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Spring movie preview: 'Batman v. Superman,' 'Angry Birds Movie,' 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' more

With the Oscars now firmly in the rearview mirror and the winter movie season, commonly regarded as a dumping ground for cinematic afterthoughts, coming to an end, attention turns to the next few months of Hollywood offerings, from big blockbusters to a Miles Davis biopic; a new “Jungle Book” to a comedy starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

These are 30 movies you’ll want to have on your radar between March and May.

'Eye in the Sky'

Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, the late Alan Rickman
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Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, the late Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi (Oscar nominee for "Captain Phillips") star in this drama about the controversy that erupts in the wake of a British-U.S. joint drone warfare effort in Kenya. March 11

'10 Cloverfield Lane'

It's not a
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It's not a "Cloverfield" sequel, exactly, but it exists in the same universe as the hit 2008 found footage film. John Goodman and Mary-Elizabeth Winstead star in a movie developed and shot under a shroud of secrecy and first revealed to audiences when the trailer landed in January. March 11

'The Divergent Series: Allegiant'

The
Photo Credit: Summit / Murray Close

The "Divergent" series begins the process of wrapping up with the first part of its two-picture finale. These movies, with talented casts headlined by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, aren't bad, but hopefully this marks the beginning of the end of this trend of dividing the final books in these series into two films. March 18

'The Little Prince'

The beloved French novella about a prince fallen
Photo Credit: The Little Prince via Facebook

The beloved French novella about a prince fallen to Earth, first published in 1943, is again adapted into a feature film, an animated work with the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd and others. March 18

'Midnight Special'

The great filmmaker Jeff Nichols (
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The great filmmaker Jeff Nichols ("Mud") makes his first major studio picture in this supernaturally-tinged sci-fi action drama starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and young Jaeden Lieberher ("Saint Vincent"). March 18

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'

Why? Why? Why? Sorry, got lost in thought
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Why? Why? Why? Sorry, got lost in thought there. For some reason unbeknownst to all of us ($$$), Nia Vardalos and company return 14 years later. March 25

'I Saw the Light'

Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Loki in
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Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Loki in the Marvel Universe, happens to be a master impressionist. He's also a very good actor. So, it stands to reason his take on Hank Williams in this biopic should be pretty solid. March 25

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Hopefully, the bad buzz surrounding Zack Snyder's latest
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Hopefully, the bad buzz surrounding Zack Snyder's latest superhero picture (and DC Comics' newest attempt to steal some of Marvel's big-screen thunder), in which Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) face off, won't be substantiated by the final product. March 25

'Everybody Wants Some'

Richard Linklater's latest is a companion piece to
Photo Credit: Everybody Wants Some via Facebook

Richard Linklater's latest is a companion piece to one of his iconic hits, "Dazed & Confused," an observational piece about college student friends during the 1980s. April 1

'Miles Ahead'

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic premiered to some
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic premiered to some acclaim at the New York Film Festival last year. Cheadle directs, co-writers and stars as the iconic and innovative jazz trumpeter. April 1

'Mr. Right'

We'd see anything starring Sam Rockwell and Anna
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We'd see anything starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, even what appears to be a run-of-the-mill comedy about a woman falling for a hit man. April 8

'The Boss'

Before Melissa McCarthy scores what's sure to be
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Before Melissa McCarthy scores what's sure to be the biggest hit of her career with "Ghostbusters," she's up to what appear to be her usual slapstick antics in this comedy co-starring Kristen Bell. April 8

'Demolition'

Jake Gyllenhaal, always great, stars in the latest
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Jake Gyllenhaal, always great, stars in the latest drama from "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée, about a banker struggling to cope with the death of his wife. April 8

'Green Room'

Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin star in a
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Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin star in a thriller that's amassed some acclaim on the film festival circuit, about a white supremacist club owner squaring off with an Oregon punk band. April 15

'Barbershop: The Next Cut'

Ice Cube and company return for a third
Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick

