3. Isle of Dogs (Release Date: March 23)
Wes Anderson's signature is the quirky, whimsical sensibility he brings to every single one of his films. We've seen time and again how he applies his unique stylistic touches to live-action releases like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but in 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox taught the world just how well Anderson fit within a stop-motion animated environment.
Isle of Dogs — which enters limited release this month — is aiming for the same kind of success as Anderson's first foray into stop-motion. Set in a dystopian world wherein Japan has exiled all dogs onto an island covered in garbage, the film features a stellar ensemble voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and a host of others. With any luck, Anderson's vision will make for an unforgettable addition to his distinctive filmography.
Check out the latest trailer for Isle of Dogs.
2. Ready Player One (Release Date: March 29)
Few filmmakers have made a seismic a shift in science fiction as Steven Spielberg. Between Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park alone, his impact on the industry essentially knows no bounds. So having this legendary filmmaker at the helm of a project like Ready Player One is bound to raise expectations.
Based on the Ernest Cline novel, the story is set in a virtual reality world brimming with visual delights and many, many pop culture references from the 1980s. We've already been picking apart all the easter eggs in the trailers, and with a master like Spielberg at the helm, Ready Player One certainly has potential to be one of this year's most dazzling and thrilling adventures.
Check out the latest trailer for Ready Player One.
1. A Wrinkle in Time (Release Date: March 9)
So far Disney has had an incredible 2018. Sure, the studio has only released one film this year so far, but considering that that film is Black Panther, it's notable nonetheless. Next up from the Mouse House is Ava DuVernay's highly anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's iconic fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time, the first entry in what has become known as the author's Time Quintet.
The film follows a young girl (Storm Reid) who teams up with three astral travelers (Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon) to rescue her kidnapped father. Ahead of its release, A Wrinkle in Time has been praised for its diverse cast as well as its boundary-breaking status as the first film with a production budget over $100 million to be directed by a woman of color. Here's hoping it delivers for audiences too.
Check out the latest trailer for A Wrinkle in Time.
From sci-fi blockbusters to more grounded action-thrillers and everything in between, March 2018 is a good time to be a moviegoer. In particular, we're interested to see if studio epics like A Wrinkle in Time and Ready Player One will be able to justify all the pre-release hype and the reputations of directors Ava DuVernay and Steven Spielberg, respectively. Moreover, there's the question of whether Death Wish and Tomb Raider be able to resurrect their franchises, and if Pacific Rim: Uprising — a sequel that very nearly didn't happen at all — can cement the long-term future of the Jaeger/Kaiju conflict on the big screen? We'll find out all these answers and more in the weeks ahead.
- Death Wish (2018) release date: Mar 02, 2018
- Red Sparrow (2018) release date: Mar 02, 2018
- Gringo (2018) release date: Mar 09, 2018
- A Wrinkle In Time (2018) release date: Mar 09, 2018
- Love, Simon (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018
- Unsane (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018
- Isle of Dogs (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018
- Ready Player One (2018) release date: Mar 29, 2018