THE FILMS WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT:
1. February 7, 2014: Well, this one we've already seen. And our worries were correct. (TOH! review here.) World War II art heist thriller "Monuments Men" from director-producer-star George Clooney didn't make the awards-season cut (too many VFX to complete, they said) and as it turns out, it is dead on arrival. It's a great story, but the pace drags and the period settings never come to believable life. It's a big old creaky airplane that never achieves liftoff.
2. February 7, 2014: "Lego Movie," from what we saw at CinemaCon, also looks DOA. Another toy brand in search of story.
3. March 7, 2014: DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" may be a 'tweener that skips both its obvious target--little kids-- and their parents, the ones who will actually remember the '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
4. March 14, 2014. Let's say off the bat that Cannes opening night film "Grace of Monaco" has a better chance of turning out well than the Naomi Watts-starrer "Diana." Nicole Kidman is always worth taking seriously. But Weinstein Co. pushing it back again and again is not a good sign. It will open Cannes, however, so we'll see.
5. March 21, 2014: "Divergent" unveiled promising footage at CinemaCon, but yielded to disappointing further footage at Comic-Con. It's a young adult dystopian would-be franchise with a strong heroine---but this one could teeter too far toward romance to lure a male demo.