Upcoming movies


Haley McCoy, Center Focus Editor

A handful of highly-anticipated cinematic masterpieces are to be released in the coming months.

      Two classic children’s tales have been transformed for the big screen, both re-imagined from cartoons. The Jungle Book stars Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), an orphaned boy raised in the Jungle, making his home there. When the Jungle is no longer safe, Mowgli has to return to civilization. The Jungle Book premieres on April 15.

      Alice Through the Looking Glass tells the story of Alice, who finds a magical looking glass that delivers her to the underland. There, Alice has to save the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. Alice is played by Mia Wasikowska, performing alongside Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit and the late Alan Rickman as Absolem. Alice Through the Looking Glass will be in theaters on May 27.

      In another fairytale twist, before Snow White came along and stole the show, two sister queens battled, as shown in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, premiering on April 22. Huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and the warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) were trained below the Ice Queen Freya, but defied the queen’s one order: harden your hearts to love. The two huntsmen have to find their way back to one another before the sisters fill the world with their dark magic.

      Also coming out on April 22 is Nina. Nina tells the story of Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana), a 15-time Grammy nominee who wove songs of passion and power. The film will tell of Simone’s journey from fame to alcohol and depression, and then back to the top.

      But perhaps the most anticipated movie release is that of Captain America: Civil War. The best heroes of the generation (and generations past in the case of one super soldier) disagree on an important issue: superhero anonymity. In a world where the public is scared of attacks, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) advocates for there to be a superhero index so dangerous people are known to the public. Siding with him are Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Black Panther (Chadwick Bozeman). Opposing that half of the Avengers team is Captain America (Chris Evans) who is joined by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Antman (Paul Rudd), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The superheroes face off and bonds will be tested in this action movie extraordinaire.

      There’s no shortage of intriguing movies hitting the theaters in the coming months.