2016 winter-spring movie sneaks previews

The 2016 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change.

Jan. 15

Anesthesia

The assault of a philosophy professor ties together the existential dilemmas of a disparate group of New Yorkers. With Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close. Written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson. IFC Films

Band of Robbers

Modern-day twist on Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, reimagined as a recent parolee and a crooked cop. With Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler. Written and directed by Aaron Nee & Adam Nee. Gravitas Ventures

The Benefactor

A young Philadelphia couple find their lives entwined with a secretive philanthropist. With Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James. Written and directed by Andrew Renzi. Samuel Goldwyn Films

400 Days

The mental states of four astronauts on a simulated mission begin to deteriorate when they lose contact with the rest of the world. With Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Ben Feldman. Written and directed by Matt Osterman. Syfy Films

Intruders

A young woman turns the tables on three criminals who invade her home. With Beth Riesgraf, Jack Kesy, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin. Directed by Adam Schindler. Momentum Pictures

The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith reprises her stage role as the title character who parks her vehicle in the driveway of a writer and remains for 15 years. With Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper. Written by Alan Bennett, from his play. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Sony Pictures Classics

Moonwalkers

Duped while trying to find Stanley Kubrick in 1969 London, an erratic CIA agent teams with a rock band manager to stage the moon landing. With Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan. Directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet. Alchemy

Norm of the North

Animated tale about a talkative polar bear who travels to New York City to stop a greedy developer from building condos in the Arctic. Voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong. Directed by Trevor Wall. Lionsgate

A Perfect Day

War zone rescue workers battle bureaucracy and danger in the Balkans, circa 1995. With Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Mélanie Thierry. Written by Fernando León de Aranoa and Diego Farias. Directed by De Aranoa. IFC Films

Ride Along 2

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube reunite for this sequel to the 2014 comedy. With Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter. Written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. Universal Pictures

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

During the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, elite ex-military operatives bravely fight back when plans go awry. With James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens. Directed by Michael Bay. Paramount Pictures

Unlucky Plaza

In Singapore, a desperate diner owner takes hostages while posting his exploits on YouTube creating a media frenzy and hysteria in the streets. With Adrian Pang, Judee Tan, Guo Liang. Directed by Ken Kwek. Kaya Toast Pictures

Jan. 22

The Abandoned

Desperate for employment, a young single mom works as a night security guard at a sprawling and unfinished mansion in this psychological thriller. With Jason Patric and Louisa Krause. Written by Ido Fluk, story by Fluk and Eytan Rockaway. Directed by Rockaway. IFC Midnight

Aferim!

In 1835 Eastern Europe, a gendarme and his son search for a runaway gyspy slave, encountering a variety of ethnicities, on their journey. Directed by Radu Jude. Big World Pictures

All Mistakes Buried

Separated from his wife and battling drug addiction, a man ventures into the seedier side of his Louisiana town to retrieve a stolen necklace. With Sam Trammell, Vanessa Ferlito. Directed by Tim McCann. Breaking Glass Pictures

The Boy

In an English village, a young American woman is hired to care for an 8-year-old, who appears to be a life-sized doll. With Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton. Written by Stacey Menear. Directed by William Brent Bell. STX Entertainment

Dirty Grandpa

Ambitious Zac Efron jeopardizes his upcoming marriage when he reluctantly takes troublemaking grandfather Robert De Niro to spring break in Florida. With Aubrey Plaza. Written by John Phillips. Directed by Dan Mazer. Lionsgate

Exposed

The mystery behind his partner's death leads a police detective to corruption within the department and an enigmatic young woman. With Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Christopher McDonald, Mira Sorvino. Written by Gee Malik Linton. Directed by Declan Dale. Lionsgate Premiere

The 5th Wave

Four deadly surges have left the world ravaged and a teen must trust a mysterious young man to save her brother. With Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson. Written by Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner. Directed by J Blakeson. Columbia Pictures

IP Man 3

Donnie Yen returns as the real-life grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee, this time taking on gangsters led by Mike Tyson. Directed by Wilson Yip. WellGo USA Entertainment

Martyrs

After being tortured and imprisoned as a girl and growing up in orphange, a young woman tracks down the family that tormented her. With Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble. Written by Mark L. Smith. Directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz. Anchor Bay Entertainment

