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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8th (Starring Brie Larson)

CAPTAIN MARVEL

  • By MICHAEL JACOBO
  • Photo Courtesy of MARVEL

Move over Iron Man and Spider-Man, there’s a new superhero coming to town. Marvel’s long-awaited Captain Marvel, their first female-led superhero film, crash lands to theaters this month. The film follows the titular hero, AKA Carol Danvers, a former US fighter pilot, who develops super powers and finds herself in the center of a galactic war.

Sounds familiar, but the film — again, Marvel’s first female-led film — is sure to be a breath of fresh air. Brie Larson (who won an Oscar for her role in Room) stars as Danvers, whom she describes as a “believer in truth and justice). The film is set in 1995, preceding all the other films in the MCU, except of course for Captain America: The First Avenger. Also starring are Samual L. Jackson (who reprises his Nick Fury role), Ben Mendelsohn (as the scene-stealing villain, Talos), and Djimon Hounsou as Korath, reprising the same role from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel was struggling to find a suitable strong female character for their first female-led film. Options included Black Widow, a secondary character among the Avengers; and even Peggy Carter, who made her introduction in Captain America and even led her own ABC series, Agent Carter. I am actually relieved that Marvel decided to introduce a new character for this installment, rather than rehash or re-introduce a character. I have a good feeling Captain Marvel won’t just be another good superhero flick.

Captain Marvel” hits theaters March 8th.

THE AFTERMATH

The Aftermath hits theaters March 15th (Starring Keira Knightley)

THE AFTERMATH

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Keira Knightley (Collette) delivers another commanding performance in a poignant film about the aftermath of World War II. Knightley masterfully exudes the conflicted pang that her character Rachel Morgan suffers, a woman torn between prejudice and passion, between politics and the plight of a broken people.

Set in Hamburg, a city left in ashes with its citizens wandering homeless and hungry, The Aftermath finds Rachel moving into a house requisitioned for her colonel husband Lewis, who is overseeing both reconstruction and denazification. Not wanting to displace yet another German family, Lewis allows the original owner Stefan and his daughter to remain in the house, but Rachel, who is still overcome with the grief and resentment over losing her elder son in the war, shows them no sympathy. Mourning his wife also killed in the war, Stefan understands Rachel’s pain all too well, and a burning infatuation grabs hold of them, unraveling their biases in the hopes of finally putting history behind them.

Based on the best selling book by Rhidian Brook, screenwriting duo Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have painted a harrowing portrait of how a ruined people navigate their way towards atonement and forgiveness. With a star studded cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), Jason Clarke (First Man), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders), and Jannik Schümann (Die Diplomatin), this film is simply epic.

The Aftermath” hits theaters on March 15th.

GRETA

Greta hits theaters March 1st (Starring Chloë Grace Moretz)

GRETA

  • By MICHAEL JACOBO
  • Photo Courtesy of Focus Features

Give me a thriller and I’ll be fine, but give me a Euro-styled thriller and I’ll be the happiest kid on Earth. There’s something ominous about Greta, the new film from Irishman Neil Jordan, that really sucks me in.  Not to mention, the stellar cast is enough for me; I’ll watch anything with Isabelle Huppert.

Huppert (Elle, Things to Come) stars as lonely French piano teacher Greta, who one day in New York City crosses paths with Frances (the scene stealing Chloe Grace Moretz). Frances, who is desperate for a maternal figure, finds a new friend in Greta. However as their friendship unfolds, so too does Greta’s life, and it’s not what Frances had in mind at all. Also starring are Stephen Rea (Counterpart), Colm Feore (The Umbrella Academy) and up-and-comer Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw).

Jordan, who is best known for his neo-thrillers Mona Lisa and The Crying Game, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, wrote and directed Greta from an original idea. Huppert is no stranger to the thriller genre (she won critical acclaim for her role as a rape survivor in Elle back in 2016). Moretz, the young all-American acting whiz, has upped her international image with roles in Clouds of Sils Maria and most recently, Suspiria. Matching Moretz’s grace and charm with Huppert’s eccentricity and versatility will no doubt produce a chilling psycho-thriller.

Greta” opens in theaters on March 1st.

FIVE FEET APART

Five Feet Apart hits theaters March 15th (Starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson)

FIVE FEET APART

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of CBS FILMS

Based on the novel by Rachael Lippincott and contributors Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, Five Feet Apart beautifully utilizes the coming-of-age genre to delve into the magic of finding a first love even though you might be on your last breath.

Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen) stars as sweet-faced Stella, a teenager suffering from cystic fibrosis. Her life depends on rules and boundaries that dictate she must stay six feet apart from other people, or she could catch an infection and die. Her strong will to live makes this easy enough until she crosses paths with another patient Will, played by Cole Sprouse (Riverdale), who is somehow charming his way around his own cystic fibrosis. With life keeping them apart but love driving them together, Will shows Stella how to push back on their restrictive boundaries and live a little, and she reminds him how to hope for the future. Unable to hold hands or steal a kiss, they vow to take something back from a disease that has stolen too much of their freedom — one foot of space — moving them five feet apart.

With heart-rending performances by fellow castmates Claire Forlani (An Affair to Die For), Parminder Nagra (God Friended Me), Moises Arias (Pitch Perfect 3), Emily Baldoni (Snapshots), and Gary Weeks (Instant Family), this film is a masterclass on living life to the fullest.

Five Feet Apart” hits theaters on March 15th.

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