As the calendar turns, plenty of new and old content is coming to three of the top streaming services. Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video each have original and classic content coming in March, including family-friendly animation, adult action, teen romance, and much more genre-bending fare.
The latest from Disney Animation Studios features a colorful and exciting adventure in a world of dragons and magic. With a predominantly Asian-American cast — including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, and Daniel Dae Kim — the film follows warrior Raya on a quest to find the last dragon and protect the realm from sinister forces. This is the second Disney+ release, like Mulan before it, to earn Premier Access, meaning it will cost subscribers an additional $30 watch and own the film for two months.
The first season of this Disney Channel series — one that was originally meant to be a Disney+ exclusive — comes to the service in the hopes of gaining a wider audience and potentially a second season. The premise reads like Stranger Things but for a younger audience, as a boy whose family moves from a big city to Louisiana discovers a haunted house and mysterious portals that allow him to time travel. He unites with friends as the adventure unfolds.
While we don’t know yet how the acclaimed WandaVision series will conclude — and likely set up further shows and films — we can look forward to a behind-the-scenes episode a week after the finale. Disney welcomes viewers to behold how its series and studios operate, and it only makes sense to give legions of Marvel fans a look at how the first Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) show was conceived and executed, especially with regards to its 50s sitcom conceit.
“Own the Room” follows five young people from different parts of the world competing in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Not only are these youngsters crafting big ideas to combat global issues, but they’re also doing so against the backdrop of powerful barriers and personal struggles, including extreme economic disparity, civil unrest, and climate change. t.
Avid Marvel fans don’t have to wait too long until something new from the MCU hits Disney+. Two weeks after “WandaVision” concludes, return to the Marvel universe for the adventures of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, also known as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We don’t know too much about them yet, but between the humorous antagonism they’ve shown in the movies and the void left behind by Captain America, there should be plenty of comedy and drama to go around.
Gordon Bombay is back for more hockey hijinks, returning to coaching a new generation of youngsters in this sequel to “The Mighty Ducks” film franchise. This series looks to tell anew a story of perseverance, teamwork, and dedication with family-friendly antics along the way. With almost 30 years passed since the first film was released, how the story changes and evolves to a modern setting is something to keep an eye on, along with the lessons about perseverance and teamwork.
Hulu kicks off its original releases of the month with an action-adventure take on the ever-popular time-loop concept. “Boss Level” follows Frank Grillo as a special forces agent living the day of his murder over and over again — presumably until he can solve it — with endless action and cheesy one-liners along the way. Mel Gibson plays his arch-enemy and Naomi Watts is his ex-wife in need of rescuing.
This 2019 French drama follows an astronaut, Eva Green, as she prepares to take to space and leave behind her family for a year. As she’s separated from her husband and her young daughter, this intimate film explores the struggle and the push and pull between a lifelong dream and family bonds. With a great performance by Green, “Proxima is a compelling, emotional story worth watching.
This personal story follows actress Soleil Moon Frye, who began working at the age of two and found fame playing Punky Brewster. She documented her upbringing that balanced personal growth and professional work, and the result is a revealing and fascinating jolt of drama and nostalgia, especially for those that grew up in the 90s.
Dreamworks’s “Trolls” series is a widely popular kids franchise that moved from the big screen to streaming. Season 2 of the Hulu series comes this March and promises more exuberance, color, and music to keep the attention of youngsters. Adults be warned: there are more than a few catchy earworms.
This seasonal horror anthology brings its second season to a close with “Blood Moon,” a tale of a mother and son looking for a fresh start in a small town. They aren’t particularly welcome, though, and it sure seems like the townsfolk have a terrifying secret. While the first full moon of spring is meant to bring forth a season of hope, this series doesn’t necessarily turn out the most optimistic of stories.
This highly popular adult animation series, with the same creators of Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty,” returns for a second season following a beloved family of four aliens who love and hate their new home planet of Earth. Fans can expect more absurdist humor and wild antics, and all eight episodes of the season will drop at the same time, making for the perfect weekend binge.
It’s an oldie but a goodie — the Back to the Future trilogy makes its way to Amazon Prime — offering a wondrous and adventurous escape through time. Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they travel to the past, future, and even farther into the past in one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.
This inventive, sci-fi adventure came out in Britain in 2011 and it’s steadily gained fans over the years through word of mouth. We’re trumpeting it for its blend of humor, action, scares, and social awareness. It was the film debut of John Boyega, who stars as a member of a South London teen street gang who battle against alien invaders.
This much-anticipated sequel is finally coming in March, as Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise the roles they first undertook over 30 years ago in Coming to America. Whereas in the original Prince Akeem was looking for love, he now returns to seek out his son in the U.S. While the original was fairly popular and enjoyable, coasting on the fame of Murphy despite some mixed reviews, we’ve much higher hopes for an updated sequel that features Craig Brewer as director (who helmed the Murphy-led “My Name is Dolemite”) and the wildly successful Kenya Barris as a writer.
This Amazon original documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of an Australian football season upended by Covid-19 and the players, coaches, and executives trying to cope with life on and off the field. Even though it may not be an overly familiar sport, this seven-part series, especially with relatable, dramatic material.
This romantic drama from summer 2020 has some rather familiar conceits, but the execution and the performances are stellar. It tells the story of a high school senior diagnosed with schizophrenia while coping with the departure of his father and trying to navigate awkward teenage years. Christopher Plummer, Molly Parker, Andy Garcia, and Walton Goggins support the compelling teens at the heart of this sweet story, one that stands out among other similar films.
For those who can’t get enough superhero content, be sure to check out Prime’s new animated original series, “Invincible.” Steven Yeun voices the son of the world’s most powerful superhero (J.K. Simmons) who develops powers of his own while learning more about his dad’s legacy. However, this series by Robert Kirkman isn’t quite for youngsters. Early trailers nod in the direction of serious consequences and bloody results for the father-son duo. We‘re also excited about a cast that includes Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Anderson, and Mark Hamill.
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