MARCH 2016: The Best of Film & TV

Spring has almost sprung, so below I’ve selected some of the most notable television shows and films debuting in March 2016. If you think there’s anything missing, please mention in the comments below.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – Season 1

3 March – Sky1
Following the dual successes of Arrow and The Flash, The CW’s superhero team-up epic Legends of Tomorrow finally makes its UK debut. This action-adventure comic-book series finds several recurring characters from those earlier shows—businessman scientist Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brendon Routh), assassin Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz), physicist Professor Stein (Victor Garber) and athlete “Jax” Jefferson (Franz Drameh) as ‘Firestorm’, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) recruited by time-traveller Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to defeat immortal super-villain Vandal Savage.

LONDON HAS FALLEN

3 March – U.K cinemas • 4 March – U.S cinemas
Olympus Has Fallen won the unofficial ‘White House under attack’ battle with White House Down back in 2013 (earning $161m from a $70m outlay), so here comes the unexpected sequel. This time, U.S Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) must protect the President (Aaron Eckhart) during the funeral of the British Prime Minister, when terrorists make their presence known in London.

HOUSE OF CARDS – Season 4

4 March – Netflix
The Emmy-winning political drama returns with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright now joined by Neve Campbell (Scream), Colm Feore, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) and Cicely Tyson.

BATES MOTEL – Season 4

7 March – A&E
The prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho, moving the action to modern times, returns for a fourth season. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore.

DAMIEN – Season 1

7 March – A&E
New horror sequel to 1976 classic The Omen, with Damien Thorn—the Antichrist—now a young photographer who’s forgotten his unholy origin and Satanic destiny. Starring Bradley Thomas (Merlin) as Damien, with Barbara Hershey as Ann Rutledge, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Omid Abtahi and Scott Wilson. This series has been developed by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). A&E found success with a similar horror update of Psycho in Bates Motel, so can they pull off the same trick with this small-screen sequel?

QUANTICO – Season 1

10 March – Alibi
New thriller series following a group of FBI recruits through their training at Quantico, Virginia, with flashbacks providing insight to a terrorist atrocity one of them may have been involved with. Starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri & Johanna Braddy.

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

11 March – U.S cinemas • 18 March – U.K cinemas
Is this a true sequel to 2008’s found footage monster movie Cloverfield, or something that’s trading on the name because it’s from the production company and is similarly wreathed in pre-release mystery? Nobody knows. That could prove alluring for opening weekend. Let’s just hope 10 Cloverfield Lane can stand on its own two feet, because if early reports confirm the lack of a giant beastie… enthusiasm could flatline. The fact this opens a week later in the U.K could be a disaster if the U.S opening weekend goes badly.

ANOMALISA

11 March – U.K cinemas
Charlie Kaufman (the genius writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation) co-directs this stop-motion animation with Duke Johnson, about a lonely author of self-help books whose mundane life is transformed by a mysterious woman. Recently nominated for an Oscar, fans of Kaufman’s unique view of modern life will be spellbound.

BOSCH – Season 2

11 March – Amazon Prime
Return of the cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s successful crime novels, starring Titus Welliver as the eponymous Detective Harry Bosch. This second season will draw from the books Trunk Music, The Drop and The Last Coyote.

FLAKED – Season 1

11 March – Netflix
New comedy series about a self-help guru called Chip (Arrested Development’s Will Arnett) whose life is a tangle of lies. Co-starring Ruth Kearney (Primeval) and George Basil.

THE WITCH

11 March – U.K cinemas
The surprise U.S horror hit about a Puritan family living in New England during the 17th-century, split apart by supernatural forces, makes its British premiere. The Witch has been critically acclaimed, although there are reports that general audiences weren’t aware of how ‘arthouse’ it is, so be sure to have your expectations set to ‘slow burn horror’, not ‘jump-scare thrill ride’.

THE AMERICANS – Season 4

16 March – FX
Return of the Cold War drama set during the 1980s, about a married American couple who are secretly Russian spies deep undercover and working against the U.S government. Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru & Susan Misner.

DAREDEVIL – Season 2

18 March – Netflix
The gritty superhero drama returns for a second season, with blind lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) facing two new problems on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen: the rise of a brutal fellow vigilante called Frank Castle/The Punisher (The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal), and the return of his old flame Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung).

HIGH-RISE

18 March – U.K cinemas
British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) turns his attention to J.G Ballard’s ‘unfilmable’ sci-fi novel, about the complex society inside the titular high-rise building. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Keeley Hawes.

PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY

18 March – Netflix
Netflix-exclusive comedy sequel, with squeaky-voiced man-child Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) taking a vacation. Co-starring Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Jessica Pohly. Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), directed by John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer). Pee-Wee has always felt a distinctly American creation to me, although I quite enjoyed the Tim Burton movie back in the ’80s, so Netflix presumably have evidence their subscribers all stream Pee-Wee Herman stuff, and not just Adam Sandler films.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

25 March – U.S & UK cinemas
This should be the most eagerly-anticipated superhero event of the year, but a surprising amount of fan attention has been stolen by the edgier looking Suicide Squad (due out late-summer), thanks to a very memorable trailer campaign. It’s hard to imagine a movie pitting Batman against Superman can fail with general audiences (expect a massive amount of money to be made), but there’s been a feeling of unease about this project from the beginning. The concept is juicy but sounds inherently flawed, while the trailers have felt desperate to impress everyone by revealing the involvement of Wonder Woman and monstrous villain Doomsday. The fact director Zack Snyder’s last movie was Man of Steel (a visually impressive but emotionally hollow reimagining of Superman), and it’s easy to see why everyone’s on edge. That said, if early word is positive, this could go stratospheric.

EDDIE THE EAGLE

28 March – U.K cinemas
Comedy-drama telling the real-life story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who entered the 1988 Winter Olympics as Britain’s nerdy, underdog ski jumper. Starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman) and Hugh Jackman (X-Men).

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