With every new month comes a fresh crop of movies and television shows that we can't wait to watch. Between HBO's thrilling documentary, The Inventor, about the fall of a fraudulent Silicon Valley founder, and Hulu's original series Shrill, adapted from Lindy West's bestselling memoir by the same name, this month is certainly no exception.
However, as the various streaming platforms started unveiling their newest releases for March, it became increasingly apparent that there simply aren't enough hours in the day to justify watching them all. To find out which movies and television shows we should add to our watch list this month, we turned to the critics for their expert-approved recommendations.
If you too want to make the most of the remaining 18 days of the hibernating season, you're going to want to keep scrolling. Ahead are the only 12 movies and television shows worth watching this month, according to the critics.
The Show: Shrill. Actress and comedian Aidy Bryant (of SNL fame) stars as a plus-size protagonist who develops an unapologetic attitude about her body in Hulu's adaptation of Lindy West's best-selling memoir by the same name.
The Critic's Endorsement: "Bryant stars in the six-episode series as Annie, a young woman who's trying to succeed in journalism and balance relationships with her difficult boss, family members, and not-so-great love interests," reports Buzzfeed.
Available to Stream: 3/8
The Movie: Free Solo. E. Chai Vasarhelyi's award-winning documentary about free soloist climber Alex Honnold climbing the face of Yosemite National Park's 3000-foot El Capitan—without a rope—is a must-see film.
The Critic's Endorsement: "Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does," writes Kenneth Turan in his review for Los Angeles Times.
Available to Stream: 3/13
The Movie: Shoplifters. Another post-Oscars must-watch, this foreign-language film follows a Japanese family that survives by committing petty crimes, until an unexpected event forever alters their lives.
The Critic's Endorsement: "At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences," endorses Maggie Lee of Variety.
Available to Stream: 3/14
The Show: Catastrophe. The Amazon Prime original series starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney as a couple who become unexpected parents is back with season four. If the trailer is any indication, it promises to be as hilarious and poignant as ever.
The Critic's Endorsement: "Catastrophe, thank God, hasn't morphed into a cuddly family sitcom where the kids get their share of unlikely witty lines," writes Stuart McGurk for GQ UK. "Instead, it's become something far more complex—no longer a rom-com with attitude, but a genuine dissection of modern marriage as they juggle the kids, with all the tender terrors and fears and hopes and accidental masturbation of college boys on rooftops that it brings."
Available to Stream: 3/15
The Movie: Cold War. Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's Oscar-nominated film tells an impossible love story set in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris—in stunning black-and-white no less.
The Critic's Endorsement: "Cold War is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented a history that's both deeply personal and politically attuned," endorses Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post.
Available to Stream: 3/22
The Show: Hanna. Based on the 2011 film by the same name, this Amazon Prime original series about a mysterious young women's quest to evade an off-duty CIA agent's relentless pursuit is poised to be one of the most bingeable shows of spring.
The Critic's Endorsement: indieWire's Ben Travers deems the show "Amazon's best action series yet" and "a gritty and serious approach to a story that could be supremely ridiculous."
Available to Stream: 3/29
The Show: After Life. Ricky Gervais stars in (not to mention, wrote and directed) this series about a widower who wreaks havoc on a small English town in the wake of his wife's death.
The Critic's Endorsement: Merrill Barr of Forbes calls After Life "the Ricky Gervais project people have been begging for, for a long time. The kind that hits his comedy stylings on the head so perfectly, it makes one realize that just maybe he always had something to say but needed time to figure out just how to do it."
Available to Stream: 3/8
The Movie: Triple Frontier. Featuring a star-studded cast, this Netflix original film is a thrilling blockbuster that you can view from the comfort of your own living room.
The Critic's Endorsement: In the film, "former operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America," reports The Hollywood Reporter. "For the first time in their prestigious careers, these heroes are taking on a dangerous mission for their own selves instead of for their country."
Available to Stream: 3/13
The Comedy Special: Amy Schumer Growing. In the Netflix special, the comedian reflects on life as a newlywed pregnant with her first child with her signature dark wit.
The Critic's Endorsement: "Don’t expect her to become someone else, simply because she’s expecting," reports Rolling Stone.
Available to Stream: 3/19
The Show: Leaving Neverland. Like Lifetime's documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, the allegations raised against Michael Jackson in this two-part HBO documentary aren't new, but the footage of survivors recounting their accounts is, which makes it an important, albeit difficult, watch.
The Critic's Endorsement: "The circumstances surrounding Jackson and his relationships with young boys have always been unclear," writes David Bianculli for NPR. "But today's climate allows Leaving Neverland to ask questions at length—and provide some answers."
Available to Stream: 3/3
The Show: The Case Against Adnan Syed. In this four-part documentary series, filmmaker Amy Berg reports on the case made famous by season one of Sarah Koenig's podcast Serial.
The Critic's Endorsement: "In refusing to shy away from the less savory aspects of our cultural obsession with true crime, Berg deliberately uses the camera's lens as a way to illuminate the humanity of everyone who was affected by the murder, including Hae herself," reviews Arielle Bernstein in The Guardian.
Available to Stream: 3/10
The Movie: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. This documentary follows the incredible true story of the unraveling of the world's youngest billionaire Elizabeth Holmes after the discovery that the technology behind her healthcare company is a sham.
The Critic's Endorsement: "The Inventor provides an experience you can't get from the business section," recommends Johnny Oleksinski in his review for New York Post.
Available to Stream: 3/18