The Complete Guide to Hollywood Movies Opening in March 2020

COVID-19 panic finally descended on the U.S. and the world at large in the middle of March (besides China, Italy, and Asia, which were already affected). What this means for Hollywood and the film industry is that it wrecked the remainder of March, and the rest of the year, to hell. Disney’s live-action Mulan was supposed to be the biggest title of this month, followed by the highly-anticipated sequel to John Krasinski’s acclaimed silent thriller A Quiet Place. Now they’ve both been shifted to much later in the year, with more changes to come if COVID-19 still hasn’t abated by May/June. :S

Movies coming out in March 2020

(Click on the movie titles in the bullets to jump to that section if you don’t want to scroll through the entire list. You can also click on each movie’s heading to go to their IMDb pages. Release dates below are for Singapore, but if you’re outside Singapore, IMDb can tell you fairly accurately what’s the release date in your country.)

Opening on the week of 5 March

Onward (5 Mar)

Director: Dan Scanlon (“Monsters University”)

Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Synopsis: Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. A new trailer and poster are now available, and new character posters were recently revealed, introducing cast members Mel Rodriguez, who voices Officer Colt Bronco; Lena Waithe, who lends her voice to Officer Specter; and Ali Wong, the voice of Officer Gore.

Emma (5 Mar)

Director: Autumn de Wilde (debut feature)

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, Connor Swindells

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (5 Mar)

Director: Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper

Genre: Biography, Drama

Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour.

Gretel & Hansel (5 Mar)

Director: Oz Perkins (“February”, “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House”)

Cast: Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis: A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

Opening on the week of 12 March

Trolls World Tour (12 Mar)

Directors: Walt Dohrn (“Trolls”), co-director David P. Smith (TV movie “The Flintstones: On the Rocks”)

Voice Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Ramos, Jamie Dornan, Charlyne Yi, Kenan Thompson

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Synopsis: Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Bloodshot (12 Mar)

Director: Dave Wilson (debut feature)

Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Toby Kebbell, Talulah Riley

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.

My Spy (12 Mar)

Director: Peter Segal (“Get Smart”, “50 First Dates”, “Second Act”, “Anger Management”, “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”, “The Longest Yard”, “Grudge Match”)

Cast: Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman

Genre: Action, Comedy, Family

Synopsis: MY SPY follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance JJ finds he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm and wit.

I Still Believe (12 Mar)

Directors: Andrew Erwin (“I Can Only Imagine”), Jon Erwin (“I Can Only Imagine”)

Cast: KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Shania Twain

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Synopsis: From the makers of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes the true life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp. Jeremy’s remarkable journey of love and loss proves there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

Opening on the week of 19 March

Guns Akimbo (19 Mar)

Director: Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby

Genre: Action, Comedy

Synopsis: Nerdy video game developer (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the “fun.” Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent. Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and potentially — chillingly — prescient. Director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm) foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone-captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme, and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.

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