The sun is starting to come out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend your afternoon in a movie theater! Most of these movies are the ones you are going to forget about when they get nominated for Oscars later (remember what happened with Zootopia?), so keep your eyes peeled! Here is everything coming up in the month of March.
In 2024, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) is caring for the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and attempting to hide out on the Mexican border. When a young mutant arrives at their hideout, Logan must face the world and his legacy to protect her from dark forces. Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity. 2 hours and 17 minutes. My First Opinion: I haven’t seen any of the other X-Men movies, but this is the last time Hugh Jackman and (apparently) Patrick Stewart will play these roles, so maybe it’s not a bad idea to put it on the list.
After the abduction of Mackenzie Allen Phillip’s (Sam Worthington) youngest daughter Missy (Amélie Eve), Mack receives a letter from God asking for him to return to the scene of the crime that took his daughter – a shack in the woods. When he decides to go, what he encounters there will change his life in ways he cannot imagine. Drama, Fantasy. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence. 2 hours and 12 minutes. My First Opinion: I never read this book, which I usually insist I do before seeing the film it was based on, but this looks very sweet and sad. So…I would be okay skipping the book. Only for a little bit though I will read it eventually.
Before I Fall
February 12 is another perfect day in the charmed life of Sam Kingston (Zoey Deutch), who has the best friends, the perfect boyfriend, and a seemingly wonderful future ahead of her. But after the evening of February 12, Sam wakes up and realizes that she is trapped in the same day, over and over again, and she must untangle the secret of the recurring day and the secrets of the people closest to her to realize the power a single day can have in someone’s life. Drama, Mystery. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens. 1 hours and 39 minutes. My First Opinion: We sell this book where I work, and honestly at first I thought it was a sequel to If I Stay (2014) at first. But even if it’s not, it looks just as…not interesting.
After losing her memory, the photographer Jane (Abbie Cornish) begins to see unexplained things, and her psychiatrist suggests that she visit her childhood home. Soon she begins to see things that suggest that she was responsible for the deaths of family members she never realized she had. Drama, Thriller. Expected R Rating for violence and gore, profanity, and frightening/intense scenes. 1 hour and 32 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks like an odd line between horror and thriller, but that doesn’t diminish my interest at all.
Eloise (Anna Kendrick) has been relieved of her duties as maid-of-honor after being dumped by the best man via text. She decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated at the “random” table with the group of people who everyone hopes just sends their regrets. Comedy, Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language, and some brief nudity. My First Opinion: I personally don’t find Anna Kendrick that funny, and considering what her last couple of movies have been like, this one probably won’t be much different.
A young man (Iko Uwais) washes ashore with a serious head injury that causes amnesia. He is nursed back to health by a young doctor (Julie Estelle), but when his past starts trickling back to him, he knows that he must take action to prevent it from happening again. Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller. Expected R Rating for frightening/intense scenes and violence/gore. 1 hour and 58 minutes. My First Opinion: This one probably won’t make it anywhere near me, but it doesn’t look like my type of movie anyway.
The Last Word
Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successfully retired business woman who tries to control every aspect of her life. In order to make sure that her life story is told her way, she pays her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance so that she can critique it. The journalist assigned to the case, Anne (Amanda Seyfried) refuses to follow the script and insists on finding out the true facts about Harriet’s life. Comedy, Drama. Rated R for language. 1 hour and 48 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks so sweet it’ll probably give you cavities. Like Disney-level sweet.
During a routine campout in Port City North Carolina, a local vagrant discovers plans for a terrorist invasion in America. When he tries to notify his local sheriff (William Forsythe), the sheriff dismisses his claims. But soon he begins to notice odd interactions in his town, and he begins to investigate the possibility of a homegrown sleeper cell living amongst the locals in a town where everyone knows everyone. Action, Thriller, War. Not Yet Rated, but warnings for profanity. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: It’s an interesting premise, especially when you factor in the beheadings that are supposedly taking place in the US. Will I see it though? Ehhhhh…debatable.
Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear to use Augmented Reality to get players into the world of their game. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale”, which is safe, user-friendly and less users play while conscious. Asuna and the gang have been playing for awhile, but after Kirito decides to join them, they realize that the Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games. Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Not Rated. 1 hour and 59 minutes. My First Opinion: While I know several people who love this show, I know next to nothing about it. So it’s not high on my list.
Kong: Skull Island
In 1971, a team of explorers with a company of soldiers follow the myth and legend in the Pacific of an island where creatures both prehistoric and monstrous size are supposed to live. When they reach Skull Island, the creatures they hoped to find soon have them on the runs for their lives, and the King of Skull Island shows up to prove to everyone that he is the top of the food chain. Who (if any) will survive this encounter? Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. 1 hour and 58 minutes. My First Opinion: Well, I probably should at least see more than one King Kong movie…but I might just go back to the original.
