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The biggest movies battling it out in March

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Brie Larson's Captain Marvel – is this Marvel's most powerful hero to date? Photo: Supplied/Marvel Studios
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With the Oscars behind us, you’d think there would be a moment to catch our movie-loving breath, but no, March has a megamix of major releases hustling for your Friday night coin.

Here’s a guide to 10 of the biggest players.

The feminist superhero: Captain Marvel

DC has struggled to keep up with Marvel’s 10-year dominance in the superhero stakes, but they did score a female-driven victory in Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (and Helen Slater’s Supergirl back in the 80s). Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck fight back, delivering Marvel’s most powerful hero to date in Brie Larson’s possibly Thanos-beating Captain Marvel, set during the 90s.

Out March 7

The hottest duo: Everybody Knows

There should probably be laws against couples as outrageously hot as Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, but Asghar Farhadi (writer/director of Oscar-winning A Separation) flies in the face of flammable warnings, casting the now-married co-stars of Jamón, Jamón opposite each other in this taut mystery. When a kidnapping occurs, family feuds are uncovered, but who, exactly, knows what?

Out March 7

 The family drama: Sometimes Always Never

Much-loved Love Actually star Bill Nighy plays a Liverpudlian dad wracked with guilt after his eldest son fled home never to return, after an argument over Scrabble years ago. Sparking a competitive obsession with the game that riles his younger son Peter (Sam Riley), when they get wind of a possible sighting they search together while hoping to mend their fractious relationship along the way.

Out March 14

 The terrorism thriller: Hotel Mumbai

The five-star Taj Mahal Palace Hotel found itself at the centre of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai as staff and guests were held hostage for four days. Lion star Dev Patel plays a heroic waiter, with Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer and Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi as terrified holidaymakers whose baby is trapped upstairs in director Anthony Maras’ nail-biting dramatisation.

Out March 14

 The Australian royalty: Destroyer

Award-baiting by obscuring beauty under prosthetics and/or makeup helped Nicole Kidman score an Oscar for her compelling turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. She may have missed out on the Oscars this time as a bruised and battered LA detective scarred by a violent past in Karyn Kusama’s gritty crime thriller, but her turn did attract a Golden Globe nomination.

Out March 21

 The punchy crowd-pleaser: Fighting With My Family

Rising star Florence Pugh stunned audiences in Lady Macbeth and goes for the KO as real-life WWE star Saraya Jade-Bevis, AKA Paige, in this rowdy comedy from The Office star-turned-writer/director Stephen Merchant. Throw in Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson as himself, and Lena ‘Cersei Lannister’ Headey, plus Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost as her wrestling-mad parents for the win.

Out March 21

 The kids’ hit: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Lego bricks, Lego bricks, the pain and bane of shoeless parents who tread on them, have captivated kids since 1949, but it was the vocal talents of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks that shot the brand into the stratosphere with 2014’s animated adventure The Lego Movie. Once more created at Sydney’s Fox Studios, the sequel sees them fighting Duplo space invaders to make sure everything remains awesome.

Out March 21

 The nostalgic tearjerker: Dumbo

The never-ending march of Disney’s live action remakes taps Edward Scissorhands’ Tim Burton to breathe new life into the oversized ears of their beloved flying elephant. It features Batman Returns stars Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton as the struggling circus owner and scheming entrepreneur, and Colin Farrell as the loving dad who teams up with Eva Green’s brave aerialist.

Out March 28

 The war-torn romance: Transit

Nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, German writer/director Christian Petzold adapts Anna Seghers’ semi-auto-biographical novel about assumed identities and impossible love behind enemy lines in occupied France during WWII. Staying true to the terror of the period, Petzold shoots the film in obviously contemporary surrounds.

Out March 28

The smart screamer: Us

Reuniting Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, writer/director Jordan Peele, who delivered one of the smartest horror movies of recent years in Oscar-winner Get Out, sees them fighting for their and their kids’ lives as a family terrorised by their own worst enemy – literally evil lookalikes. Also featuring The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss. Prepare to scream!

Out March 28

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