March has arrived with a major roar with several very anticipated features being released; The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos first English language feature, Midnight Special a Jeff Nichols joint and last but not least Knight of Cups a little ditty from Terrence Malick. It feels like the beginning of award season all over again. 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.
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Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Adel Bencherif
Directed By: Babak Najafi
Synopsis: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
Our Two Cents: Looks kind of crazy, I mean that in a good way.
Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Synopsis: A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our Two Cents: Tina Fey as a TV reporter sent to do coverage in Afghanistan. I am cautiously curious.
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Directed By: Byron Howard, Rich Moore , Jared Bush
Synopsis: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Our Two Cents: This actually looks entertaining, better than I might be expect.
Knight of Cups (Limited)
Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Directed By: Terrence Malick
Synopsis: A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.
Our Two Cents: It’s another mesmerizing Malick creation, focusing on the excessive culture of Hollywood by following a screenwriter around.
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg
Synopsis: Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has turned all females over the age of 36 into a soft vaporous liquid, which can be utilized as a disinfectant.
Our Two Cents: Locked in an underground bunker with John Goodman…I’m there!
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher
Directed By: Louis Leterrier
Synopsis: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.
Our Two Cents: Sacha Baron Cohen looks to be doing some of his best character comedy work since Bruno and Borat. And I always enjoy seeing Mark Strong.
Stars: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Sofia Rosinsky
Directed By: Johannes Roberts
Synopsis: A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Our Two Cents: Set mostly in India so it’s a whole different kind of supernatural,
Stars: Sean Bean, David Bradley, Jonathan Bailey
Directed By: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Synopsis: Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.
Our Two Cents: No comment.
Eye in the Sky (Limited)
Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman
Directed By: Gavin Hood
Synopsis: A military officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya sees her mission escalate from “capture” to “kill” just as a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone.
Our Two Cents: A Military Drone Thriller – is this a thing?
Hello, My Name Is Doris (Limited)
Stars: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs
Directed By: Michael Showalter
Synopsis: A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker.
Our Two Cents: Adapted from a short film by Laura Terruso and looks occasionally funny.
The Lobster (Limited)
Stars: Jacqueline Abrahams, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Our Two Cents: A brilliant mockery of modern society and romance.
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Dean Norris, Martin Landau
Directed By: Atom Egoyan
Synopsis: With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.
Our Two Cents: Anything with Christopher Plummer in it is worth a watch.
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Theo James
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Synopsis: Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.
Our Two Cents: Are we still interested in this?
Stars: Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton
Directed By: Jeff Nichols
Synopsis: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Our Two Cents: Can’t wait to see this!
The Bronze (Limited)
Stars: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson
Directed By: Bryan Buckley
Synopsis: A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.
Our Two Cents: Just doesn’t look good.
My Golden Days (Limited)
Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin
Synopsis: Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother’s madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.
Our Two Cents: An emotional story about the unforgettable people we meet in life.
The Program (Limited)
Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet
Directed By: Stephen Frears
Synopsis: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Our Two Cents: One of the craziest cover-up stories in sports history, I’m in!
Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Synopsis: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Our Two Cents: It does look badass, with some very dark and gritty fights.
Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
Directed By: Kirk Jones
Synopsis: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
Our Two Cents: Thirteen years later was someone really asking for this sequel?
Get a Job (Limited)
Stars: Alison Brie, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston
Directed By: Dylan Kidd
Synopsis: Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones that we don’t see coming.
Our Two Cents: I want to want to see it, but I just don’t.
I Saw the Light (Limited)
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, David Krumholtz
Directed By: Marc Abraham
Synopsis: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Our Two Cents: Olse, Hiddleston and country music. I’m in.
The Invitation (Limited)
Stars: Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Logan Marshall-Green
Directed By: Karyn Kusama
Synopsis: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Our Two Cents: This appears creepy, suspenseful, well-acted and the film also looks fantastic.
Mia Madre (Limited)
Stars: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini
Directed By: Nanni Moretti
Synopsis: Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.
Our Two Cents: I miss John Turturro.