21 of the Most Anticipated Movies Hitting Theaters This Spring

Samantha Sutton | Mar 19, 2019 Movies
21 of the Most Anticipated Movies Hitting Theaters This Spring
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The only thing getting us through this last stretch of winter and its continually horrible weather? The thought that better, warmer days are just a few short weeks away. That's right, spring is coming. And while for a few folks, that may mean trading a lingering cough for seasonal allergies, there's still a whole bunch to look forward to -- and not just the fact that we can finally put away our puffer coats and break out the lighter options.

For instance, Hallmark is releasing a handful of new movies just in time to celebrate the season. And for those who want to venture outside the house? There are a few great features hitting theaters, too.

Spring marks a time where we finally get to the meat of all that we've been waiting for. A good amount of those much-anticipated sequels and reboots will be getting released, along with not one but two live-action/animated Disney movies, Dumbo and Aladdin.

Still, not everything falls under the category of light-hearted, family fun. There are also some pretty scary horror films on the way, which definitely aren't meant for the kids (we're not even sure if we should risk the nightmares they'll bring us). Combined with a few action-packed, superhero installments and female-led comedies, we're 100 percent excited for all that's to come.

We put together a list of some of the stuff we can't wait to buy tickets for, along with the release date, rating (if available), and a brief description. 

Spring can't come soon enough!

  • 'Us'

    1

    Rated: R

    Release Date: March 22

    First Jordan Peele gave us Get Out, and now, he's back with another creepy-as-heck something: Us. The movie is about a family of four who are staying at a beach house when intruders arrive -- and they have their exact same faces.

  • 'Dumbo'

    2

    Rated: PG

    Release Date: March 29

    Kicking off the latest round of Disney's live-action features is Dumbo, the lovable, big-eared, flying elephant everyone adored as a cartoon. He's somehow even cuter this time around, and just from the trailer, his separation from his mother is even more heartbreaking.

    Yep, we're definitely bringing tissues.

    PS: The little girl, Milly, is played by Thandie Newton's (Maeve from Westworld) daughter!

  • 'SHAZAM!'

    3

    Rated: PG-13

    Release Date: April 5

    We have a feeling that this one will really bring the laughs.

    This movie -- which is based on a DC comic -- centers around a 14-year-old boy who, after some chance encounter with a stranger, transforms into an adult superhero and faces off against a villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

  • 'Pet Sematary'

    4

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: April 5

    In horror movies, nothing good ever comes from moving into a new, small town!

    That's the case in this Stephen King remake, in which a family finds a cemetery that is able to bring the dead back to life. First it's their cat. Then, it's their kid. The catch is that when they come back, they're definitely not the same as before.

  • 'Hellboy'

    5

    Rated: R

    Release Date: April 12

    There's an all-new Hellboy story with an all-new cast. Rather than Ron Perlman playing the title character, it's David Harbour from Stranger Things. He's fighting Milla Jovovich, an evil sorceress labeled the The Blood Queen, Nimue.

  • 'The Curse of La Llorona'

    6

    Rated: R

    Release Date: April 19

    Yes, that's Linda Cardellini starring in this thriller about an ancient, murderous, Mexican legend which ends up haunting a social worker and her two kids. The trailer alone promises a few major jumpy moments, and, apparently, there's a twist that connects this film with The Conjuring universe.

  • 'Under the Silver Lake'

    7

    Rated: R

    Release Date: April 19

    Those who remember the horror movie It Follows will be excited for this one, which was made by the same guy, David Robert Mitchell. In it, a young man meets his mysterious neighbor, but before he can get to know this woman, she disappears, and it might be part of a big conspiracy.

  • 'Avengers: Endgame'

    8

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: April 26

    People have been waiting to find out what the heck is happening in the Marvel universe since Avengers Infinity War, and, come April 26, they'll finally have their answer. Thanks to Thanos wiping out half the universe, what's left of the superhero crew will be working together repair the damage that's been done.

  • 'UglyDolls'

    9

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 3

    This story revolves around those famous dolls, who live in the land of Uglyville where they celebrate being strange and weird. But when the group travels over the mountain to a place called Perfection, what they already know -- that it's good to be different -- will be challenged, and a great lesson will be learned.

  • 'Long Shot'

    10

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 3

    Seth Rogen plays a man who bumps into his childhood babysitter (Charlize Theron), an influential woman who's running for president. Since he's an unemployed journalist, she ends up hiring him as her speech writer, with sparks flying between the two.

  • 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu'

    11

    Rated: PG

    Release Date: May 10

    It's not just Disney characters that are coming to life in a live-action/animated film! Pokémon are getting the same treatment in this movie, where Detective Pikachu is helping a young man find out what happened to his father who has mysteriously gone missing.

  • 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

    12

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 17

    John Wick is back! This time, he's on the run and trying to make it out of New York after killing an assassin. The only problem? There's now a prize of $14 million for the person that kills him, so he's a walking target.

  • 'Ad Astra'

    13

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 24

    It's been 20 years since Roy McBride's father decided to embark on a one-way trip to Neptune in search for extraterrestrial life. But now, the Army Corps engineer is searching for answers of his own and takes it upon himself to also go on a space trip, where he ends up uncovering a whole bunch of secrets.

  • 'Aladdin'

    14

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 24

    While there are mixed thoughts on Will Smith's blue genie look, we'll still be heading to the theater to see the live action remake of Aladdin, a story about the famous "street rat" pretending to be a prince, wooing Jasmine, and fighting the evil Jafar.

  • 'Rocketman'

    15

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: May 31

    We saw the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which told the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury. Now, Elton John is getting the same treatment with this musical about his life in which Taron Egerton has the lead.

  • 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

    16

    Rated: PG-13

    Release Date: May 31

    Godzilla is back, and he's not alone. This time, he's facing off against the mythical creatures Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah. Stranger Things's Millie Bobby Brown is clearly sticking with this monster theme, as she stars in the film as well.

  • 'The Secret Life of Pets 2'

    17

    Rated: PG

    Release Date: June 7

    The first movie was a cute and funny story about what our pets are actually up to when we leave them home alone each day (hint: they're not as good as we thought), and the second installment is set to be more of the same. The only difference is Patton Oswalt is replacing Louis C.K. as the voice of Max.

  • 'Dark Phoenix'

    18

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: June 7

    The X-Men are on a rescue mission out in space when a cosmic force hits Jean Grey, nearly killing her but, instead, enhances her power. She loses control and turns into the dangerous Dark Phoenix.

    So now, it's up to the X-Men to save her -- and the world.

  • 'Late Night'

    19

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: June 7

    Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in the same movie? We're in for a real treat. Emma is playing a late night talk show host who's at risk of losing her show and hires her only female staff writer (Mindy) to help save it. The differences between the two women obviously lead to hilariousness.

  • 'Men in Black International'

    20

    Rated: NR

    Release Date: June 14

    Sure, we'll miss Will Smith being part of this franchise, but we do love Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson! The two play agents in a different MIB branch who are trying to track down the mole that is threatening the secret organization.

  • 'Shaft'

    21

    Rated: R

    Release Date: June 14

    Shaft is back, and this time, there are three generations involved in this film. When the title character's son, a cyber security expert, tries to find out the truth behind his friend's untimely death, he reaches out to his dad for help.

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