previews... - February 20, 2018

Best Movies of March 2018: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of March 2018: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in March...


Tomb Raider

(In Cinemas March 16th)


It’s been 15 years since we last saw Lara Croft on the big screen, but she returns in style next month in the brand new reboot of Tomb Raider.

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander takes over from Angelina Jolie in the starring role, with The Wire's Dominic West in the role of her father, archaeologist Lord Richard Croft, the Earl of Abingdon, in the new reboot, which also stars Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu.

The film has been directed by Roar Uthuag, the director behind the Norwegian disaster drama The Wave.

The reboot finds Croft aged 21 and working as a bike courier in East London and refusing to take the reins of her father's global empire. But, still haunted by his disappearance, she then leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan...


Pacific Rim: Uprising

(In Cinemas March 23rd)


It looked for a long time like we’d only get to see the Kaijus and Jaegers once, but, thankfully, a second instalment of Pacific Rim now arrives.

The first movie starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba and was set in the future where a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, in the midst of that a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon known as jaegers and try to save humanity.

For the sequel, Hunnam and Elba do not return, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' John Boyega instead playing a leading role. Boyega plays the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost in the new movie. Scott Eastwood also takes a key role, while Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman all return.

The next film is set 10 years after the events of the first film and in the years in between, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defence force in human history. But, when the Kaiju threat returns, a whole new generation are asked to step up and fight.

Steven S. DeKnight, best known as the creator of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its assorted spin-offs, directs this movie, taking over from Guillermo Del Toro, who has stayed on as a producer.



Ready Player One

(In Cinemas March 30th)


Steven Spielberg is currently in cinemas with his political drama The Post, but he wastes no time with a follow-up, with sci-fi spectacular Ready Player One arriving in cinemas next month.

Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and T. J. Miller, the movie, which is based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, sees Spielberg working from a script from Zak Penn.

Ready Player One is set in the near future and is focused on a young outcast named Wade Watts. Watts, like most kids of his age, spends a lot of time playing and talking to friends in a massively multiplayer online game called 'The Oasis'.

But, when the game's billionaire founder James Halliday dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in an Easter egg hunt within The Oasis, leading Watts to try and get in on the action, only to find himself facing some terrifying competition.


Game Night

(In Cinemas March 2nd)


Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler and Sharon Horgan lead the way in this action-packed new comedy.

The film follows a group of friends who meet regularly for their game night, and one night they find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery, though it takes them a while to figure out just how real it is...

Co-starring are Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons and Jeffrey Wright.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming, direct this movie.


Isle Of Dogs

(In Cinemas March 30th)


At long last, March will bring us a new movie from Wes Anderson.

For his new movie, the director returns to the stop-motion animation that he utilised on Fantastic Mr Fox for a brand new coming of age comedy.

The film features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.

In this new movie, we find ourselves in a dystopian future Japan in which dogs have been quarantined on the remote eponymous island due to a "canine flu".

We follow five local dogs named Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King. They are fed up with their isolated existence until a boy named Atari Kobayashi ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots. Together they set out to find him...



A Wrinkle In Time

(In Cinemas March 23rd)


Disney gather together an all-star cast for this big-budget family blockbuster.

The film is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 novel of the same name and has been directed by Selma's Ava DuVernay, with Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine leading the way in the cast.

It follows Meg, a young girl whose scientist father disappears and is tasked by three peculiar beings to find him again with help from her brother and friend, a task that will take her into a mysterious land...

Starring alongside Winfrey, Pine and Witherspoon are Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Peña.


Red Sparrow

(In Cinemas March 1st)


Jennifer Lawrence takes centre stage in this dark new action thriller.

The movie is an adaptation of Jason Matthews' best-selling novel, which follows Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina turned state intelligence officer.

Despite her reservations, Egorov is drafted to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service and asked to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.

Co-starring alongside Lawrence are Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Mary Louise Parker and Charlotte Rampling.

The movie has been directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed Lawrence in three of the four Hunger Games movies. Snitch scribe Justin Haythe has written the script.



You Were Never Really Here

(In Cinemas March 9th)


Joaquin Phoenix teams up with director Lynne Ramsay for this dark, troubling drama.

Phoenix plays Joe, an army veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living, who finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that threatens to turn deadly...

Phoenix leads with Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman and Judith Roberts in the supporting cast. Ramsay writes and directs, while Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood provides the score.



Mary Magdalene

(In Cinemas March 16th)


Rooney Mara plays Mary Magdalene in this new drama about the life of Jesus’s first female follower.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and The Last Panthers' Tahar Rahim playing Judas.

Garth Davis, who most recently directed Lion, takes charge of this, working from a script from Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett.



The Square

(In Cinemas March 16th)


Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang and Dominic West take the lead in this quirky Swedish comedy, which comes from writer/director Ruben Östlund and picked up the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Bang plays Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, whose life is thrown into crisis when the campaign to support a new exhibition named 'The Square' spins out of control...


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