Is it overly hopeful to say that winter might be over?
After all, March is around the corner, the weather has been mild, and even the movies seem to be improving (a little). At the risk of jinxing things -- there's always a chance of sudden blizzards and box-office bombs -- here's a sunny view of the next month in movies.
DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX (March 2) -- Universal's animation division scored a hit with 2009's "Despicable Me," partly thanks to the voice of Steve Carell as a bumbling supervillain. Danny DeVito seems a good choice to voice the tree-hugging title role in this adaptation of the classic children's book. Also with Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Ed Helms.
JOHN CARTER (March 9) -- Pixar's Andrew Stanton ("WALL-E") goes for a mix of live action and motion capture in this elaborate adventure-fantasy based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels about a Civil War soldier suddenly transported to Mars. Taylor Kitsch plays the lead; Willem Dafoe stars as a tusked, towering alien warrior; and Lynn Collins is the come-hither Princess Dejah Thoris (no tusks).
21 JUMP STREET (March 16) -- Jonah Hill turns the unintentionally funny television show into a straight-up comedy, co-starring with Channing Tatum as cops who go undercover as high school students despite looking way too old (and perhaps being way too dumb). Hill also co-wrote and produced.
THE HUNGER GAMES (March 23) -- Arriving just after the end of "Harry Potter" and before the final "Twilight," this movie may well replace both franchises. It's based on the hugely popular sci-fi novel (the first in a trilogy) about teenagers competing in a deadly reality show. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Lenny Kravitz.
MIRROR MIRROR (March 30) -- Relativity Media is striking first with this comedic take on the Snow White story, which features Julia Roberts as the mean Queen and Lily Collins as young Snow. (Nathan Lane and Armie Hammer, of "J. Edgar," also star). Not until summer will Universal release its action-fantasy version, "Snow White and the Huntsman," with Charlize Theron as a tyrannical ruler and Kristen Stewart as the rebel-soldier title heroine.