5 Biggest New Movies of March 2024 – Tentpole Movie Mania

What movies are you looking forward to this month?

Dune: Part Two
Dune: Part Two

It’s been a pretty dire start to the 2024 movie season. With the exception of I.S.S., there aren’t any new movies I would wholeheartedly recommend. So thank goodness for March, because I can feel the tide shifting. There are lots of great options throughout the month, and plenty of films to make the trip to the cinema for, so here are some of the biggest new movies to watch out for in March 2024.
 

1. Dune: Part Two | March 1st, 2024

Dune: Part Two was meant to ignite theatres in 2023, but was pushed back to 2024 due to the SAG-ASTRA strike. We had to wait a little bit more, but hopefully, this second movie is well worth the wait.

The first Dune focused on the Atreides family, who are given the rulership of Arrakis by the Emperor. The movie ended with Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) as the sole survivors of the Atreides clan. Those familiar with Frank Herbert’s novel will have a rough idea of what this second movie will focus on, but to those of that don’t, Dune: Part Two will cover Paul’s rise to power among the Fremen. He plans to lead them in rebellion against the Harkonnens, which will hopefully result in the liberation of Arrakis, the overthrow of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, and the installation of Paul as the new ruler of the known universe.

The movie has a current rating of 97% over on Rotten Tomatoes, with 145 reviews. Needless to say, I think this will be the cinematic experience of 2024.

 

2. Kung Fu Panda 4 | March 8th, 2024

The Kung Fu Panda franchise is known for having such incredible actors onboard. For this entry, there’s the addition of Oscar winners Viola Davis as Chameleon and Ke Huye Quan as Han. Davis’ Chameleon is the villain of the film, a shapeshifter who uses her powers to embody all the traits of Po’s (Jack Black) former enemies. Helping Po in his fight against Chameleon is Zhen (Awkwafina), a fox who begins her training to become the new Dragon Warrior.

The Kung Fu Panda trilogy of films has performed well both critically and in terms of box office, which explains why there’s a fourth film being released 8 years later. Hopefully this fourth entry will be just as good as the first three, and not just a mere cashgrab.

 

3. Road House | March 21st, 2024

In 2023, a leaked clip of a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal slapping a MMA fighter at a UFC event went viral. I saw that clip everywhere on twitter (now known as X), and I knew that this movie would be high on everyone’s to-watch list.

Gyllenhaal plays ex-UFC fighter Elwood Dalton, who takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse as the owner needs someone who can take care of the riff-raff. But things can even more complicated when it turns out that all this chaos is part of a bigger plan for someone looking to get rid of the roadhouse. It looks like there will be a lot of great fight scenes, and of course you can also expect Gyllenhaal to bring the charisma and the fun.

 

4. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire | March 22nd, 2024

In an interview with Newsweek, Dan Aykroyd has set expectations high for this next Ghostbusters film. He mentioned that the new film deals with themes like loss, betrayal, and forgiveness even deeper and “more emotionally” than the previous Ghostbusters movies. He also teased the “great scares and effects” that await.

In this movie, the new Ghostbusters team up with the old guard, who have developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when there’s an evil force that begins wreaking havoc, they need to work together to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age – hence the title.

 

5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire | March 29th, 2024

The Monsterverse continues its expansion with this next entry in the franchise. In this latest film, we’ll find out more of the history and origins of both Kong and Godzilla. We’ll be headed back to Skull Island as well, to learn more about its mysteries. It does seem like a team-up between Godzilla and Kong against another threat. Director Adam Wingard, who directed Godzilla vs. Kong, is back in the director’s chair for this one, making him the first director to direct more than one project in the Monsterverse.

So if you’re a fan of these titans, this film would be a must-watch for you.

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