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For at least one stretch annually, Las Vegas turns into Hollywood. And Variety had a front row seat at the most recent CinemaCon, movie studios screened a number of upcoming movies for theater owners. And while some films screened better than others, here are some of the movies that were best received—along with the month they’ll be hitting theaters.
Red Sparrow (November) – Starring Jennifer Lawrence, this movie follows a Russian spy who falls for CIA agent and considers becoming a double-agent, per IMBD.com. With Russia in the 24-hour news cycle, it can’t hurt potential viewership.
Murder on the Orient Express (November) – With a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Daisy Ridley (of Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Michelle Pfeiffer, Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, and Judi Dench, viewers can’t lose with this Agatha Christie murder mystery.
The Greatest Showman (December)– Just after we bid adieu to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in real life in May, this Hugh Jackman vehicle about the life and times of P.T. Barnum will hit theaters.
Dunkirk (July) – Although top billing goes to Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy in this World War II film, every teenage girl and her sister is going to be flocking to see it because of Harry Styles’ big-screen debut (he’s a member of the British boy band One Direction).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May) – Lately, Johnny Depp seems like he can do no right. But he’ll be riding the Orient Express (see above) and back as Captain Jack Sparrow in this sure-bet Hollywood blockbuster. This could be his big redemption year.
Blade Runner 2049 (October) – Harrison Ford’s returning as Rick Deckard. Enough said!