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Double Viking's March Movie Preview

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Navigating the murky waters of the multiplex is tough enough in this day and age, so our handy dandy guide to what you should and shouldn't see in the month of March will help you make purchasing decisions you (likely) won't regret. 

March 4

Your Best Bet: Zootopia

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Let's face it, if there's one thing Disney does better than anyone else, it's anthropomorphic talking animals. Zootopia looks like another inspired flick from the Mouse House. The studio's animation department has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance since their thoroughly charming 2008 film Bolt, and honestly haven't produced a total dud since then. While this may devolve into a never-ending series of animal-based puns, it'll still be better than virtually any other family offering coming out the entire month.

 

The Rest of the Field

London Has Fallen

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For the second weekend in a row, Gerard Butler fans are forced to watch their favorite Scottish hunk playing a role that's thoroughly out of his range. Instead of being a Egyptian god this weekend, he's playing a guy from Wisconsin. Yeah right, Gerry. Nice try.

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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I like Tina Fey a lot, but not enough to see this one in the theater. This feels like a solid rental at best. 

 

Limited Release Curiosity

Knight of Cups

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The latest film from Terrence Malick looks to be another one of his meandering looks at modern day romance, akin to his 2013 disappointment To the Wonder. Then again, it could be another The Tree of Life, which was my favorite film of 2011. More than likely, it'll fall somewhere in between, but a release date this early in the year doesn't seem to bode well for this one. 

 

March 11

Your Best Bet: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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More often than not, I'm turned off by J.J. Abrams and his "mystery box" bullshit, but this flick looks to be operating on a slightly different level. 2008's Cloverfield was a disappointment any way you slice it, spending easily its first third essentially trying to justify it being a found footage movie, but there's something about this non-sequel sequel that's got me intrigued. I don't know if it's got me $10 on opening weekend intrigued just yet, but I'm certainly more positive about this than I should be considering its progeny. 

 

The Rest of the Field

The Brothers Grimsby

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I love Sacha Baron Cohen and I think he's one of the great satirists of our time, but this film looks awful. While I didn't outright hate The Dictator, it certainly doesn't hold up. I get that he can't keep making the same movie over and over, but the fact that his post-Borat films combined have yet to gross as much as that film did on its own, just shows that he's lost a little something by moving into the world of narrative filmmaking. And don't even get me started on how the American title doesn't make any sense.

 

The Perfect Match

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Sometimes you just know when a movie isn't for you. This is one of those times.

 

The Young Messiah

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Sometimes you just know when a movie isn't for you. This is one of those times.

 

Limited Release Curiosity

Hello, My Name is Doris

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I was sold by this film's thoroughly charming trailer and the fact that it comes to us from The State & Wet Hot American Summer alum Michael Showalter makes me even more excited. I may be the only other man in America that owns The Baxter on DVD. Add in Sally Field having fun on screen again and I'm willing to give this a shot.

 

March 18

Your Best Bet: Midnight Special

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Something special happens whenever actor Michael Shannon and writer/director Jeff Nichols get together. Their last film, 2011's terrific Take Shelter, is one of the better indie films of this decade, and their latest collaboration looks to follow in its footsteps. With a supporting cast that includes Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and Joel Edgerton, along with a nod to 70s road movies, this looks like it could be the month's best film.

 

The Rest of the Field

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Yup, don't care. I don't know who any of these people or characters are and I don't care. I liked the first two Hunger Games movies, but never even finished the saga because apathy overtook me. This YA craze can't end soon enough.

 

Miracles from Heaven

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Speaking of films you can just put in a nice box, wrap up with some nice paper, and put it away for the rest of time...

 

Limited Release Curiosity

The Bronze

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This foul-mouthed comedy didn't exactly wow audiences when it debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and all that time on the shelf likely hasn't helped it one iota. Nevertheless, I'll take a smart comedy that falls victim to lowest common denominator humor than a dumb one that relies on it any day of the week.

 

March 25

Your Best Bet: Staying Home

Seriously, stay home and catch up on some reading or even binge watching Daredevil Season 2. I'm not joking, it's dire out here this weekend...

 

The Rest of the Field

Batman v Superman: From Dusk Till Dawn

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If you've visited this site before, it was likely on a day when I was kicking this film in the crotch. It looks rotten, and while I would never say it sucks without seeing it first, I can definitely talk about how much it looks like it sucks. I have substantial evidence to back up that claim. 

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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Two words: Fuck. You. Also, John Corbett, this is two shitty movies in two weeks for you. Everything okay, bro?

 

The Disappointments Room

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Kate Beckinsale hasn't made a good movie since Much Ado About Nothing nearly 25 years ago, and seems to have landed in The Aviator almost by accident. On top of that, with the blonde wig, I thought she was Sienna Miller. Also, this movie's got the word "Disappointment" right there in the title. I'll let you fill in the blanks yourself. Watch for this one to get bumped because there's not even a trailer yet.

 

Limited Release Curiosity

The Little Prince

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This animated film from France, based on the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was released to rapturous praise in its home country last year and it looks pretty damn good, at least if this trailer is to be believed. The animation is cutting edge computer animation that looks like stop motion in some sequences and if it's as big on imagination as its source material, it could be the can't miss movie of the Spring.

 


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