Don’t worry — we can’t believe it’s already March, either. Time flies when all you can do is work, be home as much as possible, have a lot of virtual gatherings, wait for things to finally go back to semi-normal and binge-watch TV shows and films.
Since there are a ton of new releases in March and quality leisure time is more important than ever, let us help you sort out some of the main titles to come.
Top Netflix Releases in March 2021
Moxie (March 3): Actress and comedian Amy Poehler directs and plays a supporting role in this coming-of-age comedy film. Vivian (Hadley Robinson) is a 16 year old who decides to start an underground zine called Moxie to expose some of the sexist attitudes in her high school. She’s inspired by her mom’s (Poehler) activist youth.
Yes Day (March 12): In this comedy movie for the whole family, Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez play a rule-abiding married couple with three children. The parents feel they’re constantly saying “no.” They experiment with the idea of telling their kids “yes” to everything for one whole day, and we get to see how that impacts their dynamics.
Waffles + Mochi (March 16): Frozen foods and puppets Waffles and Mochi are best friends who want to become chefs. In this 10-episode food series, they embark on a culinary adventure with the help of former First Lady Michelle Obama and tour the world. The muppet-like creatures get to meet renowned chefs José Andrés, Samin Nosrat and Massimo Bottura, as well as celebrities Rashida Jones, Common and Gaten Matarazzo.
Sky Rojo (March 19): This one is for fans of subtitles and the Spanish TV show Money Heist — Sky Rojo comes from the same creators. Coral, Wendy and Gina are three sex workers who flee their pimp. Their only plan is to stay alive for five more minutes while they’re being chased by the pimp’s henchmen. Expect sharp dialogues, a surefire catchy soundtrack and an adrenaline rush in the eight-episode first season of this show.
Superheroes, Animation and Science Fiction
It’s not even summer, yet a few of these March titles feel almost like the kind of big superhero or science-fiction fare we were used to seeing in the summer months.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (March 4), Paramount Plus: The streaming wars keep heating up with the launch of Paramount Plus in March. We’ll leave it to you to decide whether you need another streaming subscription. But fans of SpongeBob might feel enticed to give the new service a try and watch this feature in which SpongeBob and Patrick leave on a quest to try and find the snail Gary. Also, did I mention there’s a Keanu Reeves cameo in the movie?
Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5), Disney Plus with Premier Access: This Disney Animation movie tells the epic story of Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran), a warrior tasked with the job of finding the last of the dragons to save humanity. Along her hero’s journey, Raya learns there’s more to saving the world than finding a rare creature.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (March 18), HBO Max: You might not have liked 2017’s Justice League that much. Not for nothing, the DC Extended Universe movie has a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This new four-hour-long version of that movie is director Zack Snyder’s cut of the same story. In it, Batman (Ben Affleck) partners up with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to protect the world and make sure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) sacrifice wasn’t in vain.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (March 19), Disney Plus: WandaVision finishes its run on March 5, but you’ll get your next Marvel fix soon after it. In the six-episode series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their superhero roles after Avengers: Endgame and join forces to honor Captain America’s legacy while testing each other’s patience.
Solar Opposites (March 26), Hulu: Season two of this absurdist animation comedy by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (ex-writer’s assistant on Rick & Morty) explores once again the idea of family. Its four starring aliens try to fit in in suburban America while protecting a computer that’s destined to one day evolve into a living form, consume them and terraform the Earth.
Must-Watch Titles on Streaming Services
Boss Level (March 5), Hulu: Prepare yourself for some serious action with Frank Grillo’s starring movie Boss Level. He plays a former special forces agent trapped in a Groundhog Day-type situation in which he’s doomed to constantly relive the day he’s murdered.
Coming 2 America (March 5), Amazon Prime Video: More than three decades after playing Prince Akeem of Zamunda in Coming to America, Eddie Murphy reprises the character with this movie sequel. The now-King of Zamunda and adviser Semmi (Arsenio Hall) begin a trip that’ll take them from their fictional African country to Queens, New York.
Cherry (March 12), Apple TV Plus: This movie comes with a lot of Marvel cred. Avengers: Endgame directors and siblings Joe and Anthony Russo direct, and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) plays the titular role. The story follows Cherry, a young man from Ohio who drops out of college, serves in Iraq and battles with undiagnosed PTSD and addiction.
Genius: Aretha (March 21), National Geographic with episodes available the next day on Hulu: After dramatizing the lives of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, season three of the anthology series Genius centers on Aretha Franklin. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) plays the Queen of Soul in the eight-episode biopic.
Other Must-Watch Films on VOD
The World to Come (March 2): Set in 1856’s American West, this frontier romance tells the story of friendship and love between Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby), a free-spirited woman with a controlling husband.
Land (March 5): Actress Robin Wright makes her feature directorial debut with this minimalist film in which she also plays the lead. In Land, Wright presents the story of a woman who decides to retreat from the world after a personal tragedy. She escapes to the Rockies and learns that living in the wild is riskier and far more arduous than she could have ever fathomed.
My Salinger Year (March 5): Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood) plays Joanna, the assistant of a literary agent in 1990s New York. She’s tasked with handling J.D. Salinger’s fan mail. But, instead of using the agency’s standard reply, she ends up sending the fans personal notes written in the voice of The Catcher in the Rye‘s famously reclusive author.
The Father (March 26): Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman remind us why they’ve amassed so many performing trophies during their careers with this tale in which Hopkins plays a father battling with dementia and Colman takes on the role of his daughter. Even though you might think you already know what type of movie The Father is, let the story talk for itself and surprise you with its narrative choices.
Something Extra for Music Fans
Even though it technically launched in February, we’re including a mention of The Coda Collection in case you missed it. This new channel, available as an add-on to Prime Video, offers a selection of concerts, documentaries and series in music. It might be the place to go if you want to watch Oasis’ 2005 live performance in their native Manchester or Charles Mingus’ 1964 European Tour.
Feeling like there’s too much to watch in March? Take a look at our piece on what makes the perfect watch for pandemic times.