March comes in like a lion, and so do the movies the studios have planned for us this month. The following is a preview of just a few of the newest movies out after Oscar season, but keep in mind, there are dozens more out there for your enjoyment
Opening March 4, Zootopia is sure to be a hit for kids and adults alike. This animated film features some of the biggest stars lending their voices to make these brilliant animal characters flawlessly come to life. The story is a familiar one: two born enemies coming together and finding out they have much more in common to like than to hate. A con artist fox (Jason Bateman) is on the run while a young bunny cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) is out to make a name for herself. The two must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Tommy Chong also lend their talents. You should be dancing by the time you leave the theater. Runtime is 108 minutes.
London Has Fallen (NR)
Also debuting on March 4 is the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen from 2013. Gerard Butler returns as Mike Banning, the secret service head for the President of the United States (played by returning Aaron Eckhart). This time, they are in London attending a funeral for the British Prime Minister who suddenly dies. They find themselves in danger along with the other leaders of the world. Morgan Freeman, Angela Basset, Melissa Leo and Jackie Earle Haley also star. If it is anything like the first, you will literally be on the edge of your seat with all of the action. Runtime is 1 hour and 39 minutes.
10 Cloverfield Lane (NR)
This not yet rated mystery opens on March 11 and stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher. Goodman plays Howard Stambler, an eccentric man who thinks the end of the world is going to happen…or does he? This film will keep us all guessing up to the very end. Winstead’s character, Michelle, gets into a car crash and wakes confused in Stambler’s basement. He tells her he saved her life as the outside is now uninhabitable. I can’t wait to see Goodman play this eerie role. Runtime is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13)
Finally, the long awaited Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives on March 25. Henry Cavill returns as Clark Kent/Superman in a torn up Metropolis sparking a debate whether he is really a hero or a threat. Batman/Bruce Wayne, now being played by Ben Affleck, deems him an enemy, and heads to Metropolis to wage war on Superman. Before the two completely obliterate each other, they must put their quarrels aside as a new enemy arises from the hands of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
This movie runs 151 minutes, so make sure you have a lot of popcorn and candy ready. It will be exciting to see what Ben Affleck will bring to this new Batman.
March 18 brings us the third movie of the Divergent series. Shailene Woodley reprises her role as Tris, the ultimate Divergent, once again fighting unknown enemies. We last saw Tris and Four (Theo James) breaking through the fence barrier. Now, a cagey leader directly takes them into protective custody, allegedly with good intentions. Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Ansel Elgort and Octavia Spencer will also reprise their roles.