The studios seemed to assume people were not going to go to the movies in the spring, so they would dump a lot of odd material in March and April and then release so much good stuff in the summer months that we couldn't possibly show all the films we wanted to and ended up skipping some really great stuff.
Last year they broke the mold by releasing "Alice in Wonderland" and "How To Train Your Dragon" in March. It was awesome. The movies were good, and people showed up. We were busy.
Though the studios are still following the routine to an extent, I think they realized last spring that good films can succeed and bring in the dough no matter the time of year. So this year they are releasing a few more films that actually look pretty good. They started out with "Rango" on 3/4, the same week that they released "Alice in Wonderland" a year earlier.
Starting this Friday 3/18 we'll be showing "Limitless" with Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. It's about a writer suffering from writer's block who is given a new drug that unlocks the capacity of his brain, making him limitless.
The following week Warner Brothers is going to try out something a little bit more edgy with "Sucker Punch." In this film, a young girl who is imprisoned against her will finds her escape inside the dream world of her imagination. It is directed by Zack Snyder, director of "300," "The Watchmen" and "Dawn of the Dead." At the very least that means it should be freaky and neat-looking. That's enough for me.
I'm hoping to show "Source Code" on the first of April along with "Hop."
I haven't really scoped out April much yet, we'll see how that goes. Then May will start off the summer blockbuster season with a bang with films like "Thor," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Kung Fu Panda 2."
Here's a few trailers to entice you: