March Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month

The month of March has a tough job this year. It has to follow February, otherwise known as the month we were gifted Black Panther. How do you follow an act like that?

Hollywood is trying its best. For one thing, Ava Duvernay will prove that there's more than enough room for Black directors to make mass-appeal, big-budget movies when A Wrinkle In Time premieres. Mindy Kaling is back on network TV with a new show; a same-sex love story is at the center of Love, Simon, the 2018 successor to young adult adaptations for the big screen; and the most highly anticipated book release this month is written by a 24-year-old Nigerian-American woman. Inclusivity isn't just a passing trend; it's here to stay.

Fingers crossed all these positive signs will lead to the actual change we need: Tiffany Haddish as the 2019 Oscars host.

Morgan Baila, Associate Entertainment Editor

Love, Simon (in theaters March 16)
Our next great millennial love story comes in the form of anonymous emails exchanged between Simon, played by the lovable Nick Robinson, and "Blue," a mysterious student who comes out on their high school's gossip forum. In this instant, albeit a bit cheesy, classic (yes, the moment Simon screams "I like your boots!" it's a classic), Simon surprises himself when he randomly comes out to "Blue," revealing that he, too, is gay and has been waiting to come out until college. But then the internet alliance turned online romance makes Simon realize that he and Blue deserve their own great love story, if only he could figure out who Blue really is...

Flower (in theaters March 16)
Speaking of love stories, here's a movie that isn't one. Flower stars Zoey Deutch as Erica, a 17-old-girl living in California and starting drama everywhere she goes. A self-proclaimed vigilante, Erica and her friends get into some major shenanigans in the San Fernando Valley, from messing with cops to stirring shit up at home to exposing a teacher's seedy past. In this edgy dramedy, no one is safe from the wildly unpredictable Erica and company.
Sesali Bowen, Senior Entertainment Writer

Atlanta (March 1 on FX)
Donald Glover's experiential series about an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin/manager is back to give us the March we deserve. After winning big at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards, the show's sophomore season, titled "Robbin Season," premiered on March 1. It's just as funny, even if it's slightly darker. Glover is still doing it for the culture.

A Wrinkle In Time (in theaters March 9)
The fantasy saga that we need is coming. The film was directed by the amazing Ava Duvernay and brings together some of the most powerful women in Hollywood as leads: Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon. But the highlight of this new adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's eponymous novel is Storm Reid, the 14-year-old Black girl playing protagonist Meg Murray. Representation matters.
Anne Cohen, Senior Entertainment Writer

The Americans (March 28 on FX)
Privet tovarishchi! (Hello comrades!) Our favorite Soviet spies are back for one final mission before the series ends. The last time we saw Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, they were debating whether or not to pack up and return to the Soviet Union, exhausted by two decades undercover in America. In the end, a tempting intelligence development prompts them to stay and complete their mission. (That, and the fact that they've grown fond of consistent electricity, and fabulous boots.) Will it all work out? Will Paige become a super spy? Will Henry finally get his own storyline? I can't wait to find out.

Red Sparrow (in theaters March 2)
Did I miss the memo? Is March Soviet Spy Month? Either way, I am here for this lineup. This is a new and challenging role for Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina turned spy after an injury leaves her unable to dance. As a Sparrow, her mission is simple: use her body to extract information and manipulate targets. Be warned, however — the film also features full-frontal nudity, which Lawrence decided to take on as a way to reclaim her body after being hacked in 2014. As she herself recently put it: "If you don’t like boobs, you should not go see Red Sparrow.” If you do, you can catch the film in theaters March 2.
Maia Efrem, Associate Entertainment Editor

Timeless (March 11 on NBC)
How do you stop a murderous time-traveling maniac from rewriting history? You hop in a time machine and chase him down, of course. As an instant fan of Timeless I was near tears when NBC announced they were canceling the show due to low ratings. And then near tears again when they changed their mind and renewed the series for a second season just days later. Timeless is funny, it's thrilling, and it's classic sci-fi entertainment that will even appeal to sci-fi haters. It also doesn't get enough credit for addressing race relations and laying bare some very ugly truths in American history. Along with the drama, there are some laugh-out-loud moments as characters take modern-day aliases into the past, like the time a character introduced himself as Kanye West in the 1920s. It's not too late to catch up on season one ahead of the second season's March 11 premiere. The race is on.

