It may be cold outside, but theaters are warming up to new releases and defrosting from some pretty forgettable winter flicks. Fairy tales, sci-fi survival, a treasure hunt, another shot at a comeback, and one of the best horror movies of 2015 are on their way. Here are just a few of the promising titles coming to theaters in March:
1. “Chappie,” March 6
March’s first weekend will be very busy with Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated “Short Circuit”-esque drama “Chappie.” Starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel, it’s a sci-fi movie about a lovable robot (voiced by Blomkamp’s compatriot, Sharlto Copley) and the fight for his survival.
2. “Unfinished Business,” March 6
Once you’ve dried off from “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” suit up for the new Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco comedy, “Unfinished Business.” Between “Unfinished Business” and “The Internship,” does Vaughn have a problem with millennials?
3. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” March 6
If it works once, why not start a franchise? Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench return to check in to the “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with new guest Richard Gere.
4. “Cinderella,” March 13
This tale as old as time (OK, the Disney version from the '50s) is getting a live-action makeover. A talented supporting cast includes Cate Blanchette as the wicked stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother. Expect "Frozen" fans in attendance -- there's a new short premiering before the feature.
5. “It Follows,” March 13
A sexually transmitted haunting follows young teens and kills them, unless they can pass it to someone else first. This genius spin on an old horror trope is worth following.
6. “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” March 18
Rinko Kikuchi stars as a troubled lonely young woman obsessed with the ending of the movie “Fargo” and the missing treasure left unrecovered. But it's her pet bunny Bunzo who's the real treasure.
7. “Insurgent,” March 20
Continuing on the heels of last year's “Divergent,” Shailene Woodley and Theo James return as advanced “divergent” thinkers fleeing the power-hungry Erudite clan led by Jeanine (Kate Winslet).
8. “Danny Collins,” March 20
Based on a true story, "Danny Collins" (the titular character is played by a weathered Al Pacino) is a struggling rock star who's past his prime when his manager (Christopher Plummer) discovers an undelivered letter to Collins from John Lennon. Everybody loves a troubled comeback story.
9. “Serena,” March 27
This 1920s period piece co-stars frequent collaborators Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence under the direction of Susanne Bier (“Things We Lost in the Fire”). It’s all about a mining investment and marriage gone bad and it looks thrilling.
10. “Get Hard,” March 27
Tall comedian Will Ferrell teams with short comedian Kevin Hart in an “Odd Couple” guide to surviving prison. Hart might be this movie’s saving grace.
11. “Home,” March 27
A strange assortment of voice talent (Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Jim Parsons) team together to tell the story of a cuddly alien invasion by the headstrong Boov. Viewers will be treated to a new song by Rihanna, so don’t pretend you aren’t curious.
What movie are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!