Now that the Oscars are over, we can direct our attention to what's coming to cinemas this spring. The season is going to be full of blockbusters, video game adaptations, Marvel superhero movies, and another "Star Wars" movie. 

That's all before summer. 

In between the hoopla for those big releases are some other, smaller movies you should keep on your radar. Here are the spring movies you can't miss. 


The big one: "A Wrinkle in Time." Writer-director Ava DuVernay gets a $100 million budget to adapt Madeleine L'Engle's fantasy novel for Disney. And she has the help of stars like Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, oh, and Oprah Winfrey. Projected box office take: $80 billion-fo-fillion. 

Lol, what?: "The Hurricane Heist." Thieves steal cash during a Category 5 hurricane. It's the type of masterpiece one can expect from the guy behind "Dragonheart."  

Also playing: Christina Hendricks (Why?) stars in the R-rated horror flick "The Strangers: Prey at Night." David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron star in the action-comedy "Gringo." 

March 16

The big one: "Tomb Raider." A reboot of a video game adaptation, Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") is Lara Croft, an independent adventurer on the hunt for treasure and clues with a bow and arrow. Walton Goggins ("Vice Principals")  and Dominic West ("The Wire") co-star. Projected aggregate rating: 3 out of 4 shoulder shrugs. 

Also playing: Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl star in the crime drama "7 Days in Entebbe." Nick Robinson has a secret about his love-life in the teen comedy "Love, Simon."

March 23

The big one: "Isle of Dogs." Featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and everyone else who has previously been in a Wes Anderson movie, this cartoon follows a boy in search of his dog in Japan. Good lord, this looks cute. Possible pull-quote for poster: "Good boy!" 

Soderbergh sighting: "Unsane." Director Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic," the "Ocean's" trilogy, "The Knick") shoots a thriller with an iPhone about a woman stuck in an asylum. Here's my money, take it.  

Also playing: If you can tell me what's happening on screen, I'll buy your ticket to the robot vs. monsters CGI-fest "Pacific Rim: Uprising." "Sherlock Gnomes" is an animated movie about lawn gnomes, and that's really all you need to know about that.  

March 30

The big one: "Ready Player One." Steven Spielberg is going back to his sci-fi/fantasy roots with this adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-seller. Tye Sheridan plays a gamer who races against others in a virtual world. Expect references to every bit of pop culture imaginable and incredible special effects. Nerds will hate it. 

Also playing: Travis Fimmel and Steve Buscemi star in the drama "Lean on Pete." Terry Perry directs Taraji P. Henson in the thriller "Acrimony." "God's Not Dead 3" is also coming out. I think we got it the first two times, man. 

April 6

The big one: "A Quiet Place." Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in this horror about a family that must be silent at all times. If not, creatures attack upon hearing any sound. This seems genuinely creepy, and it's an original idea. Projected rating: Screaming in theaters and not turning off the lights for weeks. Thanks, Jim Halpert! 

Also playing: John Cena further proves his comic chops in "Blockers." Kate Mara, Ed Helms and Jason Clarke star in the political drama "Chappaquiddick." 

April 13

The big one: "Rampage." Dwayne (formerly "The Rock") Johnson and his friendly gorilla sidekick fight monsters in a big city. It's based on the video game, and there's gonna be a helicopter in there somewhere because The Rock is in this. Wake me up when he's in something that's not this exact thing every season. 

Jon Hamm sighting: "Beirut." The former "Mad Men" star is finally getting more movie roles. In this action-drama, Hamm plays a U.S. diplomat negotiating for his friend's life in a war-torn country. I can't be the only one excited to see him again, right? 

Also playing: Blumhouse attempts to get scares out of "Truth or Dare." Anna Faris stars in the remake of the 1987 comedy "Overboard." 

April 20

The big one: "Super Troopers 2." Oh, I get it, the sequel is being released on the day where people smoke weed. (Yells at computer screen, jumps out of window.)

Also playing: Charlize Theron plays a mother of three in Diablo Cody's latest movie "Tully." This is the movie that boasts the line, "From the creators of 'Juno' and 'Young Adult.'" What a hot streak. 

April 27 

The big one: "Avengers: Infinity War." Every Marvel superhero known to man will appear in this, the first part of the battle of good vs. evil, or Thanos (Josh Brolin). How long will the battle last? Infinity. It's in the title. 

Also playing: Amy Schumer stars in a new comedy white guys will hate, "I Feel Pretty." Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz star in the romantic drama  "Disobedience." David Tennant ("Doctor Who") and Kerry Condon ("Halt and Catch Fire") star in the crime drama "Bad Samaritan." 

May 4 

The only new release because everyone is afraid of "Avengers": "Izzy Gets the **** Across Town." Mackenzie Davis ("Halt and Catch Fire") stars as a woman trying to get across Los Angeles to crash her ex-boyfriend's engagement party. 

May 11 

The big one: "Life of the Party." Melissa McCarthy is a dedicated housewife who goes back to college in this new comedy. Though her movies have been hit or miss, they always have a least one laugh-out-loud moment. Hopefully, this will have more. 

Also playing: Gabrielle Union stars in "Breaking In." I wonder what that's about. Fresh off that documentary where he said he doesn't have to act anymore, Jim Carrey stars in the drama "Dark Crimes."  

May 18 

The big one: "The Untitled Deadpool Sequel." In 2016, Ryan Reynolds finally had his big hit with the R-rated "Deadpool." Expect more f-bombs and jokes as the movie adds Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz) and other characters from Rob Liefeld's ever-imaginative roster. At least Brolin is in more movies, I guess. (Shrugs, rolls eyes, goes back to sleep.) 

Also playing: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Jane Fonda star in the movie your mom really wants to see: "Book Club."

May 25 

The big one: "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Whether you like it or not, Alden Ehrenreich (God bless you!) is Han Solo. Though the film started with writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie"), Ron Howard was brought on to finish the movie and make sure the final cut didn't bother anyone. The only thing I remember from the trailer though is Donald Glover looking fly as hell as Lando Calrissian. Project box-office take: $48 trillion-kajillion. 

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