It really doesn’t feel like it’s already March, does it? The Oscars have come and gone, leaving us really into the thick of 2016. The end of this month will mark the end of the first quarter of the year. Go figure. Anyway, this is coming a bit late, but I still wanted to list what’s going to be hitting (or has already hit) theaters this month that’s really of note. There’s some pretty big films coming our way, so the blockbuster season isn’t all that far off, with indie counter programming matching it beat for beat. As such, there’s no shortage of quality movie options in cinemas, as you’ll see below…
Here now are the ten best bets for March viewing:
10. Remember – The latest film from Atom Egoyan opens this Friday and is pretty interesting, I must say. Christopher Plummer stars as a man with dementia seeking a Nazi war criminal, on the urging of a friend played by Martin Landau. The movie isn’t perfect, but it’s something different from Egoyan and features some strong acting by Plummer, so that makes it worth potentially checking out.
9. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Even though it didn’t do too well at the box office over the weekend, I still maintain that Tina Fey makes this dramedy worth seeing. Again, you’ll have to keep your expectations in check, but it has something to offer up to audiences still. Give it a shot.
8. I Saw the Light – Originally pegged as a 2015 Oscar vehicle for Tom Hiddleston, reviews for this biopic of Hank Williams sort of ruined that all. It’s now hitting later on this month and will have an uphill battle to appeal to the Academy. I’ll be seeing it soon, so I’ll report in if Hiddleston is still worthy of any awards consideration.
7. The Wave – One of the better disaster movies in some time, this little foreign film shows Hollywood how to do it. Having actual characters and a story worth caring about goes a long way. This is first ramping up its platform release now, so be on the lookout for it. You won’t regret it!
6. Born to be Blue – Ethan Hawke is apparently excellent in this biopic of jazz musician Chet Baker. I have a screener but have yet to see this one, though I certainly will before it hits theaters. Perhaps this is an under the radar early year awards contender? Stay tuned to find out…
5. Zootopia – I didn’t see this animated hit, but apparently it’s something special from Disney. I’m curious to catch up with it in the coming days, but this seems like our first likely nominee of the year. If it winds up missing out on a Best Animated Feature nomination, I’d be pretty surprised.
4. Eye in the Sky – A dramatic thriller about the machinations between a drone strike being arranged between American and British military operatives, this film really works. Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, and more are all very strong here, helping to execute director Gavin Hood’s vision. It’s not particularly subtle, but it’s very effective. It opens this week and is well worth seeing, trust me there.
3. Midnight Special – One of the year’s bigger early season curiosities is this science fiction flick from Jeff Nichols. He’ll have a more overt awards player later on in 2016 with Loving, but this oddity, which stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon, and Sam Shepard has been getting some very interesting reviews out of the festival circuit. I can’t wait to see it, so expect more on this one before the month is out.
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane – I loved Cloverfield, so I’m excited for this cinematic cousin of sorts. I’ll be seeing it in a few days, so expect a full account of it before the week is out, but even without the shared DNA, anything that stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is worth being interested in. Sit tight for much more on this one in a couple of days!
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – The big hulking (no pun intended) giant of March is obviously the hotly anticipated superhero matchup. Recent buzz has been troubling, but that’s just rumors and speculation. The box office will undoubtedly be huge, but count me in as someone very compelled to watch Ben Affleck as Batman. This won’t be the last time I talk about this one either, so you can count on more superhero chatter later on this month…
Honorable Mentions: The Bronze, The Brothers Grimsby, Cemetery of Splendor, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Knight of Cups, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Be sure to check out these films throughout the month of March!