March Cheat Sheet: A Look at the Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Books Worth Checking Out This Month

Victoria S. Barton
March Cheat Sheet: A Look at the Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Books Worth Checking Out This Month
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Each month, a seemingly endless array of movies, music and books are released. So many in fact, that it can be a feat of epic proportions to keep track of them all.

Luckily, dear readers, we’ve done the leg work on your behalf and winnowed down what’s worth keeping up with culture-wise throughout March.

Click through the slideshow for key things to see, hear, and read this month!

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One of the most talked about movies of the month is "Spring Breakers" starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley BensonRachel Korine, and James Franco. Four college girls plan to fund their spring break trip by robbing a fast food restaurant, which sends them spiraling down a road of drugs and crazy debauchery when a drug lord (Franco, with cornrows) takes them in to do his dirty work. In theaters nationwide March 22. 

Justin Timberlake's third album, "The 20/20 Experience," comes out March 19. The album's first single, "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, is already a smash, so we're excited to see what else he has in store for us. In an open letter, he wrote, "The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career...Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process." 

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes star in "A Place Beyond the Pines" as a couple struggling to make ends meet. Gosling's character resorts to taking on some illegal gigs, and a cop played by Bradley Cooper tries to stop him. We'll go see it just to see Gosling on a motorcycle. In theaters March 20. 

The directors of "The Hangover" have teamed up again for "21 and Over." In the flick, two friends take their straight A student pal out for his 21st birthday on the night before his medical school interviews, and utter chaos and debauchery obviously ensue. In theaters March 1.

Jennifer Lawrence's ex Nicholas Hoult stars in "Jack the Giant Slayer" as a farm boy who needs to fight a group of giants to protect his community, and rescue a princess that gets trapped in their world. Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor also star in this highly-anticipated fantastical action film. In theaters March 1. 

Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto star in "Day of the Falcon," a "Romeo and Juliet" story about two families rivaling in the Arabian Peninsula over rights to an oil fortune, while their children fall in love against the odds. In theaters March 1.

"The Last Exorcism, Part II" begins where the first film ended, with a seemingly unpossessed Nell having problems remembering her recent past. Just when she thinks she's getting her life back together, the spirit that invaded her body returns for revenge. Even the previews are beyond creepy. In theaters March 1. 

"Red Widow" stars Radha Mitchell as a recent widow whose husband is murdered after a sketchy business deal. She's left to pick up the pieces, while taking care of the family that he left behind. The show premieres on ABC March 3 at 9 p.m., and is bound to bring even more awesomeness into our Sunday night TV schedules. 

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Remember The Stereophonics' smash hit song "Have a Nice Day?" They're back this month with a new album,"Grafitti on the Train," due to release March 4. 

Joyce Carol Oates jumps onboard the vampire and ghost trend in The Accursed, a period piece about a group of townspeople being haunted by paranormal creatures. In bookstores March 5. 

"Dead Man Down" stars Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, and Noomi Rapace in a thriller from the director of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" about a woman that seeks revenge by enlisting a man to murder her assailant, when she witnesses him killing someone else. In theaters March 8. 

James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz star in "Oz the Great and Powerful" about a small-time circus performer who gets hurled into the magical world of Oz, only to meet three witches who doubt his true intentions in being there. In theaters March 8. 

Abbie Cornish stars in this month's "The Girl" about a woman that smuggles Mexican families into the United States, and ends up needing to take care of one of the young girls. Expect a heartwarming performance from the Australian actress, and a lot of lessons about personal growth and family relationships. In theaters March 8. 

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Watch Michael J. Fox and Tommy Lee Jones in "Emperor," about the traumatic events in post-war Japan. As an American general ends up being the ruler of a foreign country, he hires an expert in Japanese culture to figure out what to do with the current unstable political situation. In theaters March 8. 

"Dukes of Melrose" follows the founders of Decades Los Angeles as they meet with celebrities and jet around the world in search of their next big vintage find. Expect high-drama in this new series that premieres March 6 at 10:30 p.m. 

