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March movie preview: SheKnows picks the flicks

If you’re obsessed with YA fiction, then you’re probably counting down the days until the release of Divergent. It’s sure to open big at the box office, but can it surpass The Hunger Games?

300: Rise of an Empire
Many of you may be asking how the 300 franchise can have a sequel when nearly all of the characters died in the last film. Rise of an Empire isn’t exactly a sequel, it’s a parallel story that intersects the original battle at Thermopylae and stays within the same historical context. This movie focuses on an Athenian general named Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green), a vengeful female commander of the Persian navy.

300: Rise of an Empire battles for the box office on March 7.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman
If you remember watching these brainy, time-traveling cartoons as a kid, you may want to share the adventurous dog/son duo with the next generation. Ty Burrell, Allison Janney and Leslie Mann lend their voices to this animated family comedy.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman time-travels on March 7.

Set in a dystopian future, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is devastated to discover she doesn’t fit into any of society’s segregated factions and is labeled a “divergent.” Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) is a ruthless faction leader set to destroy all divergents unless Tris and the mysterious Four (Theo James) can break free from their dangerous fate.

Divergent differentiates from other movies on March 21.

We all think we know the story, but Black Swan Director Darren Aronofsky is pushing the biblical tale to the edge. Here, Noah is a bitter and angry man, obsessed with building the boat per God’s instructions. Aronofsky claims he’s following the tale from Genesis as closely as possible though the movie is already attracting controversy. It stars Russell Crowe as Noah and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Naameh.

Noah floods theaters on March 28.

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