Gear up your devices, streaming resources and DVD/Blu-ray players! Here is the current movie/home video calendar for March 2015.
NOTE: all release dates subject to change.
March 2015 begins with the inspiring family drama “Mercy Rule” starring Kirk Cameron and his wife Chelsea with co-stars comedian Tim Hawkins, young rising star Jared Miller and Bas Rutten. Written by bestselling author N.D. Wilson.
Need more inspiration? Check out the sports documentary “30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men” on Netflix, which chronicles the USA hockey team’s 1980 Olympic win versus the USSR. Amazon Prime users can also enjoy NOVA (Volumes 11 and 12) on the Amazon Instant Video streaming service.
On March 3, the rated-G “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” gives viewers the sixth installment in the popular movie series, which features Ginnifer Goodwin as Faun the animal talent fairy, previously voiced by America Ferrera (TV’s “Ugly Betty”).
Director Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”, “Capote”) helms the drama “Foxcatcher” based on true events where a promising wrestling coach, played by Mark Ruffalo, and his protégé, played by Channing Tatum, enter a unique relationship with eccentric tycoon John du Pont, played by Steve Carell.
In “The Last of Robin Hood”, Kevin Kline turns back his aging clock in the role of swashbuckling star Errol Flynn in this personal biographic drama. Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning also star.
On March 6, professional business rivals face off in movie theaters for the comedy “Unfinished Business” starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, and Sienna Miller.
“Chappie”, voiced by Sharlto Copley, presents a special robot that learns like a human through behavior and events with Hugh Jackman starring as an expert who does not entirely trust robotics in our future.
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” releases with returning characters played by Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Dev Patel, and Bill Nighy plus a new one played by Richard Gere.
Also on Friday, March 6, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” takes flight on home video and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, recent Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland. Amazon Instant Video Prime members can also catch the exclusive “Listen Up Philip”, the comedy-drama starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, and Jonathan Pryce.
March 7 features Netflix’s release of Season 5 of “Archer” and “Glee”.
On March 10, you can take in a “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” as Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Mickey Rooney return while Ben Kingsley adds to the superstar cast.
A special “The Sound of Music” anniversary edition releases on DVD and Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Netflix releases “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on March 11.
The live action “Cinderella” debuts in theaters on March 13 and stars Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and rising star Lily James (TV’s ”Downton Abbey”) in the title role.
Liam Neeson continues to dominate the action movie genre with “Run All Night” co-starring Ed Harris. In this urban action-thriller Neeson stars as a father protecting his family from his boss, played by Harris.
March 15 features Netflix’s release of the complete television series of “A Different World” and “3rd Rock From the Sun” plus the documentary “Marvel & ESPN Present: 1 of 1: Genesis” where “super athletes” tell real-life narratives relating to superheroes’ influences in their lives.
On St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), look for the high quality “You’re Not You” on Netflix ahead of the official April 14 home video release Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, and Marcia Gay Harden star in this poignant drama centering on caregivers and patients contending with the incurable disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
March 17 home video releases include the updated musical of “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz.
“Penguins of Madagascar”, an animated comedy spin-off from the “Madagascar” animated film series that follows the crafty penguins in a spy-adventure plot.
Other home video releases on this date include the action film “Vice” starring Bruce Willis, R-rated Chris Rock comedy “Top Five”, and the dramas “Song of the Sea”, and “Exodus: Gods and Kings”.
On March 19, Netflix has “Life Itself” …the documentary based on film critic Roger Ebert’s book.
Set in a futuristic Chicago, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” builds on the initiating “Divergent” action-adventure fantasy on March 20, which will be followed by “Allegiant Part 1” in 2016 and “Part 2” in 2017. Sean Penn stars in his first full-out action film called “Gunman” as well. Amazon Instant Video Prime members can see director Terry Gilliam’s latest “The Zero Theorem”.
Also on March 20, moviegoers can watch “Do You Believe?”, an inspirational drama where several characters’ lives intersect as they all are looking for deeper meaning in their lives. Ted McGinley, Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Lee Majors, Brian Bosworth, Alexa PenaVega (“Spy Kids”) and Andrea Logan White star.
On March 22, Netflix releases Season 8 of TV’s “Mad Men” then on March 24, home video releases include “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, the final chapter in the “Hobbit” film series, and the romance “Song One” starring Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn.
Viewers go “Into the Woods” for an adapted musical adventure starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, and Johnny Depp.
Director Angelina Jolie’s biographical drama “Unbroken” also releases, which chronicles the taut dramatic tale about Olympian and World War II hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell, and his experiences in a prisoner-of-war camp.
On March 27, Dreamworks’ animated sci-fi comedy “Home” lands in theaters along with the comedy “Get Hard” starring seasoned comedian Will Ferrell and rising star Kevin Hart.
Also this weekend, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a middle-aged couple who find revitalization and life reflection through a special younger couple in “While We’re Young”.
Home video offerings on the last day of March include the adventure “Outcast” starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen; the romantic comedy “The Rewrite” starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and the action-filled Wild Card starring Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara (TV’s “Modern Family”).
Two big Oscar-winning films also release on home video on the 31st. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong star in the biography-drama “The Imitation Game”, which chronicles a team who cracked the Nazis’ Enigma Code during World War II.
Director/screenwriter/producer Christopher Nolan lifts living rooms into space in the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and Ellen Burstyn (look for a likely early digital release date for this film).
The documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” features the narration of Morgan Freeman while viewers can try to get “Wild”, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book starring Reese Witherspoon who plays an inexperienced wilderness traveler on a 1000-mile trek.