Raya and the Last Dragon 《寻龙传说》
Once upon a time, being a Disney princess meant being the damsel in distress in a European fairy tale. But they're a more diverse and proactive bunch these days, as demonstrated by Raya and the Last Dragon, a cartoon fantasy adventure with a lot more martial arts than there were in Mulan. Inspired by South-East Asian mythology and culture, the film features Kelly Marie Tran from Star Wars as the voice of Raya, a brave warrior princess from the magical land of Kumandra. Five hundred years after the world's dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity, and the country was divided into five warring states, it's up to Raya to find the lone survivor: a fluffy, shape-changing water dragon voiced by Awkwafina. Joel Meares, editor of Rotten Tomatoes, calls it "a delight. Vibrant, exciting, funny action-comedy [that] hits hard with the feels."
On general release from 5 March in cinemas, and on Disney+
March is a good month for Tom Holland fans. As well as starring in Cherry, Holland can be seen in Chaos Walking, a high-concept science-fiction action movie from Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow and Jumper. The film is set on a wilderness planet where all the women have died, and all the men's thoughts can be seen and heard in auras that shimmer around their heads. Daisy Ridley plays an astronaut who is unfortunate enough to crash-land on this dystopia and has to escape the clutches of a villainous mayor played by Mads Mikkelsen.
dystopia [dɪsˈtoʊpiə]: n. 糟透的社会；地狱般的处境；非理想化的地方
On general release from 5 March
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Benedict Cumberbatch has been tipped as a potential James Bond, but in The Courier, he plays one of Bond's less glamorous real-life counterparts. In 1960, just before Sean Connery signed up to be 007, a salesman named Greville Wynne was recruited by MI6 and the CIA to carry Soviet secrets back from Moscow. In the film, his wife (Jessie Buckley) wants him to abandon this increasingly dangerous mission, but Wynne believes that only his espionage can defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Directed by Dominic Cooke, The Courier has a "fascinating" story, says Benjamin Lee at the Guardian, but it is Cumberbatch's performance that sells it.
Released on 19 March in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada
Godzilla vs Kong《哥斯拉大战金刚》
In the red corner: a lovelorn ape that came to stop-motion life in 1933, and was revived in 2017's Kong: Skull Island. In the blue corner: a radioactive lizard that was first portrayed by a man in a rubber suit in 1954, and has recently stomped its way through a pair of Hollywood creature features, 2014's Godzilla and 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Cinema's two most famous behemoths fought each other in a Japanese film in 1962, but the rematch has better effects, a classy cast (Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Millie Bobby Brown), and a director, Adam Wingard, who has the right idea about one crucial point. "I do want there to be a winner," he told EW. "The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn't take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie. So, I want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner."
Released on 26 March in the US, and on 31 March in the UK and on HBO Max