As the definition of the typical blockbuster season continues to stretch, Hollywood is once again using March for the first unveiling of their big tentpoles of the year. Unfortunately in 2013, the options don’t seem too promising, so instead we’ve a batch of festival holdovers that we’re keeping on our radar this month. While they make take awhile to reach a theater near you, be sure to check your VOD outlets, as a few of them will pop up there. See our rundown below and let us know what you plan to watch this month.
Matinees: War Witch (3/1), Oz: The Great and Powerful (3/8) From Up on Poppy Hill (3/15), Somebody Up There Likes Me (3/15), Upside Down (3/15), Eden (3/20), The Croods (3/22), The Sapphires (3/22), Blancanieves (3/25), Welcome to the Punch (3/27), Starbuck (3/29)
10. Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter; March 15th)
Synopsis: A look at the lives of two teenage girls – inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa — growing up in 1960s London, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms.
Why You Should See it: Audiences have already seen Elle Fanning‘s talents in such films as Somewhere and Super 8, but now the actress will be in spotlight for this upcoming coming of age period piece. After premiering to strong reviews on the fall festival circuit, the next film from Sally Potter (Orlando, The Tango Lesson) also brings together Alice Engert, Timothy Spall, Alice Englert, Oliver Platt, Jodhi May, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks and Annette Bening.
9. Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu; March 8th)
Synopsis: A drama centered on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.
Why You Should See It: While this drama is said not to live up to Cristian Mungiu‘s harrowing Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, I’m still extremely curious to see what he offers in his follow-up. At Cannes last year we said, “despite promising approach to a controversial issue, the film is a chore to sit through, reminiscent of a child bored in Sunday school.” With the film getting both a theatrical and VOD release this month, one can check it out for themselves.
8. Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon; March 22nd)
Synopsis: When a rival gang buffs Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece with a replica of the NY Mets home-run apple, they’re determined to get spectacular revenge – by tagging the real Mets’ apple.
Why You Should See It: After picking up the grand jury prize at South by Southwest Film Festival last year, this drama is coming to theaters thanks to the help of presenter Jonathan Demme. Judging from the promising trailer, newcomer Adam Leon looks to have crafted a lively, authentic work that signals even better things to come. Set for a VOD debut just a week after the start of its theatrical run, this one should be easy to find.
7. Reality (Matteo Garrone; March 15th)
Synopsis: Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.
Why You Should See It: It’s been five years since Matteo Garrone‘s sprawling crime epic Gomorrah, and we are here to tell you the wait was worth it. One of our top-reviewed films at Cannes Film Festival last year, we said this “follow-up is decidedly more concentrated and deftly-paced, [as] the filmmaker [is] determined to explore the world of his anti-hero Luciano (the engrossing Aniello Arena), a family man living simply and happily in Naples who allows himself to fall apart in pursuit of his dream to be famous.”
6. Wrong (Quentin Dupieux; March 29th)
Synopsis: Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others — risking his sanity all the while.
Why You Should See It: Seemingly a love it or hate experience (judging by some major distate shared on our recent podcast episode), I fall firmly into the former side, as the Rubber director has crafted one of the most delightfully absurd comedies of the year. There’s very little make sense here (nor should it) and the wild, surreal journey hit my funny bone in the perfect place. Now out on VOD, its a great option instead of the bottom of the barrel theatrical offerings this month.
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