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15 Films to See in March

Written by on March 1, 2017 

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There’s ghosts, mutants, David Lynch, gorillas, cannibalism, the afterlife, and more to experience in theaters this month. Aside from the theatrical offerings, we can’t neglect mentioning the documentary adaptation Five Came Back — which explores the careers of five iconic Hollywood directors and their experience in World War II — hitting Netflix at the end of the month. Check out our picks for what to see below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Catfight (3/3), Before I Fall (3/3), Donald Cried (3/3), My Scientology Movie (3/3), Table 19 (3/3), Wolves (3/3), The Sense of an Ending (3/10), Burning Sands (3/10), Brimstone (3/10), 13 Minutes (3/17), Beauty and the Beast (3/17), The Belko Experiment (3/17), Burn Your Maps (3/17), The Devil’s Candy (3/17), Bokeh (3/24), I Called Him Morgan (3/24), Wilson (3/24), Life (3/24), Cezanne et moi (3/31), and Ghost in the Shell (3/31),

15. The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro; March 31)

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Synopsis: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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Why You Should See It: It’s not too often we’re sold on a single frame of a film, but if the image of Jessica Chastain playing with lion cubs doesn’t get one into the theater, we don’t know what else Hollywood could conjure up. As for the World War II aspect of Niki Caro‘s latest film, it doesn’t seem to be breaking new ground, but we’re intrigued to see the forthcoming live-action Mulan director collaborate with Chastain, who has proven to excel in any role.

14. The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra; March 31)

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Synopsis: Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers.

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Why You Should See It: There are few actors we’ve seen on screen as long as Jean-Pierre Léaud and now he’s back with his first leading role in many years. We said in our review, “Regardless, The Death of Louis XIV may be Serra’s clearest film in terms of formal patterns and his most mysterious in actual meaning. It depends on who you ask; to this writer, that’s a good thing.”

13. Prevenge (Alice Lowe; March 24)

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Synopsis: Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

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Why You Should See It:  After co-writing Ben Wheatley’s brilliantly twisted Sightseers, Alice Lowe is back with her directorial debut Prevenge, in which she also stars in and wrote. Entering territory perhaps even darker than Wheatley’s films, it follows her pregnant character as her unborn child causes her to kill strangers.  We said in our review, “Veering between dark comedy and somber drama is a flavor of the times in indie film, but Prevenge puts a new spin on this, tying those emotional shifts more directly to the mindset of its lead character than any other movie of its ilk has yet. That’s because the lead is heavily pregnant. Combine that with serial killing, and the stage is set for an agreeably bloody-minded oddball of a film.”

12. The Discovery (Charlie McDowell; March 31)

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Synopsis: A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

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Why You Should See It:  The One I Love director Charlie McDowell is returning this month with another emotionally grounded sci-fi film, this time starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, and Riley Keough. I said in my review, “While the director/co-writer’s skill at world-building has expanded, as has his cast, his second film retains a similar, welcome sense of relatability, favoring an emotional throughline over Primer-esque scientific explanation. There’s no greater human truth than death and McDowell uses this to fuel our imagination about what might await, doing so in a way that, like the best sci-fi, stimulates introspection on the part of the viewer.”

11. T2: Trainspotting (Danny Boyle; March 17)

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Synopsis: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

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Why You Should See It: Having already been shown internationally, the word on Danny Boyle‘s not-as-good-as-the-original-but-still-entertaining-sequel is out. We said in our review from Berlinale, “The first film’s breakout stars Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle all return, and with age comes a clearer self-understanding of their place in society. Twenty years ago, these characters emerged from Britain’s underclass as upbeat, energized, and enterprising. Now they’re back in Edinburgh, newly gentrified and, if anything, stultified by new money – there’s even less place in society for these downtrodden characters that looked like they may be emancipated twenty years ago.”

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