Every week, MobileSyrup outlines some of the most notable movies and TV shows that recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Our ‘Streaming in Canada’ column typically focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix, but other services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will be mentioned when relevant. Premium video on demand (PVOD) platforms are also fair game as movies continue to come to digital early amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, we’ll highlight shows or movies that are made by Canadian companies, involve notable Canadian cast or crew and/or are filmed in Canada.
Amazon Prime Video
A softspoken radio journalist goes on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew.
C’mon C’mon was written and directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women) and stars Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Woody Norman (Poldark).
Original Canadian theatrical release date: November 26th, 2021
Amazon Prime Video premiere date: March 24th, 2022
Genre: Black-and-white drama
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Stream C’mon C’mon here.
Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrrls [Amazon Original]
Singer Lizzo looks for 10 new ‘Big Grrrrl’ dancers who will join her on stage at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music festival in June.
Amazon Prime Video premiere date: March 25th, 2022
Genre: Reality competition
Runtime: Eight episodes (45 to 51 minutes each)
Stream Lizzo’s Watch Out For the Big Grrrrls here.
An Amazon Prime Video subscription is included at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79/year.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Amazon Prime Video in March can be here.
Pachinko [Apple Original]
Follow a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland for a better life.
Based on Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel of the same name, Pachinko was created by Soo Hugh (The Whispers) and stars Youn Yuh-jung (Minari), Minha Kim (Main Street), Jin Ha (Devs) and Lee Min-ho (Boys Over Flowers).
It’s worth noting that the series was filmed in Vancouver.
Apple TV+ Prime Video premiere date: March 25th, 2022 (first three episodes, new episodes every Friday)
Runtime: Eight episodes (around one hour each)
Stream Pachinko here.
Apple TV+ costs $5.99/month in Canada.
Une Affaire Criminelle (A Criminal Affair) [Crave Original]
A woman named Catherine fights to clear her son of murder as the major crimes investigator seems to be protecting someone else involved.
The series was directed by Quebec City’s Stéphane Lapointe (The Secret Life of Happy People) and stars Levis, Quebec’s Céline Bonnier (Far Side of the Moon) and Sherbrooke, Quebec’s Louis-Philipe Dandeneault (The Great Seduction).
Crave premiere date: March 23rd, 2022
Runtime: Four episodes (43 minutes each)
Stream A Criminal Affair here.
Based on a true story, King Richard explores Richard Williams’ efforts to help his daughters Venus and Serena become pro tennis players.
King Richard was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) and stars Will Smith (Ali), Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Saniyya Sidney (American Horror Story) and Demi Singleton (Godfather of Harlem).
Original theatrical release date: November 19th, 2021
Crave premiere date: March 25th, 2022
Genre: Biographical drama
Runtime: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Stream King Richard here.
One Perfect Shot
Inspired by the popular Twitter account of the same name, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) hosts this series in which fellow directors like Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game) and Jon M. Chu (In The Heights) break down the iconic imagery of their films.
Crave premiere date: March 24th, 2022
Runtime: Six episodes (22 to 26 minutes each)
Stream One Perfect Shot here.
A standard Crave subscription is priced at $19.99/month, with Starz costing an additional $5.99/month. A mobile-only subscription is also available for $9.99/month.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Crave this month can be found here.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Based on a true story, The Eyes of Tammy Faye chronicles the rise and fall of singer Tammy Faye’s televangelism career and marriage to Jim Baker.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye was directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick…Boom!).
Original theatrical release date: September 17th, 2022
Disney+ Canada release date: March 23rd, 2022
Genre: Biographical drama
Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Stream The Eyes of Tammy Faye here.
Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u [Disney+ Original]
Directed by Stacey Lee (Live Fast, Draw Yung), this documentary profiles singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo as she goes on a road trip and recounts her experiences writing her debut album, Sour.
Disney+ Canada premiere date: March 25th, 2022
Genre: Biographical drama
Runtime: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Stream Olivia Rodgro: driving home 2 u here.
A Disney+ subscription costs $11.99/month or $119.99/year in Canada.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Disney+ this month can be found here.
Bridgerton (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
Viscount Anthony Bridgerton’s decision to marry puts him into conflict with his intended bride’s headstrong older sister.
Based on Julia Quinn’s novels series of the same name, Bridgerton was created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) and stars Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), Simone Ashley (Sex Education) and Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider).
Netflix Canada premiere date: March 25th, 2022
Genre: Period drama
Runtime: Eight episodes (54 to 72 minutes each)
Stream Bridgerton here.
The Principles of Pleasure [Netflix Original]
Comedian Michelle Buteau (The Circle) narrates this docuseries that explores the complexities of women’s pleasure, featuring interviews with scientists, sex educators, therapists and more.
Netflix Canada premiere date: March 22nd, 2022
Runtime: Three episodes (48 to 55 minutes each)
Stream The Principles of Pleasure here.
Following a recent price increase, a ‘Basic’ Netflix subscription costs $9.99/month, a ‘Standard’ subscription (HD-supported) costs $16.49/month and a ‘Premium’ membership is priced at $20.99/month (4K-supported).
The full list of movies and shows hitting Netflix Canada this month can be found here.
Halo [Paramount+ Original]
While the catalogue of the Canadian version of Paramount+ is missing many of the titles found on its American counterpart, one high-profile original has debuted on both: Halo.
That’s right — after years of development hell, the live-action TV series adaptation of Microsoft’s massively popular video game franchise is finally here.
Inspired but not directly adapted from the games, Halo follows the 26th-century war between United Nations Space Command and an alliance of advanced alien races known as the Covenant.
Halo stars B.C.’s own Pablo Schreiber (The Wire), Shabana Azmi (Khandar), Olive Gray (Half-Moon Investigations), Natasha McElhone (Californication) and Jen Taylor reprising her role as the voice of Cortana from the Halo games.
Paramount+ Canada premiere date: March 24th, 2022 (first episode, new episodes every week)
Runtime: Nine episodes (around one hour each)
Stream Halo here.
Paramount+ costs $5.99/month in Canada with a seven-day trial. However, it’s worth noting that those subscribed to Microsoft’s $16.99/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service can get 30 days of Paramount+ for free.
What are you planning on streaming this week? Let us know in the comments.
For more viewing suggestions, check out last week’s Streaming in Canada column.
It’s also worth noting that the 2022 Oscars will be held place on March 27th. For more on that, check out our “where to watch” the show in Canada piece and round-up of where to stream all of the Best Picture nominees.
Image credit: Paramount