Weekend Movie Guide: March 2-4, 2018

March is coming in like a lion and we’re going out to the movies, and what a month for movies it’s going to be! With so many much-anticipated releases hitting theaters it’s safe to say that the “dump months” are officially behind us. Every week, we’ll be writing a little rundown of what to find in theaters over the weekend, so you can plan your popcorn-laden outings accordingly. Let’s dive right in, shall we? This weekend will be dominated by all things Oscar, with the 90th annual awards ceremony taking place on March 4. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also make time for a new release! Here’s what will be on the big screen starting March 2:

Red Sparrow

Mother! was released six months ago, so it must be just about time for our next mandated dose of J-Law. We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to seeing her in an incarnation that possesses perhaps a smidgeon more power and agency than the last time we saw her. Plus, this spy thriller is full of high-fashion eye candy. Not to mention that intrigue involving Russian interference in American politics is, like, so hot right now. Why not make a night of it and pair it with potato vodka and nice borscht? Just say da!

Death Wish

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the resultant reckoning of firearms culture in the US, as well as the 6th anniversary of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, it takes a really specific kind of person to want to watch a remake of a controversial 1970s vigilante action film about a “good guy with a gun” that’s been transmogrified into slapstick torture porn from the “auteur” who brought us the Hostel series. If that person is you…well, then this is your weekend. Go forth.

The Vanishing of Sydney Hall

Look, we’d follow Kyle Chandler (also known as the G.O.A.T., Friday Night Lights Coach Taylor), to the ends of the earth and back, so needless to say we’re gonna be following him as he plays a detective hunting down a missing author with a mysterious past. That said, it’s not totally clear that we need another movie about a white male artist tortured by his own success and driven to bizarre behavior like book burning. Elle Fanning seems to be taking up the Manic Pixie Dream Girl mantle like it’s a perfect fit, though, and therefore all is right with the world.

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