Sci-fi dud continues spring movie slump , but help is on the way.
Help Is on the Way
Since the summer movie season begins earlier every year, movie fans can take comfort in the notion that the spring slump at the multi-plex will soon be forgotten as a barrage of better product arrives right along with warmer weather.
Here is a quick look at some intriguing titles due next month.
The Avengers (May 4), the much anticipated Joss Whedon directed superhero extravaganza, features the crime fighting and somewhat dysfunctional combo of Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (May 4), is in the category of anti-blockbuster, about a rundown Indian hotel run by Slumdog Millionare’s Dev Patel that is home to an A-list of British senior citizens including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. Directed by John Madden, I can’t wait to check in.
Other May titles include What to Expect When You’re Expecting (May 18), a comedy based on the hit pregnancy book with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Chris Rock; Battleship (May 18), based on the game and featuring a sci-fi invasion at sea plot and a cast toplined by Liam Neeson; Wes Anderson’s quirky nostalgia fest Moonrise Kingdom (May 25), set in 1965 and featuring Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton, and Dark Shadows (May 11), directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as comic vampire Barnabas Collins.
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