Ice Cube and company return for a third go-round in the funny and entertaining "Barbershop" series, as his Calvin Palmer, Jr., leads the fight to save the shop from gangs. April 15

'The Jungle Book'

Jon Favreau's eagerly anticipated live action
Photo Credit: Disney Enterprises

Jon Favreau's eagerly anticipated live action "Jungle Book" features an impressive collection of voice actors, ranging from Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear to Lupita Nyong'o as wolf Raksha. Favreau is adept at crafting big budget movies with skill, so there's reason for hope here. April 15

'Criminal'

Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones
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Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones star in a body-swap thriller of sorts, as a prisoner on death row is implanted with a late CIA operative's skills and memories. The premise sounds pedestrian but the "JFK" reunion of the three top actors has us intrigued. April 15

'Elvis & Nixon'

When not playing a fictional president on
Photo Credit: Bleecker Street / Steve Dietl

When not playing a fictional president on "House of Cards," or starring in E-Trade commercials, Kevin Spacey occupied whatever small amount of free time he might have had in this movie, playing Richard Nixon alongside Michael Shannon's Elvis in a dramatization of their famous White House meeting. April 22

'The Huntsman: Winter's War'

There hasn't been much of a clamoring for
Photo Credit: Universal

There hasn't been much of a clamoring for another "Huntsman" as far as we can tell, but put Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, great actors who happen to be terrific action stars, in the same movie along with Jessica Chastain, and you've probably got yourself a big fat hit. April 22

'Keanu'

Key and Peele offer a comic riff on
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. / Steve Dietl

Key and Peele offer a comic riff on the awesome Keanu Reeves action vehicle "John Wick," in which they hunt down the dastardly villains who stole their eponymously named cat. Our money's on this film as the season's comedy highlight. April 29

'A Bigger Splash'

Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes headline
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Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes headline this Italian-set erotic drama from Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love"). May 4

'Captain America: Civil War'

Steve Rogers and Tony Stark face off as
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Steve Rogers and Tony Stark face off as the Avengers splinter in the hotly anticipated latest effort from Marvel's hit factory. May 6

'Money Monster'

George Clooney plays a Jim Cramer type, taken
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George Clooney plays a Jim Cramer type, taken hostage in his studio during a broadcast, in this NYC-set drama directed by Jodie Foster and co-starring Julia Roberts as his producer. May 13

'Free State of Jones'

The McConnaisance continues with this dramatization of Mississippi
Photo Credit: Styx Entertainment

The McConnaisance continues with this dramatization of Mississippi unionist Newton Knight's rebellion against the Confederacy, starring Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, among other excellent actors. May 13

'The Nice Guys'

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, two of the
Photo Credit: Warner Bros / Daniel McFadden

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, two of the most serious "man's man" of actors, team up for a ribald comedy about a private eye and an enforcer investigating a disappearance, from director Shane Black, whose "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" remains a highlight of the genre. May 20

'Maggie's Plan'

Rebecca Miller returns to filmmaking with this NYC
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Rebecca Miller returns to filmmaking with this NYC romantic comedy, which has earned serious acclaim among film festival audiences and stars an all-star cast including Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader and Julianne Moore. May 20

'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising'

Expect more collegiate-themed antics in this sequel to
Photo Credit: Universal

Expect more collegiate-themed antics in this sequel to the hit comedy, starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and, this time, a sorority. May 20

'The Angry Birds Movie'

Corporate cynicism sinks to new depths with this

Corporate cynicism sinks to new depths with this animated picture based on the popular smartphone app. May 20

'X-Men: Apocalypse'

The X-Men take on a mutant foe in
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

The X-Men take on a mutant foe in the latest extravaganza starring the first-rate new cast (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy) et al. May 27

'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

This live action return to Lewis Carroll's iconic
Photo Credit: Disney Alice via Facebook

This live action return to Lewis Carroll's iconic fantasy world finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) trying to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, back in fantasy land). May 27

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