Here’s four big films coming up in March

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Just before the Summer movie season gets into full swing – March is shaping up to be a big month on the movie calendar.

Here’s the four big films, and a few other choice cuts...

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Released: March 27

After the massive success of Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, Disney continues its recent trend of turning some of its fairy tales into full-blown blockbuster spectacles.

British thesp Kenneth Branagh – after flexing his blockbuster muscles at the House of Mouse’s sister studios Marvel with Thor – is on directing duties to add a few new visionary twists to the classic tale.

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars as the title character – who ends up winning the heart of a prince – with two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as her bullying wicked step-mother Lady Tremaine, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ella’s Fairy Godmother.

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CHAPPIE

Released: March 6

Highly-acclaimed director Neill Blomkamp continues his impressive run in the sci-fi genre after the lauded District 9 – and to a lesser-extent Elysium – with his latest near-future tech-inspired experience, which stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel.

With crime patrolled by an oppressive robotic force, the people are starting to fight back, and after they steal a police droid and program him to become ‘Chappie’ (played via animatronics by District 9 lead Sharlto Copley) – with the ability to think and feel for himself – powerful and destructive forces soon see this new robot as a danger to mankind.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT

Released: March 20

Shailene Woodley returns as Tris Prior – alongside her The Fault in Our Stars co-star Ansel Elgort – in this inevitable sequel to last year’s profitable The Hunger Games-esque sci-fi adventure Divergent.

This time she must confront her inner demons as a fugitive on the run – alongside Four (Theo James) – being hunted by Kate Winslet’s power-hungry leader of the alliance who will do anything to stop her. Naomi Watts joins the noteworthy cast, which also boasts the likes of Miles Teller and Ashley Judd.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

Released: March 27

After a stellar $55million opening at the US Box Office, it stills shows there’s sea legs in Nickelodeon’s legendary cartoon character – seemingly a decade past his heyday.

This fun family-adventure cleverly mixes live-action 3D animation (think Smurfs) – complete with a superhero-themed arc – alongside the classic 2D, to create a colourful outing which sees Spongebob team up with his nemesis Plankton to get back the secret Krabby Patty formula, stolen by Antonio Banderas’ nefarious pirate Burger Beard.

RUN ALL NIGHT

Released: March 13

Liam Neeson continues to do what he does best – by starring in a high-octane action-thriller that looks stereotypically like his other recent work. This time he plays an ageing Brooklyn mobster hitman who is forced to protect his estranged son (Robocop’s Joel Kinnaman) and his family from his brutal former boss (Ed Harris).

HOME

Released: March 20

The latest animation from Dreamworks sees The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons voice a lovable alien misfit from another planet, who befriends an adventurous girl (voiced by Rihanna) on Earth – who together through a series of comic adventures discover the true meaning of the word ‘home’. Steve Martin also co-stars.

GET HARD

Released: March 27

When Will Ferrell’s millionaire investment banker gets ten years in prison after wrongly being convicted for fraud, he hires the man who washes his car (Ride Along’s Kevin Hart) to prep him for his long stint behind bars – ignorantly assuming he’s ‘done time’ due to the colour of his skin – in this comedy flick.