The 7 most anticipated new movies arriving in March, from 'Godzilla vs. Kong' to Disney's 'Raya and the Last Dragon'

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"Zack Snyder's Justice League" HBO Max

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the theatrical industry and changed how movie studios approach releasing movies.

That's clear when looking at some of the most anticipated movies coming in March. The blockbuster "Godzilla vs. Kong" will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously in the US, as will all of Warner Bros.' movies this year.

Similarly, Disney will debut its animated film "Raya and the Last Dragon" this month on Disney Plus for an additional fee to subscribers, called "Premiere Access." The company used the same strategy with "Mulan" last year.

Every month, the television-tracking app TV Time provides Insider a list of the most anticipated new movies being released based on its US users. Insider includes where audiences can watch the movie in the US along with its Rotten Tomatoes critic score if applicable.

From streaming-only titles like "Zack Snyder's Justice League" to theatrical-only ones like Lionsgate's "Chaos Walking," March is a preview of the various distribution strategies studios are utilizing amid the pandemic.

Here are the seven most anticipated new movies of March:

7. "Moxie" - Netflix, March 3

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Amy Poehler in "Moxie." Netflix

Description: "Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 62%

What critics said: "There are worse fates than dorky earnestness, of course. But Moxie just isn't all that funny either." — AV Club

6. "Zack Snyder's Justice League" - HBO Max, March 18

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Ben Affleck as Batman in "Zack Snyder's Justice League." HBO Max

Description: "In Zack Snyder's Justice League, determined to ensure Superman's (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad, and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions. "

5. "Coming 2 America" - Amazon Prime Video, March 5

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Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in "Coming 2 America." Amazon Prime Video

Description: "Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York — where it all began."

4. "Raya and the Last Dragon" - Disney Plus "premiere access," March 5

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Walt Disney Animation

Description: "'Raya and the Last Dragon' takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than a dragon to save the world — it's going to take trust and teamwork as well."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 96%

What critics said: "Raya's chords of loss and melancholy blend well with its more fanciful elements, all given vibrant body in achingly gorgeous animation." — Vanity Fair

3. "Chaos Walking" - in theaters, March 5

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Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in "Chaos Walking." Lionsgate

Description: "In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by 'the Noise' — a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola's life is threatened — and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet's dark secrets."

2. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" - Paramount Plus and digital rental, March 4

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"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" Paramount Pictures

Description: "When SpongeBob's beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. Stay after the credits for an all-new mini-movie!"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69%

What critics said: "In an era when so many eight-minute animated shorts have been bloated beyond proportion when becoming 90-minute movies, Team SpongeBob deserves credit for building out a storyline without losing sight of what made the original beloved in the first place." — TheWrap

1. "Godzilla vs. Kong" - in theaters and on HBO Max, March 31

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Godzilla and Kong. Warner Bros.

Description: "Legends collide in 'Godzilla vs. Kong' as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans — instigated by unseen forces — is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth."

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