Pirates set sail again on a treasure hunt this time in the Joseon era, explorers stranded in the arctic, a police dog in need of training, and a show set in the regency era make their return to TV screens! Movies that see a Game of Thrones reunion, justice for women, and a show that critics and fans have touted as one of Samuel L. Jackson’s best performances! Our list is filled with heavy drama, action, storytelling, and interwoven plotlines!
Below are our picks of TV Shows and Films to look out for that premiered in March 2022!
The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (Netflix)
An action-adventure Korean comedy film sees a crew of pirates led by a female captain save a bunch of bandits. Together on one of their plundering expeditions, they encounter a Japanese pirate ship with a map leading to a missing treasure of the Imperial family. They will undoubtedly abandon their pirating and fishing lifestyles if they come to locate these riches. When they realize they aren’t the only ones seeking the treasure, and they discover a master swordsman among the bandits, the search for the treasure hastens.
The movie is a period piece set in the Joseon era that lasted many decades in Korea. It is a follow-up to ‘The Pirates’ (2014) movie, produced and distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Han Hyo-Joo plays the captain of the pirate ship while Kang Ha-neul plays the crafted swordsman and leader of the bandit crew. Kim Jeong-hoon directed the movie.
Enjoy the Adventure, Comedy, and Pirate Expeditions on Netflix: HERE
Against the Ice (Netflix)
‘Against the Ice‘ is a survival adventure drama set in 1909 that follows the tale of a real-life arctic explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen, on a double mission – uncover records of a missing Denmark expedition and disprove the Peary Channel’s existence. He is accompanied by mechanic Iver Iversen. After a botched initial attempt, the remainder of the team abandons the mission. They have to contend with extreme cold, famine, hallucinations, and the uncertainty of whether or not they can complete this task.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is cast as polar explorer and author Ejnar Mikkelsen alongside Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole. He also co-wrote the script and is joined by his Game of Thrones co-star Charles Dance. Peter Flinth directed the film and the music is composed by pianist and composer Volker ‘Hauschka’ Bertelmann.
Watch ‘Against the Ice’ on Netflix: HERE
Good Girls: Season 4 (Netflix)
‘Good Girls’ is a comedy-drama series about three mothers who are trying to make ends meet to live bountiful lives. They are all dealing with their own problems and issues, with lack of money being the common denominator. Seasons one to three followed their escapades that included robbing a supermarket, starting a money laundering business, and working for a mob boss. Season four will see them as suspects of a murder investigation, making fake currency notes and laundering money through their hot tub businesses. All this takes place while being under investigation by the police and blackmailed by the mob boss ‘Rio’.
‘Good Girls’ is created by writer and producer Jenna Bans. The lead roles in the comedy-drama series are played by Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman. Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Isaiah Stannard, Matthew Lillard, and Lidya Jewett also feature as part of the cast. Season four will be its final season.
Stream ‘Good Girls’ on Netflix: HERE
An Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts: Season 2 (Netflix)
The Italian series follows ‘Alice,’ a lonely, depressed woman who meets an astrology enthusiast ‘Tio’ and decides to use astrological signs to find love. The first season centered on Alice, who while working at a television network and was distraught over her old love interest. She tries to get back into the world of dating and romance based on the star signs of the people she meets. Pitching a TV show of the exact nature, she finds success in her professional life.
The romantic comedy-drama is based on Italian novelist Silvia Zucca’s novel of the same name published in 2015. Created by Bindu de Stoppani, the cast includes Claudia Gusmano, Michele Rosiello, Lorenzo Adorni, Esther Elisha, and Alberto Paradossi.
Watch ‘An Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts’ on Netflix: HERE
The Last Kingdom: Season 5 (Netflix)
The fifth and final season of ‘The Last Kingdom’ is currently available on streaming network Netflix. A much older and wiser Uhtred is now the protector of Rumcofa, modern-day Runcorn. Being a Saxon and raised as a Dane, his loyalty has been questioned many times. This season will see him come up against his old foe Brida, while he finally looks to take control of Bebbanburg. King Edward strives to unite the realm for the first time, a grieving Stiorra challenges her father’s alliances, and a conspiracy to find the next ruler of Wessex continues.
