IMDb Picks: March 2014

by IMDb-Editors | created - 21 Mar 2014 | updated - 24 Mar 2014 | Public

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1. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Noah (Russell Crowe) is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 232,059 | Gross: $101.20M

The story of Noah’s Ark is one of the most well-known from The Bible, but somehow has yet to receive a proper big-screen treatment. Director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (March 28) has taken some heat for deviating from scripture, though this news has only served to pique interest in what will surely be one of the most interesting big-budget movies in quite some time. --Ray Subers

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 647,681 | Gross: $59.10M

Director Wes Anderson has been on a great streak lately: The Fantastic Mr. Fox has aged like a fine wine, and Moonrise Kingdom was a critical and commercial success. The hilarious previews and strong early reviews for The Grand Budapest Hotel suggest that this could be another winner. --Ray Subers

3. Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015)
Episode: The Blood of Man (2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Leonardo and Lorenzo struggle to escape Riario's forces as Florence falls into chaos.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 1,093

“There is a greater story here, still being written.” So declares Leonardo Da Vinci during a moment in the season two premiere that finds him unexpectedly down for the count, and in strange company. What makes the scene particularly unexpected is that it takes place among the Incas in Peru, the latest destination in the historically-based hero’s pursuit of the legendary Book of Leaves. For anyone who was spellbound by David S. Goyer’s reimagining of Da Vinci as a swashbuckling hero as well as a visionary, the expansion of this visually lush drama’s palette from the Old World into the New is surely an exciting development. It also makes us hopeful that chapter two is but the start of a very long tale that Starz will allow be told over many, many seasons.

Season two of “Da Vinci’s Demons” premieres 9pm Saturday, March 22 on Starz. --Melanie McFarland

4. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Last Forever: Part One (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

After Barney and Robin's wedding, Ted builds up the courage to approach "the mother" at the train station. Meanwhile, three years after the wedding, Barney and Robin drop a bombshell on the group.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Cristin Milioti

Votes: 8,304

For the edification of those unfamiliar with the definition of a “meet-cute”, it is a scene in which a romantic couple crosses paths for the first time – the “meet” – and does so in a memorable way that makes viewers’ hearts melt. Never before has a “meet-cute” been drawn out nine seasons and 208 episodes, but that was the premise of this series – and shockingly enough, the producers made it work. The promise of its title will at long last be fulfilled on March 31 on CBS, and although the journey to that moment has contained a lot of filler, this show still hit the right emotional notes several times over its last season. We’ll certainly miss what this comedy brought to our Monday nights. And he may flap his gums a lot, but in the end, we really are glad we met Ted.

The special one-hour series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” premieres 8pm Monday, March 31, on CBS. --Melanie McFarland

5. Cosmos (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 100,255

I have always been fascinated with space. It doesn't matter if it's fiction or documentary, I love everything from "Star Trek" to "Battlestar Galactica", and even "Ancient Aliens". That's why I am literally counting the days until the premiere of "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey", co-presented by Fox and National Geographic. I just learned recently that the series is actually produced by Seth Macfarlane, so my only fear is there may be jokes about Uranus. --Michelle Nelson

6. Resurrection (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy

The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.

Stars: Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, Devin Kelley

Votes: 14,527

When the French series "The Returned" premiered in the US last year, I was bit confused because I thought it was an adaptation of Jason Mott's novel of the same name. Not so much. And so when I saw the first ad for the series "Resurrection", I recognized the storyline. This series is an adaption of Mott's novel, and is not related to The Returned, even though the premise is similar. Regardless, I am excited to check it out and already have it scheduled on my DVR. --Michelle Nelson

7. Veronica Mars (2014)

PG-13 | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

Years after walking away from her past as a young private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, just in time for her high school reunion, in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Director: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell

Votes: 48,216 | Gross: $3.32M

Anticipation is the watchword, Marshmallows, as the groundbreaking little-Kickstarter-project-that-could arrives in theaters March 14. While we're beyond intrigued to see where the characters of the much-missed noir TV series are 10 years later, it's going to be equally interesting to see how the film fares in theaters with the simultaneous theatrical and VOD release. How much momentum can an established, ultra-dedicated fan base lend a movie? Will new fans give the film legs to expand to more theaters after the first weekend? Can high school noir transition effectively to twenty-something noir? These are a few of the many questions we can't wait to see answered as this filmmaking experiment is released to the world. --Heather Campbell

8. Cesar Chavez (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Director: Diego Luna | Stars: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,062 | Gross: $5.55M

I am beyond thrilled to the see the story of Cezar Chavez finally arrive on the big screen on March 28; Diego Luna's passion for this project powered this film into existence, and I hope it inspires a new generation to learn more about Chavez' life. --Heather Campbell



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