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The Best Movies Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO in March

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  March 15th, 2019  By Meg Cannistra

Daylight Savings may have given us an extra hour of sunlight, but that doesn’t mean you need to come out from hibernation and stop binging movies. March brings classics like Weekend at Bernie’s and Death at a Funeral to your TV, along with some hotly anticipated original titles like Triple Frontier. We asked our movie buffs on staff to write about their favorite flicks coming to streaming services this month and they were more than happy to oblige (our Editorial Director couldn’t pick just one movie and insisted on giving us three favorites).

After tons of back-and-forth in our team’s Slack channel, here are our staff recommendations for the best movies streaming in March.

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Available on Hulu (March 1)

One of the most quotable movies that doesn’t get enough love, “What Lies Beneath” is a paranormal thriller that follows Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer), a woman haunted by the ghost of her husband’s (Harrison Ford) mistress (Amber Valletta). It’s the perfect balance of early aughts ghost movies and cheesy 80s/90s thrillers, jam packed with illicit affairs, murder, and supernatural possession. Think “Fatal Attraction” (thanks to all the bathtub scenes) with a pinch of “The Sixth Sense” and several shots of Harrison Ford looking suspicious and you’ve got this movie. Plus, it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis so you can rest assured that this over-the-top story is in good hands. If you need a thriller that delivers on both suspense and laughs, look no further than “What Lies Beneath.”
– Meg Cannistra, Senior Content Strategist

Batman Begins (2005)

Available on Hulu (March 1)

“The Dark Knight” is often cited as a breakthrough for superhero movies; it’s a film that took itself and its source material seriously, setting a record for opening weekend box-office haul. But that success was built on the foundation of another movie: 2005’s “Batman Begins.” Christopher Nolan’s first Batman film is a deep dive into Bruce Wayne’s origins — who he is and how he came to be. While superhero origin stories are nothing new, “Batman Begins” explores Bruce’s origins with a level of detail that was different from what had come before. The film shows us every careful decision, manual upgrade, and painful failure Bruce makes along the way to becoming Batman (a style of origin story that Marvel has since mastered). By showing us how Bruce puts together every tiny piece of his persona, the movie makes Batman — a guy who swings around at night in a cape and cowl — seem real. And the themes of identity and symbolism that are so central to “The Dark Knight” find their own origins here. If you’re a fan of superheroes, mythology, or origin stories, this one’s worth (re)watching.
– Adam Benjamin, Editor

Office Space (1999)

Available on Hulu (March 1)

Heartless layoffs, incompetent bosses, pointless busy work, and cell-like cubicles — even if you haven’t seen “Office Space,” there’s a good chance you’ve lived it. This 1999 comedy classic is full of wit, sharp dialogue, and an anti-conformist hip-hop soundtrack. Our leading man, Peter (played by Ron Livingston), detests the monotony of his job at a company called Initech. He visits a sweaty occupational hypnotherapist, who puts him in a trance so relaxing, he has no inhibitions. Instead of going to work, Peter snags a date with a waitress (Jennifer Aniston) from the restaurant across the street. For the rest of the week, Peter goes fishing, shows up late, wears flip flops, and simply walks away from his smarmy boss. The result? Two efficiency consultants promote him for being a charming “straight-shooter.” When those same consultants layoff his two best friends, they scheme for revenge. The movie’s beauty lies in its small moments of satire — the sad office birthday celebrations, a printer that won’t work, and a way-too-perky coworker. Truthfully, the first hour of the film is the funniest, and the ending falls a bit flat. But the film developed such a strong cult following that Swingline brought back its retired line of red staplers. The only thing dated about this movie is the technology; its parody of corporate office life is timeless. Two decades later, you’ll still recognize the office woes and weird coworkers.
– Danika Miller, Copywriter

Triple Frontier (2019)

Available on Netflix (March 13)

Just a few years ago, it would have been inconceivable for a streaming company to produce a film like “Triple Frontier” — a big-budget action thriller starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal. All five men play American military veterans who travel to the “triple frontier” between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to rob a drug lord. Of course, things go horribly, horribly wrong. Early reviews are positive, if you don’t mind the boy’s club aspect of the film. Director/co-writer J.C. Chandor is one of the most stylish (and underrated) talents in Hollywood today (check out “Margin Call,” “All Is Lost,” and “A Most Violent Year”), and the script was co-written by “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” alum Mark Boal.
– Adam Morgan, Senior Content Strategist

Cold War (2018)

Available on Amazon Prime (March 22)

