March 2019’s Must-Watch Movies

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

 

Alien 

Director: Ridley Scott 

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt 

(Original UK Release Date: 1979)

 

Sauvage

Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet

Starring: Felix Maitaud

 

Serenity

 

The Aftermath 

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

 

Captain Marvel 

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

 

Maiden

Director: Alex Holmes

 

Ray & Liz

Director: Richard Billingham

Starring: Ella Smith, Justin Salinger, Patrick Romer, Tony Way

 

Everybody Knows 

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

 

Benjamin

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

 

Us 

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

 

Dumbo 

 

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

4th March

Bohemian Rhapsody

The House That Jack Built

 

11th March

Free Solo

Peterloo

The Grinch

Slaughterhouse Rulez

The Wild Pear Tree

 

18th March

Widows

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald

Wildlife

 

25th March

Creed 2

Shoplifters

 

Netflix Original Film Releases

1st March

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

 

13th March

Triple Frontier

 

29th March

The Highwaymen

 

What Films Will You Watch In March?

What films are on your must-see list for March?

 

Let me know in the comments section below or over on Twitter. You can find me @500DaysOfFilm.

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