Opening This Weekend: March 14

Ernest and Celestine

March seems to be delivering some fun films that will make us go out and brave the last days of winter. There are fighting Spartans, a Wes Anderson movie, Muppets, a biblical epic, a throwback thriller, and a dog with a pet boy. 

So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

– Myrna E. Duarte

March 14

Need for Speed

Need for Speed 

Need for Speed is the DreamWorks’ big screen adaptation from the video game of the same name. Much like the game the racing sequences look awesome and the photography is beautiful. Need for Speed is directed by stuntman turned director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and written by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum), John Gatins (Real Steel) and producer George Gatins but most excitingly it stars Aaron Paul, previously from Breaking Bad. Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton also star in the DreamWorks adaptation.

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is written and directed by Rob Thomas, creator of the original TV series by the same name. Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) returns to Neptune, California, years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye. Out of nowhere, she gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery. The film came to be after a successful Kickstarter campaign which prompted support from Warner Bros. for distribution. Anyone excited?

Bad Words (Limited)

Bad Words 

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), a 41-year-old, foul-mouthed, cranky, ill-mannered high-school dropout, enters the National Quill Spelling Bee (thanks to a registration loophole), that he is ruthlessly determined to win. Trilby blazes through the regionals and at the national level, he meets legitimate competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), a seemingly ingenuous boy unfazed by the older man’s antisocial demeanor. Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words is written by freshman writer Andrew Dodge.

Better Living Through Chemistry (Limited)

Better Living Through Chemistry

Sam Rockwell can be seen in Better Living Through Chemistry, the directorial debut of writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. In the film, Rockwell plays a small town pharmacist who takes a walk on the wild side when he embarks on a drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with a seductive customer (Olivia Wilde). It doesn’t look like anything special, though I wish it would.

Enemy (Limited)


Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal collaborate on Enemy, an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double. Gyllenhaal plays a university lecturer who spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. Yeah, it looks strange.

Le Week-End (Limited)
Le Week-End
Le Week-End is brought to us by the acclaimed South African director Roger Michell (Enduring Love, Changing Lanes, Venus, Notting Hill).  Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star as an old married couple celebrating their wedding anniversary in Paris. While there, they run into an old friend, played by Jeff Goldblum, who “gives them a new vision on life and love.”  It appears to be adorable, amusing and just kind of charming. Plus it makes me want to visit Paris.
Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)
Ernest and Celestine

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. Sweet and visually charming, Ernest & Celestine offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages.

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