So many home-entertainment options, so little time. The coronavirus pandemic has robbed people of the chance to get out and see a movie, play, concert or sporting event. But if there’s a slight consolation, it’s that streaming services have stepped up and filled the gap.
Movies that otherwise might only have played in theaters now can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch, and there’s plenty of at-home time to catch up on TV shows and specials.
Sorting through the giant list of offerings isn’t easy. So, here’s a look at some of the best of what’s new on two of the biggest streaming options — Netflix and Hulu — in March 2021.
‘Murder Among the Mormons’
The three-part Netflix original documentary “Murder Among the Mormons,” which debuted March 3, revisits a grim series of Salt Lake City bombings that shook the foundations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985.
Bomber Mark Hofmann was also a master forger who had been creating and selling phony historical church documents. And once the bombs exploded, so too did the fortress of lies Hofmann had created.
Parents who feel like they do nothing but tell their kids “no” may find release in the new Netflix original movie “Yes Day,” which debuts on March 12.
Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez play parents who decide to agree to all their kids’ requests for one 24-hour period. Things get predictably crazy, with a drive through the carwash with the windows down being one of the tamer activities.
‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’
It was hard not to feel a little shameful joy when the 2019 college-admissions scandal broke, Your kid might have been grinding away to try to make good grades, but the super-rich got caught paying big, and lying even bigger, to get their children into preferred colleges.
The Netflix original documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal,” which premieres on March 17, takes actual FBI-wiretapped conversations between the parents and mastermind Rick Singer and puts them into actors’ mouths. (Singer is played by Matthew Modine.)
Other noteworthy programming coming to Netflix in March includes:
- “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell“: This Netflix original documentary about the late rapper known as the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls or just Biggie debuted on March 1.
- “Moxie“: SNL veteran Amy Poehler directed and starred in this Netflix original movie, in which a modern teen takes inspiration from her mom’s 1990s past as a riot grrrl and zine-maker. It premiered March 3.
Other movies coming to Netflix in March include:
- “Dances With Wolves” (1990) — available March 1
- “Rain Man” (1988) — available March 1
- “A Week Away” (Netflix original) — available March 26
For a complete list of programs coming to Netflix in March, visit its “New on Netflix” page.
‘Charles and Diana: 1983’
Love “The Crown”? Get the real side of the royal story with “Charles and Diana: 1983,” a documentary that debuted on Hulu on March 1.
The British royal couple had been married only about two years when they headed to Australia and New Zealand for a six-week royal tour, baby William in tow. Tons of footage from the trip, mixed with expert commentary and interviews, lay bare Diana’s transformation into a superstar, Charles’ befuddlement at his wife’s fame and all the fractures beginning to show in the fairy tale.
If “Groundhog Day” were an action movie, it might be “Boss Level.” Frank Grillo plays a retired special-forces soldier who must live the same deadly day over and over again. Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts also star.
The Hulu original debuts on March 5.
Soleil Moon Frye starred in the 1980s sitcom “Punky Brewster.” As a 1990s teen, Frye carried a video camera with her and captured the lives of herself and her friends, who included many other young Hollywood stars. Her new documentary, “Kid 90,” unspools that footage and gives a rare inside glimpse at what it was like to be a famous child in those just-pre-Internet days.
The Hulu original debuts on March 12.
Other noteworthy programming coming to Hulu in March includes:
- “The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World“: You’ve seen the famous photograph, but this documentary delves into the story of track-and-field medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their black-gloved fists at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It comes to Hulu on March 15.
- “Pooch Perfect“: Further proof there’s a reality show for everything, this ABC series pits dog groomers against each other in fur-ocious competitions. The series premiere comes to Hulu March 31.
Movies coming to Hulu in March include:
- “Pretty Woman” (1990) — available March 1
- “The Social Network” (2010) — available March 1
- “Young Frankenstein” (1974) — available March 1
To learn more about the Hulu originals debuting in March or download Hulu’s complete schedule for the month, visit Hulu’s Schedule page.