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Best new film releases, seasons and festivals in London: March 2017

1 March, 2017 — by Ben Rabinovich0

With the Oscars finally out of the way (congrats to La La Land Moonlight) it’s time to go back to normal life.

Here’s all the good film stuff you can enjoy in London this March, including the return of BFI Flare, a Kelly Reichardt film season, a Purple Rain singalong and the release of Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Logan.

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Film Festivals and Seasons
Repertory Screenings and Reissues
New Films Released in December 
Still on General Release

Film Festivals and Seasons:

Edge of America: The films of Kelly Reichardt at the BFI [March]

A season exploring the works of Kelly Reichardt, exploring the director’s minimalist perspective and her vision of the United States. The director will also do Q&As on 3rd and 4th March.


Tickets: BFI

The Films of Wes Anderson [march]

The Prince Charles will be screening all of Wes Anderson’s films throughout the month of March, including several 35mm presentations of The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums.


Tickets: The PCC 

London Sadfest [3rd-5th March]

Yup it’s a thing and it looks AMAZING. London SadFest is a film festival that celebrates and explores the world of sad films. The festival consists of five sad films spread over three days along with performances of sad music and poetry. Highlights include screenings of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man and Sophie’s Choice.

logo for London SadFest festival of man crying into his hands

Tickets: London SadFest

London Asian film festival [9th-16th march]

This annual film festival has been going strong for over fifteen years and champions both arts and cinema intertwining political and social messages with entertainment. The festival is a mix of screenings, interviews, exhibitions and live performances as well as a short film competition. Highlights include a screening of The Jungle Book and Utopia.

Still from Mango Dreams from London Asian Film Festival

TicketsLondon Asian Film Festival 2017

BFI Flare [16th – 26th March]

BFI’s annual LGBTQI+ film festival is back and packed full of so many good films, docs, shorts and events. Highlights include a conversation with Jamie Babbit, a documentary about Armistead Maupin and Xavier Dolan’s incredible It’s Only the End of the World. Check out our guide to the 10 best films showing at BFI Flare 2017.

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Tickets: BFI Flare

Repertory Screenings and Reissues:

Training Day 35mm [2nd March], Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place.

Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in Training Day

Showgirls [3rd March], Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly

Chinatown [5th March], BFI, Southbank.

The Truman Show [7th March], Regent Street Cinema, Regent Street

Mean Girls BITCH-A-LONG [11th March], Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place, (That’s so fetch.)

The Exorcist III [13th March] BFI, Southbank

Bedknobs and Broomsticks [18th March], Regent Street Cinema, Regent Street

Purple Rain Sing-A-Long [18th March], Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place

Prince in Purple Rain

Mary Poppins [25th March], Regent Street Cinema, Regent Street

The Shawshank Redemption [27th March], Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place

The Girl Can’t Help It [29th March], Regent Street Cinema, Regent Street

Film Quizzes:

BFI Film Quiz [8th March] BFI, Southbank

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat [21st March], The Ritzy, Brixton

New films due out in March:

Logan [1st march]

The final outing for everyone’s favourite wild-haired, razor-clawed grump, finds Mr James “Logan” “Wolverine” “Weapon X” Howlett long past his usefulness as a superhero and barely clinging to his mutant-reinforced humanity.

We Are X [2nd March]

We Are X, a new documentary from the producers of Searching for Sugar Man, charts the complex rise of Japan’s most successful rock band, but sadly skims over the most interesting details.

Certain Women [3rd March]

Certain Women explores the struggles of everyday women in a quiet yet powerful new film by Kelly Reichardt.

Fist Fight [3rd March]

Ice Cube and Charlie Day play teachers who rub each other the wrong way and decide to settle it all in an after-school punch-up.

Headshot [3rd March]

The Raid’s Iko Uwais stars as a man who’s been shot in the head and subsequently forgets his shady past. It looks pretty insane.

Trespass Against Us [3rd march]

Michael Fassbender plays a criminal who has to escape the clutches of the police as well as his sinister father, all while trying to protect his family.

Catfight [10th march]

Catfight looks AWESOME. Sandra Oh and Anne Heche play former college friends who quickly lost touch after graduation and whose lives took very different paths. A chance encounter years later ends with an epic punch-up with lasting consequences.

Elle [10th march]

Following a horrific rape attack, Isabelle Huppert’s Michèle reacts to the traumatic incident in a very unexpected way leading to a twisted game of cat and mouse with her attacker. Only it’s not clear who’s the cat and who’s the mouse. Read our Elle review here.

Kong: Skull Island [10th march]

Set during the time of the Vietnam War, Kong: Skull Island features an expedition to a mysterious island, organised by a secretive organisation, which takes a monstrous turn when it comes across a world full of giant apes and skeletal creatures.

Beauty and the Beast [17th march]

A tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, gets a new live-action treatment. Emma Watson is the Beauty to Dan Steven’s Beast, who is oddly not that ugly – hopefully it’s not just me who thinks that, otherwise I will be very concerned.

Get Out [17th march]

Get Out is a satirical horror movie that uncovers entrenched racism in all its forms, by Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele. Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris travels with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her wealthy white parents for the first time. But something isn’t right in the suburbs and soon Chris’s life is in danger.

the Eyes of my Mother [24th March]

Writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s monochromatic debut, The Eyes of My Mother is so beautiful, yet so hard to watch.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe [31st march]

André Øvredal follows up Troll Hunter with The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a ghoulishly unique horror with a gruesome mystery to dissect.

Free Fire [31st march]

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is a black comedy about guns and violence that skilfully manages to avoid glorifying its own subject.

The Void [31st march]

The Void is at once familiar, yet unlike anything you’ve seen before. The nods to other horror movies and Lovecraft stories are plentiful, but they never feel derivative.

Still on General Release:

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann is a hysterically funny film that proves how sometimes it just takes your dad in a bad wig and false teeth to reveal how life is passing you by.

Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller in Toni Erdmann


Alice Lowe writes, directs and stars in Prevenge, a black comedy thriller about pregnancy that’s brutal in its honesty and bloody in its revenge.


A Cure for Wellness

In A Cure for Wellness, Gore Verbinski offers an exclusive spa-break for one. And much like any holiday where you find yourself isolated, bored and without any WiFi, you’ll wish you’d packed your bags to leave sooner.

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Best new film releases, seasons and festivals in London: March 2017
Best new film releases, seasons and festivals in London: March 2017
With the Oscars finally out of the way (congrats to La La Land Moonlight) it's time to go back to normal life. Here's all the good film stuff you can enjoy in March!
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