Mojave

Garret Hedlund and Oscar Isaac square off as an L.A. artist and the dangerous drifter who threatens to destroy his life. With Louise Bourgoin, Walton Goggins. Written and directed by William Monahan. A24

Monster Hunt

A baby born to a human father and a monster queen is pursued by both mortals and creatures in this animated adventure from China.Written by Alan Yuen. Directed by Raman Hui. FilmRise

Prescription Thugs

Big Pharma and its market techniques come under scrutiny in this documentary directed by Chris Bell. Samuel Goldwyn Films

Synchronicity

Sci-fi noir in which a physicist attempts to protect his time-bending invention from a ruthless corporate magnate. With Chad McKnight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis. Directed by Jacob Gentry. Magnet Releasing

Yosemite

In 1985 Palo Alto, three fifth-graders navigate the treacherous world of preteen suburbia. With James Franco, Henry Hopper, Calum John. Written and directed by Gabrielle Demeestere. Monterey Media

Jan. 29

The Clan
Behind the veneer of his respectable Argentine family, a patriarch plots financially motivated abductions and executions. With Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Lili Popovich. Written and directed by Pablo Trapero. Fox International

Fifty Shades of Black

Marlon Wayans spoofs a certain insanely popular erotic BDSM romance. With Kali Hawk, Mike Epps Written by Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez. Directed by Michael Tiddes. Open Road Films

The Finest Hours

In 1952, the Coast Guard attempts a daring rescue of an oil tanker during a fierce Nor'easter in the frigid Atlantic waters. With Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster. Written by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Walt Disney Pictures

Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman plays a frontierswoman who recruits her former fiance to help save her family from a band of ruthless outlaws. With Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. Weinstein Co.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Furry martial artist Po journeys with his long-lost father to a panda paradise where he must train his klutzy compadres to fight the evil Kai. Voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox

Mountain Men

Two estranged brothers clash as they travel to evict a squatter from their family cabin in the Rocky Mountains. With Chace Crawford, Tyler Labine, Christine Willes. Written and directed by Cameron Labine. Level 33

Oscar Nominated Shorts

The finalists for the Academy Awards in live action, animated and documentary short subjects screen in separate programs. Nominees to be announced Jan. 14. ShortsHD

Rabid Dogs

Three French criminals with three hostages make a violent run for the border after a botched bank robbery. With Lambert Wilson, Guillaume Gouix, Virginie Ledoyen. Directed by Éric Hannezo. IFC Midnight

3 Classics by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

“Night of the Shooting Stars” (1982), “Kaos” (1984) and the Palme d’Or-winning “Padre Padrone” (1977) by the Italian filmmaking brothers screen in repertory. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. Cohen Film Collection

Feb. 5

The Choice

A medical student and a womanizer unexpectedly fall in love, marry and settle down until one is forced to make the decision of a lifetime in this adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. With Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace. Written by Bryan Sipe. Directed by Ross Katz. Lionsgate

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico in 1931 to make a movie and has life-changing experiences of sex and death. With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata. Written and directed by Peter Greenaway. Strand Releasing

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For the record, 6:05 p.m. Feb. 4: The film title "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" was misspelled as "Eisenstein in Gunajuato."

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Hail, Caesar!

Backlot comedy by the Coen brothers about a movie studio "fixer" during the twilight of Hollywood's Golden Age. With Josh Brolin, George Clooney,Scarlett Johansson. Written and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Universal Pictures

Misconduct

A young attorney (Josh Duhamel) is caught between his firm's senior partner (Al Pacino) and a pharmaceutical mogul (Anthony Hopkins). With Alice Eve. Written by Simon Boyes & Adam Mason. Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa. Lionsgate Premiere

Of Mind and Music

A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. With Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim de Almeida, Bill Cobbs. Written by Richie Adams, Nicolas Bazan. Directed by Adams. Monterey Media

The Pack

An Australian family is terrorized when wild dogs attack their farmhouse. With Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie Moore. Written by Evan Randall Green. Directed by Nick Robertson. IFC Midnight

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Jane Austen's classic heroine Elizabeth Bennet is now an expert at martial arts and weaponry and must team with zombie killer Mr. Darcy to eradicate the undead. With Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston. Written and directed by Burr Steers, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Screen Gems