The Ottoman Lieutenant
The beautiful and strong-willed Lillie (Hera Hilmar) leaves the United States with Jude (Josh Hartnett), an American doctor with a medical mission in the Ottoman Empire, which is a world both exotic and dangerous, on the brink of the first World War. There, Lillie’s loyalty to Jude and the mission is tested when she falls in love with a Turkish lieutenant (Michiel Hulsman) in the Ottoman Imperial Army, and she must decide whether she wants to be what others believe her to be, or to be herself. Drama, War. Rated R for some violence. 1 hour and 46 minutes. My First Opinion: I’m not sure how invested I am in the romance part of the movie, but the time period and action of it all does seem interesting to me.
When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at her school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her, until it’s all she can think of. Drama, Horror. Rated R for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying. 1 hour and 39 minutes. My First Opinion: I can’t imagine that this one is getting anywhere near me, which is kind of sad because this one actually does look pretty cool.
Maureen Cartwright (Kristen Stewart) works as a personal shopper in the fashion underworld of Paris while she awaits a signal from her twin brother, who died 95 days previously. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Rated R for some language, sexuality, nudity and a bloody violent image. 1 hour and 45 minutes. My First Opinion: It looks like Kristen Stewart really wants to break out of the cocoon of Twilight (2008), and I might just be inclined to give her a shot.
My Scientology Movie
Louise Therous goes behind the scenes to document what happens within the infamous and mysterious Church of Scientology. Documentary. Not Yet Rated, Warnings for violence/gore, sex/nudity, profanity, alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes. 1 hour and 39 minutes. My First Opinion: I actually don’t know much (or really anything) about Scientology, so I don’t know if I’m invested enough to watch a movie about it.
The Sense of an Ending
A man becomes haunted by his past and is soon presented with a legacy to help him rethink his current position in life. Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality and brief strong language. 1 hour and 48 minutes. My First Opinion: If this is based off of the book I think it is based off of, then no way am I spending more time on that story. That’s already at least two hours of my life I’m not getting back.
Beauty and the Beast
An adaption of the Disney animated tale – a young prince (Dan Stevens) has been imprisoned in the form of a hideous beast for most of his life, and can only be freed if he manages to fall in love and earn their love in return. His last opportunity arrives in the form of Belle (Emma Watson), a headstrong girl who dreams of adventure outside of her village. Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance. Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. 2 hours and 9 minutes. My First Opinion: Not only is Emma Watson the perfect choice to play Belle, almost everyone who has been cast has been cast in the best possible role, and everything released so far tells me they will be fantastic. As iffy as I am about live-action Disney remakes, I could not be more excited about this.
Song to Song
Two intersecting love triangles culminate in a musical tale of obsession and betrayal in the town of Austin, Texas. Drama, Music, Romance. Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language. 2 hours and 25 minutes. My First Opinion: This is one of those trailers that actually makes me feel like I know less about the movie than I learned from the plot summary (which as you can see is already about as general as you can get). Nice try, Ryan Gosling.
Elser (also known as 13 Minutes)
In November 1939, a man named George Elser (Christian Friedel) almost changed history when he attempted to assassinate Hitler at the height of his power. After his arrest, Elser recalls the moments that lead up to the drastic action and how, if he’d only had 13 more minutes, he could have torn apart the Nazi party. Biography, Drama, War. Rated R for disturbing violence and some sexuality. 1 hour and 54 minutes. My First Opinion: Finally, a story about WWII that I fell like I haven’t seen or heard ten thousand times already. Excited.
The Belko Experiment
In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their corporate office located in Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice over the intercom to participate in a kill-or-be-killed scenario. Those alive at sunrise survive. Action, Horror, Thriller. Rated R ford tong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use. 1 hour and 28 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks a lot like Battle Royale (2000), but with adults. And Michael Rooker. So yeah I don’t need anything else!
After the Storm
Stuck dwelling on his former glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes all the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely afford to pay child support. When his father dies, his mother (Kirin Kiki) and ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to move on with their lives easily, causing Ryota to struggle to take back control of his life and bond with his son (Taiyo Yoshizawa). Drama. Not Yet Rated, warning for frightening/intense scenes and gambling addiction. 1 hour and 57 minutes. My First Opinion: Ehhhhhhhhhh.
When Inanna (Amy Ferguson), a young actress, becomes obsessed with a mask maker, she sacrifices parts of herself to earn his love. She soon must claim her own darkness, blurred by her dreams and real life, to take her life out of the hands of her lover and put it in her own. Drama, Fantasy. Not Yet Rated. 2 hours and 7 minutes. My First Opinion: This one has a very Black Swan (2010) feel to it, but unfortunately the name is going to screw everyone up whether it’s good or not.
