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“Logan”: Films to see in March


Hot on the heels of Moonlight triumphing at the Oscars (after sweeping the Independent Spirit Awards), we now move towards March, a month where we essentially get a preview of the summer movie season. Awards type fare will fade away for a few months, so blockbusters are on the horizon there. Sometimes that means a big downturn in quality, but I can vouch for some of these March releases being really solid. One in particular just might be an Academy contender next year. You’ll see what I mean below, and obviously look for more coverage on these films during the weeks to come.

Here now are the ten best bets for March viewing:

10. Raw – This French body horror film of sorts is unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. It clearly won’t be for everyone, but it’s unique, no one will be able to deny that much. A strong stomach is a must, but it’s well worth seeking out. It has to be seen in order to be believed.

9. Life – The talent involved in this science fiction tale is considerable, so fingers are crossed that this won’t be a throwaway genre outing. By and large the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal is a sign of quality. We’ll see if that track record holds up. Playing at SXSW is perhaps an indication that this film isn’t a misfire in any way. Time will tell there…

8. Personal Shopper – Kristen Stewart gives one of her very best performances to date in this pseudo ghost story. It’s very arty, but she is absolutely phenomenal. Reuniting with her Clouds of Sils Maria director, this is more of a mixed bag, anchored by her terrific work. If you have patience and an open mind, plus an appreciation of Stewart, this is a very worthwhile cinematic endeavor.

7. Wilson – Initially looked at as potentially an independent awards contender, this comedy probably won’t reach that height. Woody Harrelson as a misanthrope certainly has an appeal. This indie probably will end up a small scale crowd pleaser. The Sundance Film Festival kind of knocked this one down a peg or tw.

6. The Last Word – I’ve seen this dramedy from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it’s very cute. Shirley MacLaine is excellent in a female centric bonding movie that costars Amanda Seyfried. I don’t want to spoil much, but if you want to both laugh and cry, this could be up your alley.

5. Table 19 – Just yesterday I caught this comedy. It’s pretty delightful, I must say. With some surprisingly dark moments, it works better than you’d expect. Anna Kendrick leads a game ensemble cast that also includes Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson. This partly comes from the mind of the Duplass Brothers, so if they’re your style of filmmaker, that should be a good sign for the whole package.

4. Beauty and the Beast – On Thursday I’ll see this live action reimagining of the Disney classic animated flick. I’m sure it will make boat loads of money, and stay tuned to see how it compares to the original. These types of films basically are a mint for the company, so expect nothing less this time around.

3. T2: Trainspotting – For a long desired sequel, this one is sure opening with almost no buzz. Still, Danny Boyle is always an interesting filmmaker, but was this really what he needed to be doing? Regardless, as a fan of the first one, I’ll be checking it out shortly. Fingers crossed!

2. Kong: Skull Island – King Kong is back in a period piece meant to eventually set up a meeting with the new Godzilla. It looks really interesting. I see it on Tuesday, so I’ll report back next week on my findings. There’s a strong ensemble here, led by Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. I’m cautiously optimistic.

1. Logan – I saw this film a few weeks ago and boy is it terrific. I’ll have much more to say about it tomorrow or the next day, but know it’s one of the best superhero movies of all time. Both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart turn in not just their best work as these characters, but also some of their finest performances ever. Also, boy is it R rated, so keep that in mind.

Honorable Mentions: The Belko Experiment, CHiPs, Ghost in the Shell, Power Rangers, Wolves, and The Zookeeper’s Wife


Be sure to check out these movies throughout the month of March!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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