By Habiba Iqbal
Here are Habiba’s TOP 5 movies set to be released in March:
Isle of Dogs
Personally, I’m going to compare this exceptionally animated movie to the likes of coraline with its characteristic stop-motion animation, a rather strange story line and in the end a product we all weirdly adore.
The movie details the outbreak of canine flu which prompts the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s also a garbage dump. These dogs then accompany a loveable 12-year-old boy, who lands on their island after flying himself over, on a quest to find his best bud: his dog. The movie not only makes subtle comments on our environmental issues but is just gripping for any dog lover or for that matter anyone with a heart!
Ever heard of method acting? Well it’s time you were introduced to method directing. In this psychological thriller every shot is filmed by director Steven Soderbergh using an IPhone! This fact is particularly relevant to the movie because it’s about a woman who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she believes the person from her past who’s been stalking her is close behind. By filming it with an IPhone it’s characteristic of the watchful filming of a mobile stalker, lingering just in your shadow and so it adds a dimension of freakyness to this movie. Most importantly the women is also having to face her greatest fear all throughout which is that she has no idea if any of it is real or part of her delusion. If ever a movie is going to challenge you psychologically and entice you to figure out the truth- it is this one that’s rightly a thriller!
The title (Gook) is a derogatory term used to describe people of southeast asian descent and I only clear that up because particularly in the UK many people aren’t familiar with the term. In short this movie is amazing because of how it explores issues of racial tension, family duty and others from the wake of the LA riots. The movie chronicles these issues by pairing them with a heartwarmingly pure friendship between Eli and Daniel (two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women’s shoe store) and a 11 year old African American kid: Kamilla. They are all residents of a predominantly black neighbourhood in Los Angeles where Eli and Daniel are subject to a lot of racism on the daily from black and hispanic folks. Kamilla’s family in particular her brother is a source of racism for the pair, they frequently warned her against even visiting the shoe store and this is one aspect that has disastrous consequences… I don’t want to lay bare the whole plot because this black and white movie is powerful and describing the whole plot would be a terrible injustice. However when I say this is a movie worth watching- it is the god honest truth!
This movie feature the exceptional Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and is focused on her quest to solve the mystery of her rather eccentric adventurer father’s disappearance. In order to that the legendary Lara Croft embarks on a journey to his last-known destination which of course wasn’t somewhere tame like the park. Rather a super epic tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. In this movie, we are brought along on Lara Croft’s journey were she exercises every skill she has from her sharp mind to her fiery spirit in order to venture into the unknown.
Ready Player one
The action packed sci-fi movie is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg and is therefore nothing less than awesome. The movie finds its origins from its namesake book by Ernest Cline which was a bestseller that took the world by storm and so it’s entertaining nature is very much validated. Now this film is set in the future in 2045 when the world is practically chaos and crumbling bit by bit. Luckily, for the people they have found salvation from this depressing reality in an virtual reality universe called OASIS. This virtual world’s creator: the eccentric James Halliday dies and he leaves his vast fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he’s hidden in the OASIS. After a young man called Wade Watts joins this crazy hunt-he is hurled into a fantasy universe shrouded in mystery, full of discovery and also danger…
Release date: 02 March 2018
Film titles: Mom and Dad, Game Night, The Meg, Samson, A Fantastic Woman, Monster Family.
Release date: 09 March 2018
Film titles: You Were Never Really Here, Wonder Wheel, Gringo, Sweet Country.
Release Date: 16 March 2018
Film titles: The Square, Peter Rabbit, Mary Magdalene.
Release date: 23 March 2018
Film titles: Pacific Rim Uprising, Proud Mary, A Wrinkle in Time, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.
Release date: 30 March 2018
Film titles: Blockers, Midnight Sun, Paul, Apostle of Christ.