During the episodes, the historic names of the villages and places depicted on the show transition to the present names. The series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Saxon Stories,’ an English historical novel. Alexander Dreymon stars as Uhtred and Emily Cox plays ‘Brida’. Screenwriter Stephen Butchard has developed the series. The story of ‘Uhtred of Bebbanburg’ will continue in an upcoming film ‘Seven Kings Must Die’.
Watch the Final Season of ‘The Last Kingdom’ on Netflix: HERE
Rescued by Ruby (Netflix)
Because of her mischievous nature, ‘Ruby,’ a shelter collie dog, has been turned down seven times for adoption. Her new owner, a state trooper, has given up hope since she appears untrainable. He must prepare her at any cost in order to fulfill his dream of joining an elite K-9 team.
Actress and filmmaker Katt Shea directed the film. Grant Gustin (‘Glee’) plays the lead role and is supported by a cast that includes Scott Wolf, Kaylah Zander, Camille Sullivan, and Sharon Taylor. ‘Dogwink Ruby’ from the book ‘Dogwinks: True Godwink Stories of Dogs…’ by Louise DuArt and Squire D. Rushnell inspired ‘Rescued by Ruby.’ The Netflix original is based on a true story.
Watch This Best Buddy Cop Movies Featuring a Man and His Dog on Netflix: HERE
A Morrocan immigrant family in Brussels, Belgium, seeks to reform their community’s traditional funeral traditions. Typically, when a member passes away, they return the body back to their home country to be buried. The enterprising ‘Boulasmoum’ family is trying to change this by burying the deceased in Brussels using Moroccan soil.
A comedy drama that stars Yassine Ouaich, Ward Kerremans, Ahlaam Teghadouini, Saïd Boumazoughe. The series is directerd by Mathieu Mortelmans.
Find Out if Their Business Venture Is Successful on Netflix: HERE
Light the Night Part 3 (Netflix)
A story set in the 1980s that follows the lives of women working at a red light district in a well-known Japanese club. Two ladies run the club while they are being investigated for drug distribution and murder because of the clientele who frequent it. The girls working at the establishment are those with shattered hopes, tarnished reputations, struggling to make ends meet. When a woman’s body is discovered at a bar, Detective Pan Wen-cheng is tasked with determining the identity of the assailant while uncovering terrible truths.
Lien Yi-chi directs the Taiwanese period drama series, which stars Ruby Lin, Yo Yang, and Cheryl Yang.
Watch ‘Light the Night Part 3’ On Netflix: HERE
Top Boy: Season 4 (Netflix)
The residents of the fictional Summerhouse estate in east London are the focus of the series. Drug, gangs wards, violence, conspiracy, and double-crosses are all part of the show. The season three finale saw Dushane reclaim his title of being the top drug lord in the area outwitting Jamie. Dushane is unmatched and unchallenged at the top in the upcoming season, while Sully struggles to deal with the demons of his past.
Top Boy is a crime drama television series set in London. Ronan Bennett, a novelist who also authored the script, is the show’s creator. The show stars actors and British grime artist Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson in the lead roles. This show first aired in 2011 and was canceled after two seasons. It was resurrected as a result of its popularity and the help of artist Drake who pitched the show to Netflix.
Watch Top Boy on Netflix: HERE
Bridgerton: Season 2 (Netflix)
A period drama set in the 1800s that revolves around the life of the Bridgertons, a wealthy family in London. Season one followed Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton family, on her journey to find an eligible marriage partner. She is dominated by her elder brother Anthony who can’t deem anybody worthy of her affection. The scandalous newsletter produced anonymously by Lady Whistledown is a source of information about society. As announced via the show’s official Instagram account, season two will follow a narrative of Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest son in the family quest to find a life partner.
Set in the Regency Era stars Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey, Charithra Chandran, Nicola Coughlan, Shelley Conn, Adjoa Andoh, and Golda Rosheuvel. The series is based on Julia Quinn’s well-known Bridgerton series of novels. Chris Van Dusen is the creative mind behind the show, along with executive producer Shonda Rhimes.
