Spring has sprung, but don’t spend all your time frolicking outdoors — there’s plenty of great films heading to the theater in March to make you want to spend a little time inside, too. From epic action to young adult excitement, from the Muppets to car chases, there’s something for everyone this month. Read on for our guide to the new movie releases hitting theaters in March 2014.
‘300: Rise of an Empire‘ – Directed by Noam Murro. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, and Eva Green. Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman‘ – Directed by Rob Minkoff. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, and Stephen Colbert. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. They find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future.
‘Journey to the West’ (Limited) — Directed by Stephen Chow and Chi-kin Kwok. Starring Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, and Bo Huang. A story centered on Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons, his emerging feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who helps him repeatedly, and Sanzang’s transformative encounter with the Monkey King.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ (Limited) — Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Jude Law. The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ (Limited) — Directed by Frank Pavich. The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
‘Grand Piano‘ (Limited) — Directed by Eugenio Mira. Starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack, and Kerry Bishe. Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.
‘Need for Speed‘ – Directed by Scott Waugh. Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, and Michael Keaton. Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
‘Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club’ – Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Nia Long, Amy Smart, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.
‘Bad Words‘ – Directed by Jason Bateman. Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, and Allison Janney. A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.
‘Enemy‘ (Limited) — Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, and Sarah Gadon. A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.
‘The Art of the Steal’ (Limited) — Directed by Jonathan Sobol. Starring Katheryn Winnick, Jay Baruchel, and Kurt Russell. A third-rate motorcycle daredevil and part-time art thief teams up with his snaky brother to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.
‘Patrick: Evil Awakens’ (Limited) — Directed by Mark Hartley. Starring Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, and Sharni Vinson. After killing his mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic.
‘Veronica Mars‘ (Limited) — Directed by Rob Thomas. Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni. Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown — just in time for her high school reunion — in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.
‘One Chance’ (Limited) — Directed by David Frankel. Starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, and Julie Walters. The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for — and ultimately winning — “Britain’s Got Talent”.
‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ (Limited) — Directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. Starring Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, and Sam Rockwell. A straight-laced pharmacist’s uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.
‘Ernest and Celestine’ (Limited) — Directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner. Starring Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, and Pauline Brunner. The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.
‘On My Way’ (Limited) — Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, and Gerard Garouste. Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road for a trip with her grandson.
‘Le Week-End’ (Limited) — Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, and Lindsay Duncan. A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.
‘Divergent‘ – Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Set in a futuristic dystopia, a teenager seeks to break free from her homogeneous society that divides people based on human traits. She leaves her faction and joins a rival group, where she falls for an older man.
‘Muppets Most Wanted‘ – Directed by James Bobin. Starring Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell. While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.
‘Nymphomaniac: Part One‘ (Limited) — Directed by Lars Von Trier. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Stacy Martin. A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.
‘Blood Ties’ (Limited) — Directed by Guillaume Canet. Starring Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard. Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
‘Rob the Mob’ (Limited) — Directed by Raymond De Felitta. Starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, and Andy Garcia. A couple targets the Mafia for heists and stumbles upon something big at an underground club.
‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ (Limited) — Directed by Rob Meyer. Starring Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and James Le Gros. David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
‘Maladies’ (Limited) — Directed by Carter. Starring James Franco, Catherine Keener, and Fallon Goodson. A talented and successful actor retires at a young age due to a perceived mental illness. Now living in a small town with his deranged sister and his best friend, we watch as their maladies intertwine.
‘McCanick’ (Limited) — Directed by Josh C. Waller. Starring Rachel Nichols, Mike Vogel, and Ciaran Hinds. Set over the course of one day, a narcotics detective hunts for a seemingly harmless young criminal who knows a truth about the cop’s past.
‘A Haunted House 2‘ – Directed by Michael Tiddes. Starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, and Cedric the Entertainer. Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
‘Noah‘ – Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
‘Sabotage‘ – Directed by David Ayer. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard. Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
‘The Raid 2‘ (Limited) — Directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, and Yayan Ruhian. Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force
‘Breathe In’ (Limited) — Directed by Drake Doremus. Starring Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, and Mackenzie Davis. When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.
‘Cesar Chavez’ (Limited) — Directed by Diego Luna. Starring Michael Pena, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
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