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2018 March Movies

Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

March 23, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi

10 years after the Battle of the Breach, the oceans have become restless once again, but the Jaeger program has evolved into the next generation for the PPDC. However, something has reopened the Breach for the Kaiju and a Jaeger has gone rogue. Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, rises up to stand against the evolved Kaiju and the rogue Jaeger to prevent humanity's extinction and preserve his father’s legacy.

This is the sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, which earned $411 million at the worldwide box office that summer. Though the film underperformed domestically with only $101.8 million, the global total was enough to warrant a followup. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the original, had been developing a sequel since 2012, revealing in 2014 he was writing a script with Zak Penn. Del Toro had hoped to call the shots on Uprising as well, but progress on the project stalled in 2015 due to a conflict between Legendary Pictures and their new distribution partner, Universal. Pacific Rim Uprising ultimately may have gotten a green light because Legendary was purchased by the Chinese Wanda Group, and the first movie had much success in China. In 2016, del Toro revealed Steven S. DeKnight would direct Uprising. Stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood joined the cast shortly after.

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Ready Player One (2018)

March 29, 2018
PG-13
Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

The latest film from legendary director Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline's novel of the same name. The book was originally published in 2011 and received much acclaim, taking home an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Prometheus Award in 2012. Critics enjoyed its nostalgic and heartfelt elements, with many feeling it has a fun and engaging narrative. Its story is noteworthy for making references to 1980s pop culture, including several movies Spielberg was involved with earlier in his career. Ready Player One's OASIS virtual reality also inspired the real-life Oculus system.

The film is set to have some clear differences from its source material. Spielberg has mentioned he is going to tone down the '80s references (though there are plenty in the trailer), and Ben Mendelsohn said his character in the movie is not loyal to the version from the novel. The intent appears to be crafting a story that maintains the spirit of Ready Player One, but has the leeway to go off in its own directions if need be.

Want to know more about Ready Player One?

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Tomb Raider (2018)

March 16, 2018
PG-13
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara Croft has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who - against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit - must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

This latest film adaptation of Tomb Raider is mainly based on the 2013 video game of the same name, depicting Lara Croft's first adventure. The property was first brought to the big screen with a pair of films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Cradle of Life, which starred Angelina Jolie as the character. GK Films acquired the rights for a reboot back in 2011, but director Roar Uthaug did not come onboard until 2015. Alicia Vikander was cast as the new Lara Croft in April 2016, beating out the likes of Daisy Ridley, Saoirse Ronan, Emilia Clarke, and Cara Delevingne. Principal photography started in January 2017.

The Tomb Raider franchise was first launched in 1996 with the original video game for PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles and is one of the more popular gaming titles. More than 58 million copies of the games have been sold worldwide.

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A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

March 9, 2018
PG
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After learning her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother, her classmate, and three astral travelers to save him.

A Wrinkle In Time is based on the book of the same name by Madeline L'Engle, which was originally published in 1962. The novel received widespread acclaim, winning the Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carrol Shelf Award. It is the first title in the Time Quintet series, which follows the Murray and O'Keefe families. Disney originally adapted the story for a 2003 television movie before green lighting a theatrical version.

This film was originally going to have a production budget of around $35 million, but that changed drastically over time. Director Ava DuVernay becomes the first woman of color to helm a film that costs $100 million or more. DuVernay was hired for the job in February 2016, with high-profile cast members like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña joining months after. Youngster Storm Reid was cast as lead Meg Murry in September 2016. Principal photography began in November 2016 and ran through early 2017.

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Far Cry 5 (2018 Video Game)

March 27, 2018
M
Action, Thriller

Set in America, a first for the franchise, Far Cry 5 offers players total freedom to navigate a serene-looking yet deeply twisted world as the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana. Players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult led by "The Father" Joseph Seed, the Project at Eden's Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance, including some local wildlife.

Red Sparrow (2018)

March 2, 2018
R
Thriller

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

Red Sparrow is based on the 2013 book of the same name written by former CIA operative Jason Matthews. The novel was acclaimed upon its release, taking home the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Matthews sold the movie rights to the book prior to its publication, agreeing to a seven-figure deal. In addition, he received a contract to write a Red Sparrow sequel. Production on the film started in January 2017.

