Must See Movies This March
Just because it's getting a little warmer out doesn't mean you can't enjoy a lazy afternoon at the movies. That's why Burbs is back with a curated list of the best movies to see this March. As always, we don't discriminate between genres or viewing platforms. This list has everything from horror to animated, on platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV and theatrical releases. As per usual, the list is organized by release date with the trailer embedded for your convenience. If something catches your eye, give the trailer a watch or read our synopsis detailing what the film is all about. Happy viewing!
The Invisible Man (February 28th)
As my good friend and resident Burbs writer Jack Martin recently said to me, it's always hard to tell how good a horror movie will be from the trailer. The Invisible Man, new horror thriller starring The Handmaid's Tale lead actress Elisabeth Moss, had this effect. However, after the opening night reviews came in it looks like this modern spin on the 1930s mad scientist horror movie of the same name is definitely worth going to the theatre for. The film follows Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) after her abusive ex-boyfriend and scientist Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) takes his own life and leaves her his fortune. However, Cecilia's not convinced he's dead, and must fight to convince the rest of the world that Adrian is stalking her with lethal intent.
Onward (March 6th)
Onward, the newest heartwarming creation from Pixar, stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as elf brothers Ian and Barley on a quest to revive the father they never met. Set in a fantasy world that has replaced sorcery with science, this story of magic and adventure is about two brothers finding out that there's more to life than what meets the eye. With actresses Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the central supporting roles, this animated flick is sure to be a good time.
The Way Back (March 6th)
At first glance The Way Back looks like any other sports movie, but after a closer look it stands out because it's not the tale of the coach helping a bunch of athletes, but the other way around. The movie stars Ben Affleck as a former high school basketball star who flushed his opportunities down the drain and is given the chance to return to his old stomping grounds as a coach. From the trailer it looks like the film is going to follow the classic sports movie structure: team is bad, coach is hard on team, team gets better and wins the big game. What will determine how good The Way Back turns out is whether they can tell the story in a way that doesn't make Ben Affleck the savior of a bunch of underprivileged kids, but rather the emotionally complex journey of a coach and team who help each other.
The Banker (March 6th)
Platform: Apple TV
Before I saw the trailer for The Banker, buying a subscription to Apple TV seemed like a waste of money. Now I'm thinking it might be time to make an investment. The Banker pairs breakout MCU star Anthony Mackie with veteran Samuel L. Jackson as Bernard Garret and Joe Morris, two of the first African-American bankers in the U.S. The movie tells the true story of how the two bought banks in order to lend money to people of color in Texas, in a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws made that damn-near impossible. In the film Garret and Morris recruit and train a blue collar white man named Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult) to pass as the head of their enterprise while they pose as a janitor and chauffer. The film will combine stellar acting, drama and comedy, while also taking an un-adulterated look at issues like red-lining and financial discrimination that plague the U.S. to this day.
Spenser Confidential (March 6th)
After watching the trailer for Spenser Confidential three times I'm still not really sure what the movie is about. The bare bones seem to be that Boston ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) is released from prison and tries to take down some bad guys with his new roommate Hawk (Winston Duke). Even though the plot seems pretty shaky, plus the fact that I'm hesitant to see any movie with Post Malone in it, (no hate, but like, why?) the movie still seems like it could be a fun two hours of action and comedy. Mark Wahlberg always hits the nail right on the head when it comes to playing a character from his Boston homeland, plus in Jordan Peele's Us Winston Duke does the humor/action combo better than anyone in recent history. Oh yeah, and I forgot to say its also streaming free on Netflix, so giving Spenser Confidential a try is a no brainer.
First Cow (March 6th)
First Cow is an uniquely American story of two pioneers, chef Cookie Figowitz (John Magaro) and Chinese immigrant King Lu (Orion Lee), who start a business together in 1800's Oregon. The film's plot might not sound too exciting, but it seems like the heart of First Cow is in its portrayal of relationships and the idea that success is possible if you take chances and persevere. Based on the critically acclaimed book Half-Life by Jonathan Raymond and directed by award winning director Kelly Reichardt, this movie looks like it could be another entry in the now long list of A24 successes.
Big Time Adolescence (March 20th)
Pete Davidson's line from the trailer "kids are supposed to make mistakes, that's what the whole point of being a kid is" is the de-facto thesis of Big Time Adolescence. The film follows a 16-year-old kid named Mo (Griffin Gluck) who's bumbling his way through teen-dom with the help (or detriment) of Zeke (Pete Davidson), his older sister's ex-boyfriend. The movie looks like it relies upon a lot of classic high school movie tropes; parties, sex, drinking, drugs and bad decisions, but with a refreshing sprinkle of the cynical, dry wit humor that Pete Davidson does so well. It might not be Superbad, but Big Time Adolescence looks like it takes a great, comedically oriented snapshot of what its like to come of age in the new decade. Plus it's streaming for free on Hulu, so why not?
The Hunt (March 13th)
Any movie that is talked about by the president, cancelled, then released a year later is going to have some big-time hype surrounding it. However, from trailers it's still hard to tell whether The Hunt, a movie about rich liberals who hunt humans for sport, is just going to be a non-creative The Most Dangerous Game remake or a plot twisting, poignant take on class in America. With a screenplay co-written by Damien Lindelof, veteran writer of Lost, The Leftovers and Watchmen, there's some hope for the latter.
A Quiet Place Part II (March 20th)
After the success of A Quiet Place, John Krasinski is back again to direct the sequel A Quiet Place Part II, a flashback to the original invasion of the sound sensing monsters. Joining the original leads John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are stars Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, who will play fellow survivors learning to live in a world where quiet is key and noise means death. If they can replicate the nail biting tension that carried the first film, A Quiet Place II is bound to be a hit.
Mulan (March 27th)
Mulan, the classic Disney story of a young woman who poses as a male soldier to save her father from war, is the third Disney live action remake in the past year. It also looks like the first one that will be worth a trip to the theatre for. Unlike 2019's Aladdin and The Lion King, Mulan looks like it will be substantially different from the original animated version. The new film is eliminating some fan favorite characters, like the beloved spirit dragon Mushu, but also bringing in some exciting new additions like villain sorceress Xian Lang (Li Gong). It also looks like the action in the film will take a page from some classic Kung-Fu movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, with lots of high flying acrobatics and sword play. Whether you’re a fan of the original or hearing about Mulan for the first time, this movie is sure to have something for everyone.