Top Ten March 2017 Releases

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Check out what our most anticipated releases are this month! 

1) Moana

MoanaGenre: Animated, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: PG
Audience: Junior
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Description: A sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest.

During her journey, MOANA meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Did you know?

  • Moana is the second Disney Princess to have a story not based on a fairy tale, nor having a love interest. The first one was Merida from Brave (2012), four years prior.
  • Although this is a computer animated film, Maui’s tattoos are hand-drawn animated. This marks Moana (2016) as the first full-length Disney animated feature film since Winnie the Pooh (2011) to feature pure hand-drawn animation.
  • With actors/actresses consisting of Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Oscar Kightley, and Troy Polamalu, this marks the first time where Polynesians performers are the main focus of a Disney/Hollywood film.

2) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic-Beasts-and-Where-to-Find-ThemGenre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Rating: M
Audience: Adult, Young Adult
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Description: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM chronicles the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Did you know?

  • Eddie Redmayne was the first and only choice for the lead role according to J.K. Rowling. Redmayne didn’t have to audition, and he took part in the other casting decisions.
  • J. K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
  • The first film in the Harry Potter film franchise not to be based on one of the major novels. The novel was created for Comic Relief in the UK and is inspired by the fictional textbook of the same name featured in the Harry Potter novels.

3) Trolls

TrollsGenre: Animated, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: G
Audience: Junior
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Description: After the Bergens invade Troll Village in TROLLS, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Did you know?

  • DreamWorks Animation’s first musical film since The Road to El Dorado (2000).
  • This movie is based on the Trolls created by Thomas Dam, in Gjøl, Northern Jutland, Denmark.

4) Doctor Strange

Fantastic-Beasts-and-Where-to-Find-ThemGenre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Description: From Marvel Studios comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands.

When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Did you know?

  • While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comic book store, in full costume, and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic.
  • Cinematographer Ben Davis cites the Disney experimental film Fantasia (1940) as a visual influence on the film: “It has a very psychedelic grounding, and most of the work is about other dimensions.”
  • Doctor Strange (2016) marks the fourteenth film to be released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

5) Mr Robot Season 2

Mr-Robot-Season-2Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2017
DescriptionMR ROBOT SEASON 2 follows Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hack group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader.

Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, this season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

Did you know?

  • On July 21, 2016, a virtual reality episode of Mr. Robot was created for fans and was found in the Within VR app. The episode is available on YouTube.
  • In 2016, the series received six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series with Malek winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • A third season is set to air this year.

6) Planet Earth II

Planet-Earth-IIGenre: Documentary
Rating: PG
Audience: General
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Description: In the most ambitious landmark series to date, PLANET EARTH II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves. Travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.

New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail. For the first time viewers are immersed in incredible landscapes and share the most dramatic moments in the lives of animals. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II will take you closer than ever before.

Did you know?

  • An accompanying hardback book was written by Steven Moss with a foreword by David Attenborough.
  • A 2016 nature documentary series produced by the BBC as a sequel to Planet Earth, which was broadcast in 2006.
  • Planet Earth II is the first television series produced by the BBC in Ultra-high-definition (4K).

7) Jane the Virgin Season 1

Jane-the-Virgin-Season-1Genre: Comedy
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Description: When Jane was a little girl, she vowed to remain a virgin until her wedding day. Now that Jane is 23, her fiancé, Michael, is on board with the plan and their lives are on track. But a mix-up during a routine medical exam gives birth to a series of miraculous mishaps. Now Jane is pregnant; the baby’s father is her former crush and current boss, Rafael; and Jane’s own father, whom she’s never met, is the leading man in her favourite telenovela. It’s as though her life is a soap opera and Jane is the star.

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez leads a glowing ensemble cast in JANE THE VIRGIN SEASON 1, a heartfelt and hilarious comedy adored by critics and audiences alike. Now that’s how a classic sitcom is born!

Did you know?

  • Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television series (comedy or musical) for her role.
  • The series also received the Peabody Award in 2015 and was named a TV Program of the Year by the American Film Institute in 2014.

8) Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal-AnimalsGenre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Description: Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this haunting romantic thriller from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford.

Susan (Amy Adams) is living through an unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package containing a novel manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal).The Novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasingly she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost.

Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.

Did you know?

  • Focus Features paid $20 million for global distribution rights after a heavy bidding battle in Cannes. This is the highest amount ever paid for a film at a festival.
  • The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Laura Linney.
  • Based on the book Tony and Susan by Austin Wright.
  • Selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.
  • It received numerous accolades, including nine BAFTA Award nominations and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay, plus a Best Supporting Actor win for Taylor-Johnson.

9) Queen of Katwe

Queen-of-KatweGenre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Rating: PG
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 8, 2017
DescriptionQUEEN OF KATWE is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Did you know?

  • Adapted from an ESPN magazine article and book by Tim Crothers.
  • It won Best Family Film at the Women Film Critics Circle.
  • Filmed in both Uganda and South Africa.

10) I, Daniel Blake

I-Daniel-BlakeGenre: Drama
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Description: Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in I, DANIEL BLAKE.

Did you know?

  • It won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.
  • It won Best British Film at the British Academy Film Awards in 2017.

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