Most Anticipated Films of March 2020

A look at what's heading to UK cinemas this month, including Pixar's latest adventure and Emily Blunt with a shotgun...

February's out, and March is in. Given the sheer volume of great films that came our way over the last 29 days, though, it's going to be a tough month to beat. Still, March can hold its own, if only for the arrival of some long-awaited Disney adventures (including a new Pixar film and the latest animated classic to make the leap to live-action), not to mention an array of impressive-looking dramas, indies, and one rather terrifying-looking horror sequel…

 

Blumhouse's Fantasy Island

Release date: March 6

We all better start getting used to movie studios putting their names in front of film titles now, then. Still, when your brand IP is as strong as Blumhouse's, you can hardly blame them. A horror-inclined take on the 1977 TV show, Fantasy Island maroons Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, and many more on the titular paradise, where Michael Peña will turn their deepest desires into fully-fledged nightmares.

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Onward

Release date: March 6

Pixar's first non-sequel since 2017's Coco focuses on two elf-like brothers, voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, as they set out on a magical quest to bring back their dead dad for a day. The trailer promises scenes of extended bromance, stunningly rendered scenery, and – most importantly – terrifying unicorn babies.

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And Then We Danced

Release date: March 13

Writer-director Levan Akin is behind this romance, set in the world of dance. It focuses on the developing relationship (and rivalry) between a dancer, Merab, who has been vying for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble for years, and another dancer, Irakli, who arrives on the scene – talented and wild – like an explosion at a firework factory. Prepare for a deeply passionate experience, with stunning dance sequences to boot.

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Bacurau

Release date: March 13

Kleber Mendonça Filho, the Brazilian director of films like Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius, writes and directs this strange, genre-shifting thriller that looks to be shaping up as one of the year's most original films. Its story concerns the goings-on in a small town in Brazil after a group of tourists arrive, but word has it that Bacurau is very a film that delights in upending and toying with your expectations.

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A Quiet Place Part II

Release date: March 19

They might not have gone with the obviously best and clearly most suited title, “A Quieter Place,” but what are you gonna do? Writer-director John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) returns to helm this follow-up to his surprise smash original, set in a world where aliens hunt humans based on noise. His real life wife, Emily Blunt, is back to roam a silent earth.

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The Truth

Release date: March 20

Catherine Deneuve! Juliette Binoche! Together! In a movie! Yet who'd have predicted that the film to unite them would be directed by none other than Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won the Palme d'Or in 2018 for his brilliant social drama Shoplifters. The Truth, his first film not in the Japanese language, takes place within the world of French cinema, with Deneuve and Binoche playing mother and daughter, and Ethan Hawke as Binoche's husband. A cinephile's dream, basically.

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Mulan

Release date: March 27

Let's get down to business: Mulan, the latest in a never-ending line of Disney animated classics turned live-action blockbusters, actually looks like it has a lot going for it. Whilst recent do-overs of The Lion King and Aladdin proved less than satisfactory, this remake will drop the musical numbers in a bid to tell the gripping – and universally marketable – story of a young woman who fakes her way into the Chinese army. The lack of Eddie Murphy is concerning, however.

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The Painted Bird

Release date: March 27

Who's in the mood for a relentlessly bleak, three-hour drama set at the height of the holocaust? The Painted Bird chronicles the horrific odyssey untaken by a young Jewish boy as he seeks refuge during the war, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name. Expect beautiful monochrome cinematography and lots of watching from between your fingers.

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Vivarium

Release date: March 27

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots star as a couple whose existence is turned upside-down when they move to the suburbs with their newborn in tow. Yet with its eerie sci-fi trappings, Vivarium is a quasi-horror film that wonders not what happens when you're stalked by an axe murderer, but whether the greatest terror of all is… settling down.

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