The Tangential Thinker

Spring is here and love is in the air. Not love so much as car chases, explosions and slapstick. No Oscar contenders on the schedule for the 2010 spring movies, just a lot of popcorn munching fun. Here’s what’s slated:

March 12

The Green Zone: Ushering out the heavies on a high note, Matt Damon channels his inner Jason Bourne to play a special ops soldier who goes rogue after intelligence failures handicap his ability to find a nuke.

Remember Me: This may very well be Robert Pattinson’s first trip to the big screen playing a human. Here he stars in a romantic drama about a troubled son of a business mogul and his affair with the daughter of a policeman.

Stolen: Jon Hamm stars as a damaged detective who can only work since the disappearance of his 10-year-old son. His latest case revolves around the recently discovered remains of a young boy murdered decades earlier.

March 17

Mid-August Lunch: This delightful Italian film tells the story of feisty women and delicious food and drink during a raucous Roman holiday.

March 19

The Runaways: Twilight’s Kristen Stewart is also expanding her resume playing Joan Jett in the self-titled biopic about her band. Rumor has it she can’t sing, so the jury is still out.

Hot Tub Time Machine: Sound stupid? Just wait. After a night of drinking vodka and Red Bull, a group of 40-something friends end up transported back to the ‘80s. Ridiculous. Everybody knows drinking vodka and Red Bull catapults you into the future, but whatever. At least it’s not a sequel or a remake.

April 9

Date Night: Finally something worth the price of admission. Here Tina Fey and Steve Carell star as a married couple trying to inject romance into their relationship by going out for a fancy date night. A case of mistaken identity gives them much more than they bargained for.

April 16

Kick-Ass: My choice for worst title of the spring season, the film itself actually looks great. An unnoticed high school geek decides out of the blue to become a super-hero named Kick-Ass despite having no superpowers or training. He soon attracts quite a following.

Piranhas 3D: This illustrates how difficult it is for women of a certain age to find work in Hollywood. Academy Award-winner Elizabeth Shue stars as a sheriff who battles a school of prehistoric man-eating fish. I’m rooting for the fish.

April 26

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps: Why, God, why? Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar-winning role of Gordon Gekko, a repentant ex-convict who joins forces with a young trader (Shia LaBeouf) to forewarn the financial community of an impending economic collapse.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Sure. Why not?

So get outside. Enjoy the weather. Iron Man 2 is just around the corner.

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