Planning a cinema trip this month? Here’s what’s landing in UK cinemas this very month, and when everything is out.

There’s a whole host of movies of all shapes and sizes arriving in cinemas this very month – and here’s what’s going to be about, to try and part you from your cash…

Friday 4th March

Ali & Ava

In this drama directed by Clio Barnard, two lonely people meet and experience an instant connection. Ali and Ava’s relationship grows over the course of a month, despite the legacy of Ava’s past relationship and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage. The film stars Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Enola Holmes) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies).

The Batman

Directed by Matt Reeves (who helmed War For The Planet Of The Apes) and starring Tenet‘s Robert Pattinson, The Batman promises a dark, gritty look at the caped crusader. Here is the official synopsis:

‘When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement’.

The Riddler will be played by There Will Be Blood‘s Paul Dano, with Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell nearly unrecognisable in the role of Penguin.

The Sanctity Of Space

If you like documentaries, then The Sanctity Of Space may interest you. Inspired by the photography of explorer and mountaineer Brad Washburn, it follows climbers Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson, and Zack Smith as they try to scale Denali. Located in Alaska, Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America.

Jhund

This one’s for fans of international films, football, and true stories. This drama, directed by Nagraj Manjule, is based on the life of Vijay Barse – a retired sports teacher from India who founded an organisation called Slum Soccer. Through his work, he helped to rehabilitate street kids (keeping them away from drugs and crime) by teaching them to play football and building a whole team.

Friday 11th March

Great Freedom

This German film, directed by Sebastian Meise, tells a tragic tale of those who were not liberated by the Allies after World War Two. Protagonist Hans is repeatedly imprisoned under Paragraph 175, which criminalises homosexuality. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate, Viktor.

Red Rocket

Red Rocket premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2021, and even competed for the top prize, the Palme d’Or. Directed by Sean Baker, the comedy tells the tale of Mikey Saber, a charismatic con man and former porn star. He plots his return to fame while living in a small Texas town where he is not exactly welcome.

Lead actor Simon Rex (who practiced his comedic acting in the Scary Movie franchise) won the Best Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Sideshow

A British comedy starring Les Dennis and Anthony Head, Sideshow follows two inept criminals who break into a psychic’s house in search of some valuables. They end up getting more than they bargained for. Director Adam Oldroyd is an accomplished director of British TV, as well as having helmed comedy short A Very British Cult.

A Banquet

For the horror fans, there’s A Banquet, directed by Ruth Paxton. It revolves around widowed mother Holly and her teenage daughter Betsey. Here is the official synopsis –

‘Widowed mother Holly is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith Betsey refuses to eat, but loses no weight. In an agonising dilemma torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs.

Friday 18th March

Nan: The Movie

After being consistently delayed due to the pandemic, Catherine Tate’s Nan: The Movie is coming to cinemas. It will focus on the backstory of the character, who is a foul-mouthed pensioner. The film is written by Tate and Brett Goldstein, who has written episodes of Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. Even more interestingly, the director of the movie is Josie Rourke, who helmed the Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan-starring Mary Queen Of Scots.

The Phantom Of the Open

The Phantom Of The Open

This British drama is directed by Craig Roberts and stars Mark Rylance, Rhys Ifans, and Sally Hawkins.

The film follows Maurice Flitcroft, who is described as a ‘dreamer and unrelenting optimist’. He managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and shot the worst round in Open history. But he become a folk hero in the process.

All in all, this sounds like a lovely, and amusing, film.

Three Floors

An Italian drama directed by Nanni Moretti, Three Floors tells the story of three families living in three apartments in the same bourgeois conduminium. It made its debut at Cannes Film Festival last year, and received high praise.

The film is based on 2017 novel Shalosh Qomot by Israeli author Eshkol Nevo. Originally set in Tel Aviv, director Moretti moves the setting to Rome. This is the first time in his long career that he has adapted someone else’s story for the big screen.

Friday 25th March

Ambulance

In this action-packed Michael Bay film (booooooooooooooom), two robbers steal an ambulance after their heist goes awry. Not only does the film sound tense , it’s also got a great cast. Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez, and the script is written by DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow writer Chris Fedak, working with Lauritz Munch-Peterson and Lars Andreas Pederson. Oddly enough, Munch-Peterson directed and wrote a 2005 film also called Ambulance, which is set entirely in one location (inside an ambulance) and is shot in real time. So I suppose it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing when it comes to films featuring ambulances…

The Worst Person In The World

This Norwegian drama finally gets a UK release at the end of March. Directed by Joachim Trier and starring Renate Reinsve, the film has received international critical acclaim, with Reinsve nominated in the Best Actress category at the BAFTAs.

The Worst Person In The World follows protagonist Julie through four years of her life. During that time, she navigates her troubled love-life and struggles to find a career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

That’s a selection of some of the excellent films coming to UK cinemas in March. More on the latest film news and releases as we hear it.

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