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A March to Remember

February 28, 2011

As March draws closer, the Cricket World Cup gears up for the Knock Out stages. Normally around these times, not many movies tend to release, but in March we have 10 big movies that are coming out. They include girls in tight leather, a face-to-face conversation with destiny, or how about a road trip with a foul-mouthed alien. Here are some of the big movies that are going to be release this March.

Sucker Punch (March 25th, 2011)

If you are bored of seeing beefy guys doing action, it’s time for some change. Sucker Punch will have a bunch of girls in tight leather outfits shedding their teenybopper status by doing some mind-blowing action on screen; at least the trailer seems to be a good proof. The film tells the story of a group of girls, (populated by Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaac, Carla Gugino) trying to flee from an asylum before they become the victim of lobotomy. Director Zack Snyder is back with March release-slot where he impressed us with 300 and Watchmen earlier and this flashy action flick seems like a good fun in the season of Oscars. The key protagonist is ironically named as Baby Doll, seems like the young girls are in for a new kind of role model.

 

The Adjustment Bureau (March 4th, 2011)

Matt Damon plays an ambitious politician David Norris who is about to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, meets a gorgeous ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) and falls for her. The duo faces stiff opposition from a mysterious and powerful group known as — you guessed it — the Adjustment Bureau. Loosely based on the renowned sci-fi author Philip K. Dick short story, Adjustment Team, this thriller will show Damon’s character peeling off the mystery in Manhattan with brain muscles to answer a single question – Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us?  The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Daniel Dae Kim, Michael Kelly, John Slattery, Terence Stamp, and Anthony Ruivivar.

 

Rango (March 4th, 2011)

A bug-eyed green lizard wearing a red Hawaiian shirt (a tribute to Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) is bound to be um, conspicuous looking. Director Gore Verbinski reunites with Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp to play a chameleon with an identity crisis. The story follows Rango who aspires to be a hero until he lands up in a western town filled with bandits who force him to play the role of a savior he has always dreamt about. Depp returns to voiceover after Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, ably supported by an eclectic cast: Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, and Alfred Molina. Rango’s sumptuous visuals enriched by stylized photorealism is a clear departure from the largely archetypical look of most animated films of late, a very deliberate move by Gore, and is done by George Lucas’ Industrial Light Magic (ILM), which is also responsible for the CGI effects for the Pirates of The Caribbean series.

 

Paul (March 18th, 2011)

The rib tickling team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has given us some of the funniest moments in recent cinema with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz with their usual collaborator Edgar Wright by their side.  The film will tell the story of two British comic geeks who embark on a road trip through America. On the way, they discover an alien named Paul (voice by Seth Rogen) at Area 51 and are subsequently lead on a cross-country adventure on the run from the government with hilarious results.  With pitch-perfect comedians and the director of Superbad and Adventureland at the helm of affairs is sure to make this film an all-out uproarious joyride. The rest of the cast includes Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, David Koechner, Jeffrey Tambor and Jane Lynch.

 

Battle: Los Angeles (March 11th, 2011)

We have had many movies on alien invasion, but there is always a scope for another close encounter of the third kind. Battle: Los Angeles is one film that has been off the radar for quite long until the official trailer hit the internet and it’s been speculated as a blockbuster in the making. The film follows a platoon of Marines and Airmen when Los Angeles is invaded by aliens and how they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before. Jonathan Liebesman’s film with actors like Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, and Bridget Moynahan looks epic in tone, sweeping in treatment and enthralling in entertainment ably supported by dazzling special effects.

 

Mars Needs Moms (March 11th, 2011)

Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed, the film tells the story of Nine-year-old Milo (voice of Seth Green) who stows away in an alien spacecraft. Reason? Well, his mother (voice of Joan Cusack) gets abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young ones. It follows Milo’s encounters with Martians while locating his mom on the Red Planet and confrontation with the head alien-in-charge (voice of Mindy Sterling). Does he manage to bring his mom back? Using the performance capture technologies of Robert Zemeckis’ previous animated films which led to magnificent results, this film promises to a fun ride for the whole family. The voiceover cast also includes Elisabeth Harnois, Dan Fogler, Breckin Meyer and Billy Dee Williams.

 

Red Riding Hood (March 11th, 2011)

Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke makes her way from the land vampires to the one dominated by werewolves for this reinterpretation of the age old Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Little Red Riding Hood is all grown up in our crimson-garbed heroine (Amanda Seyfried) who plans to run off with the local young woodcutter (Shiloh Fernandez), but things get thorny when the village is haunted by a werewolf who might have some sort of mystical connection with her.  Set in a medieval village with supernatural elements, the film also co-stars Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie. Based on the deadly trailer they have created, it looks like we might finally be willing to forgive Hardwicke for Twilight.

 

Kavyam (March 4th, 2011)

After playing a powerful role of Kannan Perumalayan in National Award-winning Kaliyattam (1997), action hero, Suresh Gopi is back again with yet another different role in upcoming Kavyam, directed by Anish Varma and Santhosh. Suresh plays the role of Kunjunni Namboothiri, a traditional Brahmamangalam Mana member, who has left his home years ago and returns with his young wife Umadevi and a child. Being a pure soul, Kunjunni Namboothiri struggles amidst the clashes between traditional and modern values in the society. The existing social setup does not allow him and his family to lead a peaceful life. Finally, Kunjunni Namboothiri is forced him to take a very drastic step.

– Dipankar Roy, Aniket Thakkar


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