Rams

Two sheepherding brothers in Iceland who haven't spoken in 40 years fight to save their flocks and livelihoods from a deadly outbreak. With Charlotte Boving, Gudrun Sigurbjornsdottir, Jon Benonysson. Directed by Grímur Hákonarson. Cohen Media Group

Regression

A psychologist arrives in 1990 Minnesota to help a man access his memories after being accused by his daughter of an unspeakable crime. With Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Weinstein Co./Dimension

Southbound

Five tales set on a desert highway form this horror anthology from the filmmaking collective Radio Silence. With Kate Beahan, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Susan Burke. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence. The Orchard

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Documentary on New York artists in the 1960s and 1970s who transcended the boundaries of painting and sculpture by creating epic earthworks in the American Southwest. With Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria. Directed by James Crump. First Run Features

Tumbledown

The grieving widow of a well-known musician collaborates with a cocky New York writer on her husband's biography. With Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Dianna Agron. Written by Desi Van Til. Directed by Sean Mewshaw. Starz Digital

Viva

A Havana hairdresser dreams of being a drag performer while struggling to reconcile with his estranged father. With Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Medina. Directed by Paddy Breathnach. Magnolia Pictures

Feb. 12

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Visiting on business for the first time, a Chinese American toy designer meets an American expat and they enjoy a romantic evening exploring the city's street life. With Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg. Written and directed by Emily Ting. Gravitas Ventures

Bad Hurt

A middle-aged Staten Island couple face serious challenges with their children. With Theo Rossi, Ashley Williams, Karen Allen. Written by Mark Kemble, Jamieson Stern. Directed by Kemble. Screen Media Films

Cabin Fever

Remake of Eli Roth's 2002 horror film about friends terrorized at a remote getaway. Directed by Travis Zariwny. IFC Midnight

The Club

Four disgraced priests are exiled to a secluded house in Chile and tended to by a former nun while they atone for their sins. With Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers. Written by Guillermo Calderón, Daniel Villalobos, Pablo Larraín. Directed by Larraín. Music Box Films

Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds stars as the former Special Forces operative-turned unconventional antihero in the Marvel Comics adaptation. With Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein. Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Directed by Tim Miller. 20th Century Fox

Glassland

A young taxi driver is forced into the service of a petty criminal to pay for his alcoholic mother's rehab. With Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter. Written and directed by Gerard Barrett. Film Movement

How to Be Single

Young unmarrieds in New York City navigate the complex intersections of love and sex. With Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr. Written by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein and Dana Fox, screen story by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein. Directed by Christian Ditter. Warner Bros.

National Parks Adventure

Imax documentary follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they explore Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite and Arches. Narrated by Robert Redford. Written by Stephen Judson and Tim Cahill. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. MacGillivray Freeman Films

Standoff

A disturbed military veteran protects a 12-year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. With Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne, Ella Ballentine. Written and directed by Adam Alleca. Saban Films

Touched With Fire

Two bipolar poets drive each other to new extremes — both high and low. With Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Griffin Dunne. Written and directed by Paul Dalio. Roadside Attractions

Where to Invade Next

Director Michael Moore turns to Europe and elsewhere looking for ways to cure the U.S.’ most serious ills in this globe-trotting documentary. Distributed by Tom Quinn, Jason Janego, Tim League

Zoolander No. 2

Dense supermodels Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald return in this sequel to the 2001 high-fashion spoof. With Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell. Directed by Ben Stiller. Paramount Pictures

Feb. 19

Embrace of the Serpent

Two scientists befriend an Amazonian shaman, one of his people's last survivors, over a 40-year period. With Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres. Written by Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal. Directed by Guerra. Oscilloscope Laboratories

Forsaken

Retired gunslinger returns home to Wyoming only to find his town terrorized by railroad thugs intimidating ranchers to sell their land. With Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore. Written by Brad Mirman. Directed by Jon Cassar. Momentum Pictures

Race

Track star Jesse Owens competes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a living affront to Adolf Hitler's ideas of Aryan supremacy. With Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons. Written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Focus Features

Risen

Rome orders a military tribune to investigate Jesus' final weeks and quell a potential uprising in Jerusalem. With Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis. Written by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Columbia Pictures

Rolling Papers

Documentary on the Denver Post's appointment of a marijuana editor after 2014 legalization of marijuana by Colorado. With Ricardo Baca, Greg Moore, Ry Prichard, Brittany Driver, Jake Browne. Directed by Mitch Dickman. Alchemy

Snowtime!

