New March 2015 Movies and TV Streaming on Amazon Prime

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The new offerings over at Netflix came out this afternoon, and now it’s time to turn to the other major streaming service, Amazon Prime, to see what gifts they bring us in the month of March. Careful readers will notice some overlap—even though it’s not cool to run simultaneous BBC shows anymore, there’s a bit of gray area left on our side of the pond—but Prime is coming strong with its own lineup, which includes a few mob classics (one of which left Netflix back in June), a strong comedy get, and a couple solid documentaries. There’s also, apparently, a Blue Lagoon remake, and while I haven’t seen it, I’m going to go ahead and recommend that you skip that one—unless you’re a teenage boy, in which case, by all means, watch away.

Here are a few recommendations, and below that you can find the full list of the new TV and movies for March.

1. Taxi Driver

Year: 1976
Director: Martin Scorsese
Available: March 5
Taxi Driver was Scorsese’s breakthrough: a seething condemnation of alienation—not to mention New York’s descent in the 1970s into a crime-ridden hellscape—delivered with such clinical coldness that when Scorsese’s star (and longtime collaborator) Robert De Niro finally explodes, it’s unspeakably upsetting. If Taxi Driver now feels slightly overrated, it’s only because the movie’s DNA has crept into so many subsequent filmmakers’ efforts. Scorsese grew up loving Westerns, and Taxi Driver could be his version of The Searchers—except his man-out-of-time finds no redemption. —Tim Grierson

2. The Kill Team

Year: 2014
Director: Dan Krauss
Available: March 6
The Kill Team, winner of the Best Documentary Feature at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which focuses on one of the more incendiary stories of the Afghan War theater, in which members of an American unit were accused of deliberately targeting and killing innocent civilians, all for simply the thrill of the kill. The Kill Team is certainly bracing in its forthrightness. With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case—including the candid confessions of two other members of the so-called “Kill Team,” Jeremy Warlock and Andrew Holmes—director Daniel Krauss’ briskly paced film takes a thought-provoking look at one of the types of stories of war that is so frequently forgotten once the first wave of stateside civilian outrage dissipates after a couple of news cycles. —Brent Simon

3. Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Year: 2014
Director: Florian Habicht
Available: March 19
Jarvis Cocker, 51, is founder and front-man of alt-acid Britpop band Pulp. When he formed the group in 1978, at only 15, it was for reasons commonly associated with life as a budding pubescent: hard and fast social validation; a way to talk to girls—or, rather, to let blistering guitar solos do the talking for him. And it worked…Where so many rock docs of its kind harness that rock-star-struck obsession, setting their famous subjects apart from most everyone, from their fans to concertgoers to those watching at home, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is rife with humility, putting an emphasis on uniting the worlds of the entertainer and the entertained by celebrating our universal, timeless mortality…it’s a whimsical jaunt in step with the often saddening passage of time. It’s the miraculous in the mundane, and the celebration of a united kingdom of common people.—Melissa Weller

4. Drunk History: Season 2

Year: 2014
Creators: Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner
Available: March 1
The series features semi-serious stories that, at some points, may make you question whether you’re still watching Comedy Central, but it’s that type of earnestness that gives Drunk History its staying power. I sincerely wonder how many high school kids out there are learning about unsung American heroes (I know I am) and getting a few more questions right on their history tests, telling their friends, “I saw it on Drunk History”...With a third season already green-lit, Waters has established that Drunk History is more than a web video gimmick and has some legit staying power. Not every drunk deserves an audience, but this show very much does. —Christine Moore

Avail. March 1

The Alamo (1960)
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening
Comet Encounter: Season 1
Drunk History: Season 2
NOVA: Volumes 11 and 12

Avail. March 4

The Nanny Diaries

Avail. March 5

Center Stage: Turn It Up
Donnie Brasco
Taxi Driver

Avail. March 6

The Kill Team
Listen Up Philip (exclusive)

Avail. March 8

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story

Avail. March 9

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club

Avail. March 19

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets

Avail. March 20

God’s Not Dead
The Zero Theorem (exclusive)

Avail. March 27

Frankie & Alice