Prepare for the New Social Season on Netflix: HERE
The Dropout (Hulu)
This mini-series will tell the narrative of Elizabeth Holmes. It will follow her from dropping out of Stanford University in 2003, founding the blood-testing firm Theranos to becoming the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America in 2015. Her childhood, ambition to succeed, the foundation of her company, and her deposition will all be chronicled in the series.
‘The Dropout‘ stars Amanda Seyfried (‘Mamma Mia!’) as Elizabeth Holmes and Naveen Andrews (‘Lost’) as Sunny Balwani. The series is created by Elizabeth Meriwether and is Based on the ABC News Podcast ‘The Dropout’.
The real-life story was still unfolding while the series was being filmed. Speaking on Good Morning America on portraying Elizabeth Holmes, Seyfried mentioned “I was never too concerned with us being on the wrong path because of all the research and Meriwether at the helm, I think we were very very responsible”.
Catch the Drama Unfolding on Hulu: HERE
Good Trouble: Season 4 (Hulu)
‘Good Trouble‘ follows siblings Callie and Mariana Foster as they relocate to Los Angeles and begin working in law and technology, respectively, as adults. Mariana enters the male-dominated world of technology, establishing a ‘Women of Tech Fight Club’, while Callie works as a clerk for a federal judge. The sisters must rely on one another to make it to the new city, which is filled with new conflicts, love interests, and concerns. Callie and Mariana are considering their future career possibilities in the season three finale.
A spin-off family-drama television series based on the hit show ‘The Fosters.’ Actress Maia Mitchell is cast as ‘Callie Foster’ and singer-songwriter Cierra Ramirez plays ‘Mariana Foster’. ‘The Bold and the Beautiful‘ actress Joanna Johnson, along with Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige created the show.
Watch ‘Good Trouble’ on Hulu: HERE
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV)
‘Ptolemy Grey’ is a man in his nineties who suffers from dementia and regularly forgets even what day it is. Through the use of a new experimental drug, he is given the chance to retrieve his memories, which he utilizes to solve the murder of his nephew. New revelations about his life emerge as he regains his memories.
Samuel L. Jackson (‘The Hateful Eight’) plays the titular ‘Ptolemy Grey’. He is joined by Dominique Fishback (‘Judas and the Black Messiah’), who portrays his caretaker ‘Robyn’. Omar Benson Miller, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Walton Goggins are the supporting cast members.
Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson also shared the screen in Quentin Tarantino’s 2021 movie ‘Django Unchained’. The series is based on ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’, a novel by Walter Mosley. In a behind-the-scenes special on Apple TV, Walter Mosley admitted to writing the story based on the lives of his parents, who both suffered from dementia.
Watch ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’ on Apple TV: HERE
WeCrashed (Apple TV)
In this drama series, the stories of Adam and Rebekah Neumann, as well as Miguel McKelvey from ‘WeWork’ take center stage. ‘WeCrashed‘ will follow Adam and Rebekah Neumann as they establish their company from the ground up. Knowing they have the power to alter the world and seeing it as more than just a place to work, they grow from a single coworking space to a global brand worth billions. Fueled by success, ambition, and passion, the company’s value plummeted considerably in less than a year.
The series will star academy award winners Anne Hathaway (‘Interstellar’), Jared Leto (‘Dallas Buyers Club)’, and Kyle Marvin (‘The Climb’). It is based on the podcast ‘WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork‘ hosted by David Brown.
Stream ‘WeCrashed’ on Apple TV: HERE
Pachinko (Apple TV)
‘Pachinko‘ is a family narrative that explores the consequences of poverty, abuse, and the war on four generations of a Korean immigrant family living in Japan. The plot follows the story of Sunja, who travels far from her home into a new country that does not welcome her. Pregnant and alone, she is determined to establish a better life for herself, even if it means struggling and working through a variety of difficulties.
It casts award-winning actress Yuh-Jung Youn (‘Minari’), actor and singer Lee Minho (‘The King: Eternal Monarch’), Jimmi Simpson, Jin Ha, and Minha Kim. The show is based on author Min Jin Lee’s novel of the same name published in 2017.
