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Essential summer listening.
March 6th, 2013
You’ve probably already watched most of the recent Oscar films, but there are some promising new titles coming out this month. Here are my picks for March films to look forward to. Some of these are even coming out in time for your March break!
What do you think of the trailers? Is there a March movie missing from my list that you’re anticipating? Let me know in the comments section below!
1. The Place Beyond The Pines – March 29
Ryan Gosling reunites with Blue Valentine writer/director Derek Cianfrance in The Place Beyond The Pines. Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider who starts robbing banks in order to provide for his partner (Eva Mendes) and their newborn child. Hot on his tracks is a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) from a department run by a corrupt detective.
Cooper and Gosling are two of the best (and obviously handsome) actors working today, so to see the two on screen together should be magic. Gosling and Mendes started dating after meeting on the set of this film, so it will be interesting to see if that chemistry translates on the big screen. The film got rave reviews when it premiered at TIFF, proving that Gosling has yet to make a misstep in his film career. Oh wait, I just remembered the critically panned, Gangster Squad.
2. Ginger & Rosa – March 15
Super 8‘s Elle Fanning and Beautiful Creatures‘ Alice Englert play English teenagers Ginger and Rosa. Set in 1960s London, the film follows their lives amid the approaching nuclear threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The relationship between the two best friends is tested when Rosa (Englert) has an affair with an older man, who just happens to be the father of Ginger (Fanning).
Great coming-of-age films that deal with provocative and mature subjects are hard to pull off, without being generic or formulaic. But if handled carefully, they can result in great films like Stand By Me, Running On Empty and The Virgin Suicides. With a talented cast that includes Annette Bening, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt, this has potential to join those films.
3. Upside Down – March 15
In a dysfunctional universe where two worlds parallel each other, two teens fall in love despite living in completely opposite angles and directions of gravity. The young couple, Adam and Eden (Who else thinks they got this idea from Adam and Eve?), are forced to separate. But ten years later, they attempt to reunite despite the potential danger that comes with entering each other’s worlds. The film’s unique concept and leading stars (Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst) are enough to grab my interest.
4. The Host – March 29
While The Host is based on a novel written by the author of Twilight. the fact that it stars Saoirse Ronan of Hanna and Atonement should be enough reason to anticipate it. Ronan plays Melanie Stryder, a girl whose body is taken hostage by an alien. In a twist to the typical alien invasion story, the alien inhabiting Melanie’s body is on the side of the humans.
If the film’s concept or Oscar-nominated leading lady is not enough to get you excited, how about the fact that it’s directed by Andrew Niccol? He has previously directed sci-fi films about characters in extraordinary situations in films such Gattaca and The Truman Show.
5. Admission – March 22
An admission officer from Princeton University (Tina Fey) decides to make a potentially life-changing decision when she gets involved in the life of a teenager, who could be her son who she gave up for adoption. The boys’ teacher is played by the charming Paul Rudd. It’s pretty easy to guess how this will end up: Fey’s character reunites with her son and falls in love with Rudd along the way.
The trailer itself looks average, but its stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd is what will draw audiences. Fey and Rudd are among those few actors who can arguably make any film watchable, regardless of how mediocre it is. It’s unlikely to be an Oscar-nominated romantic comedy like Silver Linings Playbook or Bridget Jones’s Diary. But that doesn’t matter. It looks to be simply a light story with two likable leads.Tweet