazz LIMITED follows an evangelical teen as he struggles to adapt to life at liberal arts school Reed College in Portland.

Blair Underwood and Sharon Leal star in Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day LIMITED, the second film based on T.D. Jakes' book series.

Post Mortem NY (4/11) is a dark comedy set amidst the backdrop of Chile's bloody 1973 coup.

Drama Falling Away LIMITED deals with the repercussions of a school bus accident in inner-city Los Angeles.

Friday, April 20

Guy Pearce must rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from the world’s most secure outer space prison (you read that right) in Lockout.

Scott Hicks (Shine) directs Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling in The Lucky One, yet another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Lawrence Kasdan returns to directing for the first time in nine years with Darling Companion LIMITED, starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline as a couple whose dog goes missing.

Disneynature’s Chimpanzee documents the bond formed between an orphaned chimp and his new protector.

Based on Steve Harvey’s relationship advice book, Think Like a Man looks at the war of the sexes through the relationships of four friends.

Goodbye First Love LIMITED is a French-language romance centering on two teens.

Somehow the only marijuana-related movie released on Friday 4/20, teen comedy High School LIMITED finds a valedictorian flunking his drug test and hatching a scheme to call the results into question by getting all of his classmates stoned.

Maybe that wasn't quite the only one; there's also Kevin Macdonald's (The Last King of Scotland) documentary Marley LIMITED, which looks at the life of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Mary Harron (American Psycho) directs the teen thriller The Moth Diaries LIMITED, based on the book of the same name.

Large-format documentary To The Arctic 3D IMAX follows a family of polar bears near the north pole.

Doc Whores' Glory LIMITED examines prostitution in several third-world countries.

Friday, April 27

Bernie LIMITED

Richard Linklater (The School of Rock 82, Before Sunset 90, Dazed and Confused 78) returns to filmmaking for the first time since 2009's Me and Orson Welles 73 with an eccentric dark comedy that stars Jack Black as a much-loved small-town mortician who murders a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) for her money. A district attorney played by Matthew McConaughey eventually investigates, only to run into trouble when the town rallies to the mortician's defense. Critics generally liked the film when it debuted at a festival last year, with Black earning universal praise for what reviewers called his most original role and best performance in years.

The Five-Year Engagement Watch Trailer

Fans of Forgetting Sarah Marshall 67, should enjoy The Five-Year Engagement, which reunites writer/director Nicholas Stoller with writer/star Jason Segel in a romantic comedy about a couple who continually delay their wedding. Emily Blunt plays Segel’s fiance; Alison Brie plays her sister, and Jacki Weaver plays her mother. Filling out the funny supporting cast are Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and Chris Parnell.

The Raven Watch Trailer

Edgar Allan Poe wasn't much of a crime fighter in real life, but that changes in The Raven, which finds the famed writer (played by John Cusack) assisting a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) when a serial killer begins turning Poe's stories into gruesome reality. Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson also star for director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta 62).

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Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) battles Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) and Black Belamy (Jeremy Piven) for the title of Pirate of the Year in Aardman Animations’ first 3D stop-motion offering, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Jason Statham takes on the Triads and the Russian Mafia while trying to protect a young Chinese girl in Boaz Yakin’s Safe

Eva Mendes stars as a struggling single mother trying to balance her work and love life as well as her daughter’s rush towards adulthood in Girl in Progress LIMITED.

Another Earth star Brit Marling is the co-writer of Sundance film Sound of My Voice LIMITED, in which she also stars as a mysterious cult leader.

Magazine journalist Juliette Binoche investigates prostitution among university students in the French drama Elles LIMITED.

A corporate headhunter leads a double life as an art thief in the thriller Headhunters LIMITED.

Based on an essay by Margaret Atwood, documentary Payback NY (4/25) focuses on debt in all its forms.

What do you think?

Which films are you looking forward to this spring? Let us know in the comments section below. For a frequently updated listing of all upcoming film releases by date, including films arriving later in 2012, visit our Movie Calendar.

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