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee explores the lives of a couple on the brink of breaking up when some reckless decisions threaten to unravel their marriage. Eventually living separately between upstate New York and Manhattan, the couple's daughter joins her mother in Manhattan and explores the working world while her mom tries to figure her own life out. In stores March 12.

If you like stories about parallel universes and star-crossed lovers, then "Upside Down" is the movie for you. Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst play a pair of romantic hopefuls that live in opposite universes, social classes, and political structures. The situation get messy when they try and cross over into each other's lives. In theaters March 15. 

Elle Fanning and Alice Englert star in "Ginger & Rosa," a movie about a pair of friends growing up in 1960s London in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, and Oliver Platt also star in this British drama. In theaters March 15.

In "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi are two aging magicians that need to spruce up their routine to stay relevant, while Jim Carrey plays an up-and-coming magician that threatens to steal their thunder. In theaters March 15.

Halle Berry stars as a 911 operator in "The Call" who gets a phone call from a girl that has just been abducted. She takes the matter into her own hands, and hunts down the perpetrator only to find out that she has encountered him before. In theaters March 15.

Jane Green's latest novel Family Pictures is very much in the author's signature style. The story depicts two women living on opposite coasts, dealing with empty-nest syndrome and the harsh realities of unveiled secrets. In stores March 19. 

Comedian Demetri Martin writes and draws in Point Your Face at This, a collection of humorous sketches, stories, and poetry. In bookstores March 19. 

"L.A. Shrinks" premieres this month on Bravo, and follows three psychologists working in Los Angeles that are dealing with issues of their own. Premieres March 4 at 10 p.m. Next guilty pleasure? We think yes. 

Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody, and Rob Schneider star in this month's "inAPPropriate Comedy," which is basically a mashup of racist, sexist, and just inappropriate jokes in a movie. There's probably a plot line in there, too. In theaters March 22.

The Strokes are back with a fifth album, named Comedown Machine. Although Julian Casablancas is making a name for himself as a solo artist as well, he's still very much still a part of the band that shot him to stardom. The album's single, "All the Time" is available for free online, for a sample of what's to come. In stores March 26. 

Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart will star in this month's "Olympus Has Fallen." The movie erupts in the midst of a terrorist attack on the White House, with the President ultimately being held hostage. It's up to the former Presidential guard and the national security team to rescue him before it's too late. In theaters March 22. 

Tina Fey stars as a Princeton admissions officer in "Admission," who meets a young alternative man introduced to her by a friend, played by Paul Rudd, who may be the son that she gave up for adoption years before. In theaters March 22.

Photographer Threon Humphrey compiled his art photography into Maddie on Things to question gravity, physics, and to be amazed by his dog Maddie's balancing acts. If you already follow acrobatic his dog Maddie on social media, you'll be familiar with her poses in strange circumstances. If not, think of the coonhound balancing on everyday objects, and fitting into strange holes. Hits bookstores March 26.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Caroline Manzo releases her first book Let Me Tell You Something this month. In it, she gives life advice about how to have a harmonious life at home, while giving readers some insight into her own life. We're hoping that she keeps an air of humor in her writing, since we already know how harmonious her family life truly is. In bookstores March 26.

One Republic will release their new album, "Native" on March 26. The alternative-rock band tweeted about their latest release in February 2012, stating, "We're not rushing it - it has to literally be the best thing we've ever done." We hope that the band sticks to their word. 

Lil' Wayne will be releasing his latest album, I Am Not A Human Being II on March 26th. The album will feature collaborations with Drake and Future, and will surely also include a slew of other big names in the industry. 

Tyler Perry's main theme in "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" is lust and temptation, obviously. What you may not expect is that Kim Kardashian stars, alongside Vanessa Williams, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Brandy Norwood. In theaters March 29.

In "Family Weekend," a teenage girl takes her parents hostage after they miss her big day: a jump-roping competition. The comedy stars newcomer Olesya Rubin, alongside Kristen Chenoweth and Matthew Modine. In theaters March 29. 

Cher released her first single in 12 years, "Woman's World" in November 2012. Her full album is slated to be available for purchase in March, and is rumored to include collaborations with Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Goo Goo Dolls, and Avenged Sevenfold. 

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