49. Jack the Giant Slayer
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor, John Kassir, Eddie Marsan
Release Date: March 1
Expectations are sky-high for the special effects in Jack the Giant Slayer, from director Bryan Singer (X-Men and X2). This time last year, the expensive fairy tale adventure was scheduled to hit theaters March 22, but Warner Bros. pushed the release back a full year to finish the visuals and, one would assume, to avoid pulling a John Carter.
Now, there's no reason for Jack the Giant Slayer not to blow viewers' eyeballs open with beanstalk-tall monsters and other CGI scene-stealers. Nicholas Hoult (Beast in X-Men: First Class) stars as a nondescript farmhand who reluctantly plays the hero against a gang of oversized ogres in order to save his homeland and a hottie princess (Eleanor Tomlinson).
As for Hoult, his team better hope Jack the Giant Slayer isn't, you know, 2013's John Carter—since, like that movie's star, Taylor Kitsch (also in Battleship)—Hoult leads two risky genre movies this year, this and the romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies.