In Theaters This Spring: New Movie Preview

From Marvel Comic adventures to moving nature documentaries, true stories, and laugh-out-loud Muppet capers, this spring’s blockbusters should appeal to almost any age—adults included!

And with no Pixar films lined up for 2014—a rarity for the animation studio, which has released a film every summer since its inception in 2005—Disney has moved up the release date of Maleficent, its beautifully eerie take on the untold story of the famed “Sleeping Beauty” villain, in theaters May 30, 2014.

Until then? Check out what children’s films are in store for the next two months.

Muppets Most Wanted (March 21, 2014)
A sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted finds the gang on a fabulous world tour, selling out beautiful theaters in places like Berlin, London, and Madrid. Their fame and fun comes to a screeching halt, though, when they become involved in an international jewel-heist crime caper headed by a top criminal and Kermit-lookalike named Constantine. With support from comedians Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, Muppets Most Wanted is sure to draw laughs from old and young alike. 

The Pirate Fairy (April 1, 2014)
From DisneyToon Studio comes an adventurous new film, The Pirate Fairy, about Zarina (Christina Hendricks), a dust-keeper fairy who is capitaved by and can’t help but steal her town’s Blue Pixie Dust. Getting into trouble fast, Zarina soon finds herself teaming up with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. It’s at this point that Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her fairy friends band together to rescue Zarina and restore the Blue Pixie Dust to its rightful place in the town of Pixie Hollow. But first, they must go sword-to-sword with a band of pirates, led by a young boy who will soon be known as Captain Hook.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014)
A sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to follow Steve Rogers, the super-powered American soldier who’s trying to find his place in a modern world after being frozen in ice since World War II. In this edition, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) team up to combat a secret enemy hiding out in Washington, D.C. Fending off hit men along the way, they recruit Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and eventually a very dark and powerful Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Bears (April 18, 2014)
About the “love, strength, and struggle it takes to raise a family,” Disneynature’s Bears is a treat for every member in your family—and perhaps, for parents the most. Set against a stereotypically majestic Alaskan backdrop, the film follows a family of bears—including two curious, impressionable cubs—over the course of a year. The story begins as the family emerges from hibernation at the end of winter and makes their way down the mountain, all the while facing the threat of freezing temperatures, avalanches, and predators. Though Bears shows us a year in the life of three fuzzy creatures, the lessons imparted will be understood by all.

Million Dollar Arm (May 16, 2014)
Disney is busy this season, and one of its next films, Million Dollar Arm, is a winner. Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm is about J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a slick and once-successful sports agent who is on the verge of being edged out by bigger competitors if he doesn’t come up with an idea fast. While watching cricket being played in India one night, though, it comes to him: Why not travel to India and find the next best baseball pitching sensation? On a whim and hope, he travels to Mumbai with cranky scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, hatches a reality show there called Million Dollar Arm, and eventually discovers three boys whom he brings back to America to train. What they all eventually learn, though, has less to do with baseball than with life—commitment, friendship, teamwork, and what it means to be a family.

Maleficent (May 30, 2014)
Maleficent is the untold story of one of Disney’s most iconic villains from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. Once a beautiful, young, and pure-hearted woman with an idyllic life in a peaceable forest kingdom, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) suffers a hurtful betrayal while attempting to protect her land from an invading army of humans. Bent on revenge, she battles with the king of the humans and places a curse upon his daugther, Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). In this take on the classic tale, we come to understand Maleficent’s turn from harmonious young woman to evil sorceress, just as she comes to understand that it is Aurora who holds the key to peace in the forest—and happiness within her own heart.

Andrea Fisher is a Triad-based writer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv. She has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Read more of her work @andreafisher007.

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