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A guide to movies coming out this spring

Here’s what to look for in movie theaters the next few months.
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Dune: Part Two, Problemista and Love Lies Bleeding are some of the films being released

Spring 2024 has a wide lineup of movies to choose from. Whether you are looking for an action, comedy or drama, here are some films to see in movie theaters this season.

“Dune: Part Two” (March 1):

This sequel to the 2021 movie “Dune” is directed by Dennis Villeneuve and based on the sci-fi book series by Frank Herbert. Watch Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, navigate the political and cultural landscape of the fictional desert planet Arrakis in the distant future.

“I’m looking forward to Dune: Part Two and Drive Away Dolls. I was also kind of curious about Lisa Frankenstein, which is out already,” said University of Minnesota student CJ Julstrom.

“Problemista” (March 1)

Problemista is an imaginative tale about a toy inventor from El Salvador attempting to establish himself in New York City. He accepts a gig with an eccentric artist in order to extend his visa, which is set to expire soon. This comedy stars Tilda Swinton, Greta Lee and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA.

“Love Lies Bleeding” (March 8)

Directed by Rose Glass, this movie follows a relationship between Lou, a gym manager played by Kristen Stewart and bodybuilder Jackie (played by Katy O’Brian) set in the 1980s. Despite their dreams of running away to Las Vegas, Lou’s family has a criminal history that drags them both in.

“I saw this film at its Sundance premiere and audiences were floored,” programming director at the MSP Film Society Jesse Bishop said. “We love it because it goes all in on the twisty noirish story and doesn’t pull any punches along the way.”

“Monkey Man” (April 5)

“Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel wrote, directed and acted in this movie about a member of a hidden fight ring who is set on a goal to avenge the death of his mother. Produced by Jordan Peele, this action thriller will have you rooting for Patel as his character “Kid.”

“Civil War” (April 12)

A24’s newest film follows a journalist covering a second United States Civil War, in which 19 states have seceded and their army is heading for Washington D.C. Written by Alex Garland, (28 Days Later, Ex Machina, Annihilation) this politically charged drama portrays what our country would look like if it fell to a dystopian dictatorship.

“Sasquatch Sunset” (April 12)

Sasquatch Sunset follows a year-in-the-life of the last sasquatches in North America. With no spoken lines except grunting and no faces seen except a costume of fur, this absurdist film is one of the weirder movies on this list. 

“The Fall Guy” (May 5)

Ryan Gosling stars in this action comedy as retired stunt-choreographer Colt Seavers. After one of his stunt-doubles goes missing, he goes on a mission to find him and save the production of the movie.

“IF” (May 17)

Written and directed by “The Office” star John Krasinski, IF follows young Bea who acquires the power to see imaginary friends that have been grown out of. This comedy has a star-studded cast of Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, Matt Damon, Vince Vaughn, Maya Rudolph, Emily Blunt and Steve Carrell.

“May brings David Leitch’s “The Fall Guy” with Ryan Gosling as a stuntman and bounty-hunter with Emily Blunt. Also Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski’s IF, about a girl whose imaginary friends get out of control. So get out there to the cinema, there are a lot of reasons to!” said University Cinema Studies professor Michelle Lekas.

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” (May 24)

A spin-off to the 2015 movie “Mad Max: Fury Road,” this movie follows Imperator Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy) after being kidnapped by Warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) and having to navigate her way through the biker gangs of the Wasteland to escape

The upcoming slate of movies this spring promises to deliver a diverse range of experiences. Find a movie theater near you to watch these upcoming films.

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