11 top new movies to stream this week on Netflix, Max, Hulu and more (March 12-March 18)

Nicolas Cage in the (C)A24 new movie: Dream Scenario (2023).
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The Oscars may be behind us but there are a lot of new movies ahead this week on Netflix, Max, Hulu and other major streaming services.

Admittedly, you won't find a 2024 Oscar winner among the top new movies this week, but that doesn't mean there aren't some major releases. Headling the top movies is "Dream Scenario" which was one of my favorite movies last year and had an incredible Nicolas Cage performance. It's coming to Max this week so make sure not to miss it. 

But Nic getting out of his cage isn't the only must-watch performance from this week's top movies. "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version)," which took movie theaters (and the world) by storm last year, is on Disney Plus with four new acoustic performances. If you need a family-friendly animated adventure "Trolls Band Together will be hitting Peacock this Friday.

Some of these titles are newly available via digital release, so you can purchase them for a premium price, but for others, all you need is the right streaming subscription. And while you're here, make sure to check out the new TV shows to watch from streamers this week and the best of what's new on Netflix.

Here are the top new movies streaming this week.

'Drive Away Dolls' (PVOD)

This movie may not be a Coen brothers movie, but one Coen is better than none. And "Drive Away Dolls" actually has two, with Ethan Coen's wife Tricia Cooke joining him on screenwriting duties. Starring Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan as Jamie and Marian, this movie follows the two as they journey to Tallahassee, Florida pursued by criminals after accidentally taking a car they were never meant to drive with a briefcase they were never meant to see.

The critical and audience reviews for this movie are a mixed bag. The trailer has notes of "Thelma and Louise" as well as some of the more zany Coen Brothers humor found in "Raising Arizona," "Burn After Reading" and "Hail Caesar." Unfortunately, while that's true of the finished product, some found "Drive Away Dolls" failed to be engaging outside of some humorous moments. Still, if you love the funnier movies from the Coens, then Ethan Coen's latest movie is worth checking out.

Buy or rent on Amazon now

'Origin' (PVOD)

"Origin" is based on the life of acclaimed author Isabel Wilkerson. Specifically, it focuses on her journey as she writes her book "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents." That non-fiction exploration of racism and caste discrimination took her from Germany to India and throughout the United States and it's that journey that Ana DuVernay retells in this movie.

Starring Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Wilkerson, the film has an impressive call sheet. Jon Bernthal plays her husband Brett Hamilton and Niecy Nash co-stars as Wilkerson's cousin Marion. There are also performances from Vera Farmiga, Blair Underwood and Nick Offerman amongst others. While this movie may have missed out on an Oscar nomination, you shouldn't miss out on it now that it's available to buy or rent.

Buy or rent on Apple now

'Sometimes I Think About Dying' (PVOD)

This movie stars Daisy Ridley as Fran, an introverted office worker ... who spends most of her time daydreaming about her death. One day though, a new coworker, Robert (Dave Merheje), arrives and tries to get her to come out of her shell. 

While that sounds depressing — and to be fair, it seems this romantic comedy drama is more than a bit moody — the trailer also feels easy to connect to on an emotional level. Fran's day-to-day life feels relatable, even if the suicidal daydreams aren't. Robert's inability to connect with her at times may also feel relatable to some. If you can handle the gloom of this movie, "Sometimes I Think About Dying" feels like a beautiful exercise in artistic expression.

Buy or rent on Apple now

'Frida' (2024) (Prime Video)

Frida Kahlo is an artist who likely needs no introduction, but I'll provide one just in case. Frida was a famous Mexican painter most well know her surrealist self-portraits. She's not only regarded as an incredible artist but an icon for Chicanos, feminists and members of the LGBTQ+ community due to the themes of her art.

Fittingly, "Frida" is also a self-portrait of sorts. While directed by editor Carla Gutiérrez and narrated by Fernanda Echevarría del Rivero, this documentary is told using Frida's own words — her diary, revealing letters, essays, and print interviews — and which accompany animations inspired by the artist's work. Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, so don't miss its streaming debut this Thursday (March 14).

Stream on Prime Video now

'The Stones and Brian Jones' (Hulu)

Brian Jones was one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones. In fact, he's the one who initially formed the band, putting out an advertisement in 1962 looking for musicians to form a new group. He was integral to the band's massive success, and arguably most of the band's hits — anything off the band's first nine albums — have his mark on them.

