February has come and gone, and not a day too soon. The Oscars capped off a great month, and many great films and actors took home much deserved awards — even Leonardo DiCaprio (finally). Now we face the Ides of March as sports begins to take the forefront with March Madness on the way. For movie lovers, this month continues the wave of excitement on the silver screen. Here are some of the top films to look for this month.
London Has Fallen (R)
Three years after the initial action-packed introduction with Olympus Has Fallen, Gerard Butler reprises his role as Mike Banning for this sequel to the successful action thriller. When the president heads to London to pay his respects at the British Prime Minister’s funeral, the ceremony becomes the target of a terrorist organization’s plot to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying new vision of the future. This time, Banning must work with an MI-6 agent to take down the terrorists.
This animated animal adventure follows Officer Judy Hopps, the first rabbit on the force, as she escapes the routine of a meter maid to get to some real police work. With the help of her quick-witted acquaintance Nick Wilde — a fox with hustler’s ambition — the two case the city trying to uncover a major mystery. Despite being a kids’ movie, Zootopia has plenty of jokes to keep adults engaged, but is also a poignant reminder of social issues we’ve faced for years.
10 Cloverfield Lane (Not Rated)
After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up in an underground cellar, which is where most of the film takes place. She fears she has been abducted by survivalist Howard Stambler, who claims to have saved her life, and that a global chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside. This sci-fi thriller looks like an interesting experience, and it’s always a pleasure to see John Goodman bring a role to life.
The Brothers Grimsby (R)
Sacha Baron Cohen is back at it again, but this time he’s ditched the controversial characters like Borat and Brüno Gehard to become Nobby, a British hooligan searching for his brother, Sebastian, who happens to be the top MI-6 agent (maybe he was out on a mission during London Has Fallen). When the two finally reunite, they uncover a plot that could put the entire world in danger. With Sebastian on the road and falsely accused, he’s only got one person he can turn to — Nobby. This comedy looks pretty promising, even though it may not have the usual shock value that’s often associated with Cohen’s work.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13)
When it comes to superhero films, Deadpool is going to be one tough act to follow, if it’s even possible to keep up. That said, the best way to try is to bring together two of the biggest names in the superhero spectrum — enter Batman and Superman. Following the events of Man of Steel, Gotham’s dark knight rises from the shadows to take down the all-American wonderboy before he becomes a threat to mankind, all the while another threat looms over humanity’s head. Fans are hard-pressed to understand why we didn’t get Christian Bale back to keep Bruce Wayne as polished as we’ve come to love, but I guess he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Let’s just pray Ben Affleck doesn’t Daredevil this one.