Movies Not to Miss: March 2015
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Movies Not to Miss: March 2015


Which of these movies are you going to watch?

With all the festivities done in February, it is now back to our regular schedule of movies. If you are looking for the movie just for you, then March would have you spoiled for choices with a movie in almost every genre; from action to animation to horror to romance.

This month's releases are also linguistically diversified, so you can find a good change of pace from your usual fare of Hollywood if you are looking for it.

Chappie

Fans of Neill Blomkamp may have been divided over "Elysium", but should be ready to give him a second chance after watching the trailer for "Chappie". Discarding the stabs at social injustices, "Chappie" appears to have a much simpler social backdrop to set up a playground for major mayhem; an area that Blomkamp revels in more than his discrete social commentaries. While we will only be seeing Sharlto Copley provide the motion capture for the titular robot who is given sentient artificial intelligence, we can't wait to see Hugh Jackman eat into his villain role with devilish delight.

General Release Date: 5 March

Werewolf Dari Bangladesh

After surviving every ghost, zombie, and pontianak from "Kampung Pisang" to "Kilang Biskut", Usop Wilcha will once again face the supernatural with the "Werewolf Dari Bangladesh". Usop won't be alone, however, as he is joined by a comedic cast with Zizan Razak and Saiful Apek as they try to find the werewolf in their midst. The connection between werewolves and foreign workers is most likely not a coincidence, since this is a Mamat Khalid comedy after all.

General Release Date: 5 March

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Nickelodeons should have been waiting for this moment; the day when the world of Bikini Bottom would finally meet with ours. When SpongeBob and gang are forced to come up to the surface to recover the secret formula of the Krabby Patty, you can definitely be sure that hilarity will ensue. It's been more than 10 years since the first "SpongeBob Squarepants" movie, and now with an updated 3D look, you should be prepared for the cartoon's trademark slapstick comedy and nonsensical dialogue to have you bent over in your seats.

General Release Date: 5 March

Kepong Gangster 2

Teng Bee's directorial debut in 2012 may not have been flawless, but it is still a strong step in the grittier direction for the local gangster movie. Unafraid of taking the best inspirations from its respected Hong Kong counterparts and putting them together into a brutal tale of brotherhood and the bloody rise to power. Teng now seeks to match up to his own success with the sequel, and he seems to know the direction this series needs to go to ante up. Henley Hii returns as the only surviving member of the former 5 Tigers, who tries to severe his gangster ties once and for all, but is dragged back into the underworld when he has to protect those he loves. Although the trailer doesn't show that is has up the stakes in the larger set pieces, it has brought in more esteemed actors to build characters. That also includes young Crystal Lee's first appearance in a local production since her unbelievable breakthrough in "Unbeatable".

General Release Date: 5 March

The Lazarus Effect

If you are in for some shock treatment at the cinema this month, then "The Lazarus Effect" should be able to help you with that. It is a curious to see a big-name star like Olivia Wilde, who plays as a scientist brought back from the dead with unforeseen consequences, lending her star power to this micro-budget horror. But the oddest thing for this is that this will be "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" director David Gelb's fictional feature debut, which could be the right or wrong reason to bring back its dead horse plot.

General Release Date: 5 March

Run All Night

There is no stopping Liam Neeson, and if that reminds you of last year's "Non-Stop", that is because "Run All Night" is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed the former. Sharing a very similar DNA with the "Taken" series, this time Liam Neeson takes on the role of Jimmy Conlon, a former hitman for the mob (most likely with a special set of skills), who takes his estranged son on the run after defending him from the kill order of his former mob boss. We expect "Run All Night" to have that plot twist that "Non-Stop" had if it doesn't want to be taken as a "Taken" clone. Otherwise, here's where you can get your Liam Neeson fix.

General Release Date: 12 March

Cinderella

Disney's retelling of its villains may not have paid off that it had hoped, so maybe a re-imagining of its cartoon princesses to the live action could do the trick of creating another phenomenon. Of course, Disney isn't just that lazy to make a straight adaptation of this well-loved classic tale when you have Kenneth Branagh at the helm with his flair for the theatrics. Whether Lily James can fill in the (glass) shoes as the new icon of girls in this generation is one thing, but we are actually looking forward more to Cate Blanchett's rendition as the evil stepmother, which we would definitely compare with Angelina Jolie's take as Maleficent.

