500 Days Of Film Reviews The Must-See Films Of March 2019
March looks set to be a very exciting month for film. However, before we look at the month's must-watch movies, lets review February (UK releases), which really wasn’t too shabby all in all.
The month started, for me at least, with a screening of Vice. While Adam McKay’s film didn’t quite work for me, I did enjoy the performances… particularly from the practically unrecognisable Christian Bale and a pitch perfect (is she ever anything else?) Amy Adams.
My film of the month followed. I was fortunate enough to see If Beale Street Could Talk at 2018’s London Film Festival, but I will never tire of watching this beautiful, powerful film from Barry Jenkins. I am so glad that Regina King won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her wonderful performance.
Next came a Netflix Original. Velvet Buzzsaw saw the post-Nightcrawler reunion of director Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. More than enough to set my anticipation level on high… and then the trailer dropped.
Gilroy’s film looked gorgeous, it looked fun, it looked dark and twisty and, well, it looked utterly bonkers. I was in… oh yes, I was all in. My excitement only intensified when early reviews described Velvet Buzzsaw as Ruben Östlund’s The Square meets the Final Destination franchise.
It was, perhaps, foolish to allow myself to build such high expectations. Velvet Buzzsaw is a good looking film and an entertaining and interesting take on art and criticism. It features a number of brilliant performances - the aforementioned Gyllenhaal and Russo particularly. However, Gilroy’s movie is seriously lacking in thrills and, crucially, scares.
February also contained 2019’s Best Picture Oscar winner - Green Book. If you watch this film knowing nothing of its production history and nothing about the “true story” on which it is based, well you’ll probably find an entertaining enough film with two powerful lead performances.
However, the more you know the less this Best Picture winner makes sense. Not the Academy’s finest hour.
After a slew of family friendly movies (Lego Movie 2, The Kid Who Would Be King, Alita: Battle Angel) came Instant Family. I have to admit that, after watching its first trailer, I wasn’t all that interested in Instant Family. It looked for all the world like a cheesy comedy about clueless parents and competing nanas. I’ll pass…
However, as Sean Anders’s film neared its UK release, I began to hear some rather surprising reviews. Instant Family was actually good - funny, engaging and poignantly good. So, keeping an open mind, I booked my ticket.
Well, I can confirm that Instant Family is an entertaining and moving film - inspired by a true story about the process of adopting children. I laughed pretty much all the way through when, that is, I wasn’t shedding the odd tear (or two).
The Movies To Watch In March
Friday 1st March
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt
(Original UK Release Date: 1979)
Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Starring: Felix Maitaud
Director: James Kent
Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke
What They Had
Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Starring: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster
Friday 8th March
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law
Director: Alex Holmes
Ray & Liz
Director: Richard Billingham
Starring: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Tony Way
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin
Friday 15th March
Ben Is Back
Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney Vance
Director: Simon Amstell
Starring: Colin Morgan, Phenix Brossard, Anna Chancellor
Under The Silver Lake
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace
What Men Want
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Chris Witaske, Brian Bosworth, Kellan Lutz and Tracy Morgan
Friday 22nd March
Minding The Gap
Director: Bing Liu
Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Anna Diop, Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke
Friday 29 March
At Eternity's Gate
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Lord Of Chaos
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Starring: Rory Culkin, Jon Oigarden, Emery Cohen, Jack Kilmer
Out Of Blue
Director: Carol Morley
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Toby Jones, Jacki Weaver, James Caan
DVD Releases In March
The House That Jack Built
The Wild Pear Tree
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald
Netflix Original Film Releases
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
What Films Will You Watch In March?
What films are on your must-see list for March?
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