New movies this month include a face-off between Batman and Superman, a few “Miracles from Heaven,” and a sweet children’s story featuring “The Little Prince.” Here’s a sneak peek at new movies in theaters in March. Note that release dates are subject to change.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
Rated R for some nudity, sexuality and language | In Theaters 3/4 (limited) | Ok for Kids 18+ | Broad Green Pictures | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This dreamy drama from director Terrence Malick follows a screenwriter named Rick (Christian Bale) who lives in present-day Santa Monica. But as a kid, his father used to read him a story about a young prince whose father, the King of the East, sent him into Egypt to find a pearl. But the prince drank a mysterious beverage and fell into a deep sleep, prompting the King to send out messengers to find his son. Intermingling the story with Rick’s current life, this film is about longing, reaching beyond the predictable, and figuring out how to find meaning in life.
Rated PG for some thematic elements, rude humor and action | In Theaters 3/4 (3D/2D) | Ok for Kids 6+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This cute animated family movie takes place in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia. A city like no other, it includes neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown. It’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. And it’s a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery. Also features the voice talent of Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk, J.K. Simmons and Octavia Spencer.
LONDON HAS FALLEN
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 3/4 | Gramercy Pictures | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
This sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen” continues the high-octane thrills and suspense. After the British Prime Minister dies, his funeral becomes the target of a terrorist organization out to destroy the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who (of course) trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 3/4 | STX Entertainment | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), this action thriller stars Gael García Bernal (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”). What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed people through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting killer.
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 or R | In Theaters 3/4 | Paramount | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This adaptation of Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle,” stars Tina Fey and chronicles the journalist’s experiences covering conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The dark comedy follows Barker’s fish-out-of-water experience and the challenges of being a woman in wartime Afghanistan and Pakistan. Also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Josh Charles and Margot Robbie.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR
Rated R for some bloody violence | In Theaters 3/4 | Ok for Kids 17+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto star in this thriller about a family living an idyllic existence abroad. Until, that is, a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Rated R for some language and disaster images | In Theaters 3/4 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Magnolia Pictures | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Nobody does thrillers like the Scandinavians. This movie (with English subtitles) takes place in a beautiful tourist locale nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger. But the threat of a mountain collapsing into the fjord is real, and no one knows that more than geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner). The day he’s about to leave with his family for a new job with an oil company, the mountain begins to crumble, and every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits. Director Roar Uthaug keeps things hurtling forward in a state of high anxiety and eerie realism until the very end.
EYE IN THE SKY
Rated R for some violence, images and language | In Theaters 3/11 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Bleecker Street | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This political thriller stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing, and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 3/11 | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
MI6’s top assassin, Agent Sebastian Grimsby (Mark Strong), has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football hooligan named Norman “Nobby” Grimsby (Sacha Baron Cohen). Nobby has everything a man could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in northeast England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 3/11 (2D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 14+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This sequel to 2008’s “Cloverfield” (a secret sequel – no one knew it was in the works until we saw the trailer ahead of “13 Hours” last month!) follows a girl who wakes up from a car accident. But she’s not in a hospital. She’s in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the thriller stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. The script was written by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken.
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS
Rated R for language | In Theaters 3/11 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Roadside Attractions | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels
How fun to see Sally Field in this adorable movie. She plays Doris Miller, a woman “of a certain age” who’s been overlooked and ignored her whole life. But that changes when her world is turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker, John Fremont (Max Greenfield), and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz (Tyne Daly). In short, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
Rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical images | In Theaters 3/16 | Ok for Kids 9+ | Sony | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Based on a true story, “Miracles from Heaven” focuses on a young girl, Annabel Beam, who miraculously overcomes an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. After she’s dramatically rescued from a near-death experience, a stunning series of miracles unfold that leave her family, her medical doctors and her community baffled. The film is based on the book by Christy Beam, the mother of young Annabel. Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Martin Henderson star.
THE LITTLE PRINCE
Rated PG for mild thematic elements | In Theaters 3/18 (limited; expands 3/25) | Ok for Kids 7+ | Paramount Animation | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels
From director Mark Osborne comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, “The Little Prince.” At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that what’s truly essential can only be seen with the heart. Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Rudd lead the all-star voice cast in this sweet animated family film.
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | In Theaters 3/18 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
The sci-fi project, set in present day, follows a father and son who are forced into going on the run when the eight-year-old boy develops some kind of extraordinary power. Directed by Jeff Nichols, this movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher.
From “Mud” and “Take Shelter” writer and director Jeff Nichols, “Midnight Special” follows a father (Michael Shannon) who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately. his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 3/18 (2D/IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
After the earth-shattering revelations of 2015’s “Insurgent,” Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. But their journey outside uncovers shocking new truths. As a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago, Tris and Four must decide who they can trust. In order to survive, Tris is forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. Based on the young adult novel by Veronica Roth, this movie also stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Jai Courtney.
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use | In Theaters 3/18 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Sony Pictures Classics | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
A decade ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) was America’s sweetheart and an Olympic champion. Her inspired performance on a ruptured Achilles clinched an unlikely bronze medal for the U.S. team and brought glory to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio. But in the years since that epic third place victory, Hope hasn’t done a whole lot with her life. Still living in her dad Stan’s (Gary Cole) basement, still sporting her daily uniform of a Team USA gym suit with teeny-bopper bangs, ponytail and scrunchie, she spends her days at the mall milking her minor celebrity for free food and favors. But her routine is upended when she’s forced to coach Amherst’s newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) in order to receive a sizeable financial inheritance.
GET A JOB
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 3/25 (limited, On Demand) | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will Davis (Miles Teller) and Jillian Stewart (Anna Kendrick), who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones they don’t see coming. Also stars Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston, and Marcia Gay Harden.
I SAW THE LIGHT
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity | In Theaters 3/25 (limited; expands 4/1 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Sony Pictures Classics | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
“I Saw the Light” chronicles the life of legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), who in his brief time on earth created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The story follows his meteoric rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, this movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality | In Theaters 3/25 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
This long-awaited superhero movie pits Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante (Batman/Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck) against Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior (Superman/Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill). Meanwhile, the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs, just as a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in grave danger. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel.” They’re joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa also makes an appearance as Aquaman.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material | In Theaters 3/25 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This follow-up to 2002’s breakout comedy continues the story of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett). After spending most of their time focused on their teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter! Written by Nia Vardalos, this movie also stars Rita Wilson, John Stamos and Elena Kampouris.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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