Pick of the Litter – March 2016


Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

(Warner Brothers) Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams. For years DC had the upper hand when it came to cinematic comic book adaptations thanks largely to the Batman franchise, but Marvel has since overtaken the venerable comic publisher for superiority at the box office. Now, DC is set to fire a salvo of their own back as they kickstart their own cinematic universe here as the two most iconic superheroes in the DC universe – and arguably in all of comic books – face off as the destruction that was rained down on Metropolis by Superman’s battle with General Zod affects the Caped Crusader in a personal way, leading to a conflict of philosophies between the two heroes, gleefully orchestrated by Lex Luthor. However, what Luthor doesn’t get is that these two titans aren’t the only superheroes in town. March 25


Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

(Broad Green) Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas. A Hollywood screenwriter finds himself in a surreal environment that try as he might, he just can’t make any sense of. With his relationships crumbling, he sets out to find love in all the wrong places and just might – might, mind you – find redemption. I know that director Terrance Malick is an acquired taste and I’m also painfully aware that he hasn’t delivered what I’d consider an outstanding film in nearly 30 years but I hold out hope that he still has another masterpiece in him; certainly he is one of the most visual directors in the medium and his films always inspire at least some degree of thought. March 4

The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast

(FUNimation) Starring the voices of Eric Vale, John Swasey, Monica Rial, Chuck Huber. Not all the great anime in Japan comes from Studio Ghibli. A young street orphan is taken as an apprentice by a warrior beast who shows him a world of beasts that coexists with our own. Although their relationship is tempestuous, the two slowly begin forming a bond. That bond is threatened by a dark force that threatens both the human and beast worlds; master and apprentice must work together to defeat this evil or lose everything that matters. March 4

Cemetery of Splendor

Cemetery of Splendor

(Strand) Jenjira Pongpas Widner, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi. A lonesome housewife tends to soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness. She herself begins to have strange dreams and hallucinations, the line between reality and dreams growing ever more vague. She begins to see strange phantoms and portents…and as she does she begins to fall in love with the young soldier in her charge. This is the latest film from acclaimed Thai director Apitchatpong Weerasethakul.  March 4



(Cohen Media Group) Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret. In Paris of the 1920s, Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, a patron of the arts and well-loved by her friends and Paris in general. She loves opera and even more, she loves to sing and often sings for her friends; the problem is that she is a terrible singer. Her husband and devoted friends have kept this simple fact from her but now she has determined that she is going to sing for an audience. March 11

The Confirmation

The Confirmation

(Saban) Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt. A young boy is forced to spend the weekend with his alcoholic dad when his mom heads out to a Catholic retreat with her new husband. The boy has an uneasy relationship with his dad, and a series of events, including the breakdown of his truck, his landlord locking him out of his apartment and worst yet, his prized set of tools, which he desperately needs for an upcoming job, are stolen. He goes on a search for those tools along with his son and an assortment of oddball friends and in doing so, finds a place where he can be the father his son always wanted. March 18



(Gravitas) Kevin Costner (narrator), Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Yasiel Puig. One of the great appeals of baseball is the mano-a-mano aspect – one pitcher, armed with a ball throws at a batter, armed with a stick, and tries to throw the ball by him. It is the essence of baseball, the pitcher throwing as hard as he can and the batter trying to connect with the ball and drive it as hard as he can. This documentary, produced under the auspices of Major League Baseball, takes a look at the most popular pitch among baseball fans – the fastball, and those who threw it well. March 25



March 2016

Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice

MARCH 2, 2016

Songs My Brothers Taught Me – Limited

MARCH 4, 2016

London Has Fallen
The Other Side of the Door
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Ava’s Possessions – Limited
Camino – Limited
Cemetery of Splendor – New York City
Colliding Dreams – New York City
Emelie – Limited
Knight of Cups – Limited
Me Him Her – Limited
Road Games – New York City
They Will Have to Kill Us First – New York City
The Wave – Limited

MARCH 9, 2016

Here Come the Videofreex – Limited

MARCH 11, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane
The Perfect Match
The Young Messiah

Road Games – Expands to Los Angeles
About Scout – Limited
Accidental Exorcist – Limited
Admiral – Limited
The Automatic Hate – Limited
Backgammon – Limited
Backtrack – Limited
Barney Thomsen – Limited
Boom Bust Boom – Limited
Burning Bodhi – Limited
City of Gold – Limited
Coco – Limited
Creative Control – Limited/Amazon
Eye in the Sky – Limited
Hello, My Name is Doris – Limited
Hyena Road – Limited
Lolo – Limited
Marguerite – Limited
Rise of the Legend – Limited
Talent Has Hunger – Boston
Yalom’s Cure – Los Angeles

MARCH 16, 2016

Miracles From Heaven
Happily Ever After – Limited

MARCH 18, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant
A Space Program – Limited
The Brainwashing of My Dad – Limited
The Bronze – Limited
The Confirmation – Limited
Glassland – Limited/VOD
Ktown Cowboys – Limited
Krisha – Limited
Midnight Special – Limited
My Golden Days – Limited
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday – Netflix
The Preppie Connection – Limited
The Program – Limited

MARCH 23, 2016

Winners Tape All: The Henderson Brothers Story – Limited/VOD

MARCH 24, 2016

Bunny the Killer Thing – Sioux Falls/VOD
Mad Tiger – Dallas
Seve the Movie – Limited

MARCH 25, 2016

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
April and the Extraordinary World – Limited
Bleed – Limited
Born to Be Blue – Limited
Fastball – Limited
Get a Job – Limited
I Saw the Light – Limited
Identical – Limited
Jane Wants a Boyfriend – Limited
Mia Madre – Limited
Rocky Handsome – Limited
They’re Watching – Limited
Valley of Love – New York City

MARCH 30, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!!
I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman – New York City