Animated musical based on the 1984 French Canadian film "La Guerre des Tuques" about children in a small town who pick sides for an epic snowball fight. With Sandra Oh, Ross Lynch, Angela Galuppo. Directed by Jean-François Pouliot; co-directed by François Brisson. Shout! Factory Films

Viral

Two sisters are trapped when a citywide quarantine is enacted to shut down a parasitic virus. With Sophia Black D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton. Written by Barbara Marshall, Christopher Landon. Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Shulman. Weinstein Co./Dimension

Feb. 26

Backtrack

The patients a psychologist has been seeing turn out to be ghosts, forcing him to search his past for a situation he needs to correct. With Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, George Shevtsov. Written and directed by Michael Petroni. Saban Films

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Follow-up to the Oscar-winning 2000 martial arts hit is another epic tale set in China's Qing Dynasty. With Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan, Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Written by John Fusco. Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. Netflix

Eddie the Eagle

Inspirational story of Eddie Edwards, the unlikely British ski jumper who captivated the world at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. With Taron Egerton, Christopher Walken and Hugh Jackman. Written by Sean Macaulay. Directed by Dexter Fletcher. 20th Century Fox

Gods of Egypt

To save his true love, mortal hero Bek teams with god Horus to battle Set, the god of darkness, who illegitimately occupies the throne of Egypt. With Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman. Written by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless. Directed by Alex Proyas. Summit Entertainment

Jack of the Red Hearts

A teenage runaway masquerades as a trained caregiver and brings together, then jeopardizes, the family of an autistic girl. With AnnaSophia Robb, Famke Janssen, Scott Cohen. Written by Jennifer Deaton. Directed by Janet Grillo. ARC Entertainment

King Georges

Filmmaker Erika Frankel documents Philadelphia restaurateur Georges Perrier as he attempts to first sell, then reinvent, his landmark French eatery, Le Bec-Fin.. Directed by Erika Frankel. Sundance Selects

The Last Man on the Moon

Documentary on astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, the final NASA lunar landing. With Gene Cernan, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Jim Lovell. Directed by Mark Craig. Mark Stewart Productions

Marguerite & Julien

Brother and sister French aristocrats scandalize their family and society by falling in love. With Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Frédéric Pierrot. Directed by Valérie Donzelli. Sundance Selects

Only Yesterday

During a train ride from Tokyo to the country, a young woman wonders whether she has been true to her childhood self in this 25th-anniversary English language release of the celebrated animated film. Voices of Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel. Directed by Isao Takahata. GKids

The Witch

Strange events befall a farmer and his family when they are banished to the edge of an ominous forest in 1630 New England. With Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. Written and directed by Robert Eggers. A24

Triple 9

A rookie police officer throws a wrench into the heist plans of crooked cops in league with the Russian mob. With Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie. Written by Matt Cook. Directed by John Hillcoat. Open Road Films

February TBD

Remember

A 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor and his closest friend seek revenge on the German prison guard responsible for the deaths of their families 70 years earlier during World War II. With Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris. Written by Benjamin August. Directed by Atom Egoyan. A24

March 4

Camino

In 1985 Colombia, a photojournalist flees for her life into the jungle after capturing a dangerous image. With Zoë Bell, Nacho Vigalondo, Sheila Vand. Written by Daniel Noah. Directed by Josh C. Waller. Xlrator Media

Colliding Dreams

Documentary explores the oft-controversial Zionist idea of a Jewish homeland in Israel through interviews with Jews and Palestinians. Directed by Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky. International Film Circuit

Desierto

Migrants are hunted by a gun-wielding psychopath along the U.S.-Mexico border. With Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Written by Jonás Cuarón and Mateo García. Directed by Cuarón. STX Entertainment

Knight of Cups

Christian Bale stars as a Los Angeles screenwriter on the edge in writer-director Terrence Malick's drama. With Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Thomas Lennon. Broad Green Pictures

