Welcome to Stream And Stream Again, a monthly column highlighting films and TV series new to streaming catalogs that are of special interest to The A.V. Club’s staff—and hopefully to you, our readers. Here are five new titles streaming this March.
Let us speak no more of disappointing followup Mute and instead herald the arrival of Duncan Jones’ 2009 breakthrough Moon on Netflix. In our 2009 review of the film, The A.V. Club’s Noel Murray wrote, “it’s no mean trick to combine a winning lead performance with traces of philosophical soul-searching, against a futuristic backdrop that’s familiar but never hackneyed. Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.” Plus, it’s got Sam Rockwell dancing to “Walkin’ On Sunshine,” and who doesn’t love that?
Moonraker is part of a collection of James Bond movies ranging from George Lazenby’s single outing as the character, 1969's On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, through the Pierce Brosnan era hitting both Hulu and Amazon Prime at the beginning of March. Stream the swinging sci-fi stupidity of Moonraker (1979) in honor of director Lewis Gilbert, who died earlier this week at the age of 97.
Speaking of sci-fi stupidity, Luc Besson’s latest, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, makes its exclusive streaming debut on Amazon Prime this month. If you’ve got the wherewithal to stand a campy James Bond film, you may be able to find the fun in this bloated blockbuster, about which our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said, “It’s rare, then, to see a film this extravagant that also feels, for better or worse, like the work of a single personality ... there isn’t a moment in this ludicrous, lushly self-indulgent movie that doesn’t feel like its creator is having the time of his life.”
And while we’re on the subject of last year’s sci-fi spectacles, Alien: Covenant makes its streaming debut this month on HBO’s twin services HBO Go and HBO Now. The sixth film in the Alien series sharply divided The A.V. Club’s staff upon its release last May, with some of our writers praising it as a return to the series’ horror roots and others dissatisfied with its patchwork narrative and callbacks to other films in the series. Now you too can form an opinion, cord-cutters.
The rest of this month’s featured streaming titles are likely already on your radar, but Australian writer/director Jessica M. Thompson’s debut feature The Light Of The Moon slipped through The A.V. Club’s fingers before quietly debuting on Amazon Prime on the last day of February. Don’t make the same mistake: Starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz as a stubbornly independent architect who’s sexually assaulted walking home from the bar one night, Thompson’s film is a nuanced and brutally honest look at the emotional and physical aftermath of sexual violence, centered around a complex, conflicted character who challenges the myth of the “perfect victim.”