Watch ‘Pachinko’ On Apple TV: HERE
Nearing his retirement, coach Vijay Barse takes on one of his biggest challenges yet. He aspires to bring together drug addicts, gamblers, and street thieves under his leadership, all of whom have a passion for football. He must adapt and change his teaching tactics to meet their attitude while encouraging them not to waste their futures. Getting the most out of them o the football pitch becomes challenging due to their delinquent lifestyles.
It is based on the true story of Football Coach Vijay Barse, who established a soccer school for slum residents in Nagpur, India. Coach Vijay is played by legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. The film is directed by Nagraj Manjule, and the music is composed by brothers Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale.
Tyson, a fifteen-year-old autistic kid, has his first day of school. He has never been exposed to any social interaction or situations because he has been homeschooled until that point. After being bullied and humiliated, he decides to run the upcoming marathon in trying to fit in. His father says that “he isn’t ready,” but the athletic coach has faith in him.
Major Dodson (‘The Walking Dead’), Barkhad Abdi (‘Captain Philips’), Amy Smart (‘The Butterfly Effect’), and Rory Cochrane (‘Argo’) form the cast in the movie. Kim Bass serves as the writer and director.
In an interview with TV Host and Reporter Aubrey Aquino, Kim Bass described the movie as, a “faith-friendly, family-friendly inspirational film about a young boy Tyson who is on the autism spectrum, but doing what he can to heal the rift between his father and mother to make his family whole again”.
‘Etharkkum Thunindhavan’ is an action-packed thriller with a strong message. For many years, two neighboring villages live in peace until a tragic suicide separates them. Shocked by this controversy, the coverup tensions rise high. An advocate fights for the women who are being blackmailed, including his wife. As mentioned in the trailer, “we need to show them the strength of a woman”.
‘Etharkkum Thunindhavan’ loosely translated to ‘Daredevil for Anything’. Actors Suriya and Priyanka Arul Mohan play the lead roles in the film. Indian filmmaker Pandiraj directed and scripted the film. The film’s soundtrack is provided by D. Imman.
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (HBO+)
‘Winning Time‘ will tell the story of NBA Hall of Famer Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s incredible rise to fame. The drama series will also explore the Los Angeles Lakers’ rise to prominence as one of the NBA’s best teams under the ownership of Jerry Buss.
The plot is inspired by real-life professionals and athletes. It casts John C. Reilly portraying Jerry Buss, Quincy Isaiah as ‘Magic’ Johnson, Jason Clarke playing Jerry West, DeVaughn Nixon playing his father NBA Legend Norm Nixon, Solomon Hughes as former Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hadley Robinson playing Jeanie Buss – the current president of the LA Lakers.
In an interview on Good Morning America, John C. Reilly commented on playing Jerry Buss saying, “when you know what was happening behind the scenes, it’s stunning, the fact that he pulled it off, it is literally a miracle”.
Filmmaker Adam Mckay, (‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘The Big Short’) brings the drama to basketball fans all over the world. It is an adaptation of the book ‘Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s’ by sportswriter Jeff Pearlman.
Watch ‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’ on HBO+: HERE
Sanditon: Season 2 (PBS)
In season one ‘Charlette Haywood’ meets the Parker family after a horse cart accident. She joins them on their journey to ‘Sanditon,’ a seaside resort being developed by the Parker family. She quickly discovers that the locals are strange, unpredictable, and unpleasant. Sidney and Charlotte proclaimed their love for each other in the season finale. However, when the Sanditon project approaches bankruptcy, Sidney informs Charlotte that to save it, he plans to marry Eliza Campion. Secrets, suspicions, lies, betrayal all engulf the fishing village of Sanditon.
Charlotte Heywood will return to ‘Sanditon‘ in Season 2. Its cast list includes Rose Williams, Theo James, Rosie Graham, and Crystal Clarke. The series is based on an unfinished manuscript by novelist Jane Austen written in 1817.
Watch ‘Sanditon: Season 2’ on PBS: HERE