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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 18; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 18; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 18. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Bronze

Director: Bryan Buckley
Cast: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong
Synopsis: “In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero after winning the bronze medal for the women’s gymnastics team. Today, she’s living in her father’s basement in her small hometown—washed-up, largely forgotten, and embittered. Stuck in her past glory, Hope is forced to reassess her life when a promising young gymnast who idolizes her threatens her local celebrity status. Will she mentor the adoring, hopeful protégé, take her down, or both?” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade AverageC (17 reviews)

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Bill Skarsgård, Rebecca Pidgeon, Xander Berkeley, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Nadia Hilker, Andy Bean, Naomi Watts
Synopsis: “After the earth-shattering revelations of ‘Insurgent,’ Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.”

Miracles from Heaven

Director: Patricia Riggen
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Kylie Rogers, Eugenio Derbez, Queen Latifah
Synopsis: “When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.”


The Birth of Sake

Director: Erik Shirai
Synopsis: “Traditional and labor-intensive, the production of Saké has changed very little over the centuries. Erik Shirai’s love song to the artisans who have dedicated their lives to carrying on this increasingly rare artform follows the round-the-clock process for six straight months, offering a rare glimpse into a family-run brewery that’s been operating for over 100 years.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Brainwashing of My Dad

Director: Jen Senko
Synopsis: “Right-wing cable news and ‘conservative’ talk radio attract older Americans like graying moths to an angry flame. But why would someone who was either apolitical or a Democrat in younger days become addicted to conservative talk shows in their twilight years? Filmmaker Jen Senko wondered how her WWII veteran and Kennedy Democrat father had been transformed into a Fox News fanatic, and suddenly and inexplicably, was railing against minorities, homosexuals, poor people, and Democrats. Using her dad as an entertaining example, Senko pulls back the curtain to expose the tools and tricks of the wizards behind the right-wing media revolution.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Burning Bodhi

Director: Matthew McDuffie
Cast: Kaley Cuoco, Sasha Pieterse, Cody Horn, Virginia Madsen, Landon Liboiron
Synopsis: “Lifelong friends stumble back home after high school when word goes out on Facebook that the most popular among them has died. Old girlfriends, boyfriends, new lovers, parents, your first dead friend – how do people deal? The reunion stirs up sticky feelings of love, longing and regret, and the novelty of forgiveness, mortality and gratitude.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Scottsdale and Vancouver, WA)

The Clan

Director: Pablo Trapero
Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Liliana Popovich
Synopsis: “The astonishing true story of a seemingly normal middle-class family that trafficked in the kidnapping, ransoming and murder of the wealthy.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Confirmation

Director: Bob Nelson
Cast: Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Jaeden Lieberher, Stephen Tobolowsky
Synopsis: “Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles)

Fireworks Wednesday

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Pantea Bahram, Sahar Dolatshahi, Hooman Seyadi, Matin Heydarnia, Mehran Mahram, Behshad Sharifian
Synopsis: “On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife’s sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications.”
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Trey Edward Shults
CastKrisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Chris Doubek, Olivia Grace Applegate, Chase Joliet, Alex Dobrenko, Bryan Casserly, Augustine Frizzell, Trey Edward Shults
Synopsis: “After years of absence, Krisha reunites with her family for a holiday gathering. She sees it as an opportunity to fix her past mistakes, cook the family turkey, and prove to her loved ones that she has changed for the better. Only, Krisha’s delirium takes her family on a dizzying holiday that no one will forget.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (15 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Midnight Special

Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Synopsis: “A father goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton, and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately, his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Austin (expands wide throughout March and April)

My Golden Days

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Léonard Matton
Synopsis: “The story of Paul Dédalus, a venturous anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan. Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix—his mother’s attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression. He remembers a student trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life. He also recalls University life and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends, and their casual betrayals. And most of all, he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Preppie Connection

Director: Joseph Castelo
Cast: Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry, Logan Huffman, Sam Page, Bill Sage, Amy Hargreaves, Jessica Rothe, Robert Gorrie, Hemky Madera, Ryan Ward, Dylan Blue
Synopsis: “How to win friends: smuggle $300k of uncut cocaine into your snooty prep school. Based on the wild story of a teen drug trafficker who rocked headlines in 1984, this true crime caper stars Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Toby, a blue-collar scholarship student at an elite boarding school who finds an in with the cool crowd by supplying them with cocaine. But things spiral out of control when Toby goes from small-time dealer to international drug trafficker, culminating in a trip to Colombia and a daring deal with a cartel. “
Theatrical Release: New York

The Program

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace
Synopsis: “An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC

A Space Program

Director: Van Neistat
Cast: Sam Ratanarat, Mary Eannarino, Tom Sachs, Evan Murphy, Chris Beeston, Pat McCarthy, Nick Doyle, Kevin Hand, Jeff Lurie, Jared Vandeusen
Synopsis: “Acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ incredible piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Tom and his team built an entire space program guided by the philosophy of bricolage: something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Sweet Bean

Director: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Miki Mizuno, Etsuko Ichihara, Miyoko Asada, Kyara Uchida
Synopsis: “Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis – pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (‘an’). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making ‘an.’ Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes… And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Take Me to the River

Director: Matt Sobel 
Cast: Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff, Ursula Parker, Azura Skye
Synopsis: “Matt Sobel, in his first feature, creates a world wrought with secrets, misinterpretations, and subtext. Ryder, an artsy teenager, travels from California with his parents, Don and Cindy, for a family reunion in Nebraska. Upon their arrival, Ryder’s impish nine-year-old cousin, Molly, leads him to a barn to show him a bird’s nest. What happens behind barn doors makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion and unearths a long-buried family secret. Ryder and his parents are ill-equipped to handle the fallout; Cindy, in particular, does her best to remain positive. Ultimately, Ryder must come to terms with the truth on his own.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on March 25th)

Thank You for Playing

Directors: David Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Synopsis: “For the past four years, Ryan and Amy Green have been working on That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about their son Joel’s fight against that disease. Following the family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall create a moving testament to the joy and heartbreak of raising a terminally ill child.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Too Late

Director: Dennis Hauck
Cast: John Hawkes, Vall Bloom, Joanna Cassidy, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Brett Jacobsen, Dichen Lachman, Dash Mihok, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Crystal Reed, Rider Strong, Natalie Zea
Synopsis: “When tasked with tracking down a missing woman from his own past, Private Investigator Mel Sampson finds himself navigating the dark corners of Southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it.  Filmed in a series of stunning unbroken takes and featuring a gut-wrenching, tour-de-force performance by John Hawkes, ‘Too Late’ is presented only in theaters and only in 35mm.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in New York on April 1st and expands to various markets nationwide)

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