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Spring into your local multiplex

‘Shrek the Third,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ and a multitude of thrillers fill theaters this spring. By Paige Newman
/ Source: msnbc.com

It’s been a long, dreary cinematic winter and after the seriousness of Oscar season, it’s time to heat things up. And what better way than with sequels that include “Shrek the Third,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and zombie-fest “28 Weeks Later.”

Need to amp up your blood pressure a bit? Spring is packed full of thrillers, including Hilary Swank dealing with God’s wrath in “The Reaping,” Halle Berry and Bruce Willis sparring in “Perfect Stranger,” Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins playing cat and mouse in “Fracture,” and Ashley Judd feeling an itch in “Bug.”

Maybe you just want to see your favorite actors turn in stellar performances. Richard Gere is sure to pick up some notice for his role in “Hoax,” and Kurt Russell gets the Tarantino treatment in “Grindhouse.”

Dimension Films
Miramax
Columbia / Sony
Warner Bros.
Ifc Films
Thinkfilm
Regency Entertainment
Sony Picture Classics