What to stream: 2017 Oscars and new arrivals for March

So, did you catch the drama at the Oscars on Sunday? You can relive the moment or watch the entire 89th Annual Academy Awards (not rated) on Hulu.

If you just want to see the winners, these are on VOD and disc and at Redbox: Moonlight (Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, R), Manchester by the Sea (Actor and Original Screenplay, R) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), Arrival (Sound Editing, PG-13) (reviewed here), and Hacksaw Ridge (Editing and Sound Mixing, R).

Three Oscar winners on Netflix: Zootopia (Animated Feature, PG), The Jungle Book (Visual Effects, PG) (reviewed here), and The White Helmets (Documentary Short, not rated).

And the complete seven-hour Best Documentary winner O.J.: Made in America (not rated).

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Comics universe, in the colorful mix of superhero film, magical spectacle, spiritual odyssey, and psychedelic journey (PG-13). This is one trippy hero’s journey. Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.

Allied is an old-fashioned romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as beautiful spies in love in World War II (R).

Also new: Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes film Rules Don’t Apply (PG-13), end-of-life drama Chronic with Tim Roth (R), and thriller Shut In with Naomi Watts (R).

Available before theaters is Walter Hill’s transgender crime thriller The Assignment with Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the comedy Catfight with Sandra Oh and Anne Heche (R) and thriller The Institute with James Franco (R).


It’s a new month and highlights of the new arrivals include Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011, PG-13), the animated Kung Fu Panda (2008, PG), Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequels (PG-13), and the rockumentary Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012, not rated). You can also catch the Oscar-winning musical Chicago (2002, PG-13), Christopher Nolan’s ingenious Memento (2000, R), and the cult mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984, R)

Streaming TV: the Oprah Winfrey-produced Greenleaf: Season 1 with Keith David and Lynn Whitfield and the animated Angry Birds: Season 2 for kids.

True stories: Night Will Fall (2016), about a suppressed Holocaust documentary (not rated) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), The Lovers and the Despot (2016), about South Korean filmmakers kidnapped by Kim Jong-il (not rated), and the Ken Burns TV documentaries The Civil War (1990), Prohibition (2011), and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014).

Amazon Prime

Captain Fantastic (2016) earned Viggo Mortensen an Oscar nomination as a devoted father of a family coming off the grid to come to grips with the world outside their little Walden (R). Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.

Also new: the real-life World War II thriller Anthropoid (2016, R) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), Australian romantic drama The Dressmaker (2015) with Kate Winslet (R), vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (2014, R) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), and remake of The Gambler (2014) with Mark Wahlberg (R).

Kid stuff: Nine Lives (2016) with Keven Spacey as a housecat (PG), the animated fairy tale spoof Hoodwinked (2005, PG), and the Amazon series Annedroids: Season 4.

Amazon Prime / Hulu

Johnny Depp and young Leonardo DiCaprio star in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, PG-13) (Amazon Prime and Hulu) and Eddie Murphy is a Vampire in Brooklyn (1995, R) (Amazon Prime and Hulu).


The British mini-series National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane as a beloved comedian accused of sexual abuse, makes its stateside debut on Hulu.

Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw star in the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), a crack subway heist thriller and one of the best New York crime films of the 1970s (R).

There is also a slate of action films from China, Hong Kong, and South Korea, from modern crime thrillers like New World (2013) and The Last Tycoon (2012) to historical martial arts adventures like Tai Chi Hero (2012) and Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2014) to the action comedy Lost in Thailand (2014).

More Streaming TV: the pirate adventure Black Sails: Season 3 from Starz and the British reality series The Only Way is Essex: Seasons 18 and 19.


The comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) stars Zac Efron and Adam Devine as dateless brothers and Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza as their out-of-control dates (R).

Also new: Tickled (2016), a disturbing documentary involving blackmail and humiliation (R), and Eli Roth’s gruesome horror film The Green Inferno (2013, R).

The non-fiction sports series UConn: The March to Madness follows the champion women’s college basketball team through the season. New episodes each Wednesday.

Older titles returning to HBO in March are the cult horror satire American Psycho (2000) with Christian Bale (R), the musical Hairspray (2007, PG) the action film Live Free or Die Hard (2007) with Bruce Willis (PG-13), the original Resident Evil (2002) with Milla Jovovich (R), and Robert Altman’s classic M*A*S*H (1970, R).

The Criterion Channel

Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here) and the 1960 American independent drama Something Wild are available with bonus interviews and featurettes (originally produced for the Blu-ray and DVD special editions) for a limited run during the month of March.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.