Overlooking the Oscars
Warmer weather is in the air, which means that The Academy Awards are here. Oscar season reminds us of the movies that came out last year, but that was so last year. What about this year? With warm weather comes Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, and here are arguably the eight biggest movies set to release between now and June:
Set to release March 9, Ava Duvernay’s 19th work will more than likely be her most popular one yet. After directing titles such as “Selma” and the documentary “13th,” DuVernay has teamed up with Disney to transform Madeleine L’Engle’s novel to a motion picture. The film stars Storm Reid as Meg. Meg sets out after being confronted by three beings to find her father who has gone missing.
Dads disappearing seems to be a theme in the upcoming March movies. Lara Croft is back on March 16 as Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) also attempts to locate her father who has gone missing on an island.
Who doesn’t love watching robots punch monsters? Explosions make for an excellent popcorn flick. Steven DeKnight will try to expand Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 project “Pacific Rim” with the new sequel, starring “Star Wars” phenom John Boyega as Jake Pentecost as he attempts to lead the Jaeger pilots versus the latest Kaiju threat. “Uprising” comes out March 23.
Three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg is charged with the task of turning Ernest Cline’s 2011 sci-fi novel into a visual thrill-ride. On March 29, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) participates in what is essentially a video game treasure hunt. After the creator of a virtual reality game dies, it is up to the players to find their fortune within the virtual world.
If “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is about robots punching monsters, then “Rampage” is about… gorillas punching monsters? Based on the 1986 Atari game, “Rampage” stars Dwayne Johnson and comes out April 20.
Out of each of these movies listed, one could assume based on history that “Infinity War” is going to be the biggest — at least in terms of the box office. The first “Avengers” has globally grossed a total of over $1.5 billion since its release. And with the addition of Star-Lord and Black Panther, to say that “Infinity War” is going to be a big deal would be an understatement. “Infinity War” will be in theaters May 4.
All the pressure is on two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard as the director of a story about a young Han Solo before joining the Rebellion. Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson, and the infinitely talented Donald Glover star in what will most likely be Howard’s biggest work yet. “Solo” is set to release May 25.
When asked about which upcoming movie he is most excited for, Junior Jaden Greenwood quickly remarked, “Definitely ‘The Incredibles 2.’ The first one was a classic and Pixar does movies better than anyone else.”
It has been 14 years since “The Incredibles” hit theaters. The long wait will surely drive people to the theaters to see Mr. Incredible babysit his son as Elastigirl saves the world. “The Incredibles” is the seventh-highest-grossing Pixar movie according to the box office, but the pent-up excitement surrounding the sequel will probably cause “The Incredibles 2” to surpass its predecessor. “The Incredibles 2” comes out June 15.
The Oscars have come and gone, but all the excitement of the blockbusters couldn’t stop us from taking a look at what’s next for Hollywood.