Fanboys are geeking out over the return of director Ridley Scott to his signature series. (Didn’t they learn anything after his dull-as-dirt Prometheus?) Adding immeasurably to the plus column is Inherent Vice’s scrappy Katherine Waterston, playing a hard-as-nails space heroine in a sweaty T-shirt, à la Sigourney Weaver.
Alien: Covenant opens May 19.
Amy Schumer says she pestered Goldie Hawn for years to star in this roadtrip comedy, in which a woman takes her mom on a holiday to South America after being dumped by her boyfriend. The dirty trailer includes an already-classic spit take; we’re hoping that’s not the best joke.
Snatched opens May 12.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie takes on the myth of Camelot in his own signature way, via Cockney accents, lots of protracted boasting and hyperactive camera moves. He’s even found room for a wife-beater t-shirt and a knit cap—in medieval England. The movie is sure to be a mix of visual grandeur and everyday bloke-ness. Or, to put it another way: All you Game of Thrones fans will love it.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens May 12.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The original Guardians was one of the most purely enjoyable blockbusters in years. Let’s hope this sequel can keep the party going. Everyone from the first movie is back—the raccoon, the tree, the big angry guy, the green woman and Chris Pratt—and writer-director James Gunn has promised stronger female characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5.
Emma Watson joins a mysterious internet company co-founded by Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt—those two guys alone should give any new employee pause. The original novel comes from Dave Eggers, but we’re even more excited by the presence of writer-director James Ponsoldt, adapting the book and spending the capital he earned on The End of the Tour on another literary (and timely) project.
The Circle opens Apr 28.
It seems like former TV star turned toxic omen Katherine Heigl has decided to embrace her (largely unearned) reputation: In her latest, she plays a nutcase seething with jealousy over her ex-husband’s new marriage. Bring on the Fatal Attraction–style boiled bunnies, the unannounced drop-ins, the crazy phone messages: There’s a place for you yet, Heigl.
Unforgettable opens Apr 21.
What do you know about the Ottoman Empire? We won’t assume anything about your private obsessions, but we do think you’ll like the cast of this romantic period piece, which includes Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and House of Sand and Fog’s Shohreh Aghdashloo, herself possessed of the most extraordinary voice in modern-day movies. Her calming purr is reason enough to go.
The Promise opens Apr 21.
The Fate of the Furious
Not even the death of a leading cast member can put the brakes on this hot-rod action series (we’ll all be watching Fast 50 in our retirement homes and Vin Diesel will look exactly the same). This time, the gang heads to NYC, Iceland and Havana, with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray calling the shots.
The Fate of the Furious opens Apr 14.
When aimless party girl Gloria (Anne Hathaway) slips from casual drinker into full-blown alcoholic, her fractured psyche somehow conjures a thousand-foot lizard in South Korea that destroys anything it touches. That’s the starting premise for this determinedly bizarre, psychologically inquisitive and—in the end—rather wonderful black comedy.
Colossal opens Apr 7.
Ghost in the Shell
Already there’s been criticism over the “whitewashing” of this live-action rethink of a Japanese manga due to the casting of a Caucasian lead actor. But when that actor is Scarlett Johansson—equally adept with arty sci-fi (Under the Skin) as she is with roundhouse kicks (Lucy)—we reserve the right to remain excited.
Ghost in the Shell opens Mar 31.
Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson has gotten more column inches for feminism than acting in the past couple of years, launching her HeForShe gender-equality movement and starting a feminist book club. So don’t go expecting her Belle in Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast to be a mere damsel in distress.
Beauty and the Beast opens Mar 17.
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As Maureen’s already fragile composure begins to fray, it’s hard to tell if she’s plagued more by absence or uncanny presence: Even her boss is barely visible to her, leaving a trail of curt notes and messages in her wake. Among the many things that appear to be on Assayas’s mind is the disembodied—and disembodying—nature of modern-day communication and social media, which makes ghosts of us all. Perhaps no film has ever made the mobile phone quite such an instrument of tension: The on-screen iPhone ellipsis of an incoming message takes on a breath-halting urgency here.
We’d be worried about a sequel, but the whole original cast has decided to come along for the ride, including Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald and the savage Robert Carlyle. Don’t kick the habit just yet.
T2 Trainspotting opens Mar 3.
Kong: Skull Island
King Kong origin story, this tale of mysterious islands and giant primates takes place in the 1970s, as a team of U.S. Marines fresh from Vietnam join a band of explorers. The terrific cast includes Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, and John Goodman.
Kong: Skull Island opens Mar 10.
Logan In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan opens Mar 3