Grab your treats from the snack bar, find your seat and mute your phone; these are the top picks of March’s new-release movies.
Lights, camera, ACTION! We’ve got everything from sci-fi to animation, home-grown talent to global superstars. When you’re not on the edge of your seat, you’ll be dealing with emotional trauma at the hands of these March movies.
LOGAN – MARCH 2
Hugh Jackman plays a weathered, tired and past his prime Logan for what is possibly the last time in the X-Men cinematic universe. I’ll be sad to see him go but after 17 years of returning for the same character he deserves a break.
ALONE IN BERLIN – MARCH 2
Based on a true story, this movie follows Otto and Anna Quangel, who create a simple yet effective silent protest against the Nazi regime by writing hundreds of postcards and dropping them throughout Berlin.
MISS SLOANE – MARCH 2
While some reviewers have referred to it as “an intelligent and exacting political thriller”, Miss Sloane bombed at the US box office. I’m not giving up hope, though. If you’re a fan of Jessica Chastain and House of Cards, this might just tickle your fancy.
JASPER JONES – MARCH 2
Based on the award-winning Australian novel, Jasper Jones brings together a cast of famous and familiar Aussie faces (including Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving) for a tale of murder and intrigue.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND – MARCH 9
Have there been enough King Kong movies yet? Maybe. Are we all going to keep watching them? Probably. Especially when Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman are leading the cast. Also, there seems to be less scaling of the Empire State Building and more jungle adventure with dinosaurs, which I am 100 per cent OK with.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS – MARCH 16
When Mr Lockhart ventures to the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO from a wellness centre, he ends up being diagnosed with the same mysterious illness that is infecting all of the patients. That illness may or may not be drug-induced hallucinations. By the look of this trailer, you may want to keep the lights on after you watch this one.
LOVING – MARCH 16
Based on a true story, this is the tale of Richard and Mildred Loving, who helped invalidate the last remaining U.S. laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the 1960s. On looks alone, the casting is phenomenal. Joel Edgerton has undergone a complete transformation to emerge as Richard Loving’s doppelganger.
BEFORE I FALL – MARCH 16
In a teenage twist on Groundhog Day, Sam Kingston relives the day leading up to her death again and again until she can figure out how to change her fate.
LIFE – MARCH 23
A crew on the International Space Station begins studying what could be the first proof of extraterrestrial life. And then the sample gets stroppy and decides to show everyone who’s boss. I mean, that’s basically it but with more tension and atmospheric (get it?) music.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – MARCH 23
If you’re not excited for this movie, I don’t even know how to speak to you. Belle is an INVENTOR. Everything looks PERFECT and the library is my ultimate dream.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – MARCH 30
“Ew, Lego,” you might say. Well, you would be wrong. This movie looks hilarious. After The Lego Movie earned critical acclaim, raked it in at the box office in 2014 and caused a shortage of Lego products for retailers, this one has a lot riding on it.
GHOST IN THE SHELL – MARCH 30
The Japanese manga franchise comes to life with Scarlett Johansson playing a cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander. I know. That description confused me too. But sci-fi films with non-stop action and adventure are right up my alley so I’m in.
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