While Netflix is adding a bunch of cinematic masterpieces to its film count — think A Clockwork Orange, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and A Separation — here we’re zooming in on its latest original works and acquisitions that you ought to put on your radar:
What’s it about: A rich heiress is targeted for death by a group of criminals — until a trio of would-be do-gooders step in to intervene. The latter comprises of former Special Forces soldiers who were aiming to steal millions from a South American drug cartel, but soon find their resolve tested by the mission.
Who’s in it: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal.
Why watch it: Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac — two reasons to watch it already. A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor is behind the reins and the screenplay was written by The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer, Mark Boal.
What’s it about: Two Texan rangers and retired police offers are called back into duty to track down and apprehend the infamous ’30s bank-robbing duo, Bonnie and Clyde.
Who’s in it: Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.
Why watch it: Bonnie and Clyde were the most notorious criminals in America during their heyday, but less prominent were the detectives, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who brought them down in the end. It’s a new take on a familiar story.
Love, Death & Robots
What’s it about: An animated series, Love, Death & Robots comprises of 18 short films made by filmmakers around the world, each one lasting between five to 15 minutes and dealing with any one of the following topics: love, death or robots.
Who’s in it: Topher Grace, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Gary Cole.
Why watch it: It’s jointly presented by Oscar-winning filmmaker David Fincher and Deadpool director Tim Miller, so the line-up ought to be blazing good. Besides which, while animated works may not be to everyone’s tastes, the genres covered run the gamut from science fiction, fantasy, horror to comedy, so there’s bound to be something you’ll like.
What’s it about: Think Tinder meets big data meets creepy artificial intelligence (Ex Machina, I, Robot — take your pick). As you can imagine, things take a very dark twist when a group of volunteers sign up for this new dating program.
Who’s in it: Hugo Becker and Agathe Bonitzer.
Why watch it: If you like Black Mirror (who doesn’t?), this French work will probably be right up your alley. And who amongst us has not tried their hand at dating apps at least once? Besides which, it’s a great cautionary tale as AI gets progressively more advanced.
Catch up on February’s shows to watch, here.