Champions (March 8 on NBC)
Mindy Kaling is back in the writer's room for this comedy about Vince (Anders Holm), a playboy bachelor who has to face reality when his high school flame Priya (Kaling) shows up on his doorstep with (SURPRISE!) their gay 15-year-old son, Michael (J.J. Totah). As a huge fan of Kaling and The Mindy Project, I'm especially excited to see the new mom take on the role of executive producer, writer, and star on a major network again. Totah, a former Disney Channel star, told reporters he was thrilled to make the jump from Disney. “There’s a lot more improv I can do," he said at TCA, according to Deadline. "I can even say, ‘Oh, my God!’ I used to stop at ‘Oh my’ [at Disney]. ‘God’ is real on NBC. You can say it.”
Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (available March 6)
Kaufman, the LA Times journalist who broke the news of both James Franco's and Brett Ratner's sexual harassment allegations, writes the book we've all be waiting for. Or rather, the book I've been waiting for. A longtime Bachelor follower, Kaufman's book is an in-depth look into the origins of America's strangest reality TV show. Kaufman has unprecedented access and insight into a show that's been highly secretive since its inception. Ever wonder how much the Bachelor makes? Or what really went down with Rozlyn Papa? Or what Mike Fleiss is really like? Kaufman will unleash all that info in the book, as well as personal reflections on the show's value. At a time when the Bachelor seems dangerously close to being irrelevant, Bachelor Nation is all the more essential: It's a prognosis for the future of a franchise that hinges almost entirely on heteronormativity.

Pacific Rim: Uprising (in theaters March 23)
Pacific Rim is so close to being the worst movie on the planet, but it's not. The plot is as follows: Giant monsters from the Pacific Rim wreak havoc on major cities. Humans fight them, but as giant robots. Except the giant robots can't be operated by one human. That would be crazy. They're controlled by two humans who fuse their minds to control one robot. This is a premise only Guillermo del Toro could have helmed, and he does so with aggressive, infectious enthusiasm. Not a day that goes by that I don't wonder how Pacific Rim became such an indelible part of my life. I have the soundtrack on my iPod and listen to it frequently. And, I'm raring to go on this sequel. This time, the movie stars Scott Eastwood and John Boyega, and del Toro isn't behind the camera. So, things will be different. But there will still be monsters and robots and drama surrounding mind-melding.
Lauren Le Vine, Senior Entertainment Editor

Jessica Jones (March 8 on Netflix)
What a better day than International Women’s Day for our conflicted vigilante hero with super strength and the ability to jump abnormally high (hey, it kind of comes in handy) to make her return? After snapping her tormenter Kilgrave’s (David Tennant) neck with her bare hands, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) just wants to fly under the radar solving cases for her PI business. This being Jessica Jones, though, she never exactly stays out of trouble, and she soon finds herself in anger management being forced to confront her past — and the ghastly experiments that turned her into a super in the first place. Also: Is Kilgrave really dead? He’s the last thing she needs in her life.

Frozen: The Broadway Musical (March 22)
Could anyone have predicted the mega-success of Disney’s Frozen when it hurtled into theaters in November 2013? Did it take you about a year to stop hearing “Let It Go” on repeat in your head? Well, get ready to hear it belted again when the stage adaptation bows on the Great White Way with additional new songs by Oscar-winning song-writing duo Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Now feels like a better time than ever for the story of two sisters uncovering their power and realizing they had what it takes to rule a kingdom (scratch that, queendom) all along. “I think the time is right,” Anderson-Lopez recently told Refinery29. “Girls are allowed to cry; they’re allowed to rage; they’re allowed to make giant mistakes and learn from them. There have been so many stories where the guys get to be flawed and go on a journey and heal themselves. It’s about time that we see through the lens of a flawed woman who needs to go on a journey and learn something about herself.”
Kathryn Lindsay, Entertainment News Writer

Love (March 9 on Netflix)
We're coming to the end of Gus and Mickey's love story, at least on Netflix. The third and final season of the Judd Apatow series lands on March 9, and it's definitely time. One of the things that made the first season so enjoyable was how it managed to capture a type of romantic relationship you don't see on screen, but the point of those relationships is that they can turn into a self-perpetuating toxic cycle that goes on for way too long. You don't want that to happen to your TV show. Instead, I'm looking forward to learning how it all wraps up — or, likely, doesn't. The show may be ending but in some alternate universe the saga of Gus and Mickey will go on and on and on. Isn't that kind of the point?

March of the Penguins 2 (March 23 on Hulu)
Sorry, how are we not all talking about this? Hulu has snagged perhaps the only sequel that's ever been necessary, and yes, Morgan Freeman is narrating again. March Of The Penguins: The Next Step has all the waddling, leaping, and swimming I require in my movies, and follows the next generation of emperor penguins — Gen Z penguins, if you will. That means fluffy baby penguins learning how to be adults, and honestly, I've never related to any concept more.
Elena Nicolaou, Entertainment Writer

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 6)
This book is poised to rock the YA book world (and probably all of the book world). 24-year-old Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel, the first in a trilogy, is set in a fictional African nation called Orisha where magical people and non-magical people (called kosidan in this book, not Muggles) once intermingled. Eleven years earlier, magic was wiped from the population in a devastating massacre. The book's protagonist, Zelie, is the only person who can bring it back. The incredible plot and extraordinary premise make Children of Blood and Bone a 600-page adrenaline rush of a book. You won't be able to put it down.