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Sea of Thieves (2018 Video Game)

March 20, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Action, Adventure

Sea of Thieves is a new type of multiplayer game that delivers all you need to live the free-roaming pirate life. Whether adventuring as a group or sailing solo, you'll encounter other crews... but will they be friends or foes, and how will you respond?

Death Wish (2018)

March 2, 2018
R
Action, Crime, Drama

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.

Death Wish first entered development back in 2006, when Sylvester Stallone intended to direct and star in the remake. He left the project months later due to creative differences. The film lingered until 2012 when writer Joe Carnahan came onboard, and he also hoped to direct. His version would have starred Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo. Death Wish picked back up again in 2016 when Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado were brought in to direct, but they left when the studio wouldn't allow their script rewrites. Eli Roth became the movie's director in June 2016, with production beginning in September of that year. Willis was chosen from a short list of potential stars that also included Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith.

The original Death Wish grossed $22 million in 1974, spawning a franchise of four sequels that unfortunately saw diminished returns at the box office.

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

March 23, 2018
PG-13
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Set in a dystopian future Japan in which dogs have been quarantined on the remote eponymous island due to a "canine flu", Isle of Dogs follows five local dogs—Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King. They are fed up with their isolated existence until a boy named Atari Kobayashi ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots. Atari receives their help and they will protect him from the Japanese authorities who have come to retrieve him.

This is the latest film from director Wes Anderson and his second stop-motion animated movie (following 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox). Anderson first announced the project in 2015. He was inspired by the films of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and the holiday television specials produced by Rankin/Bass. Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights in December 2016 with the intention of releasing it in 2018.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

March 9, 2018
R
Thriller, Horror

A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive.

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Unsane (2018)

March 23, 2018
R
Thriller, Horror

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?

The is the latest movie from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who returned last year after a brief retirement from feature filmmaking. Unsane was first revealed in July 2017, when it was announced Soderbergh had shot the film in secret. The project generated headlines for Soderbergh shooting the picture on an iPhone.

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Steven Soderbergh's Unsane was shot completely on iPhone

I Kill Giants (2018)

March 23, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Drama

From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I Kill Giants is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you Harry Potter.

Based on Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's graphic novel of the same name, the film was announced in March 2015 and began principal photography in September 2016. It premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival about a year later and was subsequently set for a Digital HD and limited theatrical release in March 2018.

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Screen Rant's I Kill Giants Review

Love, Simon (2018)

March 16, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Comedy, Romance

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

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Game Over, Man! (2018)

March 23, 2018
Not Rated
Action, Comedy

Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.

This is the latest original film to be distributed by Netflix. The streaming giant first announced the project in 2016, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg among the producers. Marketing began in May 2017, with a 2018 release planned. Game Over, Man! was originally set for April 20, 2018 before getting moved up to March.

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Gringo (2018)

March 9, 2018
R
Action, Drama, Comedy

GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

The film first made progress when Charlize Theron was cast in May 2014. Her co-stars, including Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, and Joel Edgerton joined in December 2015, with others coming onboard in 2016. In May of 2016, STX Entertainment acquired the film's distribution rights. Principal photography started in March 2016. This is the feature-length directorial debut of Nash Edgerton, who is star Joel's brother.

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Mary Magdalene (2018)

March 16, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Drama

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

This is the latest project from director Garth Davis, who previously made the Best Picture nominee Lion. Principal photography ran from September to December 2016.

This film was originally to be distributed by the Weinstein Company before the Harvey Weinstein scandal. In the aftermath, it was announced the studio will no longer release Mary Magdalene and producers are looking for another distributor. As such, the movie was pulled from the U.S. release schedule. The date on this page is the U.K. release date.

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7 Days In Entebbe (2018)

March 16, 2018
PG-13
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

This is the fourth time this particular event has been made into a film, following three projects in the 1970s. Entebbe was officially announced in February 2016, with Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl joining the cast in July of that year. Principal photography began in November, taking place in the U.K. and Malta.

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