With “Beauty and the Beast” finally settling down at the box-office, there will be more choices for movie fans next weekend. Former releases like “Fantastic Beasts” and “Planet Earth II” will be hitting the home box-office, which is good, because the video-game releases are a little light this week. Netlix will be the popular streaming spot it seems, offering new series like “13 Reasons Why, while Amazon Prime and Hulu seem to be taking a break and reading their big April releases.
The big release this week will be “Ghost in the Shell,” directed by Rupert Sanders and based on the original series created by Masamune Shirow. The screenplay was written by Jamie Moss and the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. If you are looking for a family film, you can choose to see “Boss Baby” with Alec Baldwin, Eric Bell Jr. and Miles Christopher Bakshi. The animated-comedy was directed by Tom McGrath, and based on the book by Marla Frazee. If graphic-novel adaptations and talking babies aren’t your first pick, then you might be able to see “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” which stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl. The film was directed by Niki Caro, and based on the book by Diane Ackerman. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is only opening in select theaters this week, so check your local listings.
COMING TO NETFLIX
While HULU and Amazon Prime don’t have any fantastic releases this week, you can find three options on Netflix. The new mystery series “13 Reasons Why” and the docuseries “Five Came Back” will become available on March 31, 2017. “13 Reasons Why” is based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, and follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. “13 Reasons Why” stars Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen (Goosebumps), Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker, Kate Walsh as Mrs. Baker (Private Practice), Brian D’Arcy James as Mr. Baker (Smash) , Derek Luke as Mr. Porter (Empire), Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley, Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker, Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis, Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla, Miles Heizer as Alex Standall (Parenthood) and Tommy Dorfman as Ryan Shaver.
“Five Came Back” is based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War”. Netflix’s three-part docuseries aims to tell the story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five legendary filmmakers who went to war to serve their country and bring the truth to the American people: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. Featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan, Five Came Back is directed by Laurent Bouzereau, written by Mark Harris, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, and narrated by Meryl Streep.
Comedy fans can find “Jo Koy: Live from Seattle” on March 28, 2017.
If you rather play the weekend away, you can pre-order MLB The Show 17 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on multiple platforms this week. If you have a copy of “Dark Souls III” then you might want to grab the new DLC releasing this week for the game. Fans of the franchise can download “The Ringed City” on STEAM starting on March 27, 2017. That’s assuming you are looking for a new game, most players are probably neck-deep in “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” or still losing CR in “Overwatch”.
NEW TO BLU-RAY
At the home box-office, movie-fans can find “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as “A Monster Calls“, “Planet Earth II“, “Furious 7” in 4K and the adult-comedy “Why Him?“.