20 Movies You Definitely Don’t Want to Miss This Spring
Yes, it’s true: Spring is coming. Along with the wonderful warm weather, there are also 20 amazing movies you absolutely have to see.
“WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT” (MARCH 4)
Based on Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle, Tina Fey stars in this comedy as Barker, a reporter embedded with the U.S. army in Afghanistan during the early days of the war. There, she’s forced to choose between her journalistic integrity…and the ex-pat (um, hook-up) social scene.
“KNIGHT OF CUPS” (MARCH 4)
Christian Bale plays a screenwriter who can’t break free from the clubs, parties and overall “scene” that is the Hollywood good life. His only hope? Spending time with six alluring women--including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Freida Pinto. (We know… it sounds a little navel-gazey, but if Cate’s a part of it, we’re on board.)
“HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS” (MARCH 11)
Sally Field is a 60-something single woman who crushes hard on her super sexy and much younger co-worker (New Girl’s Max Greenfield) in this rom-com from the director of Wet Hot American Summer.
“ALLEGIANT” (MARCH 18)
Yep, Shailene Woodley is back for the third and final installment of Veronica Roth’s YA sci-fi series. Superfans can rest assured, though: This isn’t the last of the films. The book has been split into two movies, the second--called Ascendant--will be released in summer 2017.
“THE BRONZE” (MARCH 18)
Cue the gymnastics trash talking: Melissa Rauch (you know, from The Big Bang Theory) stars in this comedy as Hope Ann Greggory, a bronze medal winner for the women’s gymnastics team in 2004. Today, she’s living in her father’s basement--largely forgotten--until a promising young gymnast who idolizes her requests her help.
“THE LITTLE PRINCE” (MARCH 18)
Try not to cry watching the trailer for this animated film, based on the 1943 novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry about a little girl who meets an eccentric old aviator who tells her the story of a young prince. Celeb voices include Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges and more.
“MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2” (MARCH 25)
Great news: There’s going to be another Portokalos wedding. This time, it’s Toula’s (Nia Vardalos) parents, who come to learn they were never legally married in the first place. Cue the best Greek reunion of all time (and yes, John Corbett will be there, too).
“GET A JOB” (MARCH 25)
Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick are both dealing with job losses in this comedy about the perks and pitfalls of being unemployed. There to help them with their growing credit-card debt? Marcia Gay Harden, Alison Brie and Bryan Cranston. (No word on how that guy is paying the bills.)
“MILES AHEAD” (APRIL 1)
Cool cat Don Cheadle directs and stars in this biopic about the life of the raspy-voiced trumpeter Miles Davis. Ewan McGregor plays the Rolling Stone reporter who’s along for the mostly bumpy ride. FYI, you’ll probably want to buy the soundtrack.
“EVERYBODY WANTS SOME” (APRIL 1)
This film--about college baseball players in the 1980s--is the latest from director Richard Linklater (Boyhood). We’d watch it for the scrunchies and denim cut-offs alone.
“THE BOSS” (APRIL 8)
Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell (er, Martha Stewart) in this comedy about an uber-wealthy CEO who goes to prison for insider trading. When she gets out, she needs to rebrand herself--with help from one of her former mistreated employees, the ever-funny Kristen Bell.
“DEMOLITION” (APRIL 8)
When investment banker Jake Gyllenhaal’s wife dies tragically in a car accident, he’s forced to come to terms with the life he wasn’t quite living thanks to help from nice lady neighbor Naomi Watts and her rebellious son. (The trailer made us totally tear up.)
“THE JUNGLE BOOK” (APRIL 15)
Say hello to more CGI bears in this remake of the Rudyard Kipling classic. Listen for the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o and--our favorite dispenser of sage wisdom--Bill Murray.
“THE MEDDLER” (APRIL 22)
After her husband dies, Susan Sarandon follows daughter Rose Byrne to L.A. to meddle in her love life, friendships and general happiness. But along the way she meets a total gentleman, played by the adorable J.K. Simmons.
“MOTHER’S DAY” (APRIL 29)
Oh, Garry Marshall and your attempts to make us sob in public. Yep, the New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day director is at it again with a cast that includes all the A-list stars in his Rolodex: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Sarah Chalke and Britt Robertson, to name just a few.
“SNOWDEN” (MAY 13)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of CIA employee Edward Snowden in this ripped-from-the-headlines film about the guy who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press. Shailene Woodley and Nicolas Cage also star.
“A BIGGER SPLASH” (MAY 13)
Ralph Fiennes plays a famous rock star whose vacation is disrupted by the not-planned arrival of an old friend (hello, Tilda Swinton) and his daughter (played by Dakota Johnson).
“MONEY MONSTER” (MAY 13)
George Clooney stars as a pompous TV talking head known as the money wiz of Wall Street. But when he recommends a stock that unexpectedly crashes, an irate and gun-carrying investor (Jack O’Connell) holds him and his entire TV crew (including Julia Roberts) hostage on the air. (We’re clenching the armrest just thinking about it.)
“THE NICE GUYS” (MAY 20)
Remember all that Oscars bickering? It was basically just a teaser for Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe’s new film about a private eye investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s L.A.--which also includes a major Kim Basinger comeback.
“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” (MAY 25)
Meryl Streep stars as the real life New York heiress who dreams of becoming an opera singer even though she has a terrible voice. Hugh Grant plays her beau. (Yeah, we’re saving the date for this one.)