London Has Fallen

The funeral of the British prime minister is the target of terrorists in this sequel to the 2013 hit "Olympus Has Fallen." With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman. Written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt and Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John. Directed by Babak Najafi. Gramercy Pictures

Road Games

Hitchhikers take refuge at an older couple's home in the French countryside with frightening results. With Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot. Written and directed by Abner Pastoll. IFC Midnight

The Wave

When a mountain collapses near the Norwegian town of Geiranger, a geologist must save his family and neighbors from the subsequent tsunami. With Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp. Directed by Roar Uthaug. Magnolia Pictures

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey stars as an American journalist who discovers the absurdity and adrenaline rush of serving in the war zones of Afghanistan and Pakistan. With Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman. Written by Robert Carlock, based on the memoir "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Kim Barker. Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. Paramount Pictures

Zootopia

Rookie cop Judy Hopps — a bunny — teams with slick con-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve a mystery in Disney's 55th animated feature. Voices by Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira. Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush. Walt Disney Pictures

March 11

Admiral

Seventeenth-century Dutch seafarer Michiel de Ruyter defends the Netherlands against the attacking English and French fleets. With Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Frank Lammers. Written by Alex van Galen & Lars Boom. Directed by Roel Reiné. Xlrator Media

The Automatic Hate

Cousins battle an unnerving attraction to each other as they unravel the mystery at the heart of a family feud. With Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll. Written by Justin Lerner, Katharine O'Brien. Directed by Lerner. Film Movement 

The Brothers Grimsby

Sacha Baron Cohen plays a football hooligan in Northern England who sets out to find his sibling — they were adopted by different families — unaware he is now an MI6 agent. With Mark Strong, Isla Fisher. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Columbia Pictures

Burning Bodhi

The death of an old friend triggers an impromptu reunion of former high school classmates. With Kaley Cuoco, Sasha Pieterse, Cody Horn. Written and directed by Matthew McDuffie. Monterey Media

Cemetery of Splendor

A young Thai wife bonds with a handsome soldier at a temporary clinic. With Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, Jarinpattra Rueangram. Written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Strand Releasing

City of Gold

Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold leads a gustatorial odyssey through Los Angeles in this documentary. Directed by Laura Gabbert. Sundance Selects

Creative Control

Working on a campaign for Augmented Reality glasses, a Brooklyn advertising executive blurs the lines of reality through his obsession with a friend's girlfriend. With Benjamin Dickinson, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen. Directed by Benjamin Dickinson. Magnolia Pictures/Amazon Studios

Eye in the Sky

A joint U.S.-British military operation to capture terrorists in Kenya using drones takes a potentially deadly turn. With Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman. Written by Guy Hibbert. Directed by Gavin Hood. Bleecker Street

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sally Field stars as a woman who experiences a late-in-life renaissance via a self-help seminar and a handsome new co-worker. With Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs. Written by Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso. Directed by Showalter. Roadside Attractions

The Lobster

A man in the near future who flees into the woods rather than be turned into an animal because he is single illegally falls in love with a fellow rebel. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Alchemy

The Other Side of the Door

A grieving mother follows an ancient ritual to try to bring back her dead son for a final goodbye. With Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto. Written by Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera. Directed by Roberts. 20th Century Fox

10 Cloverfield Lane

A woman wakes up to find herself imprisoned in a cellar, unsure whether to believe her captor who claims the outside world has been rendered uninhabitable. With John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg. Paramount Pictures

The Young Messiah

The 7-year-old Jesus Christ and family discover the nature of his divine being. With Adam Greaves-Neal, Clive Russell, Vincent Walsh. Written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh & Cyrus Nowrasteh. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Focus Features

March 16

Miracles From Heaven

After an accident, a young girl with an incurable disease experiences a reversal unexplainable by medical experts. With Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch. Written by Randy Brown. Directed by Patricia Riggen. Columbia Pictures 

March 18

Bleak Street

Two prostitutes accidentally kill dwarf brothers who perform as lucha libre mascots. With Alberto Estrella, Silvia Pasquel, Arcelia Ramírez. Written by Paz Alicia Garciadiego. Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Leisure Time Films

