March gets us closer to summer blockbusters, and further away from Awards season, so we find ourselves in the midst of an awkward movie phase. But, and this is a big but, March offers some subtle delights you couldn’t find anywhere else. So whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve 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.
Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley ( motion capture performance)
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Synopsis: An experimental robot begins to outgrow even his creator’s wildest dreams and threatens to undermine everything we know about artificial intelligence.
Our Two Cents: Blomkamp’s District Nine redefined modern sic-fi, so this is well worth a watch.
Stars: Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer
Directed by: Dan Fogelman
Synopsis: Al Pacino stars as Danny Collins, an ageing rockstar whose partying ways look like they may be the end of him. However, one day he finds a 40 year-old letter from John Lennon that inspires him to turn his life around.
Our Two Cents: It has a stellar cast, but its delayed distribution makes me a little suspect.
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller
Directed by: Ken Scott
Synopsis: This European road trip movie features Vince Vaugh as a small-busies owner taking his employees on the most important trip on their lives.
Our Two Cents: I mean, no.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Limited)
Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Richard Gere
Directed by: John Madden
Synopsis: The cast reunites in India yet again, but this time, an old ex shows up to throw the gang into turmoil.
Our Two Cents: It might be the same movie as the first one – expect Richard Gere shows up.
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgard, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Synopsis: This live-action version of the classic fairytale brings the same childhood magic to the well-known romance.
Our Two Cents: No-one likes this Disney live action trend – looking at you Beauty and the Beast – but it’s Cate Blanchett people. We have no choice.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Common, Ed Harris
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Synopsis: Liam Neeson is yet again an ageing hit-man, but this time he is instead killing people left and right for his son, who has inadvertently offended a soviet gang.
Our Two Cents: Liam Neeson: check. Guns: check. Miscellaneous soviet gang: check. Looks like we can kill a few brain cells with this one.
It Follows (Limited)
Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist
Directed by: David Robert Mitchell
Synopsis: A young girl finds herself falling in love, and after what seems to be a harmless sexual encounter she is told she now has something – something bad. She is tormented by unshakeable feeling that something is following her, and searches for answers.
Our Two Cents: What follows is perhaps the most original horror movie in years.
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Synopsis: This film follows on from the first film, as Tris and Four hope to take down by the Erudite faction.
Our Two Cents: No-one should have to sit through this.
Stars: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Javier Bardem
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Synopsis: Sean Penn plays Martin, an international spy who wishes nothing more than to give it all up for the love of his life. However, the organisation has different ideas for him and he is forced to run across Europe.
Our Two Cents: I mean, no x 2.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Limited)
Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard
Directed by: David Zellner
Synopsis: An introverted Japanese woman watches Fargo on television, and believes that it is a map of the hidden treasure at the end of the film.
Our Two Cents: This is absolutely hilarious and absurdly original.
Stars: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
Directed by: Etan Cohen
Synopsis: Will Ferrell stars as millionaire James King, a businessman sentenced to prison for charges of fraud. He seeks help from Kevin Hart to help prep him for his life behind bars.
Our Two Cents: Is this racist? Is is though?
Home (in 3D)
Stars: Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin
Directed by: Tim Johnson
Synopsis: A cheery alien race lands on Earth, hoping to save them from the pursuing enemy by relocating them to a Desert Planet. However, one girl avoids capture, and in befriending a simple alien, she hopes to defeat the enemy and save the world.
Our Two Cents: No harm no foul – everyone needs an animated film every once in a while.
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
Directed by: Susanne Bier
Synopsis: Just before the Depression, timbre magnate George Pemberton struggles to sustain his empire. The arrival of his wife appears to be his saving, but her irrational behaviour and growing disdain for his lovechild makes her a dangerous adversary.
Our Two Cents: This film is already out in England, and it’s terrifyingly bad – you may lose faith in Lawrence altogether.
While We’re Young (Limited)
Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried.
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Synopsis: A middle-aged couple who maintain a seemingly lovely if not simple life are forced to question everything they have but together with the arrival of a younger couple.
Our Two Cents: Charming and funny.