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Several promising films due out in March, April

May is still two months away…

That means we still have a ways to go before we to see such eagerly anticipated summer movies as "Iron Man 2," "The Karate Kid" and "Toy Story 3."

Yet March and April appear to have much more promising film fare than the first couple of months of 2010 offered. You certainly can't say that the spring 2010 movie selections lack imagination.

Take, for example, the comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" and DreamWorks' animated "How to Train Your Dragon." And whether you like his "re-imaginings" of such stories as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Planet of the Apes" and "Sleepy Hollow," Tim Burton knows how to create interesting looking movies.

There's already a lot of good word of mouth for his live-action/motion-capture version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland."

Likewise, remakes of "Clash of the Titans" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" as well as Oliver Stone's sequel "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" have surprisingly good "buzz."

Other spring's movie releases include:

ACTION THRILLERS — "Green Zone" reteams Matt Damon with the director of two of the "Bourne" movies, while "Avatar" star Sam Worthington does battle with computer-generated beasts in "Clash of the Titans."

Two other action thrillers are based on comic books properties — the darkly comic "Kick-A**" and the espionage tale "The Losers."

COMEDY ROMANCES — Jennifer Lopez believes she has the right "Back-Up Plan," Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler are squabbling exes in "The Bounty Hunter," and "Date Night" features NBC sitcom stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

EVEN MORE 3D — In addition to Burton's "Alice," "How to Train Your Dragon," the large-screen documentary "Hubble 3D" and "Clash of the Titans" will be shown in that format as well.

ROMANTIC DRAMAS — Miley Cyrus stars in Nicholas Sparks' "The Last Song," Robert Pattinson romances someone other than Kristen Stewart in "Remember Me" and "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" looks at more feuding couples.

Nearly 50 movies are scheduled to open between now and the start of May.

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