Here’s your comprehensive rundown of all the films being released in Ireland in March.

Fist Fight – 3rd March

Directed by big screen debutant Richie Keen, Fist Fight stars Ice Cube as a teacher who, after getting fired, challenges another teacher (played by Charlie Day) to an after-school fight. The screenplay for this comedy is penned by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, both of whom will be penning 2018s Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Logan – 3rd March

Hugh Jackman bids farewell to The Wolverine in the iconic character’s final film. Directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine (2013), 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and Walk the Line (2005)) and starring Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen, Logan tells the story of an older Wolverine and Professor X as they protect a young mutant girl.Logan promises to be a violent and emotional farewell to one of cinema’s most iconic superheroes.

Trespass Against Us – 3rd March

Directed by Adam Smith and boasting a strong cast including Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender, Trespass Against Us tells the story of a man who seeks to escape the criminal lifestyle of his family. Smith will be making his feature length directorial debut after previously being credited with directing 3 episodes of Doctor Who in 2010.

Catfight – 10th March

The 2nd comedy on this list, Catfight is directed and written by Onur Tukel (Abby Singer/Songwriter, Applesauce) and stars Sandra Oh and Anne Heche as two former college friends who come to blows at a glamorous event.

Elle – 10th March

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall, RoboCop), this Oscar nominated French flick stars Isabelle Huppert as a woman who seeks to track down the man who sexually assaulted her. Huppert received a best actress Oscar nomination, as well as a best actress Golden Globes win for her performance.

Dancer10th March

The 1st documentary on this list, Dancer tells the tale of Sergei Polunin, one of the world’s finest male ballet talents, and is brought to life by Steve Cantor (No One Dies in Lily Dale, James Blunt: Return to Kosovo). The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards.

The Time of Their Lives – 10th March

The Time of Their Lives stars Joan Collins and Pauline Collins as two women who go on an adventure to France to attend the funeral of a British director. The comedy is directed and written by Roger Goldby (The Waiting Room).

Rules Don’t Apply – 10th March

This film is directed by, written by, and stars Warren Beatty and tells the tale of an unconventional love story between an aspiring actress, her driver, and the billionaire that they work for. The film also stars Aiden Ehrenreich, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening and Lily Collins.

The Chamber – 10th March

Directed and written by Ben Parker, The Chamber tells the story of a three-person submarine crew who become trapped at the bottom of the Yellow Sea off the coast of North Korea. It stars Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, and James McArdle.

The Love Witch – 10th March

This comedy-horror film is directed and written by Anna Biller and tells the story of a witch that uses her magic abilities to get men to fall in love with her. Samantha Robinson stars as the titular character in a film which is considered a tribute to technicolour melodramas.

Kong: Skull Island – 10th March

The latest feature film involving the giant ape King Kong is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and stars Tom Hiddlestone, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. It follows a crew of explorers who stumble upon the titular island and the monsters within. The film, along with Godzilla 2 in 2018, will act as a prelude to 2020s eagerly anticipated Godzilla vs Kong film.

Beauty And The Beast – 17th March

Following the successes of the live action Cinderella, and Jungle Book films, Disney will be bringing the latest live action re-imagining with Beauty And The Beast. The film, which is directed by Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the main protagonists, is the latest in a long line of classic remakes, which will includeThe Lion King in the future.

Personal Shopper – 17th March

This rather unconventional ghost story takes in the fashion underworld of Paris and stars Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, and Anders Danielson Lie. It is also directed and written by Oliver Assayas. The film has garnered critical praise and won best director at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bollywood Superstar Monkey – 17th March

Speaking of unconventional, this animated film follows two monkeys as they try to stop a demon from taking over the world. It is directed by Kevin Lima and stars Lea Michele and Rohan Chand.

Get Out – 17th March

Comic actor Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut with horror film Get Out. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black man who visits his girlfriend’s mysterious family estate. The film also stars Allison Williams.

The Salesman – 17th March

This Academy Award nominated Iranian film is directed and written by Asghar Farhadi and tells the story of a man (Shahab Hosseini) who seeks revenge against the person who attacked his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) in their apartment.

Wolves at the Door – 17th March

This slasher horror film, inspired by the murder spree of the Manson family, tells the story of a family as they are attacked by a group of murderers. It is directed by John R. Leonetti and stars Katie Cassidy, Jane Kaczmarek, and Adam Campbell.

CHiPs – 24th March

Another comedy featured on this list, CHiPs follows an FBI agent who goes undercover in California Highway Patrol to investigate crooked police officers. The film stars Michael Pena, Dax Shepard and Vincent D’Onofrio, and is directed by Dax Shepard.

Life – 24th March

Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this sci-fi thriller which follows a crew of astronauts on the International Space Station after they discover malevolent alien life. The film is also directed by Daniel Espinosa, who helmed Child 44 and Safe House.

The Lost City of Z – 24th March

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, The Lost City of Z stars Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller, and follows British explorer Co. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon. It is directed and written by James Gray.

Power Rangers – 24th March

The adaptation nobody knew they wanted, Power Rangers is brought from the small to the big screen by director Dean Israelite and stars RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, and Becky G. as the titular Rangers. Not only that but the films also stars Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. Here’s hoping that this is close to the quality of Jungle Book than Transformers.

The Secret Scripture – 24th March

The Secret Scripture is directed by Jim Sheridan, stars Rooney Mara and Eric Bana, and is based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of a woman who documents her experiences in a mental hospital and the events that led up to her hospitalization. Good news: it’s Irish. Bad news: it hasn’t been critically embraced.

Smurfs: The Lost Village – 31st March

The follow-up to 2013s terrible Smurf’s sequel is directed by Kelly Asbury and written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon (none of whom were involved in the 2013 film). The ensemble cast includes Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Ellie Kemper, Joe Manganiello, Michelle Rodriguez, Demi Lovato, Jeff Dunham, Mandy Patinkin and… Gordon Ramsey.

Man Down – 31st March

It’s a war film starring Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman; what’s not to love? The film follows U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LeBeouf) as he searches for his son after returning from service in Afghanistan. It is directed by Dito Montiel who is best-known for, well, nothing of note.

Graduation – 31st March

The 2nd foreign language film on this list, Graduation stars Adrian Titieni as a father who has to sacrifice his principles to ensure a successful life for his daughter, played by Maria-Victoria Dragus. It has been directed by and written by Cristian Mungiu.

Free Fire – 31st March

Brie Larson makes her 2nd appearance in this film, which involves an arms deal gone wrong which naturally results in everybody shooting each other. Free Fire stars Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer. It is directed by Ben Wheatley and has a certain MARTIN SCORSESE as executive producer, which makes this dark comedy particularly exciting.

Ghost in the Shell – 31st March

Based on the critically-acclaimed sci-fi anime property, Ghost in the Shell follows a special-ops human-cyborg hybrid take down a nefarious computer hacker. Scarlett Johansson stars as the principal protagonist and the film is directed by Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Huntsman fame.

Andrew Ryan

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