A group of high school outcasts stumble on an old alien ship, where they soon acquire superpowers of their own and are dubbed the Power Rangers. As an old enemy of the previous generation of Rangers returns to exact vengeance, the team must harness their abilities to save the world. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sic-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and some crude humor. 2 hours and 4 minutes. My First Opinion: I never watched Power Rangers as a kid, so without that nostalgia behind me I am really not all that interested in another group of teen heroes trying to learn about their new powers in time to save the world.
Six astronauts abord the International Space Station are assigned to collect and assess a probe that has returned from Mars to see if extraterrestrial life could exist there. The crew finds a single-celled organism in the sample, but soon realize that organism is smarter than anyone could have expected, and things are not always as they seem. Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Expected PG-13 rating for sci-fi violence, intense images, and for some language. My First Opinion: While I am always happy to see some funny Ryan Reynolds happening, I’m not sure that the story (at least the ones the commercials have been showing me) is worth that theater time.
California Highway Patrol (CHiPs) officers Francis Poncherello (Michael Peña) and Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) run around the L.A. streets to stop anything from speeders to car thieves, help stranded motorists, assisting paramedics, and occasionally investigating a high profile crime. Action, Comedy, Crime. Rated R for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence, and drug use. 1 hour and 40 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks ridiculous and stupid and hilarious. Plus, you know, motorcycles.
Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is a lonely, neurotic and exceedingly honest misanthrope who decides to reunite with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) to get another shot at happiness. When he discovers that he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met, he sets out on an outrageous and twisted journey to connect with her. Comedy. Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality. 1 hour and 34 minutes. My First Opinion: It looks ridiculous, but then again it’s Woody Harrelson. It’ll at least be an amusing ridiculous.
The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson
A young woman is kidnapped after spurning a man’s romantic advances, which leads to a love affair and the relationship between the woman, her kidnapper, and the pursuing police detective is made even more complicated than it was before. Drama, Thriller. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 39 minutes. My First Opinion: The trailer and the plot summary seem like two different movies…not sure what to think right now…
Boruto: Naruto the Movie
Many years after the end of the Shinobi War, Naruto Uzumaki has taken his place as the 7th Hokage of Konohagakure. His son, Boruto Uzumaki, has grown up hearing the stories of Naruto’s heroic deeds, and he is determined to surpass his father. As he prepares to entire the Chûnin exams, he seeks out his father’s old friend Sasuke Uchiha, and requests to be trained by him. Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy. (Released in Japan in July). Not Rated. 1 hour and 35 minutes. My First Opinion: I was really into Naruto years ago, but it’s been so long since I’ve actually followed the story that I think this wouldn’t mean nearly as much to me as it should.
Ghost in the Shell
Based on the sci-fi manga series. The Major (Scarlett Johansson) is a special ops, one-of-a-kind human cyborg hybrid who leads the elite task force Section 9. They are devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists in society, and they are soon faced with an enemy whose only goal is to wipe out the advancements in robotics and cyber technology. Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Expected R rated for sequences of nonstop sci-fi violence, language, disturbing images, and brief nudity. My First Opinion: I do usually like ScarJo, but this movie seems…eh. Could go either way really.
The Boss Baby
A suit-wearing, briefcase case-carrying baby (Alec Baldwin) pairs up with his new brother to stop the dastardly plot of Puppy Co. to supplant babies as the cutest beings in the universe, guaranteeing them all of the attention of adults. Animation, Comedy, Family. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. My First Opinion: It never ceases to amaze me how Dreamworks can go from films like Shrek (2001) and How To Train Your Dragon (2010) to stuff like this…
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Antonia (Jessica Chastain) and Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) Zabinski are the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, and they use their position to help save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion during WWII. Biography, Drama, History, War. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity, and smoking. 2 hours and 4 minutes. My First Opinion: While I’m pretty sure we’re all used to WWII movies like this, that doesn’t make them any less heart-wrenching or good.
Bottom of the World
The mysterious disappearance of a young woman (Jena Malone) leads her boyfriend (Douglas Smith) on a dark and hypnotic journey for the truth, and he is poised to discover his own unknown reality along the way. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 25 minutes. My First Opinion: I’m getting a very Inception (2010) -like vibe from this one, which is interesting, but it also looks kind of like a horror, which could be weird.
David Lynch – The Art Life
David Lynch takes a walk through the formative years of his life, from his idyllic upbringing n small-town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, to illustrate the events that helped shape him into one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors and give a new look into the man and the artist. Documentary. Not Rated. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: For anyone who is unsure, this is the man behind Twin Peaks (2017), Mulholland Dr. (2001), Blue Velvet (1986), The Elephant Man (1980), and Eraserhead (1977). I have only seen one of these movies though, so a documentary on him might actually be helpful.
Like I said before, these movies are going to be the ones you forget about come Oscar season, but they do still apply. Are there any you are excited to see? Any you have your doubts about? Any that you’d like to see a review of before you see it yourself? Let me know in the comments or through Facebook/Twitter!