Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to March

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Let’s not beat around the bush: the big draw this month is undoubtedly the long-awaited match-up between superhero heavy hitters Batman and Superman. Although it’ll be interesting to see whether Warner Bros. and DC Comics are finally able to jumpstart their own shared cinematic universe à la Marvel with this very expensive Hail Mary, there are far more interesting movies that deserve your attention, including a pair of adult-minded sci-fi flicks from the makers of “Cloverfield” and “Take Shelter.”

“London Has Fallen”

Who: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett
What: While in London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
When: March 4th
Why: “Olympus Has Fallen” may have been the better of the dueling “‘Die Hard’ in the White House” movies (though just barely), but the premise behind the sequel is almost as lame as its title, a moronic play on the famous children’s song. Not only does it seem ridiculous that Aaron Eckhart’s president and Gerard Butler’s secret service agent would find themselves in yet another hostage situation, but the very thing that made the first film enjoyable – the close quarters, single-location setting – has been discarded in favor of a more sprawling, city-wide adventure. Granted, it worked for “Die Hard,” but those movies also had John McClane.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Who: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton
What: A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
When: March 4th
Why: War comedies are a tough proposition, especially those set in real-life warzones, because it’s a tricky balancing act of trying to earn laughs while still being respectful of the people at the butt of the joke. Though “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” sounds like a slam dunk on paper – in addition to Tina Fey reteaming with frequent collaborator Robert Carlock, it boasts a talented cast and a pair of directors (Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) with a solid track record – the trailers aren’t very encouraging. Moviegoers could use a good political satire after recent flops like “Our Brand is Crisis” and “Rock the Kasbah,” but sadly, this doesn’t seem to be it.

“10 Cloverfield Lane”

Who: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.
What: After waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he saved her from a chemical attack that left the world uninhabitable.
When: March 11th
Why: The 2008 found footage movie, “Cloverfield,” highlighted J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot at its secretive best, flying completely under the radar until the mysterious debut of its first trailer. No one could have possibly imagined they’d be able to pull off something like that again, and yet they have, this time with an even better cast. Though it’s still unclear just what kind of connection “10 Cloverfield Lane” has to the original (is it a sequel, spin-off or the start of an anthology of likeminded films?), one thing is certain: it looks absolutely fantastic. If you’re not hooked by the end of the trailer, you probably don’t love movies.

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