March movie guide: D-Day, Collingwood and Assange docos, Ghostbusters and Godzilla

Michael Caine is ‘gruffly heartbreaking in this veteran adventure’, said one reviewer.

Michael Caine is ‘gruffly heartbreaking in this veteran adventure’, said one reviewer. Photo: twitter

For March’s best movies, there’s home-grown Aussie flicks starring stand-up comedian Arj Barker and former Home and Away star Madeleine West, a documentary about Collingwood’s Grand Final journey and one on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Hollywood brings us Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega taking on a serious role as a talented writer, Sydney Sweeney – fresh from rom-com duties in Anyone But You – pivots to horror and plays a nun in a convent who falls pregnant, and dual Oscar winner Hillary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) is back to her best in biopic Ordinary Angels.

A heartwarming British film starring Glenda Jackson in her final role before she died, and Michael Caine (now retired), 90, is a must-see for anyone keen on World War II, while Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman returns with a foul mouth in what the press are calling a “stranger than fiction” true story.

Hoyts, which owns and operates more than 50 cinemas with over 400 screens (50,000 seats) across Australia and New Zealand, is also screening Indian, Serbian, Chinese and Iranian films, musical documentary performances from Nickelback, an 80th anniversary Rogers and Hammerstein concert and a stack of animated kids movies.

The Great Escaper

It has been described as a “masterclass in acting” from Jackson and Caine, and is based on the true story of 89-year-old British World War II Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan who “broke out” of his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France in June 2014.

Take The Steps

For all sports fans – not just AFL Collingwood supporters – this raw documentary follows four players including captain Darcy Moore and coach Craig McRae throughout last year’s finals.

The Trust Fall: Julian Assange

Assange remains behind bars in a UK prison and awaits a decision on his extradition to the US, where authorities are seeking to prosecute him on espionage charges. This follows WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars more than a decade go.

Four Daughters

A captivating and emotionally charged film about Olfa Hamrouni, a Tunisian woman whose two eldest daughters were radicalised by Islamic extremists. One day, they both disappear. Filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania invites professional actresses to fill in their absence to tell the story of their lives.

How to Have Sex

Making her debut feature with a vibrant, compassionate look at sex, friendship, consent and a boozy sunburned summer holiday, director Molly Manning Walker (Scrapper, Good Thanks, You?) paints an exhilarating, moving, and painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood.

Ordinary Angels

Inspired by the incredible true story of a hairdresser who single-handedly rallies an entire community to help a widowed father save his critically ill young daughter, Swank delivers another Oscar-winning performance.

The Nut Farm

US-born, Australian-based Arj Barker plays a cryptocurrency trader from San Francisco who takes over his missing uncle’s macadamia nut farm in the Australian town of Cobweb. A classic Aussie tale full of humour and mishaps.


Sydney Sweeney pivots from rom-com and goes all horror movie on us in this 89-minute film where she plays Cecilia, a woman of devout faith who travels to the picture-perfect Italian countryside where she is offered a new role at a convent.

Miller’s Girl

Ortega is mixing up her creative talents playing a college student with creative writing skills. An assignment from her teacher raises concerns about their relationship.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Frozen Empire sees the Spengler family and the original team – yes, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Bernie Hudson – back at the iconic NYC firehouse, unveiling a cutting-edge lab to kick ghost-busting up a notch.

This is the fourth iteration on the same theme where bad ghosts take over the city but there’s a new face, the Antman‘s Paul Rudd.

Wicked Little Letters

Based on a stranger than fiction true story, this movie follows two neighbours – deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Dive into the next thrilling chapter of the Monster verse saga where the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla confront a colossal, undiscovered threat that challenges their very existence and ours.

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