March's rich list of new cinema releases constitutes a firm balance between an entertaining watch and a more serious performance. Out of forty-five new movies to be screened this month a solid number of twelve belongs to drama, including the once scandalous Trainspotting after twenty years coming back to the big screens for the long awaited sequel. However, this is not the only movie worth your attention in drama category. The list is long, the drama is endless...
BEFORE I FALL
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti, Lauren Oliver
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals, Logan Miller, G. Hannelius, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta, Alyssa Lynch
Plot Synopsis: What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her - before she runs out of time for good.
Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Written by: John Fusco, William Paul Young
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, Sumire, Amelie Eve, Megan Charpentier, Gage Munroe, Graham Greene, Tim McGraw
Plot Synopsis: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Written by: Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini, Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Michael Gambon, Om Puri, Neeraj Kabi
Plot Synopsis: Viceroy's House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film's story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day. The film is deeply personal to the director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. Her film examines those events through the prism of a marriage – that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet (Manish Dayal), and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia (Huma Qureshi). The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope…
CAPTURE KILL RELEASE
Director: Nick McAnulty, Brian Allan Stewart
Written by: Nick McAnulty
Starring: Jennifer Fraser, Farhang Ghajar, Jonathan Gates, Rich Piatkowski, Christina Schimmel
Plot Synopsis: A couple plot to murder a random stranger just for the thrill of it, but things turn ugly when one of them decides they don't want to go through with it.
Director: Gerard McMurray
Written by: Gerard McMurray, Christine Berg
Starring: Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Imani Hakim
Plot Synopsis: In his freshman year of college, it seems Zurich has everything going for him; he has the respect of his teachers and university administration, the love and devotion of a wonderful girlfriend, and he's been selected for admission to a prestigious black fraternity on campus. But as Zurich embarks on the Hell Week of pledging his fraternity, the harsh trials of entry into brotherhood begin to test the limits of his self-worth. As the intensifying abuse begins to become untenable, Zurich struggles to honor the fraternity's code of silence, and the scaffolding of his life outside the frat begins to dismantle.
Director: Olivier Assayas
Written by: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Sigrid Bouaziz, Lars Eidinger, Nora Von Waldstatten, Anders Danielsen Lie
Plot Synopsis: The story centers on Maureen (Kristen Stewart), a young American woman in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for Kyra, a celebrity. Maureen may also have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who passed away recently. She soon starts receiving ambiguous messages coming from an unknown source…
THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT
Director: Joseph Ruben
Written by: Jeff Stockwell, David Loughery
Starring: Hera Hilmar, Michiel Huisman, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley
Plot Synopsis: A beautiful, strong-willed woman (Hera Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett), an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire - a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder (Ben Kingsley) tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant (Michiel Huisman) in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
Director: Ritesh Batra
Written by: Nick Payne, Julian Barnes
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Harriet Walter, Joe Alwyn, Freya Mavor, Billy Howle
Plot Synopsis: Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long-buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC
Director: Simon Aboud
Written by: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine, Anna Chancellor, Andrew Scott, Sheila Hancock
Plot Synopsis: This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children's book. Despite her abandonment as a child, her OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), her awful boss at the library and her paralyzing fear of flora and fauna, Bella is down but not out. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.
Director: Danny Boyle
Written by: John Hodge, Irvine Welsh
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
Plot Synopsis: Trainspotting 2 is going to be quite emotional for people. Because the film sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: F**k. What have I done with my life?
SONG TO SONG
Director: Terrence Malick
Written by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer, Clifton Collins Jr., Benicio del Toro, Michael Fassbender
Plot Synopsis: In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples - struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) - chase success through a rock ‘n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE
Director: Nick Caro
Written by: Diane Ackerman, Angela Workman
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh
Plot Synopsis: The film dramatizes a real-life story of heroism. The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh). The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance - and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and her children at great risk.