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With a collective budget in the billions, the sequels, reboots, adaptations and original features premiering over the next few months have the potential to make this Hollywood's hottest year yet. To help plan your cinematic schedule, here's a glimpse of some of the top films coming to theatres this spring and summer.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Movie-opening dates subject to change.

 

OPENING IN MARCH

 

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Comedy | War
Directors: Glenn Ficara, John Requa
Starring: Tina Fey , Margot Robbie , Billy Bob Thornton
Opening: March 4

In this witty flick based on actual events, a journalist escapes her everyday life by accepting an assignment in war-torn Afghanistan and winds up finding friends, lovers and adventure amid the Middle East's unrest.

 

 

 

 

LONDON HAS FALLEN

Prepare for bloody hell.

Crime | Thriller
Director: Babak Najafi
Starring: Gerard Butler , Morgan Freeman , Aaron Eckhart
Opening: March 4

When merciless terrorists attack the British Prime Minister's funeral, the lives of the world's most powerful leaders are at risk - none more so than the U.S. President, who works alongside his most skillful Secret Service agent to survive the assault and bring down the bad guys.

 

 

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

Monsters come in many forms.

Mystery | Sci-Fi

Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: John Goodman , Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
Opening: March 11

Upon awakening in an underground bunker after a car accident, a young woman doubts her captor-slash-savior's claim that chemical warfare erupted while she was unconscious, as she contemplates an escape to Earth's supposedly unlivable surface.

 

 

THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling.

Action | Adventure
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson
Opening: March 11

On the lam after uncovering an evil plan, a government assassin teams with his estranged, boneheaded brother in order to evade death and clear his own name.

 

 

 

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

How do we explain the impossible?

Drama
Director: Patricia Riggen
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Martin Henderson
Opening: March 16

Based on the true story, a mother is determined to find a cure for her daughter's rare and incurable disease when the little girl suffers from a from a freak accident and becomes miraculously cured.

 

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

He's not like us.

Sci-Fi | Drama
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton
Opening: March 18

In this thrilling mystery, government agents and religious extremists hunt the family of a boy whose astonishing powers could alter the course of civilization.

 

 

 

 

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT

Break the boundaries of your world.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Shailene Woodley , Theo James , Ansel Elgort
Opening: March 18

The first of two films chronicling this franchise's final chapter focuses on the fate of Chicago, which hangs in the balance as a young woman and her supremely capable cohorts are tasked with saving the dystopian society.

 

 

 

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg
Opening: March 25

After deeming the Man of Steel humanity's biggest threat, a pissed-off Caped Crusader is out for Kryptonian blood, but the two heroes reluctantly join forces when an even more menacing monster emerges.

 

OPENING IN APRIL

 

BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT

Everybody's back for a fresh cut.

Comedy
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj , Cedric the Entertainer
Opening: April 15

More than a decade after the original flick, the stylists from Calvin's Barbershop continue keeping it real, but as their neighborhood grows more dangerous, they take it upon themselves to turn things around.

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Fantasy | Drama Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Scarlett Johansson , Bill Murray, Idris Elba
Opening: April 15

In this live-action retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, a ferocious tiger forces an orphan raised by wolves to abandon his home. Then, with the help of his creepy, crawly, cuddly companions, the boy embarks on an eye-opening adventure.

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy | Drama
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Starring: Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth , Emily Blunt
Opening: April 22

This prequel to the Snow White story focuses on two wretched and royal sisters striving to build the world's deadliest army, which can be stopped only by two brave heroes who happen to love each other.

 

OPENING IN MAY

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Divided we fall.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Starring: Chris Evans , Robert Downey Jr. , Scarlett Johansson
Opening: May 6

As the government attempts to impose regulations on when and how the Avengers can operate, the formerly united team of heroes splits in two, with Iron Man fighting for the Feds, and Captain America insistent on independence.

 

 

 

 

FREE STATE OF JONES

Drama | Action
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell
Opening: May 13

Set in Mississippi during the Civil War, this film tells the true story of an indignant soldier who leads a band of farmers and slaves in a revolt against the Confederacy, later marrying a former servant and founding the South's first mixed-race settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING

New neighbors.

