This jam-packed March kicked off last week with Disney’s latest wonderful family film. This weekend brings us a killer thriller, along with three other wide releases of questionable merit.
You may be expecting Doomsday to show up in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’, but doomsday is actually arriving two weeks sooner thanks to J.J. Abrams’ super secretive ‘10 Cloverfield Lane‘. With a narrative that kicks off in Louisiana on the night of the New York City events depicted in 2008’s ‘Cloverfield‘, the quasi-sequel tells an unconnected story about a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wrecks her car and wakes up in a well-stocked fallout shelter with a seemingly creepy end-of-the-world nut (John Goodman) and another man (John Gallagher, Jr.). The crazed old man insists that the U.S. has been attacked by a chemical or radioactive airborne agent and that they cannot leave the bunker or they’ll face certain death. The other man believes, but the captive woman doesn’t. If you’re looking for a bold, brilliant and insanely icky thriller, look no further. Take your heart medication in advance because this one is bound to make it thump.
Sasha Baron Cohen’s new action comedy ‘The Brothers Grimsby‘ opens on more than 2,200 screens, but Sony doesn’t have enough faith in it to screen it widely for press. Mark Strong co-stars as MI-6’s very best spy. When his goofball soccer hooligan adopted brother (Cohen) shows up and unknowingly gets entangled in a villain’s deadly scheme, they’re forced to team up in order to save the world. Louis Leterrier directs with Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher co-starring.
On the heels of Sony’s biblical drama ‘Risen’, Focus Features is releasing a Jesus flick of its own. Despite opening on more than 1,700 screens, the movie also wasn’t screened widely for press. While ‘Risen’ focused on a non-believer coming to know Christ and his apostles, ‘The Young Messiah‘ takes a different approach by telling the story of Jesus’ childhood. The film is based on a book by Anne Rice (of ‘Interview with the Vampire’ fame). A sequel to the book exists, so if ‘The Young Messiah’ plays well, expect to see that greenlit.
After taking a massive blow with ‘Gods of Egypt’, Lionsgate is back on the big screen this weekend, but on a much lower screen count. The romantic comedy ‘The Perfect Match‘ debuts on 900 screens. Terrence Jenkins stars as a wealthy man who has everything he could possibly want, except for a long-term relationship. Just when he has given up hoping for better, he meets the girl of his dreams (Cassie Ventura). They initially agree to a commitment-free purely sexual relationship, but it doesn’t take long for him to start wanting more. Paula Patton, Joe Pantoliano and Donald Faison co-star.