The Best New Movies on Netflix This Week: March 18-19, 2023

Riddick is new to Netflix – Photo: Universal Pictures.

Looking for a new movie to watch on Netflix? I bought some great new ones with it this week, including a few gems that we suspect may be overlooked. Here’s your look at the best new movies added to Netflix (US) this week, plus one you should check out before it goes.

If you don’t like anything below, check out our latest recommendation list, which we published on March 4th. Also, make sure you stay up to date on all the new releases this week here.

The Wizard’s Elephant (2023)

rating: PG
language: English
genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Wendy Rogers
Starring: Brian Tyree Henry, Natasia Demetriou, Mandy Patinkin
Screenwriter: Kate DiCamillo, Martin Hines
Execution time: 99 min / 1 h 39 min

From the list of Netflix movies, we want to give a special recommendation to one of the first big animated movies of 2023 in the form of The Magician’s Elephant.

Coming from first-time director Wendy Rogers, the magical new film features a boy who accepts the king’s challenge to complete three impossible tasks in exchange for a magical elephant.

We reviewed the film and gave it a PLAY rating with a conclusion:

“The Wizard’s Elephant gives us an original tale that brings out the child in each of us. The central themes of Hope and Belief in the Impossible, mixed with indelible characters, elevate this film above the Netflix Original Animation.”

Dragging through concrete (2018)

rating: R
language: English
genre: Action, Thriller
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Torey Kittles
Screenwriter: S. Craig Zahler
Execution time: 159 min. / 2 h. 39 min

Added Thursday, this action thriller from Lionsgate follows two police detectives, Brett Ridgman and Anthony Lurasetti, who are suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics goes viral. After their removal and a bit desperate, they decide to rob a dangerous criminal gang planning a heist.

This movie has been making waves on our Facebook page for the past few days, so take that in itself as a recommendation.

Riddick (2013)

rating: R
language: English
genre: Action Adventure Science Fiction
director: David Toohey
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Kate Sackhoff
Screenwriter: David Toohey, Jim Witt, Ken Witt
Execution time: 119 min. / 1 ​​h. 59 min

If you’re looking for a Riddick binge, Netflix has you covered this week by adding pitch black (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Riddick (2013).

Our favorite of the three is the most recent title, released in theaters a decade ago.

The film was the better-rated entry of the Riddick film franchise, with critics praising the film for its action sequences, special effects, and Vin Diesel’s performance as the titular character. In contrast, others criticized the film for its derivative plot and lack of originality.

Bert Kreischer: Angry Dazzle (2023)

rating: TV-MA
language: English
genre: Stand-up comedy
director: Jeff Tomsick
Starring: Bert Kreischer
Execution time: 61 minutes / 1 hour 1 minute

Serving as his third Netflix special, a shirtless Bert Kreischer delivers his best routine yet.

According to Netflix, here’s what you can expect from the new special:

“Shameless – and shirtless – as ever, Burt talks about bodily emissions, being bullied by his kids and the explosive end to his family’s escape room excursion.”

Last chance to watch on Netflix

The work at Hatton Garden (2018)

director: James Marsh
Starring: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtney, Charlie Cox, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, Francesca Annis

This week marks Michael Caine’s 90th birthday, so we’re pleased to announce that you still have a good few days to catch one of his latest films on Netflix in the form of the heist thriller, The work at Hatton Garden.

The film comes out on March 26 after a year of streaming on Netflix.

What are you watching on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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