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The biggest new film releases in the UK for March

Written by  Mar 03, 2018

These are the best of the top released fim that are or will be available in the UK for the month of March.

After a couple of relatively quiet months to kick off 2018, March has a number of bigger new film releases for you to look forward to.

There are a fair few sci-fi blockbusters being released, including Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s original battleground between the Kaiju and the Jaegers. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time from Disney, and Spielberg’s Ready Player One from Warner Bros are also sure to set box offices whirring.

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After a couple of relatively quiet months to kick off 2018, March has a number of bigger new film releases for you to look forward to.

There are a fair few sci-fi blockbusters being released, including Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s original battleground between the Kaiju and the Jaegers. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time from Disney, and Spielberg’s Ready Player One from Warner Bros are also sure to set box offices whirring.

Also on their way are some more off-beat films, kicking off with A Fantastic Woman – the story of a transgender woman’s struggle for dignity and peace amid brutal treatment in a time of loss. The Square from Ruben Östlund appears to be really, genuinely weird and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs will give audiences good reason to hold their breath.

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A Fantastic Woman – 2nd March

When Marina Vidal’s life is set spinning following the death of her partner, Orlando, the world meets her with nothing but suspicion. This new film is from hyped Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, who directed Gloria back in 2013, and the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann. A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica) tells the moving story of a transgender woman’s battle with the many faces of violence and contempt. Treated as a criminal by doctors and police, and with brutality by members of Orlando’s family, Marina – played by Daniela Vega – is eventually chucked out of their home and barred from mourning Orlando at his funeral. But her fight doesn’t end there. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture, this gorgeous and deeply compassionate film looks set to bewitch.

You Were Never Really Here – 9th March

The latest offering from acclaimed Glaswegian director Lynne Ramsay tells the story of PTSD-suffering, painkiller-addicted FBI veteran Joe, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Brutalised by experiences in the Gulf War, or rescuing young girls from the sex trade, Joe takes on a different kind of rescue job to save the abducted daughter of a New York politician running for senate. But his mission veers out of control, leaving him to confront monsters from within and without. True to form, Ramsay weighs noirish suspense against psychological intensity in this paced thriller, based on a novella by Jonathan Ames. You Were Never Really Here took Cannes by storm, with Ramsay winning best screenplay and Phoenix best actor. It also features another (likely excellent) original score from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Hold onto your seats.

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Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft in this Warner Bros update to a classic of the videogame-film genre. After an embarrassing blip back in September, when too many wrinkles on the neck of a photoshopped Vikander made her look like a massive lizard, the film itself looks like it’ll please: Croft sets off on a gnarly and emotional voyage (following the plot of the videogame released back in 2013) to find her long-lost father at his last-known location – that’s “right in the middle of the Devil’s Sea” (according to the trailer). An organisation called Trinity is apparently plotting a global genocide, and Lara, her father tells her, must stop them. The film features performances from Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas and will also be released in IMAX-3D and RealD 3D.


The Square – 16th March

After Christian’s phone is stolen from a square of performance space designated for ‘responsible behaviour’ at his prestigious Stockholm art gallery, lunacy breaks out in this freaky, cheeky film from Ruben Östlund, the director behind 2015’s celebrated Force Majeure. As Christian tries using the ‘Find My iPhone’ app to track it down, mass hysteria descends on the museum, making it into an insane little dominion, privy to its own rules. Within the gallery’s perimeter, a series of bizarre, charged encounters take place between Christian (Claes Bang), artist Julian (Dominic West), TV interviewer Anne (Elizabeth Moss) and her pet – all aiming towards, before itself becoming meta-theatrically embroiled in, a pastiche of performance art in the bourgeois cultural scene. Oh and let’s not forget Oleg, who interrupts dinner screaming like an ape.

A Wrinkle in Time – 23rd March

This hotly-anticipated film from Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and Netflix documentary 13th, also tells the story of a young woman’s search for her lost father. DuVernay adapts the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle in which Meg Murry (Storm Reid) sets off on an intergalactic journey accompanied by her younger brother (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin O’Keeffe (Levi Miller) to find her astrophysicist dad, who has been taken and held captive in an alternative paradigm, and can only be recovered through the wrinkling of time. With A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay became the first African American woman at the helm of $100 million-plus (£72m) movie and has assembled a suitable cast to depict modern America, including three astral travellers: Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). Be a warrior!

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Pacific Rim: Uprising – 23rd March

In 2013, Guillermo del Toro – who recently graced screens with his fêted The Shape of Water – released Pacific Rim, a big bucks sci-fi banger in which earth is at war with enormous sea monsters called the Kaiju from a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean where many dimensions meet. To fight these monsters, humans collectively create Jaegers – mechas, giant humanoid robots – whose minds are interconnected. Ten years on from the Battle of the Breach, there is once against turmoil in the oceans; the Kaiju have evolved; and one of the Jaegers has gone rogue. But let’s not pretend that fine plotting is the point here – Uprising promises the destruction of cities, war between forces good and evil – and lotsa big robots. Steven S. DeKnight has taken over as director from del Toro and the film stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba in the original. In Boyega’s phrase, this is "sacred science fiction ground" – can DeKnight live up to the hype?

Ready Player One – 29th March

Step into the digital vortex once again with orphan Wade Watts (Tye Sherian) in Steven Spielberg’s retelling of Ernest Cline’s cult sci-fi novel from the 1980s. It’s 2045 and most of the people in Cline’s near-future dystopia spend the majority of their time escaping the darkness and corruption that surrounds them by hunting hidden treasure in a virtual reality called the OASIS. Sound like candy crush? It looks almost as delicious: replete with every bit of 80s kitsch imaginable, Wade sets off to hunt down the ‘Easter Egg’ that would grant him control of the OASIS and its parent company by the diktat of the virtual world’s founder. It soon escalates into a wider battle for freedom from corrupt corporate forces. Ready Player One stars Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller and Simon Pegg and features a nice little cameo from Mark Rylance, with long white curls, as the OASIS’s creator.


Isle of Dogs – 30th March

The much-anticipated stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson is set 20 years from now in the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki. Corrupt, authoritarian mayor Kobayashi tries to stem the spread of canine flu (or “snout fever”) to humans by quarantining all of Megasaki’s dogs on Trash Island. When 12-year-old Atari arrives to seek out his four-footed pal Spots, he is aided in his quest through this industrial wasteland by the island’s furry crew. The film also reportedly avoids aestheticising the culture of its imagined location, Japan, by drawing on a deep range of influences, both popular and classical, from Hokusai to Akira Kurosawa. Mingling the zany and the dystopian, Isle of Dogs has been heralded as a sophisticated and political outing for Anderson, successfully sidestepping twee pitfalls of the anthropomorphic genre. The usual Anderson cast (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton) are here in full force, with voicings by Greta Gerwig, Yoko Ono and Scarlett Johansson to boot.

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