The start of the year is generally considered to be a lull period for films, with not much being released of any quality and most films being relegated to this time of year as they are believed to be unable to compete with the big boys during the summer and winter blockbuster seasons.
2013 has proved somewhat of an exception to that rule though. Having already offered us films like Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Flight and Wreck-It Ralph. It’s been a fairly good year so far. March though, presents a fairly quiet period before the action ramps up and the blockbuster season starts early in April. That’s not to say we can’t find anything of note though.
So, every month I pick four upcoming films that I will believe will be worthy of your time at the cinema. I’ve already done posts for January here and February here. Let’s see what March has to offer.
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman & Mia Wasikowska
“After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.”
From the director of Oldboy and penned by Wentworth Miller. Stoker looks scary, sexy and ever so creepy and all the better for it. Currently sitting at 7.8/10 on the IMDb & 66% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Stoker should be a welcome distraction from the post-Oscars hype.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law & Catherine Zeta-Jones
“A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.”
An impressive looking thriller from Soderbergh, similar in tone to Contagion perhaps? Currently sitting at an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and still gaining positive reviews, this could be something special.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis
“A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.”
Perhaps not the strongest film this month, but perhaps the most easily entertaining. Jason Statham doing what he does best, beating people up in this fun looking revenge thriller.
Welcome To The Punch
Director: Eran Creevy
Starring: James McAvoy, Mark Strong & David Morrissey
“When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he’s always been after.”
Man, this looks exciting. Put Mark Strong in anything and I’ll watch it. Billed by some as the British equivalent of Heat, and I have to say that description could be spot on.
Honorable mentions: The Bay, Broken City, Jack The Giant Slayer, Trance.