THIS MONTH IN MOVIES: MARCH

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by Elijah Varner

We haven’t hit the summer movie season just yet, but Hollywood still has plenty to throw at us until then. In this article I will list the main movies coming out this month, their release date, and an early prediction of their quality. Strap in.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9: A WRINKLE IN TIME

This movie has a lot of buzz around it, mainly because of the starpower behind it. Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon all star in the live-action rendition of the Newberry-winning book. Disney is producing this movie, and it looks like the special effects are going to be the highlight of the film. This movie is also being acclaimed for the most money ever given to a black woman to direct a movie (Ava DuVernay). Unfortunately, that’s about it. The early reviews for this film were released March 1, and it… doesn’t sound good. But, in my personal experience, it’s better to experience a movie for yourself than basing your opinion on Rotten Tomatoes.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16: TOMB RAIDER

I was never into the Tomb Raider video game series as a kid, but they’re evidently popular, because a movie is being produced, with Alicia Vikander in the titular role. The film is about a girl who wants to uncover the secrets of her adventurous father. Yeah. Nothing we haven’t seen before. I’m skeptical about this one because video game movies aren’t that great in general. (Mario 1993, Angry Birds Movie, etc.) But who knows? Between this one and Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage coming later this year, it might break the mold.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23: PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

This is the long-awaited sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s initial installment back in 2014. At first glance, the idea of giant robots fighting giant fish monster from another dimension sounds a bit far fetched, but the first movie’s attention to detail on creative fight scenes establish generally positive reviews among audiences. This time around, John Boyega takes the main role as Jake Pentecost, son of Marshall Pentecost(Idris Elba), who bit the dust in the first movie. Because of Del Toro’s departure from directing, I’m skeptical about this one as well, with Steven DeKnight now taking that role. Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kichuchi all reprise their roles from the original.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29: READY PLAYER ONE

This movie is based on the book of the same name. Set in 2045, after virtual reality has dominated the world, the recently deceased creator of this virtual universe states that if someone can find a hidden treasure in his universe, they will inherit the trillion dollar company. The movie puts Tye Sheridan(X-Men: Apocalypse) in the lead role. The movie is also directed by Steven Spielberg, and that’s a good thing. This movie combines franchises like Star Wars, DC Comics, Star Wars and Overwatch, along with smaller franchises like Speed Racer, Mortal Kombat and Back to the Future, which has really never been done before in film.

This month is packed with a variety of movies, and hopefully you’ll be able to catch a few in theaters!