By Becca Seel
Jane Eyre (March 11)
The most recent adaptation of the tale of one of the most beloved governesses of British literature, directed by Cary Fukunaga, focuses on the gothic and horror elements of the work. The darker tone should be an interesting interpretation compared to adaptations’ usual focus on the Eyre/Rochester romance.
Paul (March 18)
Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad and Adventureland) this is a film about two manchildren nerds who are about to hit ComicCon until they meet an alien from outerspace.
Frost and Pegg are complimented with an ensemble of Kristin Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, and Seth Rogen as the voice of the alien Paul.
Suckerpunch (March 25)
An original fetishized vision from Zac Snyder about a young girl embarking on an adventure in her mind, complete with CGI settings in post-apocalyptic worlds? Battling dragons, androids, orcs, Nazis, and other beasties? Wearing skimpy clothing, swinging samurai swords, and firing automatics? Yes, please.
Your Highness (April 8)
This is not a date movie. In fact, leave your girlfriend at home. The stoner comedy/fantasy hybrid looks like a lot of fun, considering that it is written by the team behind Pineapple Express, and has a cast including Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, and James Franco.
My only concern is that the redband trailer is three and a half minutes long, so I hope this is not a Tropic Thunder scenario where all of the jokes are crammed in. However, from what I’ve seen so far, Your Highness looks like a hilarious romp for the medieval stoners inside us all.
Scream 4 (April 15)
The old gang of Sidney, Gale, and Dewey from the original films and a new generation of high schoolers from Woodsboro are being terrorized by the revolving door of psychopaths in Ghostface’s mask. It looks promising with not just a solid young ensemble cast but also a humorous commentary on the horror film genre. Director Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson (who wrote the first two screenplays) are also back. Cannot wait to see who gets the first kill in the film’s opening.
X-Men: First Class (June 3)
20th Century Fox is starting from scratch with X-Men, here with Professor X and Magneto. This film looks more serious, set in the 1960s during the Cold War/Cuban Missile Crisis, with Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) rounding up young mutants. Look for Jennifer Lawrence, fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, as Mystique and January Jones as Emma Frost, not a big step from playing the ultimate Ice Queen Betty Draper in 60s-era Mad Men.