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This month's top movie releases, reviewed

Gabriella Geisinger, Ian Sandwell
·7-min read

From Digital Spy

Cinemas are going to be closed until May in England and potentially the rest of the UK, but it's not just at the cinema where new movies are being released right now.

But even with more spare time than ever before, you will want to know that the movie you're spending your time on is worth it. So which one of the new releases should you choose to settle down to?

Here's our handy round-up of reviews for the biggest releases out now.

Films out March 1-31

The Kid Detective (available to rent or buy from Prime Video, iTunes and more)

The Kid Detective is a film that manages to hold your attention throughout its entire runtime, a feat these days, and keep you guessing. It is a whodunnit after all, of the ilk of Knives Out, where the whole story — beyond the 'whodunnit' question — is entertaining, engaging, and just plain fun to watch.

Read our full The Kid Detective review

Bad Trip (out now on Netflix)

Bad Trip contains a few laughs for those with a penchant for prank comedy and the awkwardness that goes with it. But even those fans might be better served rewatching old Jackass episodes and movies or the Borat films instead.

Read our full Bad Trip review

Ammonite (available to rent now on Prime Video, iTunes and more)

Those after an overtly dramatic drama about romance may be left less than satisfied by Ammonite's cool detachment. But those looking for a subtler, more realistic love story will be delighted by the softness and gentleness of it, even in its more fraught moments.

Read our full Ammonite review

Six Minutes to Midnight (out now on Sky Cinema and NOW)

The era is one explored again and again, but Eddie Izzard's film manages to subvert expectations for what a World War Two drama looks like. By honing in on such a focussed, audacious and unknown story, Six Minutes to Midnight is a totally fresh, entertaining and engaging ride.

Read our full Six Minutes to Midnight review

Zack Snyder's Justice League (out now on Sky Cinema and NOW)

Sure, it is very long and yes, it is 'peak Snyder' – with all the visual overload you'd expect – but there's no denying Zack Snyder's Justice League is a more cohesive and engaging version of the movie.

Read our full Zack Snyder's Justice League review

Slaxx (out now on Shudder)

Given that Slaxx lasts for little over 75 minutes, you're not given the time to get bored with its high-concept premise. Each sighting of the killer jeans brings a smile to those all-in on its ridiculous hook, and they're menacing enough that you might look twice at the next pair of display jeans you see.

Read our full Slaxx review

Yes Day (out now on Netflix)

Yes Day is inoffensive and you'll have seen worse, but when there's better family options out there, you're better off saying no.

Read our full Yes Day review

Cherry (out now on on Apple TV+)

As good as Tom Holland is as Spider-Man, Cherry shows that he can do so much more than be a wise-cracking, slightly awkward teenage superhero. He really pushes himself in a wide-ranging and committed performance, holding together a movie that is overambitious and narratively muddled.

Read our full Cherry review

Coming 2 America (out now on Amazon Prime Video)

Coming 2 America doesn't entirely capture the magic of its predecessor. But, fans of the original will enjoy the modern twist and callbacks to the first movie sprinkled throughout.

Read our full Coming 2 America review

Sentinelle (out now on Netflix)

Sentinelle has got a solid high concept (a highly-trained soldier uses her skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister), a lead star with good action chops (Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko) and a pleasingly brief runtime of just 80 minutes. And yet the execution doesn't even come close to living up to the promise, leading to a dull and uninspired thriller.

Read our full Sentinelle review

Moxie (out now on Netflix)

The rage that is so palpable and relateable in the trailer is hard to sustain over the course of the movie, and the ending feels more like a foregone conclusion than a revolution. However, it isn't all bad on the way there, and though it may not give us the same kind of memorable one-liners as Mean Girls did, Moxie has more meaningful things to say.

Read our full Moxie review

Already released

Wrong Turn (available to rent now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more)

There's nothing to shock in Wrong Turn. It all feels safe, as it seeks to deliver standard gory thrills and little else. In fact, you could swap the title for any other 'teens in peril' slasher. And you'd be better off taking a right turn, back to the original.

Read our full Wrong Turn review

The Owners (available to buy now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more)

For some, The Owners might prove to be a bit too nasty as it certainly doesn't shy away from either the gore or dark revelations. That will likely limit the audience for the movie despite the draw of the lead cast and the effectiveness of the shocks. The Owners is fairly relentless in its grim tone, but it's never trying to be anything else.

Read our full The Owners review

I Care A Lot (Amazon Prime Video)

It's hard to imagine I Care A Lot being half as fun without Rosamund Pike though, who has been blessed with a doozy of a role here – instantly iconic with her cutthroat attitude, blunt haircut, monochromatic suit and trainer combos, and vape pen.

Read our full I Care A Lot review

Flora & Ulysses (Disney+)

As Marvel fans wait for Squirrel Girl to make their big screen bow, Flora & Ulysses might just scratch that superhero squirrel itch – but don't go expecting any world-saving heroics to be seen.

Based on the children's book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, the latest Disney+ original movie centres on Flora (newcomer Matilda Lawler) who adopts a squirrel, only to discover it's developed superpowers, like writing poetry, after a brush with death in an incident with a vacuum cleaner. Little do they know that Ulysses could be just what Matilda's parents (Ben Schwartz and Alyson Hannigan) need to bring them back together.

Flora & Ulysses is packed with comic book references and cute squirrel antics to make it a fun and engaging family watch. Led by talented newcomer Matilda Lawler, the cast is a perfect fit for the light tone and when the movie calls for it, they can deliver on the emotion too.

It's not perfect by any means as it's got a very slight plot and is firmly for the little ones, but it's still one of the stronger Disney+ movie offerings to date.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (available to rent now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more)

For all their absurdity, Barb and Star are in command of their own story, and so we go with them because we want to see them win, not fall on their faces. The tight story and quick pacing stop it from becoming tiresome, and the result is that Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a funny, heartfelt, giddy movie that unabashedly does its own thing.

Read our full Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar review

Willy's Wonderland (available to rent now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more)

It's a truly bizarre offering that only Nicolas Cage could make as ridiculously entertaining as Willy's Wonderland ends up being, and you'll want to pay a return visit to the madness as soon as it ends.

Read our full Willy's Wonderland review

To All the Boys: Always and Forever (Netflix)

To All the Boys: Always and Forever may not live up to the bar that the first movie set. But that's okay – it's a sweet cherry on top of the cake, and that's all it ever needed to be.

Read our full To All the Boys: Always and Forever review

News of the World (Netflix)

In truth, there's not too much that really happens during News of the World and anyone not used to the more stately pacing of a Western might find proceedings as dry as the landscape Kidd finds himself in. However, the quality on display in front and behind the camera ensures that the movie isn't a drag.

Read our full News of the World review

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