When the month started, I predicted that this March would be the most successful March in box-office history. With titles like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zootopia, it certainly came to be. Let’s check out the month that was March 2016. See what was worth watching (with luck, you can still catch it).
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, Jason Bateman, Shakira, J.K. Simmons
Box-Office- Domestic- 275.9 million Worldwide- 787.6 million
A bunny cop and a sly fly team up to uncover a conspiracy.
A Disney film that discusses racism. (For once they are against sexism and racism.) When I saw this film on opening night. I knew it was going to be something special, but I had no idea it would wind up nearing 1 Billion dollars in box-office. This movie is special, features a great voice cast and a powerful story. I loved it and recommend everyone go see it.
IMDb: 8.4 og 50,000+
Here is my review of Zootopia
Here is a more English take on Zootopia aka Zootropolis in UK
Here is an interesting read from my buddy at reelredreviews.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Starring: John Goodman
Box-Office- Worldwide 81.7 million.
After surviving a car accident, a young woman is held in a shelter with two men. They claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. The only safe place is deep within this shelter. Though is anywhere truly safe from monsters? This is not so much Cloverfield (2008), so stop thinking it has much of anything to do with that. John Goodman is at his finest in this role.
IMDb: 7.7 of 30,000+ ratings
Here is a great review of the film by JumpcutUK. (Excitement levels may have been a bit high, but the fact is this was a very good film.)
Also worth reading- Reel Dude Reviews had a great response to the film as well
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
A father and son go on the run when the government looks to track down a young boy with special power. (Think a far less creepy version of E.T.(1982) #E.T. Is the stuff of nightmares)
If you can find this film (Not playing near me within 35 miles in any direction!) You will likely be in for a treat. Jeff Nichols is a good director and the cast is near top-notch. This film may not be for mainstream audiences, but if you love film, then I’d recommend it. (Something I almost never do without seeing it, but I trust Nichols that much.)
IMDb: 7.2 of 2,030 ratings
Hello, My Name is Doris
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Sally Field, Max Greenfield
An independent comedy about an eccentric older woman who falls for a man maybe half her age.
Sally Field is incredible in this film. Again, not for average filmgoers, but if you love film and don’t mind quirky comedy, then this is a film for you.
IMDb: 7.6 of 840 ratings
Matter of Taste
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams
The big release of the month and it winds up here as a matter of taste. Because not everyone is going to love this movie. In fact, many will hate it while others will love it. Basically, if you are well read in DC lore and don’t mind the darker universe that Nolan/Snyder created, you’ll probably enjoy this film. If you didn’t like that change or focus on the awkwardness of the first half, you are far less likely to enjoy this film. This is a movie for hardcore DC fans who don’t need things explained to them. Sadly, your average film fan may be left in the dark (litterally and figurative)
IMDb: 7.3 of 213,000+
Budget: 250 million
Box-Office- Domestic- 261.4 Worldwide- 683.9
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot– Do you like Tina Fey and her style of comedy? If so, you’ll likely enjoy this clever war-comedy (they exist). If she isn’t your cup of tea, don’t walk, but rather trot away from this one.
IMDb: 70 of 2,788 ratings
London Has Fallen– A needless sequel of Olympus Has Fallen. It is the same movie done over again sans a few minor details and the fact that they are in London this time around. You can likely enjoy this movie if you liked the previous film, but it’s nothing you haven’t already seen.
IMDb: 6.3 of 19,431 ratings
Grimsby– A top spy must work with his soccer hooligan brother to solve a case. If you like lowbrow humor, then this film has all of that and more in store for you. It is ridiculously stupid and it knows that. Somehow with this in mind, it works for those who enjoy that type of comedy.
IMDb: 6.7 of 8,714
Miracles From Heaven– After battling a life threatening disease, a young girl is miraculously cured. If you like christian related films, this may be for you.
IMDb: 6.5 of 1400 ratings
I Saw the Light– Love the history of country music or just Hank Williams music? You may enjoy this film featuring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams (That’s right, he can play more than Loki.)
IMDb: 6.3 of 547 ratings
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2– As expected, this movie is very much like the original. However, if you wanted to experience this big lovable Greek family again. It is worth your watch. (I plan to see it, just not in theaters.)
IMDb: 6.4 of 2,987 ratings
Just Making It
Allegiant – Here’s the deal. If you are really invested in the Divergent series of films. You may find enjoyment from this. However, everyone else should avoid it. Of the three films in that franchise already out, this stands as the worst of the bunch.
IMDb- 6.0 of 15,460+ ratings
Rotten (Probably best if you avoid these here.)
Kinght of Cups- Not terrible, but not exactly one you need to see. Average all around.
The Other Side of the Door- Not worth your time. More humorous than scary- not intentionally
The Perfect Match- Nothing is perfect in this film.
The Young Messiah- See Risen instead.
The Bronze- Bronze is far too good for this film.
They’re Watching- Let’s just hope you aren’t.