March Highlights

PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office

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Home Theater

Keep these kids’ movies on-hand to stave off the “I’m bored” blues.

Where the Wild Things Are
DVD Release Date: March 2, Warner Home Video
Who hasn’t looked at their kids and thought they were a hoard of wild things? Spike Jonze captures the overtired, easily bruised, rougher-around-the-edges parts of childhood that escape most children’s entertainment. Of course, Jonze had help from other friends revered by post-grads: Dave Eggers co-wrote the script, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O. created the score and music.


The Fantastic Mr. Fox
DVD Release Date: March 23, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Forget slick graphics. If you dig the retro stop-motion animation of the old Rankin & Bass television specials, this Roald Dahl adaptation will be right up your alley. Director Wes Anderson brings back that style for a tale of one fox’s mid-life crisis and his attempts to save his woodland creature friends from three evil farmers.
DVD Release Date: March 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Introduce your kids to world cinema early. Though dubbed in English, Ponyo comes from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle). The story, which is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, is about a goldfish who wants to become human, and the film features voice acting by Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and other stars.

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Broadway Box Office

     Lend Me a Tenor

 Nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for his chilling portrayal of the creepy serial-killer-from-down-the-block in the recent film The Lovely Bones, our own neighbor Stanley Tucci has chosen a decidedly less gloomy subject for his next gig. The veteran stage and film actor, whose film-directing credits include Big Night and The Impostors, will make his Broadway directing debut with the comedic play Lend Me a Tenor. The revival of this light-hearted romp set in the opera circles of 1930s Cleveland—it premiered on Broadway in 1989, winning two Tony Awards—opens April 4 at the Music Box Theatre.
// Laurie Yarnell




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