A love story spanning decades, locations, and history, “Cold War” is a master class in filmmaking for the modern era. Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to the 2013 Oscar winner “Ida,” “Cold” War focuses on Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a pair of Polish musicians caught in the throes of love and politics. This captivating tale, set against the backdrop of Stalinist Europe, puts our protagonists through trials and tribulations filled with drama, heartbreak, and melancholy. The story, setting, and stark black-and-white color palette all call back to old Hollywood and give the film an appropriately “cold” aesthetic. Pawel’s talent lies in creating small stories set against larger-than-life historical backdrops, bringing a profound humanity to day-to-day life. Wiktor and Zula are relatable, tragic, and most importantly human. Without spoiling too much, this movie has much to say about the relationship between artists and the state — in particular, the state’s ability to use performance to support its preferred ideology. Cold War is a cool, sophisticated, and stylish love story you shouldn’t miss.
– Brett Benningfield, Product Researcher

Junebug (2005)

Available on Netflix (March 1)

“Junebug,” a comedy/drama that doesn’t shy from its indie, avant-garde feel, deserves respect for its ability to paint very real and often painful cultural differences (while tastefully peppering in some humor). The story revolves around Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a Chicago-based art dealer who travels to North Carolina in pursuit of work created by a genius, self-taught painter known for depicting racial violence of the Civil War. Her husband’s immediate family members happen to live in the same area, and she uses her work trip as an opportunity to finally meet and stay with them — a decision that thrusts her into a new world for which she finds herself sorely unprepared. Between Southern drawls and green pastures, director Phil Morrison and writer Angus MacLachlan successfully capture faces of ignorance, arrogance, prejudice, and innocence. And they weave them into a package that somehow deeply humanizes all parties involved.
– Lidia Davis, Associate Copywriter

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

Available on HBO Now (March 1)

With a plot so out there you almost think it’s a TV movie, “Weekend at Bernie’s” had no right to be a hit. And it wasn’t — the movie only achieved modest box office when it hit theaters in 1989, but the tale of two office slackers who pretend their dead boss isn’t really dead so they can enjoy a weekend at his ritzy Hamptons beach house quickly found a cult following. That’s probably because the primary cast is so damn watchable: Jonathan Silverman is an able straight man as Richard, but Andrew McCarthy is positively magnetic as his horny, snarky sidekick Larry, an early prototype of “How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney Stinson and a host of other self-aware bros from the past 30 years. You can’t help but root for the pair as they somehow pull off their gross stunt, and while the central gag gets old pretty quickly, you’ll want to keep watching just to see how big this train wreck can get. “Weekend at Bernie’s” is strangely historic — everything from “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” owes a debt to it — but we’d forgive you for skipping out on the forgettable third act.
– Pete Pachal, Editorial Director

Skyscraper (2018)

Available on HBO Now (March 2)

It’s The Rock vs. a tall building. Yep, that sounds dumb, but an action movie doesn’t live or die by the absurdity of its premise — it’s the execution that matters. “Skyscraper” nails that for the most part, expertly moving star Dwayne Johnson through the movie’s vertical board game of death traps. A long jump from a convenient crane and tip-toeing along an impossibly high ledge are predictable set pieces for a movie with this title, but once you’re in the moment, director Rawson Marshall Thurber keeps you there, preventing you from rolling your eyes… at least until the final credits run. He’s helped by a diverse supporting cast, including a memorable performance from Neve Campbell (back from Hollywood purgatory, apparently) as Johnson’s badass wife. The story is made doubly interesting by leaning into a key plot point: Johnson’s character is an amputee, literally handicapping his action-movie prowess. While the high-tech ending is too goofy to fully draw you in, there’s no way you’ll get through all the film’s dangling-by-a-thread moments without your palms getting sweaty at least once. As high-rise action goes, this is no “Die Hard,” but “Skyscraper” still climbs to surprisingly thrilling heights.
– Pete Pachal, Editorial Director

JFK (1991)

Available on Hulu (March 1)

Before the internet and its exacerbating effect on paranoia, conspiracy theories were more intriguing than dangerous. That intrigue is multiplied in the hands of a master filmmaker like Oliver Stone, making it impossible to walk away from this movie without being at least partially convinced that President John F. Kennedy was the victim of an elaborate assassination plot. “JFK” is arguably the pinnacle of Stone’s career — an epic-length political thriller designed to ratchet up your adrenaline, scene by meticulously crafted scene. It remains controversial: The mixing of historical footage with the director’s speculative narrative was criticized upon the movie’s 1991 release, and the details of Stone’s case have largely been debunked in subsequent years. But the film is a tour de force in editing, and the story’s message (if not its premise) is as relevant today as it ever was: It’s better to confront a devastating truth than live with a comfortable lie. The cast is truly all-star — from Jack Lemmon to Sissy Spacek to Joe Pesci, you can get comfortably drunk playing “spot the A-lister” as a drinking game as you watch. Wherever you land on the Kennedy assassination, there’s no denying “JFK” is a landmark in filmmaking.
– Pete Pachal, Editorial Director

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