[Movie News] In Theaters This Week – March 8, 2019


Captain Marvel is definitely the most anticipated movie coming out this weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one! An independent film, an international film, a documentary, and a film on legendary outlaw Billy the Kid are all due to be released this weekend.

An Elephant Sitting Still

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him previously. Bu’s classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai’s older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there’s Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to offload him onto a home. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart.

Directed by Bo Hu

Starring: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li

Release date: March 8

Captain Marvel (PG-13)

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg

Release date: March 8

Ferrante Fever

With over 10 million copies of her “Neapolitan Novels” sold in over 50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and HBO recently turned the first book in the quartet, My Brilliant Friend, into a subtitled miniseries hit with more seasons to come. A journey between New York City’s cultural hub and Ferrante’s native Italy, the film explores how an anonymous author’s visceral tales of love and friendship gained such an enthusiastic following. Hillary Clinton, Roberto Saviano, Jonathan Franzen and others weigh-in on the Ferrante “craze” and what makes her work–and her mysterious persona–so uniquely captivating.

Directed by Giacomo Durzi

Release date: March 8

Gloria Bell (R)

A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Directed by Sebastien Lelio

Starring: Sean Astin, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Jeanne Triplehorn, Alanna Ubach, Michael Cera

Release date: March 8

The Kid (R)

The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid’s encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Directed by Vincent D’onofrio

Starring: Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Leila George

Release date: March 8

What new movies will you be seeing this weekend?