What To Watch
February was a fantastic movie month, solely because of Black Panther!! And honestly, if you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you add it to the top of your watchlist asap!! No but seriously, you should. :) (Other February movies I saw: Annihilation was pretty interesting and Game Night was fun.)
If you have seen Black Panther already (Yay!), I have a small list of what you might want to consider watching this month in the theater! We have a nice selection of different genres -- and one thing they all have in common is that they are all female led films! #GirlPower! I've also included a mini review of one of the films below that I've already seen!
My "maybe list" is a bit longer and is comprised of some movies that I probably will be able to see as well, if time allows. And of course, I have a couple on my "if it's your jam" list too that I will pass on but might fancy your interest. So let's get to it!
Here's what I plan on seeing in theaters this month:
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Red Sparrow
- Tomb Raider
A WRINKLE IN TIME (Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Family)
Be a warrior.
"After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him."* Based off of the best-selling children's novel of the same name, this film version is brought to us by Disney and visionary director Ava DuVernay!
What first peaked my interest, besides the fact that it's a new adaptation, was the eclectic cast. Inclusion matters and we've seen just how much it matters by the incredible turnouts for Black Panther!! On that note, A Wrinkle in Time's diverse, talented cast is so incredible to see in such a big scale movie! Also, I'm interested to see how the visuals come to life from the book. The trailer showed some breathtaking ones!
Director Ava DuVernay becomes only the second woman (and first woman of color) to direct a live-action film with a budget over $100 million (Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins became the first)! After a few independent films, including Sundance favorite Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay flew to the top of the director radar after her inspiring film, Selma, starring David Oyelowo. Her documentary, 13th (on Netflix), is a must see as well! A Wrinkle in Time marks her big studio production debut and it looks to be a fun ride at the movies.
Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu-Mbatha Raw, Zack Galifianakis, Levi Miller, and Storm Reid -- make sure to catch A Wrinkle in Time with the whole family, when it flies into theaters next weekend on March 9th!
RED SPARROW (Spy / Thriller / Drama)
I know your secrets.
"Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations."*
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is back on the big screen in this spy thriller/drama. It premiered this weekend and to mixed reviews. I've seen this one already, and I'm recommending it for those who like a good spy drama. It's very much a "slow burn" one though with a couple of "thrills" here and there.
Led by the director of The Hunger Games sequels, Francis Lawrence gives the audience this uncompromising adaptation that can be hard to watch at times. It doesn't hold back, and I must admit, certain parts bothered me a bit. The story itself has some faults, but it's worth the watch if you get a chance.
I enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence's performance in this adaptation (first of three in a three-part book series). Also, don't expect a lot of action. It's very much a thriller/drama.
Check out Red Sparrow (if you're an adult), in theaters March 2nd (now).
TOMB RAIDER (Action / Adventure)
Her legend begins.
"Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared."* Based on the video game reboot, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander brings her take on Lara Croft to the screen!
I gotta say, I'm only "here for this movie" because of a fave actress of mine, Alicia Vikander, and to see her kick some butt! I don't know too much about the video game and I can barely remember Angelina Jolie's version, but I'm looking forward to seeing Alicia in an action movie.
Also starring Walton Goggins, Dominic West, and Daniel Wu, you can see Tomb Raider when it drops into theaters on March 16th!
Some Maaaaybe Movies I Might See!
- Isle of Dogs (Drama / Adventure) -- I haven't really ever been a big fan of stop-motion in general, but I mean, since it's Wes Anderson, I have to recommend this one starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Kofu Rankin -- in theaters on March 23rd.
- Tyler Perry's Acrimony (Psychological Thriller) -- starring Taraji P. Henson -- in theaters on March 30.
- Pacific Rim: Uprising (Sci-Fi / Adventure) -- the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and starring and produced by John Boyega (Star Wars) -- in theaters on March 23rd.
- Ready Player One (Fantasy / Action / Sci-Fi) -- Steven Spielberg directs this adaptation -- in theaters on March 29th.
- Love, Simon (Comedy / Drama) -- starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and 13 Reasons Why breakout star Katherine Langford -- in theaters on March 16th.
- Gringo (Crime / Comedy / Action) -- starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, and Thandie Newton -- in theaters on March 9th.
If It's Your Jam!
- Unsane -- March 23rd.
- Sherlock Gnomes -- March 23rd.
It's officially the end of awards season. The big Oscars presentation is tomorrow! I'm excited, as always, to watch the show! I'll be rooting for a few select films/talents, but I'm more excited for the new slate of films for this year.
Let me know if you plan on seeing any of these recs for this month (and if you plan on seeing Black Panther again). :) Have a fun time at the movies!!
(*Movie quotes taken from IMDB; movie poster photos belong to their respective owners.)