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Everything you need to watch on Netflix in March

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We’ve rounded up everything you need to watch on Netflix this March, so you don’t have to. 

Spring is upon us (apparently) and that means a whole new raft of Netflix content to devour during the 31 days that make up March. 

Just because it’s somewhat lighter outside doesn’t mean we’re ready to abandon our laptop screenings just yet. A wise decision, too. Among the new programmes landing on Netflix next month is the return of everyone’s favourite hardboiled detective-cum-superhero, Jessica Jones, and a new blockbuster from the director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland, starring Natalie Portman. 

And for those who like their entertainment a little more cerebral, there’s a new documentary series on the rise of music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre, alongside a hard-hitting examination of life in prison as a young woman. 

Get comfy - you’ll be putting in some serious streaming hours this March.

The original series you can binge watch in one session:

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 2

PTSD-suffering detective Jessica Jones - who also happens to possess superhuman strength and the ability to fly - returns after defeating her nemesis and abuser, Kilgrave. There’s little in the way of rest for her, though. Series two is reported to centre around a new case for Jones that will force her to dig into her past once more and unearth more unwanted trauma.

Launch date: 8 March 

On My Block: Season 1 

A coming-of-age comedy following a group of young teens navigating high school and the gritty experience of growing up in inner-city Los Angeles. Featuring a diverse group of new talent, this 10-episode series is co-created by Lauren Iungerich, the brains behind MTV hit Awkward. 

Launch date: 16 March

Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2 

Drew Barrymore returns as an undead Californian realtor in series two of Santa Clarita Diet, on which she also serves as an executive producer. The new run of episodes picks up with the Hammonds desperately trying to maintain normality as Barrymore’s character, Abby, shows further signs of decay. Not one for the squeamish. 

Launch date: 23 March

The documentaries that will expand your horizons: 

Girls Incarcerated: Season 1

A documentary that reveals the reality of growing up behind bars. Girls Incarcerated is a hard-hitting look at the lives of young women housed in a maximum security juvenile detention centre. 

Launch date: 2 March

The Defiant Ones: Limited Series 

A four-part documentary series tracking the parallel trajectories of Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Now the billionaire founders of Beats Electronics, the show explores the ways the two men fundamentally altered pop culture and includes extensive interviews with everyone from Stevie Nicks to Bruce Springsteen.

Launch date: 23 March 

Ladies First: Season 1

This one-off documentary tells the unbelievable true story of Deepika Kumari. Born into poverty in rural India, Kumari discovered archery while foraging for food as a child. Within four years, she became the number one archer in the world. It’s a tale of overcoming all the odds. 

Launch date: 8 March 

Netflix films that deserve your attention:

Annihilation 

Director Alex Garland’s highly-anticipated follow up to 2015’s Ex Machina stars Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in an adaption of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel of the same name. The film follows biologist Lena, played by Portman, as she enters a mysterious environmental disaster zone in a bid to discover what happened to her husband in a previous expedition. It’s received glowing reviews from critics already. It’s not one to miss. 

Launch date: 12 March 

Game Over, Man!

This action-comedy is produced by and stars the creators of hit Comedy Central series Workhalics. Adam DeVine (who you may recognise from Pitch Perfect), Anders Holm and Blake Anderson are the three hotel workers who must tap into their inner John McClanes when their workplace is taken hostage by men wielding very large guns. Shaggy - of It Wasn’t Me fame - also stars. This looks to be quite the caper.

Launch date: 23 March

Layla M

A thought-provoking film from Dutch director Mijke de Jong, Layla M explores the radicalisation of a young Muslim girl after experiencing increasing Islamophobia in her Dutch homeland. Played fiercely by Nora El Koussour, Layla is no easily led lamb and this drama is an intriguing exploration of how optimistic idealism can curdle into bad choices. 

Launch date: 23 March

Awesome films that you can now enjoy on Netflix:

Labyrinth 

Starring the late and oh-so-great David Bowie as a Goblin King with a fondness for ballet tights and a youthful Jennifer Connelly as the girl catapulated into his lair, Labryinth is one of the most flamboyant and eccentric fantasy films to ever grace cinema screens. It’s also a childhood classic that remains endlessly funny upon rewatching. Gather your friends - it’s time to travel to the land beyond.

Launch date: 31 March

Carrie

The iconic (and never-surpassed; sorry, 2013 version) film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel finally lands on streaming services. A cautionary tale about mistreated and misunderstood women, it still strikes a poignant chord, even 44 years after it was first released. 

Launch date: 1 March 

Kramer vs. Kramer 

Often credited with expressing changing sentiments regarding gender roles in the 1970s, Kramer vs. Kramer has made headlines again recently, thanks to Meryl Streep telling an interviewer that co-star Dustin Hoffman’s decision to unexpectedly slap her during a scene was “overstepping.” The film itself was a landmark moment and - deservedly - won Streep her first Oscar.

Launch date: 31 March 

Gods Own Country 

This lauded 2017 British film is about the relationship between a farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. Filmed in the wild Yorkshire landscape, it’s been heralded as a “Dales Brokeback [Mountain],” minus the social disapproval that drove the conflict in the Ang Lee drama. It’s a beautiful queer love story about learning to open up to another. Keep tissues on hand. 

Launch date: 31 March

We imagine that will keep you busy for a while. 

Images: Netflix/Rex Features

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Moya Lothian-McLean is Stylist’s editorial assistant where she spends her time inventing ways to shoehorn Robbie Williams into pieces. A reoffending dancefloor menace, a weekend finds her taking up too much space at disco nights around the city and subsequently recovering with dark sunglasses and late brunch the next day. 

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