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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 13; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 13; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 13th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)


Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi
Synopsis: “The story of ‘Cinderella’ follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to ‘have courage and be kind.’ She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (8 reviews)

Run All Night
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Genesis Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Common, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, James Martinez, Nick Nolte, John Cenatiempo
Synopsis: “An aging hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)


Director: Bert Marcus
Cast: Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins
Synopsis: “‘Champs’ challenges the perception of the American Dream through the life trajectories of Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson. From success to self-discovery, these men recount their battles while illuminating our country’s most critical social issues, including poverty, racial inequality, broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and the failures of our educational and prison systems.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco)

The Cobbler
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Cast: Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Dascha Polanco
Synopsis: “Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa)

Director: Michael Almereyda
Cast: Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Ethan Hawke, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Spencer Treat Clark
Synopsis: “In his brooding, super-inventive update of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, a story of star-crossed lovers and ruthless intrigue is reimagined against the backdrop of a turf war between a drug-dealing biker gang and corrupt cops.” [Film Society of Lincoln Center]
Theatrical Release: Limited

Earth’s Golden Playground
Director: Andreas Horvath
Synopsis: “Dawson City, Yukon, ushers in another Gold Rush as a new wave of amateur prospectors, treasure hunters and adventure-seekers chase rainbows in the hopes of finding their pot of gold. In these times of economic instability, the high price of gold and the myth of the motherlode draw loners and family men alike to the remote Canadian wilderness. A dramatic soundtrack lends ominous suspense to this desolate observational that looks past the whisky-soaked outlaw mythology of the Klondike to focus on the efforts of contemporary miners. Digging through the permafrost is a livelihood for some and a lifestyle for others. After all, how many money-making pursuits offer thousands of dollars on the ounce, exotic travel and four months of vacation? Dusty dreamers share their theories and map out where they think their windfall might lie. Are they delusional or simply determined? In the end, will they find what they came looking for?” [Hot Docs]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on March 20th)

Home Sweet Hell
Director: Anthony Burns
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jordana Brewster, Patrick Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Bryce Johnson, James Belushi, Alyshia Ochse, A.J Buckley, Madison Wolfe, Steffie Grote, Heath Freeman.
Synopsis: “A seductive and scheming new hire causes dangerous problems for a businessman who is married to a bi-polar, obsessive-compulsive woman.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

It Follows
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe
Synopsis: “As 19-year-old Jay’s summer—spent hanging with friends, lounging in a backyard pool—nears an end, her unperturbed suburban existence is about to be horrifyingly upended. After sleeping with a new boyfriend, she’s suddenly pursued, slowly but persistently, by a malevolent supernatural presence that takes the form of different people. Hoping to buy time and devise a plan, Jay and her friends escape to a beach house. But it’s coming.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (28 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities nationwide on March 20th)

The Lovers
Director: Roland Joffé
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Neve Campbell, Simone Kessell, Bipasha Basu, Abhay Deol, Tehmina Sunny, Alice Englert, Shane Briant, Steve Nicolson, Atul Kulkarni
Synopsis: “A sweeping tale of an impossible love set against the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha war across two time periods and continents and centred around four characters — a British officer in 18th century colonial India, the Indian woman he falls deeply in love with, an American present-day marine biologist and his wife.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Steve Wolsh
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lauren Francesca, Stephanie Danielsen, Gia Skova, Jaclyn Swedberg, Laura Jacobs, Leila Knight
Synopsis: “After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, long forgotten and buried underneath the marshes of Cape Cod, a group of friends emerge from the thick, marshy darkness, tattered and bloody, lucky to be alive. They have already lost two of their friends in the marsh, presumably dead. They stumble upon an empty Cape Cod vacation house alongside the foggy marsh and break in to take shelter. Whatever was in the marsh is still after them and soon after one of them goes for help, the rest of the group learns that the evil in the marsh is not the only thing that wants them dead. Something worse, something more savage, was lying in wait just outside the marsh, in the house. What happens next is unspeakable, horror that cannot be unseen.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Seymour: An Introduction
Director: Ethan Hawke
Cast: Seymour Bernstein
Synopsis: “Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (15 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on March 20th)

Three Hearts
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve
Synopsis: “One night in a French provincial city, Marc meets Sylvie. They wander the streets until morning and set a date to meet in Paris a few days later. When Marc doesn’t show up on time a twist of fate leaves him romantically torn between two sisters.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various cities through mid-April)

Treading Water
Director: Analeine Cal y Mayor
Cast: Douglas Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Ariadna Gil, Don McKellar, Kim Ly, Gonzalo Vega
Synopsis: “At first glance, Mica seems a perfectly normal boy. But first glances can often be deceiving… For one, Mica’s house is now a museum honouring Guillermo Garibai, the legendary Mexican crooner. Mica spends most of his time there, giving guided tours to aging Garibai fans. But stranger still, Mica smells. He smells like fish. Numerous doctors, his life-long therapist and even his own parents are at a loss. No one wants to be Mica’s friend. Girls won’t talk to him. His life appears pointless, uneventful, doomed. That is, until Laura walks into it.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Denver and Philadelphia)

Director: Anna Mastro
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Virginia Madsen, Peter Facinelli, Jim Gaffigan
Synopsis: “A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Wrecking Crew
Director: Denny Tedesco
Synopsis: “What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for Record of the Year went to Wrecking Crew recordings and now, ‘The Wrecking Crew’ tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dallas, Grand Rapids and Portland (expands to various cities throughout mid-May)

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