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New to Streaming This Week (3/29/21), Including ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and ‘The Serpent’

Fern Siegel

Fierce creatures engage in an epic battle for dominance as humanity plots to destroy them both. It’s war — and they are the last monsters standing. “Godzilla vs. Kong” gets its premiere on HBO Max, directed by Adam Wingard. The eight-part Netflix limited series “The Serpent” is also scary — and true. It is based on serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who murdered young tourists in the mid-1970s on what was called the Hippie Trail of Southeast Asia.

Monday, March 29

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) (Netflix) The biopic, based on the book by Nelson Mandela, portrays the South African leader’s fight against oppression and racism.
  • Rainbow High: Season 1 (Netflix) The animated series features characters from the doll franchise attending school.
  • Renegades (1989) (Amazon Prime) A Philadelphia cop and Native American team to recover an ancient Lakota tribal lance. Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips co-star.

Tuesday, March 30

  • 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story (2020) (Netflix) The documentary explores the life of a college football player who endured a terrible spinal-cord injury and his extraordinary efforts to move again.
  • Octonauts & the Ring of Fire (Netflix) The animated show has the Octonauts fighting to prevent an ocean disaster.
  • Pooch Perfect: Series Premiere (Hulu) Actress Rebel Wilson hosts a reality show where 10 of the country’s best pet stylists compete.

Wednesday, March 31

  • At Eternity’s Gate (2018) (Netflix) The struggles of painter Vincent Van Gogh’s final years.
  • Haunted: Latin America (Netflix) Real chilling tales of the paranormal come to life with dramatic reenactments.
  • Nanny McPhee (Amazon Prime) A British governess uses magic to control the behavior of seven kids she oversees.
  • The Hurt Locker (Amazon Prime) The complicated story focuses on soldiers in Iraq, tasked with the hardest of jobs: diffusing bombs. Director Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar for best director.
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) (HBO Max) The giant monsters clash to determine supremacy.
  • American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding (Peacock) The three-picture comedy starred Tara Reid, Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Mena Suvari. The original opens with friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high-school graduation.

Thursday, April 1

  • Bulworth (1998) (Hulu) Warren Beatty’s satire about a politician who dares to tell the truth.
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) (Hulu) The film, about Vermeer’s famous painting, put Scarlett Johansson on the map. Colin Firth stars as the Dutch painter.
  • Expedition Deep Ocean (discovery+) The record-breaking mission of Victor Vescovo and his team as they set off on an expedition to the bottom of the five oceans.
  • Secrets of Great British Castles: Season 1 (Netflix) Each episode explores a different castle, located in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • Spellbound (HBO Max) Eight youthful competitors, sponsored by their hometown newspapers, compete in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Friday April 2

  • Moment of Truth (IMDb TV) The five-part series tells the story behind the murder of James Jordan, father of basketball star Michael Jordan, as well as the history of social injustice in Robeson County, North Carolina, where two teenagers, Larry Demery and Daniel Green, were convicted of the crime.
  • Concrete Cowboy (Netflix) A rebellious teen visiting his estranged father finds solace in a Philadelphia community of black cowboys. Stars Idris Elba.
  • The Serpent (Netflix) The eight-part series explores the killing of young tourists in the mid-1970s.
  • We Work: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (Hulu) Big rise, big fall, big money and big corruption by founder Adam Neumann, who was forced out of the company.
  • Night at the Museum / Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Disney+) The museum’s exhibits come alive every night in magical, exciting and dangerous ways.

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