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Hope Springs Eternal in Springtime Films

Look for these titles coming sooner than later

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The movie calendar has historically been divided into three sections: summer blockbusters, festival season (in the fall) and award season (winter). But more and more high-profile films are being released in the spring. Maybe it's because the spring marketplace has been so spare in years past, or maybe it's because some studios want to get a jump on the uber-competitive summer season. Frankly, we don't care. We're just excited to see some of these films, which will be hitting the cineplex sooner than later:

Isle of Dogs (April 13)—The buzz is spectacular over this latest stop-animation film from director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom). The star-studded voiceover cast includes Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray.

Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)—They're back: Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Black Widow will join new kids on the block Black Panther and the team from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Lean on Pete (April 27)—We were lucky to see this charmer about thoroughbred horse racing last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we think you'll love it as much as we did.

Overboard (May 4)—Depending on how you felt about the original 1987 rom-com starring Goldie Hawn, you may end up loving or loathing this remake, this time starring Anna Faris.

Tully (May 4)—Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody (Juno) reteam for this dramedy starring Charlize Theron and Mark Duplass.

Life of the Party (May 11)—Melissa McCarthy plays a mom who becomes her daughter's worst nightmare: her college roommate.

The Seagull (May 11)—We're particularly excited to see Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Annette Bening (American Beauty) in this new adaptation of the Chekhov classic.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)—Oscar-winning director Ron Howard joins the Star Wars universe with this origin story of Han Solo. Social media trolls have been losing their minds over this one.