Getting A March On

A selection of cultural highlights coming your way this spring….

Drive-Away Dolls
In cinemas 15 March

In what can be described as elevator-pitch style as a lesbian No Country For Old Men, this comedy road film follows Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan as friends who find themselves accidentally wanted by the mob. Directed by one of the Coen brothers (Ethan), and with a supporting cast that’s surprisingly large with the likes of Pedro Pascal, Beanie Feldstein, and Matt Damon involved, we’re predicting this to become a future cult classic.

Dune: Part Two
In cinemas 1 March

It’s finally time. The sequel to one of the 2020s’ greatest films, a near-perfect adaptation, and an unbelievable cast and crew all combine for part two of Denis Villeneuve’s epic Dune trilogy. We follow Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides as he meets with the Fremen people of Arrakis’ desert in their war against the Harkonnens. There’s nothing we can say here that you won’t already have your jaw-dropped by in the trailer, just go and see this as soon as you can, on the biggest screen you can see it on probably with one of those worm-mouthed popcorn buckes. And thankfully Austin Butler’s Feyd Rautha is nothing like Sting in a pair of leather undies. 

Copa 71
In cinemas 8 March

This documentary, directed by James Erskine and Rachel Ramsay, aims to showcase the unofficial Women’s World Cup that took place in the heat of Mexico City in 1971. Over 100,000 people crowded into the Azteca Stadium  to watch teams from across the world, but due to it being an unofficial non-FIFA event, it’s not been covered largely before. This documentary aims to change that, and we’re excited to see the Lionesses of the 70s on the big screen.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire 
In cinemas 22 March

Following on from 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife comes Frozen Empire, directed by the previous film’s co-writer and the director of Monster House – Gil Kenan. When an ancient artefact is inevitably messed with, the Ghostbusters of the past must work with the ones of the present to prevent a new ice age. With the cast of the first one returning (Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd et al), and additionally Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and more, Sony seem to be relying on a new cast to carry the legacy of one of the 1980s greatest franchises. It also releases 40 years after the original’s release, time flies when you’re staying puft.

In cinemas 22 March

After the, let’s say slightly flawed, Madame Web, Sydney Sweeney returns to the big screen in Michael Mohan’s psychological horror film Immaculate. The film follows  Cecilia, played by Sweeney, who  joins a lovely looking Italian convent where all is not as well as it seems. The trailer looks more promising than the synopsis, and it reunites Sweeney with Mohan,  the duo worked  together on 2021’s The Voyeurs (which was very good), so we’re hoping it’s more The Nun than Nuns On The Run.

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire
In cinemas 29 March

You know what you’re signing up for when you’re going to see anything MonsterVerse, big fucking monsters wreaking havoc. This sequel to Godzilla X Kong however, has the two rival Kaijus working together to face down a new emerging threat. Whilst this is unlikely to reach the unexpected highs of the recent Godzilla Minus One, or the recent Monarch series on Apple, we’re going to be seated to watch giant monsters throw punches/buildings at each other.

Palm Royale
On Apple+ from 20 March

Adapted from the book Mr And Mrs American Pie, this series is set at the end of the 60s in Palm Beach, and has  Kristen Wiig playing Maxine Simmons who is trying to become a part of high society. Also starring Laura Dern, Ricky Martin, and Allison Janney, we love a story of an underdog trying to fit in where they don’t belong, it’s reminding us of Black Mirror’s Nosedive, but without the technology. How much would you be willing to give to feel like you belong somewhere?

3 Body Problem
On Netflix from 21 March

Created by the now-infamous since Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo, this Netflix series is based on a book of the same name. It’s set in a dark, mysterious past, present, and future of the Earth and the ramifications of a decision made by scientist Ye Wenjie at a secret military base she’s conscripted to in China. Whilst D&D have the reputation they’ve got after the less-than-ideal last series of Game Of Thrones, we’re optimistic that without that pressure, (and a certain film franchise offering them a deal), that they can deliver on one of the biggest Chinese science-fiction series.

Mary & George
On Sky from 5 March

Based on the book The King’s Assassin and adapted by D.C. Moore, Mary & George promises a raunchy, intriguing account of the relationship between King James I and George Villiers. With Julianne Moore as Mary Villiers, and Nicholas Galitzine in yet another role as a royal in the shape of the handsome George, this looks to be much more filthy and intriguing than other historical series have been, (no shade to Bridgerton, but how they think it warrants splitting a season into two is beyond us). Plus our Industria team spent six months capturing behind the scenes footage on the show so we know it’s a proper banger. 

The Regime
On Sky Atlantic from 4 March

This six-episode miniseries from HBO showcases  the downfall of an unnamed (in other words, made up) European authoritarian regime. Starring Kate Winslet as the Chancellor of this fictitious nation with support from Hugh Grant, Matthias Schoenaerts, Martha Plimpton and Andrea Riseborough this Succession-esque show is also directed by the legendary Stephen Frears. Hopes are high for this one.

The Gentlemen
On Netflix from 4 March

Following on from Guy Ritchie’s 2019 film of the same name, this Netflix series is centered around Theo James’ character after he’s found himself a part of the weed empire seen in the film. With a stacked, and unsurprisingly very British-gangster typecast, cast featuring Ray Winstone, Kaya Scodelario, Vinnie Jones and more, we hope this series delivers on proving why it needed to happen.

Alone In The Dark
Releases 20 March

This remake of the original 1992 Alone In The Dark, which originally inspired the Resident Evil franchise, stars David Harbour and Jodie Comer investigating a familial disappearance in a home for the mentally ill. It’s a third-person, over-the-shoulder AA horror experience that seems to play similarly to the recently remade Resident Evil games. Whilst this was delayed to avoid the manic release schedule towards the end of last year, we’re optimistic this can bring Alone In The Dark back to the forefront of horror games.

Dragon’s Dogma 2
Releases 22 March

The highly-anticipated sequel to 2012’s Dragon’s Dogma is almost upon us. Similar to the first one, the sequel is another third-person action-focused RPG where you play as an Arisen on a quest to defeat a dragon, with a variety of other quests along the way. With a map that’s four times larger than the first, different creatures to encounter, and enemies to defeat, we can’t wait for it to take over our lives at the end of this month.