They say that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traditionally, March was an unconventional month to release huge tentpole movies, but that all changed a few years ago when The Hunger Games took in $152.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that this month could be used to launch huge blockbuster franchises. To get you prepared for the month ahead, we're breaking down the five movies we're most looking forward to this March, along with an indie honorable mention. Here are the best movies awaiting you in the weeks ahead!
1Chappie - March 6
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp returns with his third feature film Chappie, following Best Picture nominee District 9 and the sci-fi tentpole Elysium. The filmmaker goes back to his South African roots with Chappie, which centers on the title robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley), who is the first android to develop his own thoughts and emotions. The director has assembled an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel, along with South African rappers Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser of Die Antwoord. The film has been gaining rave reviews thus far, but we'll have to wait and see how it fares at the box office. Check out the latest trailer: /chappie-movie-full-trailer/CLICK HERE
2Cinderella - March 13
After directing last year's action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Kenneth Branagh returns to the big screen with the latest take on the fairy tale classic Cinderella. Lily James plays the title character, whose life is turned upside down when her father re-marries, following the death of her mother. When her father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself subjected to the cruelty of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera). Richard Madden stars as the "charming" prince named Kit, with Helena Bonham Carter playing Cinderella's fairy godmother. Naturally, there are no shortage of Cinderella adaptations, this looks to be just as charming as the rest, with a uniquely talented cast bringing this fairy tale to life once again. Disney has found plenty of success with their fairy tale remakes, following the blockbuster Maleficent, with the trend continuing into next year with the live-action/CGI hybrid The Jungle Book. This timeless tale could be one of this spring's biggest hits. To check out the latest trailer: /cinderella-2015-movie-trailer/CLICK HERE
3Run All Night - March 13
Liam Neeson was all over the place in 2014, starring in a whopping six movies (The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, Non-Stop, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Third Person and A Walk Among the Tombstones). The busy actor is not slowing down in 2015 either, with his second movie of the year, Run All Night, reuniting him with director Jaume Collet-Serra, which he made Non-Stop and Unknown with. This action-thriller centers on a mafia hitman (Liam Neeson) who goes to war with his boss (Ed Harris) after killing his son... just before the mob boss' kid was about to kill his own kid (Joel Kinnaman). Needless to say, it will be an adrenaline-fueled and bullet-riddled night as this dangerous and deadly father tries to protect his estranged son. Common, Vincent D'Onofrio, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodriguez and Nick Nolte round out the supporting cast of what could be the biggest action hit this spring. To check out the latest trailer: /run-all-night-movie-trailer/CLICK HERE
4The Divergent Series: Insurgent - March 20
Young adult franchises are proving to be big hits at the box office, following Twilight and The Hunger Games. The studio behind both of those franchises, Lionsgate, continues their next big saga later this month with The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which comes on the heels of Divergent's success last year, taking in $288.7 million worldwide from an $85 million budget. Shailene Woodley and Theo James return as Tris and Four, who are now fugitives on the run from the nefarious Erudite faction, lead by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), as they search for new allies in a futuristic Chicago. Divergent stars Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Miles Teller (Peter), Maggie Q (Tori Wu), Jai Courtney (Eric), Zoë Kravitz (Christina) and Ray Stevenson (Marcus Eaton) all return, alongside new cast members Octavia Spencer (Johanna) and Naomi Watts (Evelyn) in director Robert Schwentke's sequels. Can this sequel be an even bigger hit than its predecessor? Since most young adult sequels fare much better than the original, its safe to assume that The Divergent Series: Insurgent will rake in much more than Divergent this month. To check out the least trailer: /divergent-series-insurgent-movie-trailer-final/CLICK HERE
5Get Hard - March 27
Comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces on the big screen for the first time in Get Hard, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy). The comedy centers on James (Will Ferrell), a hedge fund manager who is caught for insider trading and sentenced to serve hard time in San Quentin prison. Given just 30 days to put his affairs in order, he hires a hard-working small business owner Darnell (Kevin Hart) to help him "get hard and prepare for life behind bars. Alison Brie, Paul Ben-Victor and T.I. round out the supporting cast of this comedy that, with the combined box office drawing power of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, could bring in huge numbers when it hits theaters. To check out the latest trailer: /get-hard-movie-trailer-2/CLICK HERE
6Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter - March 18
I'm adding Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter as my honorable mention because, even though it is only getting limited release in New York March 18 and Los Angeles March 20, the trailers for this potential indie hit are incredibly compelling and intriguing. I have always been a sucker for true story adaptations, and not only does this bizarre story deserve to be told, it was also set and shot in my home state of Minnesota. The plot follows a woman named Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) who travels from Tokyo to frigid Minnesota, to search for the buried treasure showcased in the 1996 movie Fargo, which she believed to be based on a true story, which it is not. The plot is inspired by Takako Konishi, who was found frozen to death under mysterious circumstances in the North Dakota wilderness just a few months after first arriving in Minnesota. Writers-directors David Zellner and Nathan Zellner also star in this indie drama, which looks like one of the most unique and intriguing movies set to come out this month. To check out the latest trailer: /kumiko-treasure-hunter-trailer-2/CLICK HERE
What do you think of our picks for the best March movies? Which movies would you include on this list? Let us know what you think below, as you get ready to head to your local multiplexes for what surely will be one entertaining month chocked full of great movies.