The Bronze

Melissa Rauch co-wrote the screenplay and stars as a washed-up gymnast living off her laurels who is forced to coach a new local prodigy. With Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson. Written by Rauch, Winston Rauch. Directed by Bryan Buckley. Sony Pictures Classics

Darling

A young woman descends into madness after taking a job as a caretaker. With Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young. Directed by Mickey Keating. Screen Media Films

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

In the final installment of the trilogy, Tris and Ford go beyond the walls enclosing Chicago and face shocking new discoveries. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels. Written by Noah Oppenheim and Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Stephen Chbosky, based on the novel by Veronica Roth. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Summit Entertainment

Krisha

Thanksgiving is the backdrop as a Texas woman returns home to the family she abandoned years earlier. With Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise. Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. A24

The Little Prince

The 1943 allegorical novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in which the title character falls to Earth from an asteroid and encounters an aviator gets the animated feature treatment. Voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd. Directed by Mark Osborne. Paramount Pictures

Midnight Special

Michael Shannon stars as a father who takes his supernaturally empowered son on the run from religious zealots, law enforcement and the Feds. With Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Warner Bros.

My Golden Days

A French anthropologist looks back at his life, including his true love and a student trip to the Soviet Union. With Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric. Written by Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr. Directed by Desplechin. Magnolia Pictures

The Preppie Connection

Private-school student turns drug dealer for his friends and classmates. With Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry, Sam Page. Written and directed by Joseph Castelo. IFC Films

Standing Tall

Catherine Deneuve stars as a chidren's magistrate who works with case worker Benoît Magimel to save a troubled youth. With Sara Forestier. Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Cohen Media Group

March 25

Baskin

Five Turkish police officers inadvertently discover a portal to hell. With Muharrem Bayrak, Mehmet Akif Budak, Fadik Bülbül. Directed by Can Evrenol. IFC Midnight

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Affleck dons the cowl to take on Henry Cavill's Man of Steel in the duo's first big-screen pairing. With Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg. Written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. Directed by Zack Snyder. Warner Bros.

Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke stars as jazz great Chet Baker in this biopic. With Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie. Written and directed by Robert Budreau. IFC Films

I Saw the Light

Tom Hiddleston stars as the tormented country legend Hank Williams, a leading singer-songwriter of the 1940s and '50s. With Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones. Written and directed by Marc Abraham. Sony Pictures Classics

Kill Your Friends

A soulless A&R man slashes his way through the London music scene in 1997. With Nicholas Hoult, James Corden. Directed by Owen Harris. WellGo USA Entertainment

Lolo

Julie Delpy wrote, directed and stars in this romantic comedy about a tightly wound French fashionista's affair with a rural computer geek. With Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste. Co-written by Eugénie Grandval. FilmRise

Mia Madre

An Italian director juggles her mother's illness, her daughter's adolescence and a difficult American movie star. With Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini. Directed by Nanni Moretti. Alchemy

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Nia Vardalos returns in this follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. With John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Bruce Gray, Fiona Reid, Ian Gomez, Jayne Eastwood, Mark Margolis, Andrea Martin, Michael Constantine. Written by Vardalos. Directed by Kirk Jones. Universal Pictures

Take Me to the River

A gay teen from California unearths family secrets when he attends a reunion in Nebraska. With Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton. Written and directed by Matt Sobel. Film Movement

March TBD

Pee-Wee's Big Holiday

Paul Reubens returns as the ageless man-child, embarking on his first holiday. With Joe Manganiello, Alia Shawkat and Stephanie Beatriz. Written by Reubens and Paul Rust. Directed by John Lee. Netflix

March/April TBD

Sworn Virgin

An Albanian woman vows to live life as a celibate male to escape marriage. With Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli, Lars Eidinger. Written by Francesca Manieri, Laura Bispuri. Directed by Bispuri. Strand Releasing

Early April

Albert Maysles' In Transit

The noted documentarian's final film, a collaboration, focuses on the passengers of Amtrak's Empire Builder route, stretching from Chicago to Seattle. Directed by Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu. Al Jazeera America/Submarine Deluxe

April 1

April and the Extraordinary World

Ten years after her scientist parents were abducted, a Parisian woman carries on their secret research and gets pulled into a vast conspiracy. With Marion Cotillard. Directed by Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci. Gkids

