I unfortunately forgot to post this list over the last couple of months, but it’s back now and it’s a strong month to come back in. Every year, March offers up a pretty mixed bag of movies. We’ve gotten big blockbusters, strong indies, and even some Oscar nominees. The last few years have given us some great movies like Us, Isle of Dogs, and 10 Cloverfield Lane, as well as some duds like Batman v. Superman, A Wrinkle in Time, and Captain Marvel. What does March 2020 have in store for us? From the looks of it, it’s going to be a good month of cinema. Here are my picks for the most exciting movies coming out in March.
5 – THE WAY BACK (Gavin O’Connor, March 6)
- Gavin O’Connor is a director I really like. Of the movies of his I have seen, which is most of them, they have all worked for me in one way or the other. What O’Connor doesn’t get enough attention for is his direction of sports films. Though having only made two, Miracle and Warrior, these are two of the best sports of the century, perfectly directed and filled with emotion and heart-racing sports action. O’Connor is back in the sports genre with The Way Back, a film starring Ben Affleck as an alcoholic basketball coach who begins to confront his demons as his team starts winning. Affleck looks great in the film and O’Connor is bound to bring the emotional punch we’ve come used to from his sports films. If this film is anywhere close to being as good Miracle or Warrior, we might have to consider O’Connor as the best sports-movie director of twenty-first century.
4 – ONWARD (Dan Scanlon, March 6)
- I have already seen Onward and Pixar has another gem on their hands. This is a magical journey et in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out in the world. I will dive more into this one later in the week, but Onward is of emotion, laughs, exciting action, and great themes.
3 – MULAN (Niki Caro, March 27)
- Save for a couple movies, I am generally a fan of the live-action Disney remakes. I think Disney does a pretty good job of getting interesting filmmakers for these remakes and they translate into visually stunning versions of the classic stories we know and love. Mulan looks like another one of this hits. Going a more serious route, director Niki Caro looks to have made a visually stunning Chinese epic. Caro also stripped the songs from the film and the PG-13 rating has me thinking that the battles and fights are going to be more thrilling and more violent, which is very exciting. This has the potential to be Disney’s best live-action remake to date.
2 – A QUIET PLACE PART II (John Krasinski, March 20)
- A Quiet Place was one of the true surprises of 2018. Completely original, masterfully written and crafted, and endlessly terrifying, John Krasinski’s second film established him as a true talent behind the camera. Who knows what he has in store for the sequel, though it looks like the same family from the first film is still roaming this silent world hiding from these alien creatures. Though I wish Krasinski made a pallet cleanser in-between movies to show his range is more than just the world of A Quiet Place, I am excited to dive more into this world and to get the crap scared out of me.
1 – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (Eliza Hittman, March 13)
- Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a film that I have already seen and a film I am still thinking about. I saw the film back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and it is one that I knew was really good when I saw it, but one that has stayed with me and only grown since. This is a raw, unflinching look at a pair of teenage girls (Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder, in two incredible break-out performances) in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy. Eliza Hittman’s direction is impeccable and the film feels like part documentary and part teenage drama, but is 100% authentic and beautiful. You can read my review from Sundance here, but Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a powerful movie and one of the best of 2020.
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