It may not feel it what with the Arctic blizzards and the sub-zero temperatures, but Spring is just around the corner as we move in to March. There is no let up in great quality features at cinemas this month however, with a whole raft of exciting, inspiring, soulful movies coming to a screen near you to add to what has already been a wonderfully intriguing year in cinema. Here are 5 films we think you should be spending your hard earned cash on this March.


You Were Never Really Here – 9th Mar.

An Amazon Studios production starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay, an unfinished version played at Cannes last year and managed to walk away with awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor. In the film, Phoenix plays Joe, a traumatised army veteran who now finds himself tracking down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, a conspiracy is uncovered which threatens to destabilise Joe’s already fragile mind. A score of 88 on Metacritic serves to prove those Cannes award’s aren’t just lip service, with critics describing it as “a powerful assault of a film” and suggesting that it shows that “a Taken-style story needn’t be redundant of art”. With Phoenix at the helm, one of the finest actors of his generation, this is surely a thriller not to miss.



Tomb Raider – 16th Mar.

Taking note of the recent reboot of the video game series, this new adaptation of the Tomb Raider franchise stars Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft, the tomb raider extraordinaire. Little is known about the film at this point, other than it will tell the story of Lara’s first expedition in search of her father’s last-known whereabouts after he disappeared in mysterious circumstances many years previous. Given how rich the story telling is in game, there has always been potential for Lara Croft to do well on the big screen; potential which was squandered in the poorly conceived Angelina Jolie led film of 2001. We’ve got out fingers crossed this one hits the spot this time around.


Pacific Rim: Uprising – 23rd Mar.

Sequel to the surprise 2013 smash hit Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger (giant robot) pilot whose father defeated a Kaiju (giant sea monster) invasion in the previous film. Now 10 years on, Jake must take his father’s place and rise to face both a new and evolved Kaiju threat, and a rogue Jaeger in the hopes of preventing humanities extinction and preserving his father’s legacy. Expect CGI and huge action set pieces galore, coupled with an irresistible sense of fun.



Ready Player One – 29th Mar.

The biggest blockbuster this month sees legendary director Steven Spielberg release his second movie of the year with Ready Player One. Based on the 2011 Ernest Cline sci-fi novel of the same name, the story is set in 2044, where protagonist Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is competing in a virtual reality game to find an Easter Egg which will grant the winner full ownership of the company who produce the game, along with a $500 billion fortune. As in the book, the film pays homage to a number of pop-culture references from the 1980’s through to the 2010’s. Licensed characters in the film include The Iron Giant from the film of the same name, Duke Nukem, Tracer from Overwatch, various characters from the DC Comics universe, and the DeLorean from Back To The Future among many more. Ready Player One should be the perfect family blockbuster this month, with references for all ages, a story based on a bestselling modern sci-fi novel, and directed by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. What more could you want?


Isle Of Dogs – 30th Mar.

The distinctive visual and narrative styles of modern-day auteur Wes Anderson are once again turned to stop motion animation with his latest film Isle Of Dogs. Sporting an incredible cast of vocal performances here, including the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, and Jeff Goldblum alongside stalwarts such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Harvey Keitel, the story focus’s on the young boy Atari’s search for his lost dog who, by order of the Japanese government, has been contained on a remote island due to an outbreak of canine flu. Eccentricity and whimsy are present here, of course, but it’s Anderson’s ability to temper delight with dread which keeps us coming back for more.



Other noteworthy films released this month include:


Red Sparrow – 1st Mar.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow is a Cold War spy thriller based on a 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. It follows Lawrence’s character Dominika Egorova who makes contact with and falls for Joel Edgerton’s CIA operative, and must decide whether to become a double agent.

Gringo – 9th Mar.

Action comedy film Gringo hits cinema’s this month, starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Joel Edgerton. In the film, Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) is kidnapped by the cartel in Mexico while overseeing the manufacture of a medicinal marijuana that has been refined and simplified into a pill.

Peter Rabbit – 16th Mar.

If you’re looking for a film to watch with your children this month, then maybe the retelling of Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s novel Peter Rabbit is the movie you’re looking for. Despite a controversial trailer criticised for it’s overtly modern sensibilities, the film has been a success at the US box office with over $70 million in takings so far.

The Square – 16th Mar.

On very limited release, so you’ll almost certainly have to travel to find a cinema showing this one, The Square is a Swedish satirical drama concerning the publicity surrounding an art installation at a museum. Winning the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s also one of the front runners in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.

A Wrinkle In Time – 23rd Mar.

Following in the footsteps of other big-budget live action Disney films such as Tomorrowland and John Carter (I know, not the greatest recent résumé of releases), A Wrinkle In Time follows Meg Murry, a young girl who sets off on a quest with three astral travelers to find her father who went missing after discovering a new planet. Although it looks gorgeous, only time will tell whether it will deliver on the story front as well.


Tell us which films you’re excited about watching this month in the comments section below!

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