En español | Feel a bit behind when your friends all start talking about the hottest thing on Netflix they’ve just watched? FOMO be gone! Each month, set your watch list with our critics’ culling of the long list of all the new arrivals on everyone’s favorite streaming platform. Below find 13 must-watch shows and films, the dates they arrive and the links you need to check them out.
Coming Mar. 1
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
A sweet, pretty good movie with dazzling acting. When Julianne Moore divorces kindly, traumatized Steve Carell, his wingman Ryan Gosling schools him in becoming a high-scoring womanizer — until the cad falls under Emma Stone’s spell.
Watch it: Crazy, Stupid, Love
Dances With Wolves (1990)
As a Union soldier who joins the Lakota tribe, Kevin Costner rides high in one of the most historically accurate Westerns ever made — and it’s an epic as entertaining as anything Gary Cooper ever rode in on.
Watch it: Dances With Wolves
Rain Man (1988)
Dustin Hoffman’s achievement peaked with his celebrated role as autistic genius Raymond, on a cross-country trip with his shallow brother (Tom Cruise) who gets deeper as he (and we) learn more about Raymond’s gift and curse. Fun fact: director Martin Brest quit Rain Man, then made a similar must-see 1988 odd-couple road movie, Midnight Run, with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.
Watch it: Rain Man
The Dark Knight (2008)
Nobody thought anyone could top Tim Burton’s masterpiece Batman movies, but Christopher Nolan pulled it off. It’s a superhero art film so good not even Heath Ledger’s legendary, Nicholson-beating performance as the Joker could steal the picture. Everyone in it steals the picture.
Watch it: The Dark Knight
Coming Mar. 3
In a new Netflix original, Amy Poehler directs and stars as a former ’90s riot grrrl who inspires her teenage daughter to battle sexism at her small-town Texas high school.
Watch it: Moxie
Murder Among the Mormons (2021)
Brilliant Mormon indie director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) presents a fascinating documentary about the man who may be America’s greatest forger of historical documents, which fooled the FBI, the church’s top authorities — and his best friends, some of whom wound up blown to bloody bits.
Watch it: Murder Among the Mormons
Coming Mar. 14
A documentary shining light not only on Audrey Hepburn’s achievements as an actor but as an international humanitarian and style icon.
After the nuns took away the baby of unwed teen Philomena (Judi Dench) in 1952, she spent 50 years hunting for the boy — aided by a sympathetic BBC reporter (Steve Coogan). A deeply affecting film based on a true story.
Coming Mar. 16
Waffles + Mochi (Season 1)
Why would you watch a kids’ show about puppet pals traveling the world to learn about food and culture, even if it does star Rashida Jones, Common and Zach Galifianakis? Because it’s hosted and produced by Michelle Obama.
Watch it: Waffles + Mochi
Coming Mar. 29
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Could anybody be as good as Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela? How about Idris Elba? Not quite as good as Invictus, but watchable.
Coming Mar. 31
At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
Willem Dafoe stars in the best Van Gogh biopic ever, and among the most artful films about an artist. There’s a revisionist (maybe even true) account of his death, and piercing insights into his life.