March Movie Recommendations

Put these movies in your queue now!

That way, you can relax at home before you endure the crowds at the theater to see “The Hunger Games” (opening March 23). Here’s what you can watch on DVD this month, in order of release dates.

Young Adult (March 13)
Length: 1 1/2 hours
Rated: R
Watch it with: Your “young adult” daughter or son

A successful but lonely writer, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) hears that her high school boyfriend is getting married and returns to her hometown to steal him back and relive her glory days in this funny film, written by Chicago’s own Diablo Cody, who stole our hearts with “Juno.”

My Week With Marilyn
(March 13)
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Rated: R
Watch it with: Your girlfriend/s

Pop open a bottle of wine and let Michelle Williams sweep you away into the life of Marilyn Monroe. Colin Clark, an employee of Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Monroe during production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Kenneth Branagh plays Laurence Olivier.

The Muppets
(March 20)
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Rated: PG
Watch it with: Your young son or daughter

With the help of three fans, The Muppets reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Amy Adams and Jason Segel star in this adorable, funny film that’s equally fun for adults and kids. If you have young kids, you may want to own this one (and the soundtrack, too, for all your sing-along needs).

(March 20)
Length: 1 hour 20 minutes
Rated: R
Watch it with: Your husband

Two pairs of parents hold a meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, but increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos in this Polanski-directed film based on Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage” (which lit up Goodman Theatre last year). The cast is star-studded: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly.

Louder Than a Bomb
(March 20)
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Rated: N/A
Watch it with: Your tween/teen kids

This inspiring documentary follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth poetry slam. If you’ve never experienced slam poetry before, you’re in for a treat: It’s captivating, and you’ll be wowed by the passions and talents of the kids in this emotional film, which earned awards from numerous film festivals around the country.

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