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The March movie heroines that define #InternationalWomensDay


Today marks International Women's Day, so what better time to recap this month's greatest movie heroines? Scroll down to see who's made our list.

Red Sparrow

Release date Out now

Starring Jennifer Lawrence

If you thought the Hunger Games series was tough, just wait until you set eyes on Lawrence's latest thriller. She excels as ballerina turned Soviet spy Dominika, drawn into a seductively deadly game of cat and mouse with CIA agent Nash (Joel Edgerton). Draped in moody atmosphere and filled with shocking moments of violence, it further cements Lawrence's status as a modern movie icon.

Black Panther

Release date Out now

Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett

Marvel's sensational new movie is a breakthrough not only in terms of diversity (it's their first film led by a black ensemble cast), but also in terms of gender representation. As the battle for the African kingdom of Wakanda gets underway, it's the women of the story who lead the charge, including Dora Milaje leader Okoye (played by The Walking Dead's Gurira). Then there's the vibrant presence of Oscar-winner Nyong'o as spy Nakia, the terrific Letitia Wright as the title character's quick-witted sister Shuri and Bassett as the imposing Queen Ramonda.

Tomb Raider

Release date 16th March

Starring Alicia Vikander

PlayStation character Lara Croft proved revolutionary upon her Tomb Raider debut back in 1996. And now, Oscar-winning The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander carries the torch in the glossy new movie reboot. Picking up where Angelina Jolie left off, Vikander is poised to craft a vulnerable yet compelling and determined Lara, who must venture to a remote island to discover what happened to her long-lost father. Rest assured, a few trap-laden tombs and genocide-seeking baddies won't stand in her way.

A Wrinkle In Time

Release date 23rd March

Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Selma director Ava DuVernay marshals a superb cast in this empowering story of a girl's search to find her missing father. Marshalled by an acclaimed director, it's also adapted from the beloved book by Madeleine L'Engle and features a multi-generational cast of new and established talent. Rising star Reid is Meg Murry, drawn into an inter-dimensional search for the truth, with Winfrey, Witherspoon and Kaling turning up as celestial beings Mrs Which, Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Who. Black Mirror's Mbatha-Raw meanwhile plays Meg's mother.

Ready Player One

Release date 29th March

Starring Olivia Cooke

Much of this film's pre-release hype has focused on director Steven Spielberg, author Ernest Cline (on who's book it's based) and a cast led by the likes of Tye Sheridan and Ben Mendelsohn. But as those who've read the novel will know, one of its strongest and most memorable characters is Art3mis. She's one of several gamers drawn into the search for hidden treasure within the virtual reality simulation known as the OASIS, and is played in the movie by Me, Earl and the Dying Girl actress Olivia Cooke.

What movies are you watching to celebrate International Women's Day? Let us know @Cineworld.