The best movies to see this month

Ten March film releases you need to know about

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Still Alice

Why we’re excited
Because everything you’ve read about Julianne Moore’s staggering, Oscar-winningly brilliant performance as a professor diagnosed with dementia is true. ‘Still Alice’ will leave you in a puddle of tears.

What could go wrong?
With the film, absolutely nothing. Just remember to take tissues, or your jumper sleeves will get a drenching.

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Chappie

Why we’re excited
With his explosive and cerebral alien-invasion sci-fi ‘District 9’ Neill Blomkamp announced himself as a director with talent to burn in 2009. For his third film he takes on artificial intelligence, with Dev Patel starring as a kid who creates a robot, Chappie. Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman round out the cast as the forces of evil out to eliminate poor Chappie.

What could go wrong?
Blomkamp’s second film ‘Elysium’ lacked the spark and energy of ‘District 9’. Fingers crossed he’s back with a compelling vision and not just another bland blockbuster. 

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Why we’re excited
Excited is putting it too strongly. But as an in-between ‘Hunger Games’ dystopian fix, the ‘Divergent’ series – based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novels – is turning out to be entirely watchable. That’s got a lot to do ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ actress Shailene Woodley, who plays the franchise’s kick-ass rebellious heroine Tris.

What could go wrong?
Well, the first ‘Divergent’ arrived with more of a plop than a bang last year. We’d like a little more spark from film number two please.

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X+Y

Why we’re excited
This Brit indie has been described as a ‘quietly moving gem,’ ‘heartwarming’ and ‘impossibly charming’. Rising star Asa Butterfield (‘Hugo’) plays a teenage maths prodigy with autism taking part in an international number-crunching competition. The always excellent Sally Hawkins is his long suffering mum, with Eddie Marsan appearing as his math teacher.

What could go wrong?
No one is doubting its charm, but a couple of critics have got issues with the sentimental screenplay: ‘The syrupy dialogue becomes a little too sticky and flavourless.’

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Cinderella

Why we’re excited
Disney is on a roll with its live action fairytales after Angelina Jolie’s deliciously evil turn in ‘Maleficent’. This new ‘Cinderella’ features a wickedly good performance from Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, with Lily James (the naughty cousin from ‘Downton’) as downtrodden Cinders and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.

What could go wrong?
Well, after ‘Frozen’ we were hoping that Disney princesses from now until eternity would come with guts and attitude. But they’ve gone back to the drawing board here, with a mimsily sweet, butter-wouldn’t-melt Cinderella. 

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The Face of an Angel

Why we’re excited
We’re intrigued to see what restlessly creative British auteur Michael Winterbottom will do with the Amanda Knox trial. Winterbottom has said his film is not about the murder, but instead explores how high profile cases can descend into a popularity contest. Daniel Brühl stars as a director who wants to make a film about a similar murder, with supermodel Cara Delevingne, in her first major film role, playing a gap-year student he meets while investigating in Italy.

What could go wrong?
He’s one of the most adventurous directors around but Michael Winterbottom’s success rate is patchy. For every ‘24 Hour Party People’ there’s a ‘The Look of Love’.

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Mommy

Why we’re excited
Because he’s only 25, but French Canadian director Xavier Dolan is already a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Mommy is his fifth feature (and fourth to premiere at Cannes) and looks like an Instagram photo, chronicling the relationship between an unhinged teenager (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) and his brash single mother (Anne Dorval).

What could go wrong?
Not everyone is bowled over by the boy wonder. Dolan has been called self-indulgent (the running time on ‘Mommy’ is two and a half hours) and one critic at New Yorker magazine concluded that it's ‘blandly showy’ and ‘hectic’.

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Suite Française

Why we’re excited
Because this film already comes with an incredible backstory. It’s based on a novel by Irène Némirovsky, a Jewish writer who penned the first two instalments in a planned series before her arrest in 1942. She died in Auschwitz, and the novels (written in leather-bound notebooks) were unread until the late 1990s. Now comes the film. Set in Nazi-occupied France, Michelle Williams stars as Lucille, with Kristin Scott Thomas as her overbearing mother-in-law.

What could go wrong?
What we hope is that this isn’t another handsome history lesson, easy on the eye but barely brushing the emotions.

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Get Hard

Why we’re excited
Because the trailer is mildly amusing, and after the lameness of ‘Anchorman 2’ we’d very much like to see Will Ferrell back in business. Here he plays a wealthy entrepreneur sentenced to ten years for fraud, who hires the guy who works in his garage (Kevin Hart) to train him up for maximum security. Director Etan Cohen is the man behind comedy hit ‘Tropic Thunder’. 

What could go wrong?
We’d like this to be more than a series of skits with the odd satirical jab at greedy out-of-touch billionaires.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Why we’re excited
Because we’ve seen the latest movie from the world of the high-pitched sponge, and it’s every bit unhinged and zany as you’d want. Nickelodeon has packed the kids’ film with surreal stoner humour as Spongebob’s town is plunged ‘Mad Max’-style into a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

What could go wrong?
We could have lived without the film’s shoddy slip into live-action as Spongebob and the gang crash into the real world.

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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .