Epic blockbusters that are heading to a theater near you

The film industry is about to have its biggest season of the year with dozens of films hitting theaters this spring. Get set for a host of blockbusters.

The Disney movie “Maleficent,” a live-action film based on the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, has received a lot of hype lately. It will focus on the title character and villain, played by Angelina Jolie. For those who enjoyed “Snow White and the Huntsman,” another take on a classic Disney animated film, this looks to either match or surpass it. “Maleficent” hits theaters on May 30 and is not yet rated.

For die-hard action fans, “300: Rise of an Empire,” sequel to blockbuster film “300,” is a must-see. The tale of the Greeks uniting against Xerxes after his defeat of the 300 Spartans and driving the Persians away, “300: Rise of on Empire” comes to theaters Mar. 7with an R rating.

Another film with an ancient Greek vibe coming to theaters soon is “Pompeii,” set around the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In order to give it a Hollywood twist, it tells the tale of a gladiator trying to break free and save the woman he loves during the eruption. “Pompeii” will be released Feb. 21 with a PG-13 rating.

Fans of “Breaking Bad” will get a kick out of the upcoming film “Need for Speed,” a video game-based movie starring Aaron Paul. Although this is a film aimed at video game fans, it will appeal more to the “Fast & Furious” fan base. The story is based on the lead character’s need for revenge after he was framed for a crime he did not commit. “Need for Speed” arrives in theaters Mar. 14 with a PG-13 rating.

Finally, Marvel is releasing a slew of films including the next step in its phase two with the launch of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in theaters on Apr. 4. This film is not yet rated.

Sony will be launching its next step in “The Amazing Spider-Man” series on May 2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” film posters boast this will be his greatest battle yet, and the previews promise the same thing, diving deep into Spider-Man lore and teasing the Sinister Six, breaking the traditional aspect of only having one or two supervillains in a superhero film.

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer returns to the set with one of the darker storylines in X-Men history. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” from 20th Century Fox comes to the screen May 23 and is not yet rated.

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