March roars out of the gate with an avalanche of new movies in theaters and at home.
I expected that we’d see a little slowdown in March after how busy February was. Nope. We’ve got eight movies headed to theaters and a solid dozen flicks lined up for streaming. Let’s dive in.
Coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.
Raya and the Last Dragon (Also on Disney+ Premium)
In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.
The Affair (Also on VOD)
Liesel Landauer and her friend Hana are linked by a lifelong relationship and an exceptional house built by the architect Von Abt for Liesel and her husband Viktor in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s.
A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Staff Disclaimer: I picked this film for our Most Anticipated list…and I kinda regret it. The trailers have not really panned out, despite the film having an intriguing concept.
My Salinger Year
A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.
Mac travels the country looking for the next hustle. After he wraps up business with his Midwest fixer Les, she turns him on to a big score in Indianapolis with a local bar owner. He finds out it involves his old flame Evelyn and soon discovers that his past has caught up with him and he may not make it out alive.
Son (Also on VOD)
When a young boy contracts a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying forces in her past.
The Truffle Hunters
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.
Another Round (Alamo On Demand)
Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
Staff Pick: Wait…this movie is about Mads Mikkelsen being constantly sloshed? Sign me up.
F.T.A. (Kino Marquee)
In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland toured an anti-war comedy show across Southeast Asia. It was directly engaged with and inspired by veterans against the war and, naturally, it upset U.S. military higher-ups. The F.T.A. tour was highly controversial and was a huge success among stationed soldiers. In spite of positive reviews and business, director Francine Parker’s film version was quickly taken out of circulation due to political pressures and has been difficult to see for decades.
When corrupt officials illegally sell villagers’ land in China, the villagers rise up in an unprecedented experiment in democracy in first-time documentarian Jill Li’s LOST COURSE
Keep an Eye Out
Belgian funnyman Benoît Poelvoorde is Commissaire Buran, a good, bad cop interrogating Fugain (Grégoire Ludig), an average Joe who discovered a dead body outside his apartment building. Since he’s the investigation’s only suspect, Fugain’s anxiety is already sky-high when Buran leaves him alone with Philippe, a one-eyed rookie cop with bizarre speech patterns and a few minutes to live. Bloody, batshit hijinks ensue, and before long, we’re in Buñuel territory.
Video on Demand
Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea Grant), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life.
Staff Pick: Of course Shudder comes out with another eye-catching flick just as my membership lapses. Guess I’m signing up for another round.
Coming 2 America (Amazon Prime)
Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
The Devil Below
There is an abandoned place nestled deep in Appalachian country where underground coal mines have been ablaze for decades. When a team of researchers try to find out how the fires started, they soon discover something more startling than the mystery that sent them there: they’re not alone.
Dylan, known to his fans as DJ Dreamcatcher, is on the brink of global stardom. Everything changes the night of Cataclysm, an underground music festival, where two estranged sisters and their friends meet Dylan. After a drug fueled gruesome event, things begin to spiral into a 48-hour whirlwind of violence and mayhem.
A dramatization of the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after a massive earthquake and tsunami, and the “Fukushima 50” who risked their lives to save the reactor and prevent a bigger tragedy.
Night of the Kings
A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.
Transferred home after a traumatizing combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister.
STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three dogs as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.