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“Captain Marvel” And “Us”: Films To See In March


Now that we’ve full on put the 91st Academy Awards in the rearview mirror, let us now focus on 2019 releases with all of our attention. Yes, we now officially move on to March releases, a month where we essentially get a preview of the summer movie season. Awards type fare will more or less fade away for a few months, so blockbusters are on the horizon here (with one or two potential exceptions). Sometimes that means a big downturn in quality, but I can vouch for some of these March releases are really solid. As hinted above, you never know, one or two might just be an Oscar contender next year. Anything is possible, after all, 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. The Kid – This western is directed by and co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, with the plot centering on the legendary encounter between Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. The cast includes Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt. That group alone makes this at least a curiosity. I’ll be seeing it soon, so stay tuned for more on it!

9. Captive State – Few other March releases have as interesting a premise as this one. It’s set in a Chicago neighborhood ten years after an alien invasion. Being occupied by the extra-terrestrials, the film apparently shows both sides, with collaborators and dissidents having their opinions depicted. It’s still a thriller, so it could turn into genre fare, but it’s one to keep an eye on, for sure.

8. Dumbo – Tim Burton again adapts a Disney cartoon for live action, this time focusing on a certain elephant with a pair of oversized ears. The cast is stacked, for sure, while the director will be bringing his signature style. Burton found financial success with Alice in Wonderland, if not critical success. Will it be more of the same here?

7. Dragged Across Concrete – I’ve really been impressed by filmmaker S. Craig Zahler so far, between Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99. This time around, he pairs Mel Gibson with returning collaborator Vince Vaughn. It’ll be another hyper violent tale of men faced with impossible situations. I can’t wait…

6. The Beach Bum – Teaming up Matthew McConaughey with Harmony Korine could result in some insanity. Essentially hoping to be one of the best stoner films ever made, this pair may certainly be up to that challenge. If nothing else, it’ll be something you can’t help but want to check out. It hits at the tail end of the month, so sit tight!

5. Hotel Mumbai – I’ve seen this fact based terrorism drama and can vouch for its high quality. Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are among the cast members here, helping to tell this tragic story. Look for more in a few weeks when it hits theaters, but it’s one of the better releases of 2019 in general, so take that as a sign to look out for it.

4. The Mustang – I see this Sundance alum in a few days. Matthias Schoenaerts stars and Bruce Dern has a plum supporting part in this drama. The buzz out of the film festival was solid enough to really put this one on my mind as something to anticipate. It hits in two weeks, so expect a full write up before then.

3. Triple Frontier – Once upon a time, this was going to be a Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal project. The latter’s script is still being used, but J.C. Chandor now directs. He still attracted an A-list cast, including Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac, so Netflix has a big thing on their hands. They seem to be confident in its ability to play too, as it’s hitting theaters a week before it streams.

2. Us – Jordan Peele won an Oscar for his filmmaking debut Get Out, so all eyes are on this sophomore outing. Presumably, there will be a mix of horror and social commentary, though at the moment, we’re just going on a creepy and stylish trailer. Suffice to say, this is going to be a big hit when it opens this month!

1. Captain Marvel – I lay eyes on this one Monday evening and can’t wait. The early reviews are strong, suggesting another quality outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the set up before Avengers: Endgame, it’s going to do well, regardless, but Brie Larson’s MCU effort is apparently able to very much stand on its own. More very soon…

Honorable Mentions: The Aftermath, Five Feet Apart, Gloria Bell, The Highwaymen, and Wonder Park

Be sure to check out all of 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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