What’s New to Stream on Netflix for March 2019

Some people spend their days arguing over the merits of Netflix and how it shouldn’t be eligible for Academy Awards, but the rest of us know better. It’s just one more way to re-watch the movies we already love and find new ones to cherish. This month sees plenty of both hitting the service.

The complete list of movies and shows hitting Netflix this month — March 2019 — is below, but first I’m going to highlight a few that stand apart from the bunch.

Netflix Pick of the Month

There’s a reason our very own Anna Swanson referred to Triple Frontier (premiering March 13th) as “Zero Dark Thirsty,” and it has as much to with the filmmakers and modern military action as it does the cast of familiar male faces leading the adventure. Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund — some of us have long wanted proof that those last two are actually separate people, and this may be our chance to see them onscreen together —  headline the film co-written by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, 2012) and directed by J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, 2013). It’s a heist film about five vets who attempt a score south of the border and find more than they were bargaining for.


Disney, Off Book

Disney’s own streaming service should be launching soon (already? I don’t know) at which point their big properties will most likely be exclusive to their new home and no longer available on services like Netflix and Hulu. You can prepare for that upcoming cinematic withdrawal by watching a couple Disney adjacent films instead. Yes, they’re still produced by Disney, but they’re offshoots of familiar — and far more popular — tales. Saving Mr. Banks (2013) explores the “true” story of Mary Poppins author PL Travers as she deals with Walt Disney’s persistent attempts to acquire the rights to her book for adaptation. It ain’t great! But on the bright side it stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Christopher Robin (2018) arrives March 5th and takes a more magical approach to one of its properties by imagining a grown-up Christopher Robin who’s reacquainted with Winnie the Pooh at a low point in his life. Christopher’s, not Winnie’s. Think of it as a more mature take on Drop Dead Fred (1991) if that makes it go down any easier.


The Oldest Arrival

One of the constant criticisms of Netflix is its lack of older films. It’s a legitimate concern as the bulk of their content is from the 21st century, so each month I like to highlight the oldest new arrival, and March’s ancient gem is… Stanley Kubrick’s audacious A Clockwork Orange (1971). It’s a film that still prickles, delights, and challenges viewers with its commentary on society’s skeevier elements both above and below the line. And as an aside, the next oldest new arrival this month? 1995’s Apollo 13.


Originals of Note

While Triple Frontier is our most-anticipated Netflix Original this month it’s far from alone, so I wanted to point out a few more highlights. Your Son is a slow burn tale of revenge as a doctor seeks justice on the young men who brutally beat his son. Imagine a more somber and bleak Death Sentence (2007) and you’ll be in the ballpark. I know very little about the new series Shadow (premiering on March 8th), but its synopsis sounds like an Equalizer reboot I can behind — “In Johannesburg, tough ex-cop Shadow pursues justice on his own terms and seeks to help those who are powerless to protect themselves.” Yes please. The Dirt (premiering on March 22nd) is a biopic about those four rascals in Mötley Crüe. Are they using those diaeresis symbols right? I don’t know, but I’m hoping this film has the answers. Finally, as president of my one-man Kevin Costner fan club, I’m excited and duty-bound to bang the drum for The Highwaymen (premiering March 29th). It stars Costner and Woody Harrelson as ex-cops who return to the job to track down the infamous Bonnie & Clyde. I’m hoping it can overcome the director’s reputation for mediocrity. (Sorry John Lee Hancock but also not sorry because come on…)


The Complete List

March 1st
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Budapest (Netflix Original Film)
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians (Netflix Original Series)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Emma (1996)
Junebug (2005)
Larva Island: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Losers (Netflix Original Series)
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Northern Rescue (Netflix Original Series)
River’s Edge (Netflix Original Film)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Stuart Little (1999)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Netflix Original Film)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Notebook (2004)
Tyson (2008)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Winter’s Bone (2010)
Your Son (Netflix Original Film)

March 2nd
Romance is a Bonus Book (Korea; streaming every Saturday; Netflix Original Series)

March 3rd
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (streaming every Sunday; Netflix Original Series)

March 5th
Christopher Robin (2018)

March 6th
Secret City: Under the Eagle: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

March 7th
Doubt (2008)
The Order (Netflix Original Series)

March 8th
After Life (Netflix Original Series)
Bangkok Love Stories: Hey You! (Netflix Original Series)
Bangkok Love Stories: Innocence (Netflix Original Series)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix Original Series)
Hunter X Hunter (2011): Seasons 1-3
Immortals (Netflix Original Series)
Juanita (Netflix Original Film)
Lady J (Netflix Original Film)
Shadow (Netflix Original Series)
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (Netflix Original Film)

March 12th
Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits (Netflix Original Special)
Social Animals (2018)
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 6 (Netflix Original Series)

March 13th
Triple Frontier (Netflix Original Film)

March 15th
A Separation (2011)
Arrested Development: Season 5 B (Netflix Original Series)
Burn Out (Netflix Original Film)
Dry Martina (Netflix Original Film)
Girl (Netflix Original Film)
If I Hadn’t Met You (Netflix Original Series)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Las muñecas de la mafia: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Love, Death & Robots (Netflix Original Series)
Paskal (Netflix Original Film)
Queer Eye: Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)
Robozuna: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Turn Up Charlie (Netflix Original Series)
YooHoo to the Rescue (Netflix Original Series)

March 16th
Green Door (Netflix Original Series)

March 19th
Amy Schumer Growing (Netflix Original Special)

March 21st
Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend (Netflix Original Series)

March 22nd
Carlo & Malik (Netflix Original Series)
Charlie’s Colorforms City (Netflix Original Series)
Delhi Crime (Netflix Original Series)
Historia de un crimen: Colosio (Netflix Original Series)
Mirage (Netflix Original Film)
Most Beautiful Thing (Netflix Original Series)
ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre (Netflix Original Series)
Selling Sunset (Netflix Original Series)
The Dirt (Netflix Original Film)

March 26th
Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid (Netflix Original Special)

March 28th
Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

March 29th
15 August (Netflix Original Film)
Bayoneta (Netflix Original Film)
Osmosis (Netflix Original Series)
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)
The Highwaymen (Netflix Original Film)
The Legend of Cocaine Island (Netflix Original Series)
Traitors (Netflix Original Series)
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

March 30th
How to Get Away with Murder: Season 5

March 31th
El sabor de las margaritas (Netflix Original Series)
The Burial of Kojo (Netflix Original Film)
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series (Netflix Original Series)

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