Comedy
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron , Rose Byrne
Opening: May 20

When a hard-partying sorority moves in next door, an expectant couple recruits their former fraternity foe to sabotage the sisterhood and restore peace to the neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

THE NICE GUYS

Nice pair.

Mystery | Crime
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe , Matt Bomer
Opening: May 20

In this offbeat buddy movie set in 1970s Los Angeles, a ruthless enforcer and an underemployed investigator team up to solve the seemingly separate mysteries of a young girl gone missing and a porn star's suspicious suicide.

 

 

 

 

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Only the strong will survive.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender
Opening: May 27

Upon awaking from a millennia-long hibernation, Apocalypse, the world's original and most omnipotent mutant, recruits a jaded Magneto and other sinful super-humans to annihilate mankind and usher in a new era.

 

 

 

 

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

It's time for a little madness.

Fantasy | Adventure
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman
Opening: May 27

In this follow up to Alice's initial adventures in Wonderland, the perky protagonist must travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter, ultimately exposing a malevolent scheme to return the Queen of Hearts to power.

 

OPENING IN JUNE

 

WARCRAFT

Two worlds. One home.

Fantasy | Action
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton , Ben Foster
Opening: June 10

Aggressive orcs abandon their collapsing civilization and attack the home of harmonious humans in this fiery fantasy film gamers have been waiting for.

 

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson.

Action | Comedy
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul
Opening: June 17

A fun-loving but lethal CIA agent finds an old friend on Facebook and convinces the timid accountant to partner with him on a daring and deadly case.

 

 

 

 

FINDING DORY

She just kept swimming...

Adventure | Animation
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell
Opening: June 17

An absent-minded fish yearning to reconnect with her long-lost parents makes her way to a marine-life facility where she befriends a new crew of aquatic creatures who help reunite the family.

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

We had twenty years to prepare. So did they.

Action | Sci-Fi
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth , Bill Pullman
Opening: June 24

Twenty years after unleashing a worldwide attack on civilization, evil extraterrestrials return to Earth in even greater numbers, testing the new defenses that mankind has put in place and challenging humanity's ability to survive an even more atrocious onslaught.

 

OPENING IN JULY

 

THE BFG

Fantasy | Family
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
Opening: July 1

A young girl who stays up past her bedtime befriends a gentle giant who's been alienated from his community for refusing to eat young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

Action | Adventure
Director: David Yates
Starring: Alexander Skarsga?rd, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz
Opening: July 1

Long after leaving Africa, Tarzan is tricked into returning to the jungle to inquire about a newly minted mining operation.

 

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES

They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.

Comedy
Director: Jake Szymanski
Starring: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine
Slated opening date: July 8

After two boisterous brothers place ads to find dates for their sister's tropical wedding, two even more rambunctious sisters respond, and the boys get far more than they had bargained for.

 

 

GHOSTBUSTERS

Who you gonna call?

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon
Opening: July 15

When ghosts invade Manhattan, it's up to two unsuccessful authors, an engineer and a transit worker to apprehend the apparitions and save the city.

 

STAR TREK BEYOND

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto , Zoe Saldana
Slated opening date: July 22

After an unidentifiable alien race sets its sights on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the ship's crew find themselves stuck on an unwelcoming planet.

 

JASON BOURNE

You know his name.

Action | Thriller
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles
Opening: July 29

Taking place 12 years after the events transpiring in the The Bourne Ultimatum, the fifth installment of this thrilling franchise features the return of an amnesiac assassin who has spent several years off the grid.

 

OPENING IN AUGUST

 

SUICIDE SQUAD

Worst. Heroes. Ever.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto
Opening: August 5

Set in the same cinematic universe as Batman v Superman, this film pits bad guys against worse guys as a high-ranking government official tasks a crew of super villains with a series of dangerous missions they stand little chance of surviving.

 

OPENING IN SEPTEMBER

 

SNOWDEN

Drama | Political
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage
Opening: September 16

See the inside story about the former NSA contractor who rocked the world by exposing far-reaching surveillance operations the U.S. government conducts to keep track of enemies, allies and even its own citizens.

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