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2009 Spring Movie Preview

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If you need some extra entertainment to cheer you up the last couple months before the real warm weather hits, then check out this upcoming spring schedule that should take you up to May 1 when X-Men Origins: Wolverine kicks off the summer.

NOTE: all dates subject to change – be sure to check each film’s ratings.

March 4

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A group of jurors decide the fate of a young Chechen boy charged with murdering his step-father, an officer in the Russian army.

March 6

The Horsemen
Horror/mystery about a troubled detective, played by Dennis Quaid who encounters an equally troubling case related to the Bible chapter Revelations when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death, Famine, Pestilence and War. Ziyi Zhang, Peter Stormare and Clifton Collins Jr. also star.

Phoebe in Wonderland
This fantasy drama centers on a young girl trying out for an Alice in Wonderland play at her high school.

The Watchmen
Set in 1985, in an alternative version of the U.S., some unique superheroes band together. Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel.

March 13

Brothers at War
In this timely documentary about military life in Iraq, a photographer visits his two brothers while they serve on active duty (limited release).

The Last House on the Left
This remake of the 1972 Wes Craven thriller stars Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter and Sara Paxton. Craven produces as newcomer Dennis Iliadis directs.

Miss March
Comedy about a high school student who recovers from his coma then takes a road trip to win back his girlfriend…who’s now a centerfold.

Race to Witch Mountain
This Disney adventure remake stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Anna Sophia Robb, Carla Gugino and Ciaran Hinds.

Sunshine Cleaning
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn and Alan Arkin star in this unique comedy centering on two sisters with a maid business living at home with their dad (NY/LA, then expanding next week and nationwide on April 3).

March 20

Duplicity
Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson star in this espionage comedy about two agents in love. Directed and written by Tony Gilroy.

The Great Buck Howard
John Malkovich stars as a famous mentalist/hypnotist who mounts a comeback aided by supporting stars Colin Hanks (plus his real life dad) and Emily Blunt (limited).

Knowing
Nicolas Cage stars in this action thriller about future predictions after a time capsule  discovery at an elementary school.

I Love You, Man
Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones play an engaged couple looking for a best man — and find Jason Segel in this relationship comedy. Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly, J.K.Simmons and Andy Samberg also star.

March 27

12 Rounds
Renny Harlin directs this John Cena action thriller set in New Orleans, involving a police officer and his kidnapped girlfriend. Ashley Scott, Steve Harris and Aiden Gillen co-star.

Adventureland
Jesse Eisneberg stars in a coming of age film about a college graduate who works at an amusement park over the summer of 1987 so he can travel to Europe. Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Kristen Stewart also star.

The Haunting in Connecticut
Strange things happen when a family faces the supernatural in this horror thriller, based on a true story, starring Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan and Elias Koteas.

The Janky Promoters
Ice Cube, Mike Epps, young star Little JJ, and Terry Crews headline this comedy musical about concert organizers written by Ice Cube.

Monsters vs. Aliens
Animated adventure featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland and Seth Rogen. In Tru3D and IMAX.

April 3

Fast & Furious
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriquez and Jordana Brewster team up again for the fourth installment in this racing/crime action series.

Sugar
Sports biography about Miguel Santos’ quest to play major league baseball, which he hopes will propel his family out of financial struggle (limited release).

April 8

Dragonball Evolution
James Wong writes and directs this PG-rated video game adaptation. Jamie Chung, Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Chow Yun-Fat, Randall Duk Kim and Ernie Hudson star.

April 10

Hannah Montana The Movie
Miley Cyrus juggles between her real life and her alternate pop persona in this G rated family comedy, which also stars her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.

Observe and Report
This dark comedy involves a bi-polar mall security officer, played by Seth Rogen, who pines for a girl, played by Anna Faris, and the grander police duties of officers like Detective Harrison, played by Ray Liotta.

April 17

17 Again
This fantasy-comedy about a troubled 30-year-old family man, Matthew Perry, who gets to return to his high school years with all his life’s knowledge.  Zac Efron plays Perry's character as a teen.

American Violet
Based on real events, Alfre Woodard, rising star Nicole Beharie, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, and Charles S. Dutton star in this Texas rural drama about a wrongful drug charge (limited release).

Crank: High Voltage
Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Dwight Yoakam return in this crime-filled action sequel with newcomers Bai Ling and David Carradine…I just want to see how Chev survived.

State of Play
Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck star in this Washington D.C. thriller, based on the British television series. Helen Mirren, Viola Davis, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn also star.

April 22

Earth
Celebrate Earth Day with this first documentary in the Disneynature series, which follows three special animal families, and is narrated by James Earl Jones

April 24

Fighting
Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard and Luis Guzman star in this streetfighting drama.

Mutant Chronicles
Sci-fi action film, set in 2707, where mutants endanger mankind’s existence and a small band of survivors seek to wipe them out. Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki and John Malkovich star (limited release).

Obsessed
A love-triangle thriller set in the workplace, where a couple played by Idris Elba and Beyonce Knowles, are threatened by a temp worker played by Ali Larter.

The Soloist
Based on a true story, Robert Downey Jr. stars as a journalist who befriends a mysterious homeless musician, played by Jamie Foxx.

Tyson
What else? A documentary about the tumultuous boxing career of Mike Tyson (limited release).

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