Collide

Caught between a mob and a drug smuggler, Nicholas Hoult speeds across Germany's Autobahn to save girlfriend Felicity Jones. With Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley. Written by F. Scott Frazier and Eran Creevy. Directed by Creevy. Open Road Films

The Dark Horse

Maori speed-chess champion struggles with bipolar disorder as he endeavors to deter his young nephew from involvement in a street gang. With Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Sia Trokenheim. Written and directed by James Napier Robertson. Broad Green Pictures

Francofonia

The director of the Louvre and a Nazi Occupation officer form an unlikely alliance to preserve museum treasures in World War II Paris. With Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth. Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Music Box Films

Green Room

Patrick Stewart stars as a sinister club owner who squares off against a hapless punk band after they witness a violent act backstage. With Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. A24

Louder Than Bombs

The family members of a noted war photographer confront the truth about her death as they plan an exhibition of her work. With Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid, David Strathairn, Amy Ryan. Directed by Joachim Trier. The Orchard

Marguerite

In 1921 France, a wealthy woman pursues her passion for music despite an evident lack of talent. With Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Denis Mpunga. Directed by Xavier Giannoli. Cohen Media Group

Miles Ahead

Don Cheadle co-wrote, directed and stars as jazz legend Miles Davis. With Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corineadli. Co-written by Steven Baigelman. Sony Pictures Classics

Mr. Right

A manic woman (Anna Kendrick) has a killer new beau — a hitman who kills the people who hire him. With Sam Rockwell, Anson Mount, Tim Roth. Written by Max Landis. Directed by Paco Cabezas. Focus World

Rings

The third entry in "The Ring" horror series about an accursed videotape. With Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki. Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez. Paramount Pictures

Valley of Love

Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert play long-divorced French movie stars reunited in Death Valley by their son's suicide. With Dan Warner. Written and directed by Guillaume Nicloux, translated by David H. Pickering. Strand Releasing

April 8

The Boss

Comedy stars Melissa McCarthy as a high-profile businesswoman who is sent to prison for insider trading, then tries to rebuild her image. With Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates. Written by McCarthy & Ben Falcone & Steve Mallory. Directed by Falcone. Universal Pictures

Colonia

In 1970s Chile, a young German woman attempts to rescue her lover from a cult. With Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist. Directed by Florian Gallenberger. Screen Media Films

Demolition

Newly widowed investment banker Jake Gyllenhaal pursues a destructive path until customer service rep Naomi Watts takes an interest. With Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis. Written by Bryan Sipe. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Fox Searchlight

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Ackerman

Documentary explores the 40-year career of the Belgian experimental filmmaker. Directed by Marianne Lambert. Icarus Films

No Home Movie

Filmmaker Chantal Akerman's final film, a tribute to her mother Natalia, a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor. Icarus Films

A War

A Danish military officer stationed in Afghanistan makes a fateful decision that has serious consequences for him and his family back home. With Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling. Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm. Magnolia Pictures

April 15

Amityville: The Awakening

A teenager suspects her mother isn't telling her everything about their new house. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan. Written and directed by Franck Khalfoun. Weinstein Co./Dimension

Barbershop: The Next Cut

More than a decade later, the Southside Chicago hangout has gone co-ed in this sequel to the 2002 comedy. With Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall. Written by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Warner Bros.

Criminal

The memories, secrets and skills of a dead CIA operative are implanted into the brain of a death-row inmate. With Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones. Written by Douglas Cook & David Weisberg. Directed by Ariel Vromen. Summit Entertainment

Everybody Wants Some

Writer-director Richard Linklater returns to the 1980s for this comedy about dazed-and-confused college baseball players. With Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Anthony Guzman. Paramount Pictures

The Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau guides this live action and CGI version of Rudyard Kipling's tale, which follows the adventures of the raised-by-wolves boy Mowgli. With Neel Sethi and the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba. Written by Justin Marks. Directed by Jon Favreau. Walt Disney Pictures

Paradox

Young scientists develop a project that allows them to jump through time but soon learn that even an hour can prove deadly. With Zoë Bell, Malik Yoba, Adam Huss. Written and directed by Michael Hurst. Xlrator Media

April 22

Hockney

British artist David Hockney is the subject of this documentary that details his early success in the 1960s, along his personal struggles and later triumphs. Directed by Randall Wright. Film Movement

The Huntsman Winter's War

Queen Ravenna's ice queen sister Freya returns home to avenge her sister's death. With Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Nick Frost. Written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Universal Pictures

Keanu

Two naïve cousins go in pursuit of one's stolen cat, inadvertently triggering a gang war. With Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Written by Peele & Alex Rubens. Directed by Peter Atencio. Warner Bros.

