Pick of the Litter – March 2020


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Mulan

(Disney) Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong. Disney continues their series of live-action remakes of animated classics with an intriguing addition. While Mulan was never one of their biggest hits, this one might actually outpace the original as they reimagine the animated fantasy as a martial arts epic. Here, the daughter of an elderly man who is being conscripted into the army takes his place, hiding her identity as a girl. March 27

OTHER WIDE RELEASES TO WATCH FOR

Onward, March 6
The Way Back, March 6
Bloodshot, March 13
The Hunt, March 13
My Spy, March 13
A Quiet Place Part II, March 20
Saint Maud, March 27

INDEPENDENT PICKS

The Burnt Orange Heresy

(Sony Classics) Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang, Donald Sutherland, Mick Jagger. An ambitious young art dealer, aided by an alluring American, gets embroiled in an art heist from an enigmatic painter. Things being as they are, nothing is what it seems to be in this Giuseppe Capotondi erotic neo-noir thriller. March 6

Sorry We Missed You

(Zeitgeist/Kino-Lorber) Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor. Legendary English director Ken Loach looks at the economics of the English working class in the 21st century with this stark drama about a family, caught up in the gig economy, tries to make ends meet in an increasingly vicious marketplace. March 6

Spenser Confidential

(Netflix) Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger. Ex-cop and ex-con Spenser gets out of the slammer after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and with the aid of his roommate, the mercurial Hawk, aims to take down the corrupt cops and politicians who put him behind bars. This version of the Robert B. Parker character, formerly played by Robert Urich in Spencer: For Hire is the latest collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg. March 6

Swallow

(IFC) Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare, Elizabeth Marvel. A newly pregnant housewife, frustrated by the control exerted on her life by her husband and his family, feels compelled to swallow dangerous objects. March 6

The Dog Doc

(Film Rise) Marty Goldstein, Jennifer Lenarz-Salcedo, Jacqueline Ruskin, Randie Shane. Veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein uses holistic healing methods that he practiced when battling cancer to use on dogs who have terminal conditions with astounding results. March 13;

Lost Girls

(Netflix) Amy Ryan, Gabriel Byrne, Dean Winters, Lola Kirke. Frustrated by police indifference when her daughter disappears, a mother does her own investigating and discovers that her daughter isn’t the only girl missing. Based on actual events. March 13

Human Nature

(Greenwich) Jennifer Doudna, Hank Greely, Dolores Sanchez, Emmanuelle Charpentier. One of the most amazing and controversial scientific discoveries of the early 21st century is CRISPR, which gives scientists the ability to manipulate genes. This could be used to eradicate certain diseases – and fundamentally change the human race from the DNA up. The ethical debate behind it may well determine the course of human evolution. March 13

The Roads Not Taken

(Bleecker Street) Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Laura Linney. A man floats through alternate lives he hasn’t led, while his daughter wrestles with her own future. The acclaimed Sally Potter (The Party) wrote and directed this. March 13

Deerskin

(Greenwich) Jean Dujardin, Adéle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier. A man who has been ignored and ridiculed buys himself a deerskin jacket which becomes an obsession. When he gets noticed, he attributes his change of fortune to the jacket and soon turns to a life of crime and murder. This one got a lot of attention at Fantastic Fest in Montreal last year. March 20

Dosed

(Golden Teacher) Adrianne, Paul Stamets, Nicholas Meyers, Tyler Chandler. A desperate and suicidal woman, addicted to opioids and homeless, uses illegal psychedelics to help cure her anxiety and desperation after prescription medication has failed. March 20

Military Wives

(Bleecker Street) Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng, Emma Lowndes. A group of military wives, whose husbands have deployed to the Middle East with the British Army, form a choir in order to give themselves something to do. They become media sensations and originators of a global movement. Inspired by true events. March 27

Resistance

(IFC) Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Clémence Poésy. Before he became the world’s most beloved mime, Marcel Marceau was a member of the French resistance who helped save the lives of ten thousand orphans, a story from the Second World War that few remember today. March 27

March 2020


Onward

MARCH 1, 2020

A Familiar Lie – Limited

MARCH 3, 2020

Hopz – VOD
I Am Human – VOD
Over the Rainbow – VOD
Patrick – VOD

MARCH 4, 2020

Sorry We Missed You – Limited

MARCH 6, 2020

Onward
The Way Back

Baaghi 3 – Limited
Bacurau – Limited
The Bank – Limited
Becoming – Limited/VOD
Beneath Us – Limited
The Booksellers – New York City
The Burnt Orange Heresy – Limited
The Dark Red – Limited
Escape from Pretoria – Limited
Extra Ordinary – Limited
Final Kill – Limited
First Cow – Limited
Go Back to China – Limited
Hope Gap – Limited
Like Harvey, Like Son – Limited
Only – Limited
Queen of Paradis – Limited
Run This Town – Limited
Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss – Limited
Spenser Confidential – Netflix
Spindrift’s Haunted West – Limited
Swallow – Limited
The Wild Goose Lake – Limited

MARCH 9, 2020

Tokyo Godfathers – Limited/Fathom Events

MARCH 10, 2020

Exit 0 – VOD
I Hate the Man in My Basement – VOD
Shepard – VOD

MARCH 13, 2020

Bloodshot
The Hunt

Tokyo Godfathers – Expands to VOD
Big Time Adolescence – Limited
Cruel Peter – Limited
The Dog Doc – New York City
Fat Fiction – Limited
Heimat is a Space in Time – Limited
The Informer – Limited
Inside the Rain – Limited
Lost Girls – Netflix
Lost Transmissions – Limited
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears – Limited
M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters – Limited/VOD
Mutant Blast – Limited
My Senior Year – Limited
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always – Limited
The Postcard Killings – Limited
The Roads Not Taken – Limited
Slay the Dragon – Limited
Stargirl – Disney+
Tuscaloosa – Limited

MARCH 15, 2020

Gray Whales and Civilization – NatGeo
Indestructible: No Place to Hide – Little Rock/VOD

MARCH 17, 2020

An Irish Story: This Is My Home – VOD
April Fool’s Fright – VOD
Burning Dog – Limited/VOD
By Day’s End – VOD
Sex and the Future – Limited/VOD

MARCH 18, 2020

Hope – Eternal Word Television Network

MARCH 20, 2020

The Bank – Expands to AppleTV Plus
The Dog Doc – Expands to Los Angeles
Blow the Man Down – Amazon Prime
Deerskin – Limited
Dosed – New York City
Hooking Up – Limited
Human Capital – Limited
My Daughter’s Psycho Friend – Lifetime Movie Network
Phoenix, Oregon – Limited
Posti – Limited

MARCH 21, 2020

Stalker’s Prey 2 – Lifetime

MARCH 23, 2020

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears – Expands to Acorn TV

MARCH 24, 2020>

Find Your Groove – VOD
Lone Star Deception – VOD
The Orchard – VOD
Sooyavanshi – Limited

MARCH 25, 2020

Infidelity – Limited/VOD

MARCH 27, 2020

Banana Split – Limited
Emperor – Limited
Koko-Di Koko-Da – Limited/VOD
Military Wives – Limited
Mossville: When Great Trees Fall – New York City
No Small Matter – New York City
The Queen’s Corgi – Limited
Resistance – Limited
Tape – Virtual Theatrical Experience
Uncorked – Netflix

MARCH 31, 2020

Carrion – VOD
Celebration – VOD
Space – VOD
Streetlight Harmonies – VOD