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March Movies: What You Need to See in Theaters This Month

Watching movies is a great way to spend your day. Whether you watch in cinemas, or if you have your own (legal) collection of films at home, it’s an excellent way to spend time with friends, family, or yourself. March isn’t usually a big month for movies, but there are still those films that are hyped enough for you to watch in a theater near you. Here are some March movies you need to catch this month. Note, though that some of these films have already been released in the US, which would explain the presence of Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

1Concussion

Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Director: Peter Landesman
Release: March 2
RT Rating: 66%

Most sports films have a tried and true formula for success: the underdog story. Sports films are usually only ever interesting when the protagonist has to go through a plethora of hurdles before ultimately coming out on top. Concussion is not your ordinary sports movie. Yes, the focus is put on the NFL, but not so much for the actual game. As the name suggests, the film is a medical drama that sheds light on the prevalence of CTE brain damage in the NFL. The Will Smith-led drama is sure to have moviegoers hooked on its subject matter, considering the steps that are now being made on limiting long-term brain damage in most contact sports.

2Bone Tomahawk

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Release: March 2
RT Rating: 89%

Filmmakers tend to stick to one genre when they make films. It keeps the focus of the movie grounded, and sometimes mixing them makes the film go a little overboard for viewer consumption. Outlandish as it may seem, S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut is a Western-Horror hybrid that works. The film was released in the US in late 2015 to rave reviews, citing its acting as a highlight. You can never really go wrong with Kurt Russell. Above all, the unusually slow-paced horrorshow that is Bone Tomahawk will leave you gasping for air by the time the credits roll. Rewards are usually doled out at the end of something, and Bone Tomahawk stretches this concept for you. Unconventional in so many ways, you’ll leave the theater screaming or speechless. Either way, you can’t miss this.

3Kung Fu Panda 3

Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Release: March 9
RT Rating: 82%

Can you believe that it’s been eight years since the first Kung Fu Panda came out? The lovable, cuddly, fighting machine of a panda became a household name for kids since then; spawning sequels, a television series, video games, and merchandise that could populate ancient China. Jack Black returns the voice the titular character, along with the return of the ensemble casts of the previous films, and new voices in new roles (you may know Bryan Cranston and JK Simmons).

This time around, Po finally meets his biological father (He’s the son of a panda, not a goose. Who knew?), and they get into trouble with a supernatural baddie beating all the kung fu masters around China. In an industry where franchises reign supreme, there are only few that remain consistently good enough to warrant such sequels. Take your kids, their friends, and your friends to this one, and get ready for some fun.

4Hail, Caesar!

Starring: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes
Director: The Coen Brothers
Release: March 16
RT Rating: 82%

The Coen Brothers have a knack for knowing how to successfully direct multiple genres. These are the same guys that directed No Country for Old Men, a Western thriller, and Burn After Reading, a black comedy. Hail, Caesar! is a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood; the Golden Age. A star-studded cast led by Josh Brolin and George Clooney capture the ridiculous essence of the film industry. The setting, in itself, is a character as well. With the 1950s being a turning point for Hollywood, it’s interesting to see how the characters interact with each other with such a colorful backdrop. Though not on the same level as Coen classics such as No Country For Old Men, Hail, Caesar! is a surefire way to enjoy yourself at the movies. There will always be space made for movies that just really laughs at itself.

5Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg
Director: Zack Snyder
Release: March 26

This movie is definitely the big one this month. It’s fitting that it opens on later in the month, because really, no one is going to want to miss this movie. Fans will surely flock, and doubters will want to see if they were right. The cinematic universe formula Marvel created has left DC in the dust. This movie is the statement DC wishes to make to have everyone know they won’t be second best any longer. It’s a gamble, considering the years of build-up before Marvel’s big blockbuster crossover. Fans have warmed to Batfleck, even if only slightly, judging from footage in trailers, but there are still those who doubt Zack Snyder’s vision for DC’s finest. But despite all this, at the end of the day, all anyone wants to see is how Batman and Superman square off. That is enough hype in itself.

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