Following the Oscars, there are plenty of movies and TV shows coming to the Netflix Instant streaming service in March, 2015. The volume seems down slightly from last month, but there are some very big TV shows on the cards, including two big Netflix originals, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” created by Tina Fey and the star studded “Bloodline” which looks to be a dark and twist filled thriller starring Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek. “Bloodline” has me all kinds of excited, but there’s also some great movies and documentaries coming to Netflix as well, for example the wonderful documentary about the late Roger Ebert, “Life Itself.”
Here is a list of what we’ve identified as the best movies coming to Netflix Instant in March, 2015.
Patch Adams (1998)
Not the best of the late, great Robin Williams’ films but this feel good romp about a medical student with a unique approach to healing will certainly be enjoyable for some, and for big fans of Williams in particular.
Finding Neverland (2004)
Johnny Depp stars in this critically acclaimed feel good drama from directer Marc Forster. Depp plays real life playwright James Matthew Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan. It is a wonderful film, with a great cast that also includes Dustin Hoffman and Kate Winslet, about a man who very few people know the story of, but who was responsible for crafting one of the all time great children’s stories.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Another film that isn’t exactly critically acclaimed, but loved by some, The Brothers Grimm stars Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger as a pair of brothers who stage supernatural events in order to get paid to ‘fix’ them. However, when they accidentally stumble on a village with some real magic, they’re forced to save the day for real. A fun fantasy for young teens to enjoy.
Based on a true story, “Evelyn” is a lesser known drama starring Pierce Brosnan as a hard working Irish father who loses custody of his children, but fights hard in a tough Irish court of law to win them back. Well regarded and well acted, Evelyn is a strong drama that is well worth checking out.
Food Chains (2014)
Netflix is full of great documentaries, and it’s adding another with “Food Chains,” which reveals the terrible conditions and circumstances placed on our American farmers and agricultural system, and examines the supermarket chains role in this. It’s a pretty hard hitting and revealing look at the horrible conditions many people are living in as a result of these grievances.
My Own Man (2014)
Another Netflix original, this documentary follows a man through a series of trials and tribulations and analyzing his journey towards becoming a better man and father. An interesting one that I’ll be checking out based simply on the fact that Netflix has generated an early track record of producing high quality original content.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
Yet another Netflix original, but this one is an original comedy sitcom from legend Tina Fey, and starring Ellie Kemper of The Office. Kemper plays a woman who has gotten free from a cult and returned to the city, ready to start fresh. This is a pretty crazy concept for a comedy, and I’m curious to know how good it is, but with Tina Fey in charge, it has a good chance.
Archer: Season 5
The latest season of this cult favorite animated comedy is sure to get plenty of attention on Netflix. It’s a spy spoof which involves all kinds of ridiculous comedy, twists and turns, and plenty of stupidity.
Glee: Season 5
Another huge fan favorite, and one of the most popular shows on TV, Glee is the weekly version of high school musical, but actually better. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but fans will be pleased to see Season 5 hit the streaming service.
Cesar Chavez (2014)
Michael Pena took on the role of the legendary civil rights leader Cesar Chavez in this biopic, that didn’t live up to expectations but certainly is not a bad film. Pena gives an inspired performance that is largely overlooked due to the lesser success of the film, but for fans of historical biopics, or Chavez’s story, this is a must see.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Quite possibly the best movie landing on Netflix Instant stream is the sequel to the incredible How To Train Your Dragon. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a sequel that lives up to the original, and even perhaps exceeds it as we follow our heroes into a new adventure. Should have probably won Best Animated Feature at this years Oscars, this is a must see.
3rd Rock From the Sun: Complete Series
A pretty popular series in the late 90’s, 3rd Rock From The Sun stars John Lithgow as the head of an alien family who are pretending to be human on earth in order to observe and report on the human species. It’s a fun premise and one that also brought Joseph Gordon-Levitt to prominence, which we’re certainly grateful for.
Marvel & ESPN Films Present: 1 of 1: Genesis (2014)
This one is a tough read, and I don’t have much to go on recommending it, but this collaboration is supposed to bring real life sports stories to the screen but with a little twist, adding some of Marvel’s comic book style to the mix. I don’t know much more than that, but give it a look online and you’ll certainly find more.
This one is very, very under-known and also a little underrated. Dummy is a quirky family comedy starring Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich as a pair of best friends trying to find their place in life. It’s a unique style that may not appeal to the laugh out loud crowd, but it’s a fun and feel good film for most.
Life Itself (2014)
Roger Ebert is one of the most famous faces in cinema history, and not for his acting or film making, but for his film criticism. He was perhaps the most famous film critic of all time, but he was also a man with a rich history and background, and a personality worth getting to know. Life Itself takes a look at the life and does so in a charming, funny and at times sad way. A must see for movie fans.
Bloodline: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Perhaps the highlight of March for Netflix Instant streaming, Bloodline is another Netflix Original television show, with a lot of star power. It stars Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), and tells the story of a family who seem to have it all, but when the outcast older brother of the family randomly returns, that fake perfection is placed into question. It looks like it is going to be a dark, suspenseful thriller that is well acted and full of twists and turns. I’ll be binge watching this for sure.
God’s Not Dead (2014)
God’s Not Dead is a tough film to recommend, because quite frankly I thought it was horrible. It’s an incredibly cheesy, preachy and poorly acted film which plays out like a glorified Hallmark movie. But I will include it here because it was also incredibly popular, and will certainly be highly streamed.
Mad Men: Season 7
The first half of the final season (strange….) is coming to Netflix in time for those who are behind to catch up a little before Don Draper and company return to AMC in April. Mad Men is in my opinion the best drama to ever grace our screens, so if you need to catch up, sit back and enjoy a good bit of Matthew Weiner dialogue.
November Man (2014)
A decent little spy thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, that is pretty underwhelming but worth a watch if you’re bored one evening. Pierce is pretty good at these roles, which is enough to salvage an uneventful script.
Turn: Season 1
Another AMC show is bringing it’s first season to Netflix. Turn stars Jamie Bell as a spy during the Revolutionary War, and is full of twists and double-crossing characters, as well as plenty of romance and suspense. It’s a solid show that will hopefully continue to pick up steam in season 2. Fans of historical genre fare will enjoy Turn for sure.
Trailer Park Boys: Season 9
This ridiculous comedy follows a group of clueless dudes trying to commit petty crimes to make a little cash, which almost always fall at the hands of their stupidity. It’s an acquired taste and not necessarily my cup of tea, but it is extremely popular all over the place and Netflix decided to air a couple extra seasons.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
A very polarizing film directed by Wu Tang’s RZA, Iron Fists is a modern take on the old school Kung-Fu films that used to grace our screens. It’s got a decent cast, including Russell Crowe, and it’s a decent film too. It’s got some fun fight scenes that are completely insane but entertaining, and the stylistic elements are pretty unique. Well worth a watch for Kung-Fu fans.