New On Screen: March 2023

Meet a host of enigmatic characters in the movies and on streaming this month.

By Yong Shu Chiang        11 March 2023

Scream VI

Out in cinemas now (Available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere

The siblings Samantha (Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Ortega), who survived the most recent Ghostface killings in last year’s Scream, are now living in New York City, having moved on from their bloodied past in Woodsboro. However, here in the Big Apple, they are constantly reminded of their trauma by the appearance of people in Ghostface masks. Then a new killing spree ensues, and the sisters, their friends and their ally Gale (Courtney Cox) from the first Scream movie, all find themselves targeted once more.

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Jenna Ortega: She’s got ‘it’ made

Not only on Wednesdays, but everyday, former child actress Ortega is arguably this season’s breakout star, as she looks to build on her horror credentials to achieve greater success.

She became interested in acting at six, got an agent at eight and made her acting debut at 10.

Now, 10 years later, Jenna Ortega is arguably the current “it” girl in Hollywood, after her breakout role as Wednesday Addams in the hit streaming series Wednesday.

By the end of 2022, and at the start of this year, it seemed all anyone could talk about was the “Wednesday” dance scene from episode four — it took TikTok by storm and inspired plenty of imitators delighted by her performance.

While the show has brought Ortega wider acclaim, even snagging her her first Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations, the former child actress has had several earlier well-regarded roles.

One of her first big turns was as “Young Jane” in the series Jane the Virgin, after she had gotten a minor role in 2013’s Iron Man 3, and she went on to join the main cast of the series Richie Rich and played the lead in Disney’s sitcom Stuck in the Middle from 2016 to 2018.

She then gained a reputation for being a “scream queen” after starring in Insidious: Chapter 2 and followed that up with more horror films such as The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020), Studio 666, X, American Carnage and Scream (all released in 2022). 

Despite this, Ortega has said that she aims to play a variety of roles, so as not to become typecast, and she has lived up to this goal by taking on dramatic parts in films such as 2021’s The Fallout and the series You

After poking fun at her darkly comic Wednesday character at the SAG awards ceremony, when she presented an award next to Aubrey Plaza, she can next be seen in the sequel Scream VI, where she is one of two sisters terrorised by a masked murderer.

To Leslie

Out in cinemas now (Available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Marc Maron, Owen Teague

Striking the lottery is a life-changing event, but not always for the better. Leslie (Riseborough) is a single mother who promises “a better life” for her son James (Teague) after winning $190,000. Six years later, having squandered the prize, Leslie is broke and homeless. After visiting James in the big city, and wearing out her welcome at her friends’ home, she reverts to her drinking ways and is soon turned out on the street again. A kind motel manager (Maron) offers her a job and Leslie has to decide if she will sink further or turn over a new leaf.

A Man Called Otto

Out in cinemas 23 March (Available at Shaw Theatres)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Mariana Trevino, Rachel Keller

Otto (Hanks), a retiree living in the suburbs, might be the walking embodiment of disagreeableness. Unfriendly to his neighbours and mean to a delivery person, and even to a stray cat, the old grouch ponders ending it all after having lost his wife, and his purpose, recently. Then, a new family moves into his neighbourhood, including the strong-willed mother of two Marisol (Trevino), who is expecting another child. Interrupted constantly by her offer of friendship, and requests for neighbourly favours, Otto starts to reluctantly let life in.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Out now, Prime Video

Stars: Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone

An American rock band emerges in the 1970s to become one of the world’s most legendary musical groups. Led by two charismatic singers, Daisy Jones (Keough) and Billy Dunne (Claflin), the band rises out of obscurity to find dizzying success. Then, suddenly, seemingly overnight, it all falls apart. Decades later, the members of the group finally agree to reveal the truth of what happened the night of the sold-out concert that would become their last gig, and why Daisy and Billy went from creative partners to estranged superstars.


Out 31 March, Apple TV+

Stars: Taron Egerton, Nikita Yefremov, Toby Jones

Blocks of four squares. In different shapes. Falling down a screen. For many of us, the game of Tetris is nothing new. In the 1980s, before personal computers and gaming consoles were sold widely, the game created by a Soviet researcher named Alexey Pajitnov (Yefremov) was most definitely new. Developed as a puzzle game to test hardware, Tetris soon attracts the attention of video game publishers and salesmen, such as Henk Rogers (Egerton), who soon realise the game’s potential and venture behind the Iron Curtain to secure its rights.

Kill Boksoon

Out 31 March, Netflix

Stars: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu, Kim Si-a

A teenage girl (Kim) speaks to a stranger on the phone. He says he works with her mother (Jeon), with whom she has a strained relationship. The mother, Boksoon, appears to be a mild-mannered middle-aged woman, a single parent who excels more at work than she does at home. Unbeknownst to her daughter, Boksoon leads a double life as a ruthless assassin. The seasoned killer contemplates retirement, but before she can quit, she breaks a cardinal rule and soon goes from being the hunter to being the hunted.

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