General Release Date: 12 March

Cicakman 3

In "Cicakman 3", the slithering superhero has to win back the favour from the citizens of Metrofulus, when a new suited superhero has taken over their admiration. That would be the same test faced by Zizan Razak, who takes over the mantle of Cicakman from Saiful Apek, and also for returning director Yusry Abdul Halim if he wants to capitalise on the same adoration that is given to the Marvel superhero movies of today. While "Cicakman 3" has the necessary formula to succeed, it remains to be seen if it can find relevance with a more superhero-savvy audience that was nearly non-existent back in 2006.

General Release Date: 12 March

I Fine, Thank You...Love You

We love Thai romances as much as we love our Thai horrors, and we could certainly use more of the former than the latter. So you can see why we are excited to see this since "The Teacher's Diary" last year. Preechaya Pongthananikorn returns (with a surprisingly impeccable English) for her next collaboration with director Mez Tharatorn in this new romantic comedy since "ATM". Preechaya is an English tutor, who after engineering the break-up between one of her Japanese students with her Thai boyfriend, decides to help the jilted lover to win back the girl before she leaves to the United States for good. While most of the Thai puns would surely escape most of the non-Thai speaking audience in Malaysia, but we could surely relate and laugh at the mangled use of English to get our promised share of laughs.

General Release Date: 12 March

Wild

While Reese Witherspoon's fate for Oscar glory may have been already revealed, it is still not a reason not to check out this outing by director Jean-Marc Vallee (who led Matthew McConaughey to his first Oscar gold last year). Laura Dern was also nominated for the supporting Oscar, making "Wild" the only female-centered film to have both actresses nominated, so we know there will be meaty scenes when both their mother-daughter characters are put together on the same screen. Adapted from the memoirs of an American woman who trekked alone for miles in the United States to find herself, this is a story of self-empowerment and self-discovery, so if you fit into that demographic that needs a little of life's inspirations, "Wild" would come with a recommendation.

General Release Date: 12 March

Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen

The two-part "Ah Boys to Men" may have stirred the spirit of patriotism to join Singapore's national service, but it takes a trilogy to have Singaporean recruits enlisting for military service to serve and defend their country. Taking the men from the two-part after they have completed their basic military training, they now face the test of becoming the nation's elite Frogmen special forces, where they will have to endure tremendous physical punishment to earn their stripes. While we may have a chance to look at how Singapore trains its finest, we are actually curious as to how Jack Neo would direct an enactment of a hostage crisis that would be the climatic set piece of "Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen".

General Release Date: 19 March

Insurgent

March starts off the YA novel adaptation season with the second installment from Veronica Roth's 'Divergent' series. While Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and the main cast returns for "Insurgent", the reins have been passed on from "Limitless" director Neil Burger to "RED" director Robert Schwentke, who is probably needed to overlook the larger action sequences that will be plunge the once ordered utopian society into a faction-divided war.

General Release Date: 19 March

Little Big Master

Based on a true story, Miriam Yeung takes the lead in this story of Hong Kong's lowest paid headmistress who takes over a rundown kindergarten on the outskirts of Hong Kong, with only five students. Director Adrian Kwan, who hasn't made a movie since 2009's "Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You" returns with this moving story of sacrificing ones' personal happiness to help those that are forgotten and suffering from the hard circumstances of metropolitan life. Paired with Louis Khoo as the husband, the main attraction to us, however, is the five adorable children who seem to put up an admirable performance that could easily top any performance from any five-year old on their kindergarten's concert day.

General Release Date: 19 March

Home

While "Home" ticks off every check box it needs to be every culture-referencing animation that has come out of DreamWorks, but it has made the inspired choice of having one of pop culture's biggest stars to be in its voice cast. While we can mean Rihanna in her first voice acting role as the human Tip, we are talking about the unmistakable nerdiness of Jim Parson as the alien Oh, who has to escape into Earth to avoid judgment from his fellow species. Face it, the real reason we're going to watch this because we want to see hear a tiny purple Sheldon Cooper making "The Big Bang Theory" references.

General Release Date: 26 March

The Gunman

Thanks to "Taken", no aging actor needs to shy away from doing an action oriented movie as long as they know how to sound menacing on the phone. That shouldn't be a problem for a two-time Oscar winner like Sean Penn, and so we have this adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel. "Taken" director Pierre Morel would be on the helm for this bandwagon as Penn plays a special operative who goes on the run across Europe when his organisation has other plans for him to stop his retirement. While we do have to give this an edge because of its out of the ordinary cast that also stars Idris Elba and Javier Bardem, we seriously hope that this will not be a "Taken" rehash with a different actor on the phone.

General Release Date: 26 March


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