Unfortunately, as the band grew bigger he and his bandmates, especially Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, started to split. He was out of the band by June 1969 and then tragically died in a drowning incident just a month later. "The Stones and Brian Jones" is a critically acclaimed documentary examining that extraordinary rise and precipitous fall. If you're a music fan you won't want to miss this one.

Stream on Hulu now

'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' (Disney Plus)

First, there was The Eras Tour, a live music tour that took over a city for an entire weekend and the live event that defined 2023. Then there was "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour," which while not the movie that defined 2023 was definitely one of the biggest concert films in recent memory. And then there was "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version)" which added the songs "Long Live," "The Archer" and "Wildest Dreams," all of which missed the theatrical cut.

Now, there's "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor's Version)" and it's exclusive to Disney Plus. Not only does it bring everything that was added to the extended cut that you could buy or rent on demand, but it also adds four new acoustic performances that have yet to be revealed. If you're a Swiftie, you'll need to turn on Disney Plus at 9 p.m. ET to catch this version of the hit concert film the second it drops.

Stream on Disney Plus today (March 14) at 9 p.m. ET

'The Animal Kingdom' (PVOD)

This French fantasy film stars Romain Duris as François, whose wife is one of many humans that have begun to mutate into animals. While he is doing everything she can to save her, she disappears into a nearby forest and François and their son Émile (Paul Kircher) must go looking for her while Émile begins some changes of his own.

After watching the trailer, I can say that it's undoubtedly original. Yes, stories about mutants are nothing new, but director Thomas Cailley's take on it seems unlike previous iterations of the genre.  Reviews of the movie have been generally positive and the movie was nominated for 12 César Awards (France's top film awards), winning five.

Buy or rent on Apple starting tomorrow (March 15)

'Dream Scenario' (Max)

This isn't the first time I'll have waxed poetically about Nicolas Cage's performance in "Dream Scenario" and it won't be the last. This movie was one of the funniest movies I saw last year and Cage's performance as Paul Matthews, a college professor who appears in people's dreams all over the world (without knowing why) is masterful. Say what you will about his ... personality, the man knows how to act.

But while this movie is often a comedy, it also takes some dark turns. The ending in particular is heartbreaking, to the point where it almost derails the movie. But ultimately, I can say without any doubt that this is a must-watch movie despite the final scenes taking a weird turn. Don't miss it now that it's on Max.

Stream on Max starting tomorrow (March 15)

'Irish Wish' (Netflix)

This new Netflix movie is Lindsay Lohan's first starring role in over a year, and only one of two she's had since 2013. But with this movie and "Our Little Secret" coming to Netflix later this year, she may be experiencing a renaissance. Dare we say ... a Lohanaissance? 

In this movie, which is her second in a burgeoning partnership with Netflix, Lohan stars as Madeline "Maddie" Kelly, a book editor whose dream man is about to marry her best friend in Ireland. However, things get a bit crazy when Maddie's wish upon a magical Irish stone swaps her into the role of the bride-to-be. If you love a romantic comedy and don't mind a little fantasy thrown in "Irish Wish" is worth checking out on Netflix this week.

Stream on Netflix tomorrow (March 15)

'Stopmotion' (Shudder)

This movie is creepy. Suzanne Blake (Stella Gonet) is a stop-motion animator who has crippling arthritis. She enlists — at times forces — her daughter Ella (Aisling Franciosi) to finish the film. After Suzanne suffers from a stroke, Ella rents an apartment to finish the film. However, after meeting a little girl (Caoilinn Springall) who finds the story boring, Ella them embarks on creating a new story that becomes all too real.

If you're a horror fan, this may be the must-watch movie of the week. "Stopmotion" looks seriously creepy in the best way possible, and I love the premise. But if you're not a horror fan, you may want to sit this movie out.

Stream on Shudder tomorrow (March 15)

'Trolls Band Together' (Peacock)

If you need an animated musical adventure for the kids to watch this week, then Peacock has the answer. "Trolls Band Together" is the sequel to the (relatively) successful "Trolls World Tour" movie from 2020. The movie stars Justin Timberlake as Branch and Anna Kendrick as Poppy, who must team up to rescue Branch's old friend Floyd (Troye Sivan), who had previously been in the boyband BroZone with Branch when they were both kids. 

Don't expect more than an enjoyable time watching this movie. "Citizen Kane," it is not. But audiences agree that it's a cute movie with some catchy songs and it's enjoyable to watch. Plus, it serves as a backdoor NSYNC reunion, featuring the band's first original song in decades.

Stream on Peacock tomorrow (March 15)

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Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.