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What to look forward to in... MARCH.

Updated: May 10, 2023

With the Academy Award ceremony taking place this month, the batch of hopefuls aiming to secure an award have left UK cinemas – but fear not as there are plenty of other brand new releases to catch in cinemas ahead!

March sees popular franchises returning for their latest flicks. It's another round of Creed with the third film instalment, a superhero sequel in the form of Shazam, the sixth Ghostface scare in Scream VI and the fourth chapter of the John Wick story.

Can't decide what to watch? Don't worry, I've got you covered with all the big releases this month, so have a read and let me know how many you'll be catching at the cinema through my socials.

So without further ado, here is what to look forward to in... MARCH.

March 3rd

CREED III, 12A, 116 mins

Director: Michael B.Jordan

Starring: Michael B.Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors

Michael B.Jordan is putting the gloves back on as Adonnis Creed for third time, with the actor also stepping into the Directorial seat for the first time. Read my review here!

Creed III, Warner Bros

The third preview instalment serves as a direct sequel to 2018’s Creed II, and the ninth film in the Rocky franchise. Creed III follows Adonis, placing him in a testing situation brought on by his past, as well as a significant time jump from the previous film. Jonathan Majors is welcomed to the franchise as he plays Creed’s friend and former boxing prodigy Damian Anderson, and let’s just say the face-off between the two is more than just a fight.

However, Rocky franchise creator Sylvester Stallone has announced he will not be appearing in the film as he felt Rocky’s story had been told, but still serves as a producer under his Balboa Productions company. The film promises to be a knock-out.

March 10th

Scream VI, 18, 123 mins

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Starring: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Courtney Cox, Hayden Panettiere

Following on from the success of the rebooted Scream last year, the Scream franchise is back with its sixth instalment. Following Ghostface's killings in the previous film, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind to begin a new life in New York City. However they soon find themselves being haunted and hunted by Ghostface once again. Who could be behind the iconic mask this time?

Scream VI, Paramount Pictures

I also wanted to shine a light on some of the films posters incorporating Ghostface and New York. They're certainly a nice break from the typical floating head posters we commonly see these days. Swipe through and comment which is your favourite!

Paramount Pictures

Champions, 12A, 124 mins

Director: Bobby Farrelly

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Kaitlin Olson

Looking for a more down to earth and personal film this month? Champions is the one for you! Woody Harrelson stars in the heartwarming story of a former Basketball coach who, following a series of mistakes, has been given a court order to manage a team of players with disabilities. The hilarious film will provide you with the slam dunk you're looking for this March.

Champions, Universal Pictures

65, 12A, 93 mins

Directors: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

Starring: Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman.

After a mayday crash landing on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he's on Earth... 65 million years ago. With his only other survivor coming in the form of a young child named Koa and only one chance to get off the planet, they must make their way through a prehistoric land filled with Dinosaurs and other dangerous creatures. And if that wasn't enough, legendary Director Sam Raimi is a producer on the original sci-fi film. It's Kylo Ren vs Dinosaurs, what more could you possibly want?

65, Sony Pictures

17th March

Pearl, 15, 101 mins

Director: Ti West

Starring: Mia Goth, Matthew Sunderland, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright

Pearl is the follow up to one of last year's best horror films. Director Ti West and Mia Goth return to the twisted world of X, in this frighteningly evil prequel. The film received rave reviews as it opened last summer in the US but is only now coming to the big screen here in the UK.

The film follows Pearl stuck on her family's isolated farm caring for her ill father as her dreams of a glamorous life like those she's seen in movies come in to play, her temptations and aspirations start to have a devastating effect in this stunning modern horror.

The films sequel and final part of the X triology, MaxXxine has also been announced.

Pearl, A24

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Director: David F. Sandberg

Starring: Zachary Levi, Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Rachel Zegler

With the DCEU restarting and rebooting under James Gunn's new leadership, it's unclear whether Shazam has a future in his universe, I suppose it's down to how well this sequel to the 2019 hit performs at the box office.

The story follows a trio of vengeful ancient gods who have arrived on Earth searching for the powers they believe Billy and his fellow foster siblings have stolen. The trailer is jam-packed with action, cgi monsters and the usual wit you come to expect with the character Shazam! Let's hope bigger means better.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Warner Bros

Rye Lane, 15, 82 mins

Director: Raine Allen-Miller

Starring: David Jonsson, Vivian Oparah, George Taylor, Poppy Allen-Quarmby

YES! Our prayers have been answered. In what seems like an age, Raine Allen-Miller delivers what promises to be a fantastically funny and charming Rom-Com in her directorial debut. When was the last time we saw one of these?

The film stars Oparah and Jonsson, as Yas and Dom, two twenty-somethings both still hurting from recent break-ups. An eventful day in South London sees the pair deal with their exes and potentially finding love with one another.

In remarkable but brilliant news, Rye Lane, also happens to be the first Black-British Rom-Com, don't miss out on a chance to witness history this month. Check out the trailer below!

March 24th

Infinity Pool, 18, 117 mins

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Starring: Mia Goth, Alexander Skarsgård, Cleopatra Coleman, Jail Lespert

If you didn't already know it, Mia Goth is the Queen of horror. Infinity Pool, which received rave reviews at its Sundance Film Festival, follows a couple who are tempted by another woman to leave their holiday resort. Following a horrific accident involving the pair, they soon begin to find out that they must atone for their mistakes in the most unimaginable way.

Check out the trailer below!

John Wick: Chapter Four, 15, 169 mins

Director: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Donnie Yen, Laurence Fishburne.

As John Wick once said: 'Yeah, I'm thinking I'm back.' For a fourth time, we get the pleasure of seeing Keanu Reeves suit up as the unbeatable and iconic John Wick. With insane fight sequences, beautiful locations and jaw-dropping shots, the John Wick franchise has solidified its status as one of the greatest action franchises this century.

The film follows John, still fighting for his freedom and his attempts at defeating The High Table. Wick encounters new enemies with powerful allies across the globe, from New York and Paris to Japan and Berlin.

At almost 3 hours, Chapter Four has the longest runtime of any John Wick film. With new additions in Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins and Hiroyuki Sanada to the franchise, Chapter Four promises to be the most action packed yet. Be sure to see this on the biggest screen possible!

John Wick: Chapter 4, Lionsgate

March 31st

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, 12A, 134 mins

Directors: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.

Starring: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Hugh Grant

Following the successes of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, you could excuse a studio for wanting to make the most of the popularity with their own film. In this case, it comes in the form of Dungeons and Dragons, an adaptation of the worldwide phenomenon table-top game.

The story follows a group of thieves who have stolen a power capable of enslaving the world for a great evil by mistake and as a result must make it their quest to steal it back. I'm sure they can expect some Dragons in their way, along with all types of different fantasy creatures taken from the board game.

Game adaptations have certainly been hit and miss the last couple of years, so here's hoping Dungeons and Dragons is not another Battleship (2012).

Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves, Paramount Pictures

If you'd like to know what I think about any of these films, then don't forget you can follow me on Letterboxd below for all my reviews and ratings!

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