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March is looking like a quiet movie month. There isn’t much getting wide release, and with the coronavirus picking up steam theatres might start finding audiences staying home until the bug stops spreading. /Shane Hnetka & GB
BLOODSHOT A comic book movie not based on a Marvel or DC property. Instead, Valiant has decided to jump into the fray with the first of what they hope will be many films. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that good. Kind of a standard Vin Diesel action movie.
THE HUNT This was delayed from last September when the U.S. um “president”, in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, criticized the film for existing. That’s right, blame Hollywood for gun violence. Anyway, it’s finally getting released and it looks very entertaining. It’s kind of a modern update of The Most Dangerous Game.
MY SPY Dave Bautista stars as a CIA agent who ends up watching over a nine-year-old after he’s assigned to protect her family. Comedy and spy hi-jinks ensue.
A QUIET PLACE PART II Writer/Director John Kraskinski and stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are all back for this sequel to the very entertaining 2018 horror about a family trying to survive against aliens who hunt people by sound.
MULAN This Disney live action adaptation deviates a bit from the 1998 animated original including ditching the talking dragon and cricket and switching Mulan’s love interest from her commanding officer to a fellow soldier to sidestep any #MeToo concerns.
Cineplex Flashback Film Festival
9:40 TWELVE MONKEYS Terry Gilliam directs this 1995 classic where Bruce Willis gets sent back in time to try to prevent a deadly virus outbreak. Added screenings March 15 at 9:30 p.m., March 17 at 9:40 p.m.
7:10 FLASH GORDON Dino De Laurentiis’s campy 1980 update of the classic comic strip/movie serial didn’t do great box office when it opened, but it’s since acquired cult status — in no small part because it features a soundtrack by Queen. Added screenings March 21, 24 and 27 at 10 p.m., March 22 at 3:20 p.m.
7:00 BEANPOLE This acclaimed Kantemir Balagov film is set in Leningrad at the end of WWII, and sees a young woman with PTSD (Viktoria Mironshnichenko) struggle to rebuild her life with a young son while working in the laundry at a veterans’ hospital. Added screenings March 16 and 22 at 9 p.m., and March 19 at 7 p.m.
9:30 A WHITE, WHITE DAY After his wife dies in an accident, a police chief in a remote Icelandic town starts to suspect a local man of having an affair with her and sets out to find the truth. Added screenings March 16 and 20 at 7 p.m., and March 19, 22 and 25 at 9:30 p.m.
7:00 L’UOMO CHE VERRÀ This screening of Giorgio Diritti’s 2009 film about the Nazi occupation of a northern Italian village during WWII is part of USask’s Movies That Matter series. It includes a panel discussion with Pierre-Francois Noppen, Josh Morrison and Alessio Ponzio. See artsandscience.usask.ca.
8:00 THE LOST BOYS Joel Schumacher’s 1988 California vampire classic is being presented by Drunken Cinema. In addition to wine and beer at these screenings, there’s usually a themed cocktail. Something with blood in it would do the trick here, I’m thinking.
SORRY WE MISSED YOU This Ken Loach film sees a Newcastle family hit hard by the 2008 crash struggle to make ends meet in the rat race of the gig economy.
1917 This Sam Mendes film is inspired by a story his grandfather told him about two British soldiers who were dispatched to the front to warn of an ambush during a German retreat from the Hindenburg Line in spring 1917.
LITTLE WOMEN This Greta Gerwig film did decent box office and was popular with critics, but it didn’t get much love during awards season — surprise, surprise. Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen star.
HOPE GAP Bill Nighy and Annette Bening star in this British drama which sees a husband walk out on his wife of 29 years while the couple is visiting their son (Josh O’Connor).
A HIDDEN LIFE Screening tonight and March 25 is Terrence Malick’s acclaimed WWII drama about a devout Austrian Catholic farmer who refuses to fight for the Nazis.
WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR One night only screening of short docs featuring women in outdoor adventures. See getoutsideadventures.ca.
FANTASTIC FUNGI Louis Schwartzberg 2019 documentary explores recent advances in our understanding of just how freaking cool fungi are.
GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE MOVIE PALACE Long before multiplexes descended on North American suburbs, people used to do it up big when they went to a movie. This doc by April Wright celebrates that golden era.