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15 Films to See in March

Written by on March 1, 2018 


As March brings a close to 2017 in cinema with the Academy Awards, there are also a great number of noteworthy 2018 films making their way to theaters, ranging from animated adventures to dark comedies to ambitious blockbusters. Looking further back, in terms of restorations that are touring the country, don’t miss Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, Mind Game, Police Story, and Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day.

Matinees to See: They Remain (3/2), Red Sparrow (3/2), Souvenir (3/2), The Leisure Seeker (3/9), Gringo (3/9), Ramen Heads (3/16), 12 Days (3/16), Keep the Change (3/16), 7 Days in Entebbe (3/16), Roxanne Roxanne (3/23), I Kill Giants (3/23), Game Over, Man! (3/23), Final Portrait (3/23), Salomé & Wilde Salomé (3/30), Outside In (3/30)

15. Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg; March 29)


Synopsis: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.


Why You Should See It: It’s a strange feeling not to have an overwhelming amount of anticipation for a Steven Spielberg film, not to mention a blockbuster that seems directly up his alley. However, judging from the trailers, the CGI environments here feel less than inviting and there’s not a strong narrative hook, but here’s hoping the king of blockbusters has something more up his sleeves. He’s certainly surprised us before.

14. Mohawk (Ted Geoghegan; March 2)


Synopsis: Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.


Why You Should See It: After his acclaimed debut We Are Still Here, Ted Geoghegan is back for his follow-up. “What at first feels put-on becomes lived-in; as actors sink into characters and grisly displays of violence allow for direct confrontations with suffering, Mohawk offers a raw and earnest condemning of the white man’s historical and ever-present atrocities that feels particularly urgent today,” Mike Mazzanti said in his review. “Shot in only natural light on actual Mohawk land, Geoghegan makes it clear that even with little means he can still deliver sheer affect.”

13. Flower (Max Winkler; March 16)


Synopsis: A sexually curious teen forms an unorthodox kinship with her mentally unstable stepbrother.


Why You Should See It: Max Winkler’s debut Ceremony was an assured indie dramedy and now eight years later, he’s back with his follow-up. Flower, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, has the impressive cast of Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Tim Heidecker, Joey Morgan, Dylan Gelula, and Maya Eshet. Hopefully Winkler has cooked up another witty, well-observed comedy.

12. Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti; March 16)


Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online.


Why You Should See It: It’s a shame how long it takes Hollywood to properly reflect the experiences of society when it comes those most marginalized, but they are slowly coming around. This month sees a youth-focused high school-set romance featuring a gay a character, and while it might play it a bit safe, here’s hoping it’s the first of many more to come.

11. A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay; March 9)

Synopsis: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Why You Should See It: With a release in just a week, word on A Wrinkle in Time has been peculiarly quiet, particularly in comparison to its sustained marketing push. After the one-two punch of Selma and 13th, hopefully Ava DuVernay’s plunge into fantasy will carry the emotional intensity that has defined her prior work, or show us something altogether new.

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