The Gunman - March 20Sure, this may just be Sean Penn's first attempt at becoming a Liam Neeson-esque action hero, but the Pierre Morel-directed thriller definitely looks like a lot of fun. It's got a globe-trotting plot, a solid supporting cast (Idris Elba!) and given Morel's background, we're almost guaranteed some exhilarating action scenes with a badass Penn leading the way.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting anything groundbreaking here, but for an hour and a half of mindless entertainment, I'm betting that you can do much worse than The Gunman.
It Follows - March 13One of the year's most intriguing horror flicks is arriving in March. Titled It Follows, the film had its premiere back at Cannes and has been riding a wave of positive buzz ever since, with many critics calling it "refreshing," "inventive" and "progressive."
For those who don't know, David Robert Mitchell's film follows a 19-year-old girl who begins to have strange visions after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter. Promising slow burn scares and a genuinely unsettling atmosphere, horror buffs should be in for a real treat once this unique flick drops into theatres.
Insurgent - March 20Though Divergent didn't quite move as many mountains as The Hunger Games did, it was a strong entry into the YA adaptation genre and one which left many people eager for a sequel. On March 20th, Tris and co. will be back to continue their fight and from the marketing material that we've seen so far, it looks like a less bloated/more daring outing than its predecessor.
Not only that, but with a fresh set of eyes behind the camera, in the form of Robert Schwentke (taking over for Neil Burger), those who were less than thrilled with the first outing are hopeful that its sequel can deliver a worthy adaptation.
Chappie - March 6Like most people, I count District 9 as one of my favorite sci-fi films, ever. So, my anticipation for director Neill Blomkamp's second outing, Elysium was sky-high. Unfortunately, the film failed to deliver. While by no means a dud, it was more just a retread of what we had already seen with his debut. And so, that's why I'm feeling hopeful for Chappie.
Surely Blomkamp won't make the same mistakes again, and so far, it definitely looks like his third effort is heading in a bit of a different direction. And, with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, not to mention longtime collaborator Sharlto Copley, Chappie is definitely one to keep your eye on.
Unfinished Business - March 6thI'm a big Dave Franco fan, which is why I'm a bit upset to see that his newest film, Unfinished Business, is flying a bit under the radar. That doesn't mean you should count it out, though. Quite the opposite, in fact.
The new comedy from Fox looks to score big laughs with Franco, Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson in the lead roles as three businessman who take a trip to Europe that doesn't go as planned. Hi-jinxes ensue, of course, and from the trailers we've seen thus far, it looks like Unfinished Business will definitely deliver the laughs.
The three leads look to have strong chemistry and the set-up will surely allow for them all to flex their comedic muscles. Like The Gunman, I'm not expecting Unfinished Business to linger long in my mind after having seen it, but for a dependable dose of laughs as we head out of those cold winter months, it should do the trick.