ATV Today Editor Shaun Linden takes a look at March highlights on Rakuten.

Rakuten TV catapults into March with a selection of new releases, all at the click of a button for those viewers with one of those fancy Smart TV’s.

Next month you can see Benedict Cumberbatch as he voices the mean, green villain who steals holiday cheer in The Grinch. Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp form part of the incredible ensemble cast in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as new threats divide the wizarding world.

Michael B. Jordan delivers a heavyweight blow in Creed II, while Taron Egerton and his merry men star in the thrilling action-adventure Robin Hood. And, prepare for the unexpected in J.J. Abrams twisted thriller Overlord.

The Grinch, from March 1st, also available in 4K HDR

The Grinch is a family comedy for all ages.On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones.


Overlord, from March 4th, also available in 4K HDR

On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realise that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.

Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.

Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, from March 9th, also in 4K HDR

This is the second instalment of the adventure, family, fantasy as Fantastic Beasts continues the ongoing adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp


Robin Hood, from March 16th, also in 4K HDR

This action, adventure, thriller sees a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx


The Girl in the Spider’s Web, from March 16th, also in 4K HDR

This action, crime drama follows Frans Balder who has been fired from the National Security Agency.

Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.

Starring: Claire Foy, Stephen Merchant

Assassination Nation, from March 18th, also in 4K HDR

High school senior Lily and her three best friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats — just like the rest of the world in this mix up of action, comedy and crime.

Their small town gets turned upside down when an anonymous hacker starts to reveal personal messages and secrets of thousands of people. As anger erupts into full-blown violence, the four girls soon find themselves in a fight for their lives against an armed mob.

Starring: Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse


Ralph Breaks the Internet, from March 25th

Fancy an animation with plenty of comedy and adventure? Well Ralph Breaks the Internet is for you.

Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

Creed II, from March 25th

In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo’s son Adonis Johnson accepts a challenge from Drago’s son – another dangerous fighter.

Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life – a date with destiny that soon becomes his obsession. Now, Johnson and Balboa must confront their shared legacy as the past comes back to haunt each man.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone

Steel Country, from March 29th

This mystery thriller follows the investigations of an amateur sleuth following a young lads disappearance.

When a young boy goes missing in a sleepy backwoods town, a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, plays detective, embarking on a precarious and obsessive investigation.

Starring: Denise Gough, Andrew Scott

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