Looking for something new to watch on Netflix this weekend? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of March 8-14.
The splashiest releases on Netflix this week are about men and their adrenaline and testosterone. Adrenalosterone. There's Triple Frontier, an action movie about hirsute veterans robbing a drug cartel; Formula 1: Drive to Survive, a docuseries about the crazy guys who try not to die while whipping super-fast cars around the track; and After Life, a sadcom about Ricky Gervais saying exactly what he thinks to everyone in his life. That last one isn't quite as much about adrenalosterone, but it's a certain type of male wish fulfillment. If you're looking for something a little softer, there's a new season of the gentle Japanese reality series Terrace Houseand a movie about Alfre Woodard getting her groove back. Netflix truly contains multitudes.
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(All titles are out Friday, March 8 unless otherwise specified.)
Triple Frontier (Wednesday, March 13)
This dark heist thriller about a crew of embittered vets using their particular set of skills to steal a huge pile of cash from a South American drug cartel comes from the mind of Hollywood's premier chronicler of military angst, screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Serial Season 2). The movie was originally going to be directed by his frequent collaborator Kathryn Bigelow, and it definitely feels like a Bigelow joint (Margin Call's J.C. Chandor took over after Bigelow left and co-wrote the script). And it contains perhaps the best cast of sensitive manly men ever assembled: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal. They're like the Expendables of brooding. If you're like, "It feels like Mahershala Ali should be in this," you're right; he was originally part of the cast but had to drop out.
After Life, Season 1
Netflix is still committed to the Ricky Gervais business. After Life is the company's fourth collaboration with the controversial but cultishly adored British comic, after the series Derek, the movie David Brent: Life on the Road and the stand-up special Humanity, though it's his first series produced exclusively for Netflix. He plays a depressed newspaperman who gives up on life after his wife dies and starts saying whatever he wants to people, with the knowledge he can end it all if it makes his life too crazy. Sounds like a barrel of laughs, right? That premise actually disguises how maudlin it gets. Your mileage will vary based on how much of a kick you get out of watching Ricky Gervais call a child the C-word. But hey, it's only six half-hour episodes, so why not give it a shot? (Trailer)
Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Season 1
This docuseries from the producer of the great docs Amy and Senna goes deeper inside the minds of Formula 1 drivers than maybe any other documentary. If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live in the high-stakes world of racing, this is the show for you.
Bangkok Love Stories: Hey You! and Innocence
These light Thai romantic dramas go down as easy as a Singha on the beach in Koh Lanta. Hey You! is about lovers with competing restaurants and Innocence is about teenagers in Bangkok's Silom district. (Trailer)
This French costume romance is about a wealthy, sexually liberated widow who still gets mad when her debauched lover, the Marquis des Arcis, starts cheating on her. So she devises a plan to get even. If you like witty romantic comedies and beautiful period details, you'll probably enjoy this. (Trailer)
Shadow, Season 1
An ex-cop goes vigilante in this is South African action series. The twist? He got struck by lightning, which left him unable to feel physical pain. Emotional pain? Well, that's another story. (Trailer)
Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
"No matter what life gives you, give more back," is the motto of this based-on-a-true-story family flick. It tells the story of a champion rodeo rider who has to learn how to ride again after she's paralyzed in a truck accident. (Trailer)
Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits
This king of zingers is back with another special loaded with dirty one-liners delivered in a crisp British accent. He's so about brevity that he wrote a three-word joke: "stationary store moves." (Trailer)
Terrace House: Opening New Doors, Part 6
The next installment of the kids in the big, beautiful house in Karuizawa. Watch this if you want to feel ashamed of your tawdry American reality shows. (Trailer)
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