Rise (March 13 on NBC)
If you like Glee, Friday Night Lights, or This Is Us, you might as well assume you're going to love Rise. In the show, an English teacher named Lou (Josh Radnor) takes over the drama department in his blue collar Pennsylvania town. He decides to shake things up by setting up — gasp! — Spring Awakening. The show gives equal attention to Spring Awakening's cast members, ranging from a football star to a waitress's daughter who dreams of leaving down, the cast members' parents (and their love lives), and the school staff. Another highlight: Auli'i Cravalho of Moana stars as Lilette, one of the students. For anyone who needs a dash of totally earnest, musical theater-themed drama in their lives, you will love Rise.
Kaitlin Reilly, Entertainment News Writer

Siren (March 29 on Freeform)
Finally, a TV show that lays down the cold, hard truth about mermaids: They're terrifying. But also, possibly our new feminist icons?! The promo for the new series shows our resident mermaid tossing a creepy, touchy truck driver through a windshield, because mermaids do not care about being polite in the face of gross men.

Okay, so maybe I'm reading a little too much into the series, but I do love the fact that, for once, it's a woman who is the supernatural love interest with possible bloodlust. (Sorry, Edward Cullen.)

Thoroughbreds (in theaters March 9)
This new movie promises to be part American Psycho, part Heathers — and it's oh-so up my alley. What's a girl to do when her sociopathic best friend (who works very hard at being good) offers up an opportunity to off her truly awful stepfather? From the look of the trailer, mayhem will surely ensue.

Olivia Cooke (not to be confused for her doppelganger, Rachael Leigh Cook), was one of the best parts of Bates Motel, so I'm very excited to see her channel a killer. Partnering her up with Anya Taylor-Joy, who has become a scream queen in her own right thanks to Split and The Witch, feels like a match made in twisted movie heaven. The film also stars the much-missed Anton Yelchin (who has never given a sub-par performance in my book) as a gun-wielding loose cannon the girls hire to help with their kill. Color me stoked for all of it.
Ariana Romero, TV Writer

Heathers (TBA on Paramount Network)
In a world where teens are changing the world in the face of massive gun violence, a show set amid the backdrop of sly high school murders and pokes fun at “woke” young people could come off tone deaf. Unfortunately for Heathers, it’s exactly that show. That’s why the powers that be on Paramount Network, the black comedy’s up-and-coming home, decided at the last minute to push back the premiere of the series, which is a modernized reboot of the 1980s cult favorite film of the same name.

It’s unclear when exactly Heathers will debut, or if it will be edited in response to the current national mood, but Paramount promises it will bow sometime “later this year.”

Life Sentence (March 7 on the CW)
Although the CW is best known for the gift of Riverdale and its ability to create infinite DC superhero shows, those series aren’t what make the network truly great. What makes the network really sing are its perfect woman-led dramedies — you know, the likes of Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Soon, the CW will add another rom-com to that cannon with Life Sentence, about a young woman who finds out her fatal cancer diagnosis is no longer fatal, which serves as Lucy Hale’s return to television following the end of Pretty Little Liars.

Who doesn’t want to see the actress best known as Aria Montgomery explore a world without hooded, murderous schemers, but filled with kissing — so much kissing! — and the beautiful uncertainty of life?
Molly Stout, Entertainment Director

Roseanne (March 27 on ABC)
I grew up watching the original Roseanne in bed with my mom. I was too young to notice the Becky switch, or to understand the working class family's socioeconomic challenges. What I did know was that it was funny. And different from anything else on TV at the time. I don't agree with Roseanne Barr's politics, and I always find it kind of lame to resurrect a dead character (unless it's, you know, The Walking Dead), but I definitely think we need more funny women on TV. Barr is getting a lot of flack for insisting that the fictional Connor family are made up of Trump voters, but we could use a few laughs from their perspective. Maybe laughter will be the best medicine for a politically segregated country.

The Oscars (March 4 on ABC)
Let me rephrase this: I am looking forward to next year's Oscars because of what happened at this year's Oscars. I envision a ceremony where Tiffany Haddish hosts, Saorsie Ronan and Timothée Chalamet score wins for On Chesil Beach and Beautiful Boy, respectively, and far more than 23% of those nominated are female.
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