The Meddler

A New Jersey mom (Susan Sarandon) relocates to L.A. to be close to her screenwriter daughter (Rose Byrne). With J.K. Simmons. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. Sony Pictures Classics

Tale of Tales

The rulers of three kingdoms are occupied by their passions and obsessions in this fairy tale for grown-ups. With Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly. Directed by Matteo Garrone. Sundance Selects

April 29

Mother's Day

Another holiday-themed romantic comedy of ensemble stories from director Garry Marshall. With Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson. Written by Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff Romano. Open Road Films

Ratchet & Clank

A lonely lombax and a tiny robot team with the Galactic Rangers to save their world in this animated adventure. Voices of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne. Written by TJ Fixman, Kevin Munroe, Gerry Swallow. Directed by Kevin Munroe; co-directed by Jericca Cleland. Gramercy Pictures

Same Kind of Different as Me

Adaptation of the faith-based nonfiction bestseller about a friendship between a wealthy art dealer and a down-on-his-luck sharecropper. With Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight. Directed by Michael Carney. Paramount Pictures

April TBD

The Adderall Diaries

Stimulant-addicted writer obsesses over a high-profile murder case, begins an affair with a reporter and clashes with his father over their dysfunctional past. With James Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky. A24

Elvis and Nixon

Michael Shannon is Presley and Kevin Spacey the president on the day the King decided to visit the White House in 1970. With Alex Pettyfer. Directed by Liza Johnson. Bleecker Street 

Evolution

Allegorical French tale about an island where boys are raised by women and the biological imperative has taken a transformative turn. With Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier. Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic. Alchemy

Men Go to Battle

Kentucky brothers are apathetic about the Civil War until an accident sends one fleeing into the night. With Tim Morton, David Maloney, Rachel Korine. Written by Kate Lyn Sheil and Zachary Treitz. Directed by Treitz. Film Movement

Our Last Tango

Documentary on groundbreaking Argentine dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who partnered long after they divorced. Written and directed by German Kral. Strand Releasing

The Survivalist

In a post-apocalyptic world, the arrival of a mother and her adult daughter threatens the existence of a solitary farmer. With Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Andrew Simpson. Directed by Stephen Fingelton. Alchemy

Wedding Doll

A mentally challenged Israeli factory worker strives for love and independence. With Moran Rosenblatt, Roy Assaf, Assi Levy. Written and directed by Nitzan Giladi. Strand Releasing

Spring TBD

Disorder

A traumatized French Special Forces soldier is engaged to protect the wife and son of an extremely wealthy Lebanese businessman. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger. Written by Alice Winocour, Jean-Stephane Bron. Directed by Winocour. Sundance Selects

11 Minutes

Polish writer-director Jerzy Skolimowski tracks Warsaw residents through intersecting narratives during the preamble to a disaster. With Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, Wojciech Mecwaldowski. Sundance Selects

Hardcore

Memory loss plagues a man whose wife is kidnapped by a warlord and his mercenaries in Moscow. With Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley BennettWritten and directed by Ilya Naishuller. STX Entertainment

Our Little Sister

When their long-absent father dies, three adult Japanese sisters take in their 13-year-old half-sister. With Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose. Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Sony Pictures Classics

Sky

A Frenchwoman vacationing in the U.S. leaves her husband and explores the American West. With Diane Kruger, Norman Reedus, Gilles Lellouche, Q’orianka Kilcher, Lena Dunham and Joshua Jackson. Directed by Fabienne Berthaud. IFC Films

Sunset Song

British director Terence Davies' adaptation of the Scottish novel depicts a young woman enduring life in the early 20th century. With Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie. Magnolia Pictures

Therapy for a Vampire

Sigmund Freud introduces a patient, unaware he is immortal, to a young painter and his girlfriend with unexpected consequences. With Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan. Written and directed by David Ruehm. Music Box Films

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