March is Oscars month, so if you missed any of the contenders in the theater it’s a great chance to catch them on streaming. HBO Max will soon be adding West Side Story (March 2, also available on Disney+ the same day), Drive My Car (also March 2), Dune (March 10), and King Richard (March 24) just in time for the ceremony on March 27. If you want to know where to find more, be sure to check out our handy list.
Of course, you don’t have to spend your whole month catching up on films. There are lots of new and returning series to keep you busy. Some of the most highly anticipated season premieres include Outlander (Season 6 premieres on Starz March 6), Atlanta (Season 3 premieres on FX and Hulu March 24), and Bridgerton (Season 2 premieres on Netflix March 25).
Finally, as always, we’ve got some great honorable mentions that didn’t fit into the categories below, like The Tourist—a thriller set in Australia starring Jamie Dornan as an amnesiac trying to solve the mystery of his identity (premieres on HBO Max March 3)—and Windfall, starring Oscar nominee Jesse Plemons alongside Lily Collins and Jason Segel, about a couple of home invaders caught in the act of breaking into a tech billionaire’s home, by the homeowner himself (Netflix, March 18).
Who cares about springtime when there’s so much to watch? Happy streaming!
A Show Everyone Will be Talking About: Moon Knight
March 30 | Disney+
Though it doesn’t premiere until the end of the month, expectations for this new Marvel series are pretty high, so the buzz surrounding it is already building. Fans of the comics and the Marvel films are busy speculating what the show will entail based on the official trailer Disney dropped during the Super Bowl last month. What we do know is that Oscar Isaac joins the MCU as Marc Spector, a military vet who gets all tangled up with an ancient Egyptian god and soon starts experiencing dissociative episodes and multiple personalities. Oh, and he also fights crime. Ethan Hawke delivers what promises to be a deliciously unhinged performance as the hero’s nemesis, Arthur Harrow.
Watch This, Then That: The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure and Our Flag Means Death
You wouldn’t think there could be much laughter in films about thieves and ruffians terrorizing the high seas, but for some reason pirates and comedy are two great tastes that go great together. Like a refreshing rum and cola. This month we’re getting not one but two pirate comedies. They may offer different flavors but share the same irreverent sense of humor.
The first to drop is a sequel to the hit 2014 South Korean film The Pirates. When it came out in theaters in Korea this past January The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure set box-office records and is currently the top grossing film of 2022 (though the year is still young). It features a new cast but the story continues to follow rival groups of pirates, bandits, and explorers as they race across the ocean in search of valuable treasure.
After you’ve watched The Last Royal Treasure you should be properly pumped for Our Flag Means Death, which premieres less than a week later. It’s loosely based on the true story of Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), a wealthy gentleman who decides on a whim to become a pirate. Though he’s Captain of his own ship he’s got a long way to go to convince his dubious crew to follow him, until a chance meeting with an actual pirate, the legendary Blackbeard (played by fellow New Zealander and executive producer Taika Waititi), turns everything around. Be on the lookout for guest appearances from the likes of Fred Armisen, Nat Faxon, and Leslie Jones.
Hidden Gem: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
March 11 | Apple TV+
Samuel L. Jackson stars as Ptolemy Grey, a lonely and isolated old man sinking into dementia and struggling to remember his life. When he becomes the caretaker of an orphaned teenager (Dominique Fishback), the two of them discover a treatment that can potentially restore Ptolemy’s memories. But the past holds secrets that might be better left buried. The six-episode limited series is based on a book of the same name by Walter Mosley. Early word on this one is that it’s a real tear jerker, so keep some tissues handy.
Date Night: Moonshot
Science fiction meets romantic comedy in this futuristic romp starring Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) and Cole Sprouse (Riverdale). After being left behind by their significant others, two heartbroken college students team up to sneak onboard a space shuttle to Mars, where their exes have joined a colony of Earth’s best and brightest. Rounding out the cast are Mason Gooding, Emily Rudd, Lukas Gage, and Zach Braff.
Family Watch: The Adam Project
March 11 | Netflix
From director Shawn Levy, who also brought you Night at the Museum and Free Guy, this sci-fi adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as a time-traveling fighter pilot from the future. When he crash lands in the present day he has to recruit his younger self on a mission to save the world. This one not only looks like a lot of fun, but also deals with deeper themes, like coming to terms with growing up and embracing the kid we all used to be. The impressive cast list also includes Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Jennifer Garner. Expect action, thrills, and plenty of heart.
An International Find: Drive My Car
March 2 | HBO Max
See why this thoughtful drama earned critical acclaim and four Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, the first Japanese film to receive the honor). Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, the story follows an actor turned director throughout several major turning points in his life, including discovering his wife’s infidelity, mourning her death, and forming a new bond with a woman hired to be his chauffeur. Despite a daunting runtime of nearly three hours, Drive My Car offers a compelling narrative in which characters in the present attempt to contend with the events of the past and learn to move on with forgiveness.